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Bankers may pull plug on Old Monk

Wetherspoon to open at 10am

Wetherspoon's opens way for beer price war

PUB-GOERS were raising their glasses to the prospect of a beer price war yesterday as two major pub chains announced plans to slash the price of a pint.

The mission: Can Maeve Walsh celebrate an unremarkable birthday by completing a brave tour of London's Circle Line?

There was no reason for doing it other than the number 27. My friend Zorica and I needed to mark that unremarkable birthday. There happen to be 27 stops on the Circle Line. A beat-the-clock Underground-overground pub crawl seemed a logical, grown-up solution.

Win a place on a list of the best

IF YOU think your company has what it takes to compete with the likes of the Carphone Warehouse, JD Wetherspoon and Stagecoach, you could be in the running for a major prize and a place in the pre-eminent listing of UK private companies, writes Roger Trapp.

Pubs casll time on millennium eve

ANYONE FANCYING a pint, a knees-up, and a few verses of "Auld Lang Syne" for the Millennium at their local, better think again if it is a J D Wetherspoon - they are shutting early.

Frinton is braced for loosening of moral standards

A SMALL boy was flying his kite on the greensward as his grandfather leant on his stick and looked on admiringly. The beach huts were shut for winter and the evenly spaced wooden seats looking on to the North Sea were empty.

Interview: Barrister who was called to the bar

Tim Martin's Wetherspon pubs have no music, no TVs and people can't get enough of them

Wetherspoon toasts festive season

ANOTHER CONFIDENT trading statement yesterday from JD Wetherspoon, the Watford-based pub company, may turn into something like a hostage to fortune.

Wetherspoon to create 2,000 jobs

THE FAST-GROWING pub chain JD Wetherspoon defied fears of a recession and a share price collapse yesterday, announcing that it would create 2,000 new jobs in 1999.

Wetherspoon speeds up pub openings

JD WETHERSPOON, the fast-growing pubs operator whose shares have halved this year, yesterday shrugged off fears of an economic slowdown with plans to accelerate its pub opening programme.
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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