New Articles Waving and drowning: Nigel Farage’s local council success will not carry through to the next general election

Despite Nigel Farage's prediction that the UK Independence party will cause an “earthquake” in British politics at the European Parliament elections, Britons give Ukip as much chance of winning as finding life on Mars.

Market Report: Worries over curbs on gaming machines fuelled Ladbrokes' losses

Fears that Ladbrokes could be forced to shutter loss-making bookies sent the betting group tumbling nearly 5 per cent.

Jacob loses ‘poisoned chalice’ of Buck’s ride

A lack of positivity from Daryl Jacob about riding Big Buck’s on his intended comeback in the Cleeve Hurdle led to other options being explored for the ride on the staying great, trainer Paul Nicholls said.

iPhone owners are smartest claims online test

Owners of Google's Nexus smartphones came second, with Blackberry users performing the worst in a series of brain-teasers

Light snow covered areas of Cumbria and Northumberland earlier this week

UK weather: Bookies slash odds of white Christmas

At least one bookmaker has halved the odds of a white Christmas in just 24 hours as forecasters predict cold could turn rain to snow

Phil Taylor walks off stage after he's beaten by Michael Smith in the Darts World Championship

Darts World Championship: Michael Smith pulls off major upset after defending champions Phil Taylor is dumped out in second round

Taylor crashed out in his defence of the title losing 4-3 to the world youth champions

Market Report: Investors desert BAE Systems

Investors flew out of defence specialist  BAE Systems on Friday after news it had failed to win a £6bn contract on which punters had been pinning their hopes.

Market Report: Ultra Electronics hit as defence cuts begin

Shares in the anti-submarine warfare specialist Ultra Electronics dived yesterday as US defence cuts began to hurt. But Ultra is in good company – its warning on delayed US deals follows similar alerts from peers Cobham and Meggitt.

Ladbrokes loses auditor in its bid to catch main rival William Hill

Ladbrokes has dumped its auditor as the bookie looks to close the gap on fierce rival William Hill.

David Shrigley's 'Really Good'

Don't underestimate the talented Mr David Shrigley

He's up for the Turner Prize, and is a Fourth Plinth finalist. Karen Wright meets an artist with a sense of fun

Online woes spark another Ladbrokes profit warning

Ladbrokes shocked the City with its third profit warning of 2013 today as the bookmaker’s ailing online business lost yet more ground on its rivals.

Times Up, left, ridden by Ryan Moore, wins the Speedy Services Doncaster Cup, at Doncaster yesterday

Gosden’s Knowledge faces St Leger exam

Trainer seeks fourth winner in the Classic in seven years but Talent could upset favourite

Nick Goodway: AIM tax breaks can be significant for investors

Funny foreign mineral hunters and weird Israeli tech boffins also have their place on the market

The Sport Matrix: Friday 9 August 2013

Furyk revels in calm before the storm

Toby Green: Ladbrokes on a loser as heatwave puts its gaming machines in the shade

Outlook Campaigners against gaming machines – the so-called "crack cocaine" of gambling – could be forgiven for having a wry smile on their faces yesterday. Fixed-odds betting terminals have no shortage of critics, given they allow players to lose (and, yes, occasionally win) big amounts of money at high speeds.

The former Derby favourite Kingsbarns may run on Sunday

Kingsbarns at last set to live up to reputation

The status of Derby favourite proved something of a poisoned chalice this spring, when first Kingsbarns and then Telescope dropped out of the Epsom picture with setbacks. Both are about to start making up for lost time, however, each having been given an exploratory Group Three entry this weekend. Telescope, who made an impressive resumption at Leicester last month, could go to Haydock on Saturday, while Kingsbarns is on course to reappear at the Curragh the following day.

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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
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One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
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Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
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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

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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

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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

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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...