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

Marketing: Get your hands off my man cave

Ranging from a tiny spare room decked out with games machines to a vast basement of metal work tool memorabilia, man caves are the personal spaces us guys retreat to be away from women and all things girly.

Sport on TV: David Lloyd's curiouser ramblings killed the duck, not the cat

There seems to be an acknowledgement that England's Test series in New Zealand isn't particularly interesting. In a double Ashes year this might be understandable. The highlights on Sky Sports are only an hour long instead of two, and in the live transmission David Lloyd is on a campaign to keep viewers awake: "What time is it now? Twenty past 11? Have some discipline. Make a cup of coffee!" He's as manic as the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, but when he pops down the hole again to go Down Under next winter he won't need to keep reminding us to keep our eyes open for the Ashes.

Facebook likes ad agencies

Facebook is attempting to shed a reputation for being stand-offish with advertisers by promising to show "humility" and work more closely with agencies and brands.

Jacqueline Thompson: blogger who waged 'campaign of harassment' against council chief ordered to pay £25,000 damages

A blogger who waged an “unlawful campaign of harassment, defamation and intimidation” against a council chief executive has been ordered to pay him £25,000 libel damages.

Sunnier days ahead after Thomas Cook makes £350m vow

Thomas Cook has vowed to deliver a £350m turnaround in its profit performance over the next three years by further slashing costs, closing more stores and focusing on growing online sales.

Fireworks explode from the stadium roof during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Sixty British companies banned from publicising their involvement with London 2012

Almost sixty British companies have been banned from publicising their involvement with the successful London Olympics to protect the interests of major international sponsors, an investigation has found.

Passengers sought to challenge Network Rail

Network Rail is asking the public to hop on board and hold it to account.

Sean O’Brien admits that ‘losing is not an option’ for Ireland

Six Nations: Sean O'Brien threatens France with a trip to the manic side

Ireland must adopt a win-at-all-costs approach to avoid the wooden spoon

Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office

Ad agency fury as Francis Maude’s old firm goes on government list

Claims of impropriety after shortlist includes company where Cabinet Office Minister was non-executive chairman

Paperback review: The Science of Love and Betrayal, By Robin Dunbar

A many-splendored (and bloodthirsty) thing

West Ham celebrate promotion from the npower Championship last season

Football League partnership with npower will not be renewed

The energy supplier replaced Coca-Cola in 2010

All beauty product avaialble at Birchbox

Birchbox: Boxing clever

A new service delivers the best undiscovered beauty products, says Harriet Walker 

EasyJet cutting it fine with permit for Moscow flights

One month before easyJet launches its new routes from London and Manchester to Moscow, the airline still does not have a flight permit from the Russian authorities.

BBC journalists to stage 24-hour strike over jobs

BBC journalists will stage a 24-hour strike tomorrow in a row over jobs, threatening disruption to radio and TV news programmes.

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada
Birthplace of Arab Spring in turmoil as angry Tunisians stage massive sit-in over lack of development

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A former North African boom town is wasting away while its unemployed citizens stick steadfastly to their sit-in
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Can Dubai’s ‘creative village’ attract the right type of goatee-wearing individualist?
The cult of Roger Federer: What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?

The cult of Roger Federer

What is it that inspires such obsessive devotion?
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Malaysian munchies

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Unai Emery’s passion for winning and eye for a bargain keep Seville centre stage in Europe, says Pete Jenson
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

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