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

Fantastic four: (left to right) Alex Gregory, Pete Reed, Tom James and Andrew Triggs-Hodge celebrate after their victory yesterday

London 2012 Olympic Games rowing champion Pete Reed proposes to girlfriend during closing ceremony

Olympic rowing champion Pete Reed got engaged at the London 2012 closing ceremony.

Invisible Ink: No 136 - Barbara Comyns Carr

The pocket magazine Lilliput is usually considered (if anybody considers it at all anymore) a quirky Bloomsbury amusement for clubbable gentlemen. Each cover featured a man, a woman and a terrier, and inside were tasteful photographs of naked ladies interspersed with fiction from some genuinely superb authors. It was responsible for bringing these writers to wider audiences, one of whom was Barbara Comyns Carr (nee Bayley).

Saskia Clark takes a celebratory dip as Hannah Mills looks on

British sailing pairs sign off with silvers in Weymouth

Patience and Bithell, and Mills and Clark earn medals to crown successful campaign

Lib Dems to campaign on existing constituencies

The Liberal Democrats will select their candidates to fight the next election on the basis of current Westminster constituencies, it emerged yesterday, in the wake of Nick Clegg's pledge to veto boundary change.

Coach Jason Lee (pictured) has expressed concern that the 9-3 defeat by the Netherlands on Thursday will be hard to recover from

Hockey: Lee tells dejected players to win for future prospects

British men's hockey squad can deliver a boost to their drive to reach the same funding levels as the nation's women if they pull off a shock win over the world game's top nation, Australia, in today's bronze medal game.

Grace Dent on Jade Jones: 'Jones is beautiful, agile, springy and professionally vicious. She's hard'

Grace Dent: Take the fight to men – we'd give them a good kicking

"So when did you realise you had a natural talent for kicking people in the head?" Hazel Irvine asked Team GB's Taekwondo gold medal winner Jade Jones on yesterday morning's BBC Olympic Breakfast. The men in the studio chortled, but smiles aside, this is plainly what Jones excels at.

Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch had no-advertising clause in will

He once fought for his right to party, and in death Beastie Boys star Adam Yauch is fighting to protect his music and image out of the hands of advertisers.

Mitt Romney talks to the media at Downing Street last week

Furore grows over ad blaming Romney for cancer death

Sparks are flying in the US presidential campaign over a television spot sponsored by a group supporting Barack Obama that features a former steel worker implicitly blaming Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee, for the death of his wife from cancer.

62-year-old Joe Soptic, now dubbed everywhere as Joe the Steelworker

Forget the plumber – Obama calls on 'Joe the Steelworker'

Campaign ad implicitly blaming Romney for wife's cancer death is causing a furore

Campaigners call for Babybel boycott after mental illness 'insult'

Disability groups in France are calling for a boycott of some Babybel cheese following accusations that a promotional summer toy insults the mentally ill.

Kate Walsh and other Team GB hockey players have proved an inspiration during the London 2012 Olympics

Hockey: Britain looks to up its game after Olympic success

The governing body of British hockey is making an ambitious push to capitalize on one of the surprise hits of the Olympics, with a recruitment drive under way which focuses substantially on the nation’s women.

Laura Trott celebrates her gold medal winning performance in the omnium

Autograph hunters and television cameras show Laura Trott's transformation into a household name is complete

The extent to which Laura Trott has been transformed from a quite good cyclist from Cheshunt into a household name was today proved by the phalanx of autograph hunters and cameras that followed her every move.

US political pundits begin scouring Wikipedia pages for hints over the identity of Mitt Romney's pick for potential Vice President

Breathe easy, Donald Trump is not going to be the Republican running mate in the presidential election and has no chance of ever being one heartbeat away from controlling America’s nuclear codes. We know this because his profile on Wikipedia, the encyclopaedia site, hasn’t been touched in weeks.

Jeremy Laurance: Regulators must ensure innovation is rewarded

The drugs industry has a long and inglorious history when it comes to the promotion of its products. Exaggerated claims of benefit, under-reported adverse effects and selective publication of results have featured regularly over the years.

Putting the ‘PR’ into entrepreneur

Alastair Turner explains how start-ups can make themselves heard in a crowded marketplace, the advantages they have over more established businesses and why creating a strong brand as soon as possible is the foundation for communications success

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

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The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...