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Pre-1960 vehicles to be exempted from MoT

Classic and historic vehicles are to be exempted from the annual MoT test, the Government announced today.

Lower, lower: There's nothing to lose in asking for a reduction in price

High street haggling really does pay

Recession-hit retailers need customers, but a Which? survey finds a third of us are still too afraid to negotiate a deal

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There has to be good reason to traipse across town for a kebab. And this secret sauce might be it...

'It takes six people eight hours to name 12 shades of nail polish,' says Suzi Weiss Fischmann, OPI's creative director.

At it amour and nails: polish naming and the fine art of punning

Long gone are the days when nail polish colours were called things like Midnight Blue and Red Vixen; with so little to differentiate between competitors' shades, companies now rely on the most outrageous and puntastic names to shift their product.

Non-white births now a majority in US

For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities account for more than half the children born in the US – the result of decades of heady immigration growth.

Beautiful way to revive the economy

Gloom sweeps Europe, unemployment keeps rising and pay rises are a distant memory. But hope for the economy arrives today in an unlikely, though beautifully coiffured, shape: hairdressers.

Shivnarine Chanderpaul aggravated a left hand injury against Sussex yesterday

Shivnarine Chanderpaul injury is latest worry for Windies

For five minutes yesterday, before the rains came back, a dressing room held its collective breath. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the world's No 1 batsman, on whose shoulders reside almost all West Indies' hopes for the Test series against England, summoned the team physiotherapist.

Hairdressers make short work of recession

Gloom sweeps Europe, unemployment keeps rising and pay rises are a distant memory. But hope for the economy arrives today in an unlikely, though beautifully coiffured, shape: hairdressers.

Outcry over Kutcher ad

An online ad featuring Ashton Kutcher as an Indian man has been withdrawn from Facebook and YouTube after viewers complained it was racist.

Ashton Kutcher's 'Indian' advert taken off-air

An online ad featuring Ashton Kutcher as an Indian man has been pulled off-line after viewers called it racist.

Bafta-winning Misfits actress Lauren Socha sentenced for racist attack on taxi driver

A taxi driver said he has been left "distraught" after a drunk Bafta-winning actress racially abused him and punched him when he picked her up in his cab.

Runners take part in the National Lottery Olympic Park Run at the Olympic Park

Olympic Park test events to begin

The biggest test yet of whether the Olympic Park is ready for the London 2012 Games begins today.

How To Be Beautiful: Lip balm

Lip balm does not usually register high on the beauty thrill scale. For tweens not yet of an age for class-A cosmetics, its permutations in flavour are engrossing stuff. But once you've experienced the hit of proper lipstick and the instant transformation of full-on colour, barely there balms get relegated to non-make-up status – a functional bit of kit, but hardly pulse-quickening.

Simon Calder: Should you beware Greeks bearing beers?

The man who pays his way

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment