i Theo Paphitis, retail magnate

Has he, God forbid, actually decided to invest in something?

Racing: Punters escape betting ring blues with the redcoats

Grumpy track bookmakers are driving racegoers into the arms of cheerful, red-jacketed staff at the Tote's betting booths, Peter Jones, the chairman of the Tote, said last night.

Racing: Wyatt credited with Tote advance

Tributes were paid yesterday to Lord Wyatt of Weeford, the former chairman of the Horserace Totalisator Board who has died aged 79. The former Labour MP died in hospital on Sunday after suffering a burst artery in his stomach.

Obituary: Ken Hoare

Kenneth Sidney Hoare, writer: born Torquay, Devon 30 March 1929; died London 16 November 1997.

Football: Huddersfield opt for double act

Terry Yorath, the former Wales manager, yesterday revealed that he turned down the job of Huddersfield manager, preferring instead to be Town's new first-team coach.

Network: Magic Touch

Stephen Pritchard sees one of Manchester's most notorious estates getting connected to the wired world via touch-screen kiosks

Iverson backed to remain at Laura Ashley

John Thornton, the powerful chairman of Laura Ashley and friend of 35 per cent shareholder Sir Bernard Ashley, is backing Ann Iverson to stay as chief executive, according to a source close to the beleaguered group.

Wyattosaurus enjoys his final roar

Even as Lord Wyatt of Weeford unveiled the 21st and final annual report of his long tenure as the chairman of the Tote yesterday, along the road in South Kensington, the curator of the Natural History Museum was making space for an important new exhibit. Move over tyrannosaurus, it is time to welcome the Wyattosaurus - the last of the great dinosaurs.

Lindsay still in contention

Maurice Lindsay, the rugby league supremo, has re-emerged as a contender for the post of chairman of the Tote after being interviewed by the Home Office for a second time.

Bed and board Howard's way

Interview Deborah Ross talks to HOWARD HODGSON

The bottom line

A taste for hard flooring has rung the death knell for carpets. Modern technology now makes natural wood an affordable option, but it is classic linoleum that is the rising star of the modern interior. James Sherwood reports

MY WEEK

It was in the Sixties. The sun shone in the summertime, the snow fell at Christmas and forget-me-nots flowered on my birthday in the forget- me-not bed in our garden. One day this man phoned to ask whether I would do a pilot for a quiz show he had devised for BBC Radio.

Letter: Tory barbarians

Sir: You argue that Labour party policy on education is superior to that of the Tories, who are (you sardonically suggest) committed to grammar-school black gowns, canes and Latin verbs (leading article, 16 December).

ARCHITECTURE : Free spirit

Three things about the Serpentine gallery: it is small, exciting and free. It is being revamped; it should be cloned.

Letter: Latin is dead, long live English

Sir: Trevor Cox (Letters, 10 May) suggests that Latin may serve as a common language for Europe and Dr Peter Jones claims it helps children with grammar and romance languages. Esperanto is much more useful.

Rise and fall of the greed generation's lobbyist

The venue was a private room in Quag-lino's, Sir Terence Conran's fashionable restaurant in London's St James's; the date, March 1994. More than a dozen Whitehall political advisers had gathered for a bibulous three-course dinner - and none had brought their cheque books.
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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