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The gross payouts will be £2.25bn less in 2014 than in 2013

Consuming Passions: Leisure and pleasure in Victorian Britain, by Judith Flanders

Who needs a self-lighting fairy?

Matthew Norman's Media Diary

My deep respect for their lordships

Paying too much for reassurance

Toby Walne asks whether extended guarantees are worth the cost

Dixons sends shiver through retail sector

Dixons sent another shiver through the retail sector today after the electricals specialist said its rate of sales growth had slowed.

Dixons buoyed by surprise sales leap

Dixons provided a boost for sentiment in the UK retail sector yesterday when it surprised the City with a 5 per cent jump in like-for-like sales.

Violent video game sells out after being blamed for murder

A video game blamed by a 14-year-old murder victim's parents for his death has sold out across much of the country following publicity about the brutal murder. The Dixons Group last week withdrew the violent game Manhunt from its Dixons, Currys and PC World stores, while Virgin Megastores also withdrew it in the wake of media coverage about the murder of Stefan Pakeerah, who was killed by his friend, Warren Leblanc, 17 in Leicester in February.

The Investment Column: Risk makes Dixons one to avoid

Amec gets back on track but shares are too pricey; Plenty of growth left in iSoft despite recent surge

Dixons to shut under-performing branches

More than 100 under-performing Dixons stores are to close as part of an overhaul at the high street electrical chain, it was announced today.

On a balance of risk Dixons looks too expensive

Passengers up but easyJet still in turbulence; Best to steer clear of Xenova despite drug options

After half a century at the till, one of Britain's retail titans finally checks out

Sir Stanley Kalms grew Dixons from a photographic studio to biggest UK electrical chain

Yearning for a simpler age

While some people struggle to keep up with the latest new technology, Julie Myerson prefers to stay in touch with the real world and just have a word processor that works.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee