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Teachers at free school to strike

The Houses of Parliament illuminated at night

‘What? No martini!’
MPs complain about subsidised catering at House of Commons

It’s a tough life at the House of Commons. Aperitifs are in short supply, the Cajun food is poor and there is a dearth of ‘fresh game’ on the lunchtime menu.

Bill and Brenda Arnold stop for refreshments

A glass of white with your petrol, sir? Pouring pints for parched drivers along a British motorway

Wetherspoon has opened its first pub along the M40, causing controversy as road-safety advocates cite concerns about promoting drink driving

The new JD Wetherspoon pub which has opened at the Extra Motorway Service Area at junction 2 of the M40 in Beaconsfield

JD Wetherspoon opens first motorway pub

Road safety charities say the Hope and Champion offers ‘deadly temptation’

The News Matrix: Tuesday 21 January 2014

UN withdraws Iran’s invitation to talks

An abandoned vehicle in floodwater yesterday in Tovil

UK weather: More floods and storms forecast - with thousands already hit by power cuts

13,000 properties are still cut off from power

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 26 November 2013

Momart business drives FIC profits

Hard times: Conner Chapman and Shaun Thomas star in Clio Barnard’s Dickensian 'The Selfish Giant'

It’s nice to have a piece of work in mind when you call your builder. Or, just invite him to the cinema

I haven’t really had any work done on my flat for a while. You just never get round to it do you? Which is a shame, because I used to enjoy having a man waddle around, improving things.

Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Class action: Harvard takes on Havard (Milton Keynes) over rights to name

One is a world-renowned American university. The other is a technical college in a Buckinghamshire town known for having lots of roundabouts.

Pubs and restaurants drop prices in tax protest

Prices at 15,000 establishments across the country fall by 7.5 per for one day

Wetherspoon boss defends zero-hours after profits leap to £77m

The chairman of the pubs group Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, defended the group’s use of controversial zero-hours contracts yesterday, claiming that increased regulation would put up the price of a pint.

Wetherspoon boss Tim Martin defends zero-hours staff deals

The chairman of pubs group JD Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, today defended the firm’s use of controversial zero-hours contracts, claiming that increased regulation would put up the price of a pint.

What the Sunday Papers said

The Independent on Sunday: Wetherspoon workers to  share £22m bonus bonanza

The Business Matrix: Monday 9 September 2013

Wagamama on the road to Wembley

Zero-hours JD Wetherspoon staff scoop £22m

JD Wetherspoon kitchen and bar workers reap rewards of cheap-drinking boom in downturn
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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness