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Ayrault asks his ministers to stop using English words in their work

QPR confirm Ecclestone in talks to sell the club

Queen's Park Rangers' owners are in talks over a potential sale, the Premier League club confirmed last night.

Mayfair voted off the board

The smart London area has always been a mainstay of Monopoly, but now an upmarket usurper has replaced it. It's an unexpected roll of the dice, says Sophie Robehmed

North-South divide in house prices is widening

The North-South divide in house prices is widening, according to new figures.

QPR vice-chairman quits as ticket prices rise

Queen's Park Rangers vice-chairman Amit Bhatia last night resigned after another boardroom dispute at Loftus Road.

QPR fans furious over ticket price increase

QPR fans have reacted angrily after learning they will be charged up to £72 to watch their team in the Barclays Premier League next season.

Warnock will stay with QPR, insists Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone yesterday insisted Neil Warnock would lead the Championship winners QPR into the Premier League, dispelling speculation surrounding the 62-year-old's position. Ecclestone, speaking in Barcelona where he was attending the Spanish Grand Prix, said: "He's staying, 100 per cent. We've never discussed anything about him leaving. He's never wanted to leave and we don't want to get rid of him. He's absolutely taking the club into the Premier League."

Want to be a billionaire? You should have founded Specsavers

Even as the founder of Specsavers, Dame Mary Perkins could perhaps be forgiven for squinting at the number of zeros beside her name. She is Britain's first self-made billionaire according to The Sunday Times Rich List, joining 72 others in Britain who have at least 10 figures in their bank accounts.

New tricks for old bricks: An eco-refurbishment scheme helped one woman convert her Victorian terrace into a green flagship

Maria Hawton-Mead proves that old homes can go low carbon too.

New tricks for old bricks: How an eco-refurbishment scheme helped convert a Victorian terrace into a green flagship

Maria Hawton-Mead proves that old homes can go low carbon too.

What a difference a decade makes

To strike it rich, it helps if you're in an old-fashioned field, in a new economy, and young(ish)

Revealed: How graft on training ground put QPR on top

Glenn Moore goes behind the scenes to hear Shaun Derry explain how Neil Warnock has transformed the Championship pace-setters

Russell Brand's wedding fit for a maharajah

Comedian and his fiancée Katy Perry arrive in India for week-long marriage celebration

Manchester City owner back on top of rich list

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour has returned to the top of football's rich list, according to the latest figures from FourFourTwo magazine.

Kapoor told to take his Olympic tower back to drawing board

It has been nicknamed the "hubble bubble" tower and its creators hope that the soaring structure will provide a lasting legacy for east London once the Olympic Games are over. But unless they remember to install pipes for the toilets, Anish Kapoor's shisha pipe-shaped Olympic tower may never get off the ground.

ArcelorMittal braced for lower profits in third quarter

ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steel producer, unveiled a sharp jump in profits in the second quarter, but its chief executive warned on the impact on profits from an economic slowdown in China.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

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As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

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