News George Osborne has cautioned against 'self-defeating' minimum wage increases

Chancellor says he wants to see low-paid workers' earnings rising, but not at the cost of jobs

Rare Bugatti on show ahead of auction

A rare Bugatti car which was found in a garage after the death of its owner went on show to the media today before it is sold at auction.

MOT examiner

MOT examiners are charged with carrying out the duties of a diagnostic technician as well as ensuring that all cars brought to them comply with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) road safety and environmental standards.

Paint and bodywork technician

The job of a paint and bodywork technician is to repair minor bumps, scrapes and scratches on vehicles that have been damaged and repaint the affected areas to leave them looking as good as new. They may also provide customised paint jobs for clients involving a repaint of the entire car.

Parts adviser

A parts adviser is someone who sources spare parts, either for a specific car company such as Honda or Ford, or a range of models for a private garage. Their job is to identify the specific make and model of a vehicle, find a company that has the required part in stock and then sell it on to the customer.

'Murder-suicide' father 'was caring for children'

A man believed to have killed his two young daughters before committing suicide was caring for them for the first time since he split from their mother, his friend said today.

Six To View - pick of the property market

In the mews

Queensberry Mews West, South Kensington, London SW7
Price: £1.295m
Agent: Farleys, Tel: 020-7589 1234

They say: Fabulous period corner mews house on two floors in this pretty cobbled street in the heart of Kensington. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a balcony and a garage.

We say: Fabulously high price, too – but it does have three bedrooms and there's still money in this part of London, so there aren't as many bargains. If location's your thing, then you can't beat this one.

Cooper Brown: I see Mrs Himmler naked three times in two days

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'Garage raiders' killed in getaway crash

Two suspected burglars died when their getaway car crashed into railings today.

New York Dolls, Garage, Glasgow

"These guys", informs New York Dolls singer David Johansen, with a sweep of the hand towards his band, "were drinking in a bar at Dublin Airport this morning. At 9am." His chuckle deepens as guitarist Sylvain Sylvain stammers something about Irish coffee in futile mitigation. "You're a disgrace," rejoins Johansen. Good. Disgrace is what we're here for, after all.

Designer Jason Maclean's London "garage" getaway screams California cool

I made sure I came to this house with almost nothing: a bag of clothes, an airbed and a few modernist pieces I had bought in America. The beauty of a place like this is you only need 10 bits of furniture to fill it.

Joe Carmichael: Soldier and garage proprietor

Scottish society has benefited enormously from the vigour and work ethic of a significant number of Polish officers and other ranks, members of the Polish 1st Armoured Division, who were stationed in Fife and the Lothians between 1940 and 1942 and who, after gallantly fighting Nazi Germany in North Africa, Italy and north-west Europe, opted to settle in Scotland rather than return to Stalin-occupied Poland. One such was Joe Carmichael.

Tanker drivers' deal worth 14% over two years

The deal aimed at ending the bitter fuel tanker drivers' dispute is worth around 14 per cent over two years, it emerged today.

Drivers warned that catalytic converters are the new car radios

Thieves are increasingly looking to steal catalytic converters from cars, according to

Petrol rationed to stop hoarding as supplies dwindle on the forecourts

Britain's motorists faced rationing at petrol stations yesterday, as major suppliers tried to stop them hoarding fuel. Concern over supplies as the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland closed down led to fuel queues on forecourts across Scotland, the north of England and parts of Wales.

Album: Tim O'Brien, Chameleon (Proper American)

A solitary bespectacled American in a friend's garage, armed with his "hillbilly apparatus" – a banjo, a fiddle, a Forties Gibson, a Thirties Martin, a bouzouki, a mandolin and a bunch of pulpy songs licked together from the tropes of the American folk tradition, all of them solo performances with a single instrument.

It's lovely, if soft as a house cat. Typical sentiment: "This World Was Made for Everyone". Alternative typical sentiment: "Get Out There and Dance". Kelly Joe Phelps fans will appreciate the vibe but feel that it lacks serious poetry. Me, I think it's as sweet as American pie.

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