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Smaller companies have been a lucrative, albeit higher-risk, area to invest over the long term. The Numis Smaller Companies Index has, since 1955, achieved an annual return of 15.8 per cent compared with 12 per cent for the broader UK stock market.

Gamers 'alone together' no longer as Nintendo details Wii U GamePad

'Miiverse' Wii U community and Wii U Pro Controller also revealed in pre-E3 2012 video.

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Gothicka, By Victoria Nelson

In comics, novels and films, the modern cult of the 'New Gothic' reveals a keen hunger for non-religious rebirth.

Just what exactly can we expect from Kratos in God of War: Ascension?

Across five games and through much of ancient Greece he’s wreaked havoc, but where should Kratos be heading now?

The Tortured Spirit: in the BBC's Being
Human, John Mitchell (left) was so desperate to throw off his bloodlust he shared house with a ghost
and a werewolf, much to the embarrassment
of his fellow bloodsuckers

Dracula bites back! Gothic legacy in danger from touchy-feely, fictional vampires

Give us a villainous vampire we can get our teeth into, not one of these winsome wimps

<i>Game of Thrones</i>, distinguished by its spectacular visuals, is at its best when tongue in cheek

Game of Thrones, Sky Atlantic, Sunday
The Undateables, Channel 4, Tuesday
Marrying Prince Harry, Channel 4, Friday

The return of a cult fantasy show tempts even a sceptical viewer to mug up on myths and maps

Rebel Robb Stark

'Game of Thrones': It's like Tolkien, but with naughty bits

It's back on the box from tomorrow and Tim Lott explains why its blend of swords, sorcery and sex is such a winner

Deadlight – Preview

Deadlight is more than just your average zombie-blaster.

Mark Lanegan Band, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

“Give us a smile,” jokes a heckler in the audience. He didn’t have a chance in hell. The 48-year-old grunge warrior simply trudged on with “One Way Street”, growling “I drink so much sour whiskey/ I can hardly see”. Mark Lanegan doesn’t do light, frivolity or whimsy. He deals in cataloguing the murkier alleyways of the human soul: death, drunkenness, sordidness (“Those feral girls will suit me more than/ Gloss from drugstore magazines,” he snarls tonight on “Sleep with Me”), substance abuse and the apocalypse (“The end could be soon, we'd better rent a room/ So you can love me,” he reasons on “Wedding Dress”).

Erotic writer Kay Jaybee waits for inspiration

Kinky books: Erotic fiction is having a steamy renaissance and its hottest authors are women

My first thought when I embarked on this project was: do women write porn?

Dragons roar back in thriller

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Isabelle Duston’s cooking app was a surprise success in Denmark

The digital enlightenment has already begun

In the brave new world of social media development, budding entrepreneurs need more than bright ideas. How can educators nurture the skills required to produce a winning formula?

Album: Radical face, The Family Tree: The Roots

The Roots is the first part of a Family Tree trilogy by Radical Face, aka solo artist Ben Cooper, who recorded the album in his mother's Jacksonville toolshed, using only instruments available to the 19th-century protagonists of his fictional family. It's a gambit reminiscent of The Band's second album and Sufjan Stevens's 50 States project, and Cooper employs the frail Americana vocalese employed by such as Stevens, Jason Lytle and Jonathan Donahue, in relating his grim tales of hardship, desertion and death in childbirth, with occasional glimmering lights provided by the unbreakable fellowship of family. With tack piano, acoustic guitar and banjo borne along by simple beats, and shaded with wheezing accordion, smears of strings and ambient sounds, the authentic echoes of history gust around Cooper's sepia-tint stories.

Dave Hadfield: The in-flight reading habits of the Catalan Dragons

Those of you who follow this thread &ndash; don&rsquo;t laugh, there are such people &ndash; will be glad to hear that I have learned a good deal more about the in-flight reading habits of the Catalan Dragons.
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