News Tony Hsieh, founder of Zappos, where employees are famed for being happy

The online retailer Zappos is the largest company yet to adopt “holacracy”, a new business approach in which bosses are banished and workers choose their tasks. But who makes the tea?

Big days out: The Hundred Decker Bus

Children's summer reading: Treats for the very young

Here Nicholas Tucker picks out the best volumes for the weeks ahead

A petrol bomb hits riot police after being thrown by loyalist rioters in north Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast riots: US diplomat arrives to resolve thorny issues as petrol bombs and missiles injure police

‘Peace envoy’ to Northern Ireland appointed in a bid to resolve issue of contentious parades

The novelist, Orson Scott Card, has established himself as a leading opponent of same-sex marriage in the US and has even been quoted calling for homosexuality to be made illegal

Ender’s Game faces backlash over author Orson Scott Card’s anti-gay views

Science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card is leading opponent of same-sex marriage

Book Illustration Competition winner Finn Dean's take on Aldous Huxley's 'Brave New World'

In pictures: Book Illustration Competition entrants take on Aldous Huxley's Brave New World

Graphic designer Finn Dean has been named the winner of The Book Illustration Competition for his work based on Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

Wandsworth prison

ECHR Ruling: In some cases life should mean life

In exceeding the bounds of the European Convention on Human Rights, this ruling only strengthens the case for repudiating the Court in the Conservative manifesto

Jerzy Janowicz practises at Wimbledon

Wimbledon 2013: All you need to know about Andy Murray's semi-final opponent Jerzy Janowicz

Towering and popular Pole can claim national first in a male Slam by shooting down Murray

Charles Saatchi

Saatchi and Lawson: Nuance goes out the window in a moral arms race

We seem unable to discuss controversial matters calmly

Call of duty: George Butler is drawn to conflict hotspots around the world

George Butler: Illustrator's art meets artillery on the battlefield

'I’m not trying to compete with the photographer because I couldn’t'

Google Doodle celebrates the winter solstice

Artwork by Christoph Niemann knits a combined scarf and glove for the southern hemisphere

Three out of four long-term unemployed on Work Programme haven’t found a job yet

Three out of four of the long-term unemployed taking part in the Government’s £5bn Work Programme have not yet started a job, according to figures published today.

Installation image of Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace at the V&A

Art review: Memory Palace, V&A Museum, London

The visitor to this sensational new exhibition is greeted with the words: “My fellow Londoners, can’t you see how we are diminished?” 

Exuberant personality: Malorie Blackman

Review: Noble Conflict, By Malorie Blackman

The new Children's Laureate begins her tenure with a timely futuristic tale of war and resistance

Ringo Starr has written a children's book based on the song 'Octopus's Garden'

Beatle Ringo Starr publishes Octopus's Garden children's book

Former Beatle Ringo Starr is publishing a children's book based on the band's song "Octopus's Garden".

Stuart Pearce says it's time for the players to accept their share of responsibility

Israel Under-21s 1 England Under-21s 0 match report: Stuart Pearce rounds on players as Israel inflict final insult at European Championships

And so the final humiliation. What is expected to be final act of Stuart Pearce's reign with the England Under-21 team was another deserved defeat and with it their worst ever performance in the finals. Only Israel themselves, who somehow qualify for Eurovision Song Contests as well as European football, have previously ever returned 'nul points', which they did in the 2007 tournament. Back in those days Pearce's England pups were regarded as brave fighters who only lost the semi-final in one of the longest ever shoot-outs. From reaching the final two years later, his sides have regressed to tonight's low point.

Advertising careers: If at first you can't succeed, why not do it yourself?

This is the story of two young grads, frustrated at the sheer lack of career opportunities left to them, who decided to take a radical approach to finding work in the advertising industry

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game