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Royal Marines are being put up at taxpayers' expense in a Holiday Inn just four miles away from the base where they were posted

James Gray enjoys lunch at The Holiday Inn in Sutton with Marian and John Cunningham

Come dine with me: Couple respond to pensioner James Gray's newspaper advert for company on Christmas Day

Irish couple were among thousands of people around the world who were touched by James’s story

Pensioner James Gray places advert in newspaper for company on Christmas Day

The 85-year-old placed an advert in a newspaper looking for someone else to spend Christmas Day with for the first time in ten years

European dip for InterContinental

The rash of hotels built for the London Olympics and the economic downturn in the eurozone caused a rare drop in revenues per room across Europe at the world's largest hotels group, InterContinental.

'I was bang to rights': Ed Balls confesses to going 'too far, too fast' as he is caught speeding

Ed Balls today confessed to being caught speeding – saying that he was “bang to rights”.

Wales's first 'five-star' hostel, the Plas Curig

Hostels: All mod cons… plus bespoke bunks

As a Welsh hostel is awarded five stars, Simon Calder reports on a reinvention

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Bread and circuses.

InterContinental investors' £960m windfall

Investors in InterContinental Hotels, which is reeling from a price-fixing investigation, hope for better news this week with City analysts betting they may be on track for a $1.5bn (£960m) bonus.

Budget airlines like Ryanair often deliver profits

Investment Insider: Tourism continues to ride out the turbulent times

Tourism is worth around £90bn to the UK and employs two million people. The industry spans hotels, inns and restaurants to trains, boats and planes. The common thread running through all these different businesses is that they provide products and services to tourists.

Peltz stirs takeover talk at InterContinental Hotels

A New York billionaire famed for dating Victoria Principal has taken a stake in InterContinental Hotels Group, raising speculation that it may be a takeover target.

A general view of the BBC new 'Media City' headquarters in Salford

Trending: A helpful restaurant guide for London's media refugees

Bleary-eyed viewers tuning in to BBC Breakfast this morning might not have noticed much difference in the set or in the line-up of presenters (Bill Turnbull is still on the sofa). But, nonetheless, today represents a change for the programme, as it will now be broadcast from the BBC's shiny studios at MediaCityUK in Salford, Manchester.

InterContinental Hotels group creating 3,000 UK jobs

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today hailed the creation of 3,000 new jobs in the UK by a major hotel group.

New York hotel sale to raise $250m for investors

Shareholders in the world's biggest hotel group are hoping for news this week that could prompt a $250m (£159m) windfall.

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'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

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'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

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