Shire has made its biggest acquisition, spending $4.2bn (£2.6bn) on the US drugs maker ViroPharma. Shares in Shire rose 26p to 2,822p, even though it paid $50 a share for the rare-diseases specialist, which had revenues of $428m last year. Shire’s chief executive Flemming Ornskov expects to create $2bn revenues from medicines for rare diseases next year.
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Monday 11 November 2013
A high court row over the rights to use a famous 1960s Savile Row tailoring brand has been lost by Conservative Party vice-chairman Alan Lewis.
Friday 08 November 2013
Friday 18 October 2013
'Jaki Liebezeit has a motorik style but he's funky too'
Friday 11 October 2013
'Debbie Harry is kind of an idol of mine and a legend'
Wednesday 04 September 2013
The eagerly anticipated film charting the life story of Elvis Presley is to be overseen by The Last King of Scotland director Kevin MacDonald.
Sunday 18 August 2013
Michael Gove is a no-nonsense sort of chap, unafraid to shake his fist at the Human Rights Act. In 2011, the Education Secretary vowed to crack down on unruly pupils, whatever Europe said about their rights, and last year he led the cabinet's huffing and puffing when it looked as if Abu Qatada couldn't be deported. So how surprising to learn he is the trustee of a charity dedicated to promoting, er, human rights! The Charity Commission lists Gove as one of only two trustees of something called the European Freedom Fund. The other is the neocon writer and activist Douglas Murray. Their objective is "the promotion of respect for human rights as set out in the European Convention of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms adopted by the members of the council of Europe on 4th November 1950 and the convention's five protocols". This could put Gove in a tricky position when the Tories come to replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. Still, the EFF hasn't been too busy: no money has gone in or out since it was founded in 2007. Molto strano!
Rolling Stones heirloom? Lock of Sir Mick Jagger's hair snipped by ex-girlfriend Chrissie Shrimpton fetches £4,000 at auction
Thursday 04 July 2013
A clump of Sir Mick Jagger’s hair has fetched £4,000 at auction, twice its estimated sale price and more than four times the £900 raised for a lock of bandmate Keith Richards’ barnet.
Tuesday 02 July 2013
Veteran rocker Rod Stewart banned a BBC film crew from filming his model railway because it is "private" despite opening up on screen about his hard-living days on the road and complicated private life.
Let’s spend the night together: Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis says the Rolling Stones 'weren't at all greedy'
Tuesday 25 June 2013
Despite The Rolling Stones charging hundreds of pounds for tickets to their shows Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis has said that the veteran rockers "weren't at all greedy" when they agreed to headline at Worthy Farm this weekend.
Tuesday 18 June 2013
A clump of Mick Jagger’s hair cut before his Rolling Stones days is to be auctioned at Bonhams in London.
Friday 07 June 2013
The Rolling Stones celebrated the release of their first single "Come On" by giving it a rare live performance to mark its 50th anniversary.
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