Teaming up with online games

Why traditional board game manufacturers are getting their online rivals on board

Thought the age of cardboard, dice and cards was over? Think again. Instead of battling online-games developers in court, firms like Hasbro and Mattel are teaming up with them. Simon Usborne reports

Tangent gets European foothold

Tangent is expanding in Europe after buying rival Goodprint for £10m. Shares in the Aim-listed printer, chaired by the former Carlton TV chief Michael Green, closed up 0.625p at 10.75p as Tangent also posted a 3 per cent rise in interim profits to £964,000.

Ain't no party like a P-Middy party

Pippa Middleton's book Celebrate offers inventive tips to hosts everywhere – such as throwing a bonfire do on 5 November. What other gems, sorry, crown jewels does she dish up?*

Emily Jupp: Paraphernalia makes death an expensive business

I've been thinking a lot about death lately. Not in a morbid, metaphysical way. More in a practical way. It just seems to cost so much. Like the wedding industry, the funeral industry is an expensive business, inflated by unnecessary pomp and circumstance. The most recent estimate says it rakes in £1.5bn each year. Like taxes, of course, it's something we'll all have to pay for, sooner or later. But what's the point? Isn't spending loads on your funeral just like planning a massive party that you don't even get to attend?

Paraphernalia makes death an expensive business

The grandeur of the funeral industry is being sidestepped as ever more people opt for something a little on the cheaper side. Thought about a cardboard coffin?

The End of Men and the Rise of Women By Hanna Rosin Viking

An unconvincing economics-led theory that predicts female supremacy and male demise

Almost Nothing to Do With Frogs, Underbelly, Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Fringe is all about talent-spotting but forget Footlights - if you really want to see the next generation of performers first, the smart money is on Double Edge Drama. This is theatre company of Eton College, whose recent alumni include Eddie Redmayne, Harry Lloyd and Tom Hiddleston, to name but a few.

Hubbard's Cupboard: At least this time they are not shooting live pigeons...

The man with incredible tales...
Listening to Britney Spears' greatest hits was so much more appealing than doing that economics essay…

Top ten tips for procrastination

Procrastination is not just the avoidance of essential, dull everyday tasks such as essay writing or washing. For students it is an art form to be carefully cultivated.

The Weekend's Viewing: Wallander, Sun, BBC1
The Hollow Crown: Henry IV Part 1, Sat, BBC2
Sinbad, Sun, Sky1

"She thinks I should leave things at the door a bit more, stop carrying all this stuff around," Wallander said to a colleague in last night's episode. "She" is Vanja, Wallander's new partner and "this stuff" is the Nordic thunderhead of gloom that generally hovers above Kurt wherever he goes.

Resistance: Burning Skies – Review

For a first time ever on a handheld, a first-person shooter feels natural to control.

Shock tactics aren’t required and Robert Jay doesn’t use them

James Cusick: Britain's most televised barrister dons the disguise of Captain Slow

His disguise works best when the person on the receiving end gets too comfortable

Listening device found at footballer's home

A recording device that looks like a small piece of cardboard was planted at the home of a Premiership footballer to record details about his private life, MPs were told yesterday during an inquiry into the murky world of private investigators.

Protest groups target Angloand Rio Tinto meetings

Two of the world's biggest mining companies endured a barrage of protests yesterday, as a broad coalition of unions, individuals, social and environmental groups from as far afield as South Africa and Mongolia travelled to London for Rio Tinto and Anglo American's annual meetings.

Protesters grab chance for a dig at mining giants

Protesters say Rio's record makes a mockery of Lord Coe's promise of the greenest Games ever
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Everyone is talking about The Trews

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Homeless people keep mobile phones

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