Ritblat shrugs off slump fears

Investment: Developer British Land is heavily exposed in City of London property

Cafe Society: Station to station

Wherever you go the world over, there is one thing you can gurarantee: that if you travel by train, the first impression you will get of a city is that it is run-down, dirty, unusually ugly and crammed with the sort of people you don't want your mum - and she doesn't want you - to see too much of.

Arts: All kinds of everything

Acclaimed sculptor Norman Ackroyd guides Andrew Lambirth around the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition

Welfare cuts hit single black mothers hardest

Reductions in benefits bite even deeper when they come on top of racial discrimination at work and at home. As Paul George discovers, many women are forced into desperate measures in order to survive

`Indy' man in record run

THE record for the first ever 50-mile solo urban run is being claimed by a London advertising executive. Nigel Dixon, group head of classified advertising with The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, ran seven circuits between Canary Wharf in east London, where the newspapers are based, and Liverpool Street Station, in a time of 11hrs 9mins.

Christmas tills fail to jingle despite cash surge

How much did high street cash tills jingle before Christmas? Not nearly enough, according to some retailers, although new figures show a surge in demand for cash in December. Diane Coyle, Economics Editor, investigates.

Homer's Odyssey

Talk about the classics of modern furniture and you are talking about Knoll. Since the 1930s, the company has built a reputation by beating a path to the doors of the world's best architects and designers. Now they are pinning their faith on two young and unknown Britons and a desk trolley called Homer. Ann Treneman charts a journey that started in the Bauhaus

Pub chain calls time on alcopops as more companies join ban

The bubble may be bursting on alco-pops. The sweet-tasting drinks which prompted public outrage by supposedly luring the young to alcohol were dealt another blow yesterday.

From fruit to futures

Spitalfields Market will be trading in lucre alongside the lettuces when a magnificent new development designed by Sir Norman Foster is completed.

Fast train to a shopping spree

Privatisation is creating a retail boom in our stations, says Charlotte Packer

lager with piggy: my life as a barmaid

As a teenager, I eloped with an alcoholic, so when we ran out of money after two weeks, it seemed quite logical to go and find work in a pub. We were homeless, too, having realised that living in a van under Liverpool Street Station wasn't necessarily going to be a forever thing. (It was impossible to sleep after 6am, for a start.) So we ended up in a vast, gloomy barn of a place in north London; a brick Ark marooned on the Mount Ararat of a sloping, Tarmac car park. For a 10-hour day and a salary which amounted to my sixth-form pocket money with a nought on the end, we got a large, bare bedroom, a plate of lunchtime slop and one and a half days off a week.

Rail consultant paid pounds 565 a day on scrapped line

A management consultant on a government project charged pounds 565 a day, five days a week, for five years, running up a total bill to the taxpayer of pounds 678,000.

Protesters' party bars motorway

Thousands of road protesters created traffic chaos in west London yesterday when theyblocked a motorway by holding a mass street party, writes Keith Nuthall.

Mission possible: red tape cut to boost film industry

It looked like a mission impossible: making a Hollywood blockbuster in the heart of London without making the movie-makers mad.

Impossible, but not that impossible

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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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

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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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
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Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project