Havas makes cash bid for Lopex

HAVAS ADVERTISING, the sixth biggest marketing and advertising group in the world, yesterday made a pounds 67m all cash bid for Lopex, the communications group, trouncing a hostile offer from Incepta, the public relations outfit.

pounds 3.25m bid wins Monet competition

IN A COMPETITION we ran last month in conjunction with the Grove Dictionary of Art, we asked readers to predict how much a painting by Monet would fetch at a Sotheby's auction on 28 June. The painting - Nympheas - went for pounds 3,081,500, only pounds 168,500 less than the pounds 3.25m predicted by our winner, Mrs J Kelly of Wallingford, Oxfordshire, who wins a weekend for two in Paris and a trip to Monet's home at Giverny.

Only the bare necessities

Wherever you're going you can't take the bathroom cabinet. ANNALISA BARBIERI selects your essential holiday beauty kit

Worker wins landmark stress payout

A FORMER housing officer made legal history yesterday when she was awarded more than pounds 67,000 compensation for work-related stress caused by a job transfer.

ROWING: Lancaster sprints to win over Hampton

ST EDWARD'S SCHOOL cracked the bullies of the schools circuit this summer, Hampton, in the Princess Elizabeth Cup at Henley yesterday after Rik Lancaster, who sits in the No 4 seat, overcame a huge traffic problem on the Marlow Road.

Landmark win in stress at work case

A COUNCIL yesterday became the first employer in legal history to admit liability for stress-related illness in a case that could result in a six-figure pay out to a former housing officer.

Travel: 24-Hour Room Service - The Lancaster, 7 Rue De Berri, Champs Elysees, Paris

WHEN YOU ask people to recommend somewhere to stay in Paris, they usually, and wisely, suggest a little place that they know in somewhere like St Germain. Wise, because if you stay there you are in the thick of it, with all the hip shops and restaurants within easy reach.

Football: Enter Reid as Taylor hits out

PETER REID, who led Sunderland to promotion to the Premiership last season, will replace Peter Taylor as coach of the England Under-21 side. The appointment was announced by the Football Association's technical director, Howard Wilkinson, who added that the job will again revert to a part-time role.

Obituary: Professor Alan Wellburn

ALAN WELLBURN was a biochemist who made numerous contributions to our understanding of the ways in which plants function in different environments, particularly in atmospheres contaminated with air pollutants. He was an early authority on "acid rain" and climate change.

Britain's little breweries die out as young drinkers spurn their real ale

THE HEADY aroma of hops and malt fills the air, and 3,000 foamy gallons of bitter are fermenting in a stainless steel vat. But gloom pervades Lancaster's ancient stone brewery, a city landmark for more than four centuries.

Parliament: Immigration: Straw stirs New Labour revolt

A FRESH backbench revolt was threatened last night, over Jack Straw's plans to impose cuts on social security benefits for asylum seekers, after a number of Labour MPs from the 1997 intake signed a rebel amendment to the Government's Immigration and Asylum Bill.

MBA: Does size really matter?

Big isn't always best in the world of business schools.

Travel: The music business are turning vicious

TRAVEL - AS the music business has long realised, from Chuck Berry ("Route 66") and Cliff Richard ("Summer Holiday") via Prefab Sprout ("From Langley Park to Memphis") to the Fun Lovin' Criminals ("Korean Bodega") - helps sell pop records. Now some of them are turning vicious.

Letter: Rewarding teachers

Sir: Your editorial ("A quartet of unions that do the teachers a great disservice", 31 March) is wide of the mark. All the teachers unions are right to be objecting to the Green Paper.

Property: Apply here for a taste of the good life on a country estate

The gatehouses of large country estates may no longer have a practical role to play, but they make fantastic homes for those wanting something a little unusual. And you don't even have to opt for the rural life - cities too boast their share of lodges. By Gwenda Joyce
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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes