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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Scarred by the bell

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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

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The Locked Room Mysteries

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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

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Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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The West needs more than a White Knight

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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

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