Sport Toby Flood has admitted it was 'a very tough decision' to leave Leicester for a French club

Fly-half has admitted it was “a very tough decision” to leave Leicester for a French club

24-Hour Room Service: Grand Hotel Amrâth, Amsterdam

The Scheepvaarthuis – The Shipping House – stands on the spot where vessels departed for the East Indies in Amsterdam's Golden Age. Dating from 1916, this fascinating and beautiful building was created to provide showpiece office space for the city's leading shipping companies, and is one of the finest examples of the Amsterdam School of architecture and design (the Dutch version of Art Nouveau).

No Pain, No Gain: Much pain, few gains after relentless hammering

It's been a bruising few months for the No Pain, No Gain portfolio. Profits have again been whittled away as the onslaught on the stock-market undercard has continued.

SABMiller finally rules out making rival bid for Scottish & Newcastle

The brewing giant SABMiller has ruled itself out of making a rival bid for Scottish & Newcastle to trump an agreed £7.8bn offer from Carlsberg and Heineken.

Jobs blow as brewery closes

Brewer Scottish & Newcastle today announced plans to close its Reading brewery with the potential loss of 362 jobs.

No Pain No Gain: Portfolio in profit but loss of S&N to be mourned

The No Pain, No Gain portfolio has endured quite a battering in the past few months. So I should be enthusiastically toasting brewer Scottish & Newcastle's apparent surrender to the combined might of Continental predators, Carlsberg and Heineken, following a hostile three-month confrontation.

Last orders for brewer Scottish & Newcastle as it is sold to rivals

Scottish & Newcastle has agreed to be bought for £7.8bn by its continental European rivals Heineken and Carlsberg, ending more than 250 years of history for the company as an independent national brewer.

Last orders loom for Scottish & Newcastle

Last orders loomed for Foster's brewer Scottish & Newcastle today after it agreed a £7.8 billion takeover offer from rivals Heineken and Carlsberg.

S&N investors to get £140m less from sale

Investors in Scottish & Newcastle will receive £140m less than they may have been expecting from a takeover by Carlsberg and Heineken after the bidders confirmed that they will not pay the brewer's final dividend.

S&N details case for acquiring Russian venture

Scottish & Newcastle stepped up its fight against Carlsberg yesterday by unveiling details of its plan to transform itself into "one of the most attractive international beverages businesses" by wresting control of BBH, the highly profitable Russian joint venture, from its Danish suitor.

Coventry quiet on Ince's chance for top job

Coventry's managing director, Paul Fletcher, will begin interviews for the vacant managerial post at the Ricoh Arena "within eight to 10 days" and he expects the Coca-Cola Championship club to make an appointment before the end of the month.

Richard Ingrams' Week: History isn't repeated - nor is wisdom

A tired, discredited Prime Minister. An honours scandal. A year of drought. Historians poring over the now-released public records for 1976 have seized on all the parallels with the sad situation today.

Rowing: Campbell beats champion with sprint finish in sculls

Alan Campbell succeeded beyond his dreams in the first round of the World Cup by winning his event against the Olympic champion, Olaf Tufte, of Norway, and the world fastest time holder, Marcel Hacker, of Germany.

Robinson's late try quells Munster

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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