The Business Matrix: Thursday 30 May 2013

A £52m refit for BBC's Bush House

Investment Insider: UK firms to prosper from Japan's revival

Abenomics is aiming to turn around the country's fortunes

Investment Insider: Best bets to sail through economic doldrums

In a few weeks time we will know if the UK has entered a dreaded triple-dip recession. So wouldn't it be good if you could assemble a portfolio of shares that could weather an economic downturn?

Asthma inhalers made at GSK’s plant in Ware

GSK to publish clinical trial data for drugs

Pharmaceutical giant shocks medical world by opting to reveal findings of all tests on patients

Market Report: Astra tipped as bidder for US eye-care firm

Is AstraZeneca's chief executive, Pascal Soriot, ready for an eyesight test? Analysts at Kepler think Mr Soriot could be one of a number of pharmaceutical company bosses eyeing up Bausch & Lomb, the US eye-care company. Private equity firm Warburg Pincus has hired Goldman Sachs to sell the contact lenses and eye-surgery equipment specialist.

GSK's boost in Nigeria and India

Britain's biggest drugs maker, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), yesterday raised its stake in its Nigerian and Indian consumer healthcare units as part of boss Sir Andrew Witty's attempt to shift it away from "white pills in Western markets".

Investment view: Despite all the crowing, it pays to be cautious

GlaxoSmithKline Our view: Keep buying

Mining: The darker side of the London market

The Bumi drama highlights how many in the City want to shine more light on foreign firms gaining from a London listing

Simon English: Divine time for Church to offload News Corp

Outlook The Church of England has taken a bold ethical stance. It has decided to sell its holding in that disgraceful outfit News Corp because of phone hacking and its lack of a proper corporate governance structure (it has only just noticed that the company is Murdoch heavy, and tends to favour family members for top jobs). The fund is run by various men of God, including David Harding of Winton Capital (personal fortune: about £800m). By lucky chance, or divine providence, the shares of News Corp rose about 50 per cent in the year between when the Church decided it was awfully bothered about News Corp's ethics and the decision to sell.

Jeremy Laurance: Regulators must ensure innovation is rewarded

The drugs industry has a long and inglorious history when it comes to the promotion of its products. Exaggerated claims of benefit, under-reported adverse effects and selective publication of results have featured regularly over the years.

GSK boss urges rivals to set up in the UK

Sir Andrew Witty says pharma clusters will fend off overseas competition

Investment Insider: Pharmaceutical industry's best years lie ahead

I have heard many experts say that the best days of the pharmaceutical sector are behind it.

AstraZeneca forced to swallow more dire sales

AstraZeneca, the struggling drug maker which is without a permanent boss after its chief executive quit under shareholder pressure, yesterday had another ailment to deal with as second-quarter sales fell by a fifth.

More trouble for leaderless AstraZeneca as sales dive

Pre-tax profit was down by 36 per cent at £3.8bn in the first half of 2012
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
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The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
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Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
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The quirks of work perks

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Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada