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BT chief executive Gavin Patterson has accused Labour of being too “negative” about the benefits of advertising for business.

James Ellington auctioned himself on eBay to pay for his training for the Games

Team GB Sprinter James Ellington auctioned himself on eBay to pay for training

A Team GB sprinter has told of how he auctioned himself on eBay to pay for training to compete in the Olympics.

Trott in race to be the new Queen Vicky

Laura Trott opened her bid for her second 2012 cycling medal with the sort of zeal that has made her the apparent heir of Queen Victoria Pendleton.

Olympian efforts all round

Many would presume the likes of Coca-Cola and Adidas hand over hundreds of millions of pounds for sponsorship of the Olympics then relax in the knowledge that the benefits will roll in. The reality is more stressful, particularly for those employed in marketing and communications roles within these firms.

Totnes loses 'No to Costa' battle

The last bastion against the retail chains that dominate Britain's high streets has fallen after Costa Coffee won permission to open an outlet in Totnes.

Taekwondo: Muhammad brushes off row

Lutalo Muhammad insists he feels under no extra pressure to deliver a taekwondo medal for Great Britain despite his controversial selection for the Olympics squad.

Archie Bland: In charity advertising, the end can justify the means

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Cheltenham Borough Council seeks corporate sponsor

As sports fans across the Western world will be able to testify, selling the naming rights to a particular venue or stadium can bring in much-needed cash.

Ruby Wax with her psychiatrist at the Priory

Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions, C4, Monday
The World's Maddest Job Interview, C4, Wednesday
The Angel, Sky1, Tuesday

You don't have to be mad to watch this ... and it probably won't help you handle these gimmicky treatments of mental health issues

Viv Groskop: Why tax breaks for chauffeurs but not kids?

Thousands of women don’t work because they begrudge spending £500 a month on childcare

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Niklas Bendtner was fined £80,000 for displaying a sponsored pair of underwear. The Danish forward revealed the top of his pants after scoring against Portugal. Inexplicably, the fine was significantly lower than the punishments handed out for racism.

Organisers say athletes' underwear will not be checked amid fears of ambush marketing

A top official has said lawyers worried about ambush marketing undermining Olympic sponsors will not instigate checks on players' underwear prior to games.

A bullish performance from founder Mark Zuckerberg on his maiden conference call with Wall Street analysts did nothing to stem the slide in Facebook shares

Facebook shares hit record low as fifth of value is lost in one day

Company's first public set of financial results loses Zuckerberg friends on Wall Street

Ford sees $1bn loss this year

Ford warned yesterday that it faced $1bn (£645.9m) in losses in its European division this year after the car industry slipped deeper into crisis.

London 2012: Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury given 'unrivalled platform' to promote unhealthy brands at Olympics

Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s are being given an “unrivalled platform” to promote unhealthy brands and products at the Olympics, says a new study.

Police found a weapons arsenal at the home of James Holmes

Gun sales soar in Colorado in wake of cinema killings

Citizens rush to arm themselves as public paranoia sparks incidents in other states

Last night's viewing - Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions, Channel 4; Absolutely Fabulous, BBC1

To get Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions under way, the programme's presenter sent out a tweet: "Are you successful in your business and suffering from mental illness? Would you talk about it on television?"

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas