Retailers enjoyed a "spectacular" Christmas, official data showed, with total sales growing at their fastest rate in years.
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Wednesday 03 October 2012
Plan for 'poor' to go to private schools
The Jimmy Savile abuse scandal means men across Britain will sleep uneasily, remembering past 'conquests'
Tuesday 02 October 2012
Instead of faux-outrage and arse-covering about history, I’d be happier to hear strident plans to protect and listen to young women in the future. More of that, please
Tuesday 02 October 2012
Swedish furniture giant criticised for removing images in bid not to upset Arab customers
Tuesday 02 October 2012
Did Deep Blue have a bug?; why men bond with 007, bin head, magic allergy-curing cow, holocaust tattoos and Ikea: not so ethical, after all.
Friday 31 August 2012
More of us are working from home than ever before, but it doesn't have to mean documents on the dining table or conference calls over the cornflakes.
Thursday 23 August 2012
I've been to the past thirteen Edinburgh Fringes as a punter, student, director, aspiring stand-up, actual stand-up, 24-hour marathon man and - my current incarnation - jaded old veteran. There are various tricks you learn, when you've been in the game as long as I have.
Thursday 16 August 2012
Best known for its budget flat-pack furniture, Scandinavian retailer Ikea is planning to launch a chain of budget hotels in Europe.
Wednesday 13 June 2012
Furniture giant Ikea has been caught up in a racism row after insisting it was lawful to employ security guards to stop Gypsies entering its car parks.
Wednesday 06 June 2012
Ikea's foray into the world of home entertainment is not just an attempt to change the market, but it could also spell an end for that most modern of problems – dastardly cable tangle.
Tuesday 22 May 2012
Sweet dreams, whether they're in a bunk cot or with an MP3 docking system
Tuesday 01 May 2012
The Swedish flat-pack giant Ikea is today reeling from potentially scandalous allegations that it used scores of political prisoners in former communist East Germany to manufacture its affordable furniture products in the years leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Monday 23 April 2012
The one thing you would never do at the desk Sir Peter Osborne has his eye on is write at it
Saturday 21 April 2012
Late-night visitors to Marlow have often been shocked by the chilling apparition of the Grey Lady of Danesfield Park, a solemn-faced ghost holding a lantern, who glides around where the chapel once stood, before disappearing. We had a broadly similar experience on driving into the hotel grounds – seeing the chilling apparition of Danesfield House, a great white whale of a late-Victorian Gothic folly looming in front of you like Moby Dick. It's an extraordinary sight, with its tall chimneys, its clock tower and elaborately terraced gardens, and it carries an air of melancholy – the result, perhaps, of too many owners, speculators and changes of use. It was built in 1899 by the heir to the Sunlight soap fortune, who sold it the moment it was finished. It housed evacuees in the war and was requisitioned by the RAF. It was once home to the Hellfire Club of Medmenham, a bunch of crazed desperadoes from the nearby village. Since 1991 it's been a hotel. And in the past four years, it's picked up a reputation as home to one of the country's finest chefs, Adam Simmonds.
Sunday 01 April 2012
The newspapers have outdone themselves with an eclectic collection of April Fools' Day japes, but were you taken in?
Tuesday 27 March 2012
1. John Lewis Winter Snow Goose Down
A supremely comfortable pillow using down from geese native to Russia's glacial mountains.
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Ukraine crisis: Russia dismisses '3am ultimatum' as 'total nonsense'
If you're horrified by a flame-roasted dog, you should be shocked at a hog roast
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
White people become less racist just by moving to more diverse areas, study finds
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
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