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When the CBI director-general, John Cridland, took the top job at the UK’s biggest business lobbying group in February 2011, his ambition was to find a fitting new home for the organisation: in his words, a “modest palace of glass and steel”.

A mad scramble by bargain hunters in one of the capital’s biggest

Online shopping ‘comes of age’ in time for Boxing Day as millions make most of the sales

Up to 118 million visits to UK retail websites estimated to have been made on each of Christmas Day and Boxing Day

Why do we get so trollied at Christmas?

The British attitude to drunkenness still baffles me, especially at this time of year

Raising the bar: the hotel's drinking den

The Fashion Audit: Cashmere cosy / Fright night / Juice shot

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

The Fashion Audit: Juliet's jewels, all tied up and designer duds

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Egg, ham and peas at Berners Tavern

On the menu: Berners Tavern; Dom Pérignon & Jeff Koon; Kraken Rum Tentacle; After Eight Dessert; Megaro Bar

This week I've been eating. . . egg, ham and peas

The actor Steven Berkoff was found guilty of driving without due care and attention after knocking a woman down on New Year's Eve

Bond villain Steven Berkoff fined £400 after running woman over on Oxford Street

Steven Berkoff, a luminary of the British film and theatre scene, best known for playing Bond villain General Orlov in Octopussy, has been fined £400 after knocking a woman over in his car.

West London College

History: Has its roots in 1930s correspondence schooling and became West London College in 1977.

Debenhams is upbeat despite volatile trading

Debenhams said it will hit City expectations for this year, despite yesterday posting its weakest sales for more than two years and reporting "volatile" high street trading in its third quarter.

Lining them up at Five Guys Burgers and Fries in New York

Byron? Pah! Can you do posher than George?

Our writers review their favourite burger joints...

The Business Matrix: Thursday 27 June 2013

Right royal result for Crown Estate

Selfridges robbery: Two men charged over an armed raid

Two men being held in custody and charged over an armed raid at Selfridges department store will appear in court today.

Police detain an anti-capitalist protester in London on 11 June 2013

Police braced for second wave of G8 protests in London

'We continue to ask protesters to contact us and work with us...  as yet no one has chosen to work with us'

Police, medics and passers-by around a man who came off a moped at the corner of Goodge Street and Charlotte Street, London. He and another man were apprehended by police shortly after a raid at Selfridges

‘I am no hero’, says waiter who tackled Selfridges raider

Two of six suspects in smash-and-grab robbery are captured as getaway moped crashes nearby

Here’s Jonnie: Britain’s Jonnie Peacock (second from left) sprints to victory in the T43/44 100m during the Great CityGames in Manchester yesterday

Jonnie Peacock suits being a street racer

Paralympian makes winning return after London by sprinting down Deansgate at the Great CityGames

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'