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Laundry business boosts Photo-Me

Travel: Some roads still do lead to Rome

Stone Street ran 16 miles from Canterbury to the coast - which has since disappeared. Richard Abbott pedals through Kent to find it

Investment:Wickes does it in style

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Smaller DIY stores `will join forces to survive'

THE DO-IT-YOURSELF retail market is set to enter a period of consolidation, with the smaller players expected to join forces to survive the impending economic slowdown, according to an influential report out today.

Pop: Clean and mean

Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty have known each other since they were 13. After Neil had a stint in Pussy Galore, they formed Royal Trux, releasing their first album 10 years ago. Their wasted, fuzzed-up, and sometimes impenetrable brand of rock attracted a smallish band of loyal followers but the column inches they attained usually focused more on the couple's junk addiction.

Property: Waxing luminous

Candles mean warmth and romance, indoors and out, all year round. Rosalind Russell finds some trendy examples to light up your spring

City talk: Bunzl outstrips rivals and ties up profits

BUNZL, the paper to packaging group, is a star in a disastrously blighted sector. It shows in the relative performance of its shares. Against its peers, it has stormed ahead, showing an average gain of 43 per cent over the last year. Yet translated into a comparison with the market, it has not done so well - underperforming by 6.7 per cent. Not that that is a bad performance in absolute terms - the shares have done well over the last year. One of the concerns that dogs the sector and has cast a cloud over Bunzl is its exposure to currencies and the vagaries of volatile raw material prices. True enough, managing the interplay between exchange rates and paper and pulp prices, and where they are sourced across Europe, is a headache for any management team. But look to Bunzl's track record, and it seems to have a firm grip on the situation.

Property: Be brave, splash out on a little colour

Bright and beautiful - but not if you stick with magnolia. Rosalind Russell looks at the multi-hued alternatives

Family hoists for-sale sign as fire leaves Robert Dyas heading into the red

ROBERT DYAS, the high street ironmonger with roots going back more than 120 years, is to be sold following the disruption of a fire in its warehouse in December.

No regrets and no apologies from Irvine

DIY STORES have joined the lengthening list of the people the Lord Chancellor has upset, after Lord Irvine rubbished their wallpaper and said he had no regrets about choosing hand-printed Pugin for the pounds 650,000 refurbishment of his state apartments in the House of Lords.

Property: No more maroon; give me Victorian floral

The bathroom is the most popular room in the house, it seems. Rosalind Russell reports on bathtime chic old and new

Investment Column: Wickes is back from the brink

FOR A company that was on the brink of extinction 18 months ago, Wickes has had a remarkable run. Shares in the DIY retailer have almost doubled over the past year, closing up a further 4p at 300p yesterday on the back of a return to profitability and the first dividend payment for two-and-a-half years.

How to survive those awkward moments with a perfectly delicious wife

Every time I have a bath, I start worrying about the kind of people who shop at Sainsbury's.

Property: Short on space? Welcome to the fold

At home/the squeeze

Essentials with Janet Knight

The Time: Back to work

Bye bye beigey blues

Give up white? Get out of neutral? Gladly. But colour's scary - isn't it? Teresa King asks the experts
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...