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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

Ravel Morrison was coached by Rene Meulensteen at Manchester United

Fulham transcript: What Rene Meulensteen said (or refused to say) about Ravel Morrison

The Cottagers have seen a bid for the England Under-21 international rejected, but are now under investigation

Apple in China: CEO Tim Cook 'incredibly optimistic' about iPhone prospect with China Mobile

China Mobile offers more than 760 million potential customers, although Apple still faces competition from cheaper handsets made by local companies

England captain Alastair Cook looks dejected as Australia celebrates their Ashes triumph after the fifth Test

Ashes 2013-14: Alastair Cook’s sleepless nights over Kevin Pietersen future

England captain admits lying in bed thinking about the way forward and ‘the decisions that go with that’ as debate about the leading batsman continues, writes Stephen Brenkley in Melbourne

Mayor of Toronto Rob Ford had to issue an apology after falsely claiming a reporter took photos of his children

Rob Ford writes humiliating apology after false claim reporter took photos of his children

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has apologised after he claimed a Canadian reporter was “lurking” around his house, climbing his fences and taking photos of his children.

Pictures of the year: UK News 2013

David Moyes declared he was indifferent about facing Everton – just bothered by the result

Manchester United v Everton: David Moyes keeps lid on emotions ahead of Everton's visit to Old Trafford

'I would rather get on with the game,' says former Goodison boss ahead of reunion with former club

Market Report: Genel may become an M&A target because it’s debt-free with a $1bn cash flow

New plans to manage payments for oil in Turkey out of Kurdistan helped Tony Hayward and Nat Rothschild’s Genel Energy spurt up nearly 5 per cent yesterday. Analysts rated the oil explorer a buy and raised their price target after news on Friday that a deal has been reached with the Kurdistan Regional Government regarding payments that will now not contravene an existing agreement with Iraq.

Jagger joins the GG club. Fellow members are: Julie Andrews, star of The Sound of Music; Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek's Dr Spock and Queen Elizabeth II

Sir Mick Jagger and the great-grandparent club: why more of us will know our children's children's children

Sir Mick Jagger is about to become a member of a growing new club – great-grandparenthood. Samuel Muston finds out why more of us will know our children’s children’s children

Male models outside an Abercrombie & Fitch store

It's hard to feel sympathy for Abercrombie & Fitch's falling sales

The costly clothing emporium is branching out into larger sizes, which is rich considering its CEO's controversial opinions on body size

Microsoft confirms Xbox One offers 'achievements' for watching TV

The rumoured - and ridiculed - feature was first mentioned in May

Lord Hall’s plans for a ‘personal’ BBC might not suit everyone

This BBC DG gives me the heebie jeebies

Lord Hall's futuristic vision risks devaluing what it seeks to protect

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, has warned there are “lots of abuses” of the minimum wage

Steve Richards in conversation with...Vince Cable

The Lib Dem conference begins this weekend and so too does The Independent's series of fringe meetings sponsored by RSA Insurance Group. We kick off on the evening of Monday 16 September, when The Independent's esteemed political columnist Steve Richards will sit down with Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable.

Mark Leftly: Will Tony Hayward be given his old life back – to chair Glencore Xstrata?

Outlook It was an astute question, but Ivan Glasenberg doesn't slip up easily. More importantly, the billionaire South African usually gets what he wants and we now have a good idea of what – or who – his latest target might be.

Owner Michael Owen (second left) and jockey Richard Kingscote with Brown Panther after his Goodwood Cup win yesterday

Glorious Goodwood: Brown Panther triumph leaves Michael Owen in the pink

Pre-season never used to be such a sweat. But then football seldom proved this exciting, even on the great days. And if Brown Panther's success here yesterday represented a valid sample of retirement, Michael Owen is hardly going to yearn long for those rainy Tuesdays in Stoke.

Michael Clarke (left) and Shane Watson are all friends in the slips at Trent Bridge

Ashes 2013: Brad Haddin insists there is 'no feud' between Michael Clarke and Shane Watson

Former coach Mickey Arthur claims there is unrest in the camp

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Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine