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

One man went to Mo: Sir Richard Branson was quick off the mark
Niall Ferguson, right, with his wife, the feminist writer Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Hit the Road Barack: Will Niall Ferguson's damning Newsweek article on Obama have any real affect on the 2012 US presidential campaign?

The rumpus over Niall Ferguson’s Newsweek cover story proclaiming it was time for Obama to go proves an ancient truth. If there’s one thing worse than being talked about, it’s not being talked about.

The Blagger's Guide To: WilL Self

So, Will, can a sesquipedalian be lost for words?
Holy smoke: Festival-goers light a bong at the annual Hempfest

Legalisation row splits marijuana users at Hempfest

As thousands hit the world's largest cannabis rally, support for a law change is not unanimous

Churchgoers set to reject David Cameron

Nearly three fifths of churchgoers (58%) are less likely to vote for David Cameron at the next general election following his plans to legalise gay marriage, according to a survey released today.

Moscow's gay pride ban for 100 years

Moscow's highest court has upheld a ban on gay pride marches for the next 100 years due to a perceived risk of public disorder.

Have-a-go guests have enjoyed racing themselves in this year’s Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

New sponsorship ensures buoyant future for Cowes Week

Fireworks over Cowes were more than the traditional Friday celebration as the south’s largest annual regatta drew not just to a close but a beginning of long-term stability at a time of economic uncertainty for many sports.

Underbelly calls for truce as Edinburgh venue row threatens to roll on

One of the most prominent venue operators at the Edinburgh Festival has spoken out against a rival who is “threatening to destroy” the event with his claims of infighting, and called for a truce.

Parents fail to prevent bid to turn Downhills primary school into academy

Campaigners have failed in their High Court bid to stop an underperforming primary school being turned into an academy.

Royal Mail in parcel deal with Chinese firm ZJS Express

The Royal Mail's European parcels business is launching a partnership with a Chinese firm.

Page 3 Profile: Desperate Dan, comic character

We didn't know The Dandy was still going

And neither, sadly, do the vast majority of the British public. The UK's longest-running children's comic, starring cowboy Desperate Dan, sold two million copies a week in its Fifties heyday. But now The Dandy sells fewer than 8,000 a week. No surprise, then, that it's facing closure. Its publisher, the Dundee-based DC Thomson, said: "We are carrying out a review of our magazines business to meet the challenges of the rapidly-changing publishing industry."

Education Secretary Michael Gove who has approved the sale of over 20 school playing fields

Fears of school playing fields sell-off as Michael Gove relaxes Government regulations

The Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has relaxed Government regulations on the amount of minimum outdoor space schools must provide pupils for playing team games.

The Dandy: Desperate times call for desperate measures for Desperate Dan

Scottish publisher DC Thomson this week announced The Dandy, its famous comic, could close as the firm tries to cut losses.

Games can 'turbo-charge' Britain's tourism says Hunt

The success of the Olympics can “turbo-charge” the UK's tourism industry, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said as the Government prepared to launch a major push to attract visitors.

David Cameron intervenes in Adam Jones Qatar 'kidnap' case

Prime Minister David Cameron has intervened personally to help a 12-year-old boy who wrote him a letter last year pleading for help after his family allegedly took and kept him in Qatar under false pretences, Downing Street confirmed today.

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'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

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The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before