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Mary Dejevsky: Cash-machine man in need of withdrawal

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! I have arrived at the local cash-machine to find no one there. And by no one, I don't just mean there's no queue, although there isn't. I mean that there is no one lingering, lurking, sitting, lying, sleeping or otherwise occupying the space between the door of the NatWest bank and the door of the Costcutter store where the machine is sited.

Wealth Check: I want my theatre company to prosper

Ellie Simpson, 21, from Oxford, graduated this summer from Queen Mary in London with a First in English and Drama. She is currently living back at home and has a job supervising a bar at her local theatre with the view to pay off her overdraft.

Lancashire seal Flintoff deal

Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes is confident Andrew Flintoff will be fit to fulfil his new contract.

Questions Of Cash: 'Should NatWest have charged me 360 for a 5 error?'

Q. I had a bank account with NatWest for six years. In that time, I accidentally went overdrawn a couple of times but by no more than 5. Each time I was charged 28. On the last occasion, I complained and NatWest said it would review matters and contact me afterwards which has not happened. A year and a half ago I relocated to the US. Before moving away, I went 4 overdrawn by mistake. I paid this as soon as I noticed my error. But now I have received several threatening letters stating that I owe NatWest 332.59 in interest and charges. Can I do something against such disproportionate charges? HC, United States.

Sean O'Grady: First the £1.2 trillion bailout. Now it's payback time

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James Prosser: Osborne's wacky idea is also dangerous

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Recession: 'We're all in this together' Oh yeah?

So, would-be Chancellor George Osborne says we must all share the pain. Unemployment is at a 17-year high of 2.47 million and 65,000 face repossession, while Goldman Sachs bankers in the UK are in line for an <i>average</i> &pound;440,000 bonus, and top City lawyers are struggling on &pound;380,000. Fair?

&pound;600,000 internet fraud gang faces jail

A gang of internet fraudsters was facing jail today for using a sophisticated computer virus to steal £600,000 from bank customers.

Ponting: My break after Ashes inspired our victory

Ricky Ponting flew home from England after the Ashes this summer a deeply disappointed man, but the Australia captain believes that time away from the game helped him to lead his side to victory in the Champions Trophy.

Spotlight: 5% Regular Saver from RBS NatWest

There's another new option for savers seeking to maximise returns during this low interest rate environment. The Royal Bank of Scotland Group is launching a Regular Saver Account paying 5 per cent.

Hauritz anticipates Strauss challenge

Nathan Hauritz is expecting Andrew Strauss to come out with a better plan when he faces up to him in today's Champions Trophy semi-final showdown at Centurion.

Strauss shows ruthless streak

Captain Andrew Strauss showed a more ruthless edge in his on-field behaviour as England earned a Champions Trophy semi-final spot with the best batting display in his memory.

Flower expects England to bloom

Coach Andy Flower insists England are excited rather than weary as they head into the Champions Trophy tomorrow.

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