Arts and Entertainment

An anthology of stories which have won the Asham Award, as well as additional tales by established Virago authors, this is a book of journeys, meetings and partings, flights and homecomings.

Johann Hari: The plan to save Ed Miliband

The Labour leader isn't visible enough, his message is too often unclear – and it's not connecting with voters. If he made just three key changes, the Miliband brand could become a real winner

Business Diary: Green alternative to Royal Bank?

Residents of Edinburgh West will be pleased to hear their Liberal Democrat MP, Mike Crockart, is doing his best to bring new jobs to the constituency. Crockart was leading a delegation at the House of Commons yesterday calling for the headquarters of the new Green Investment Bank to be sited in the area he represents. Is the MP being a little greedy? After all, with Royal Bank of Scotland based at Gogarburn in the constituency, Edinburgh West is already home to one world-class bank. Oh hang on a moment, that's not quite right.

Christina Patterson: I still don't see Labour's alternative

If I was losing my job I'd be very angry. But I'd also feel very angry that nobody had presented an answer, other than higher tax

Dominic Lawson: It's a pity the majority remain silent

If there had been competing marches based on opinion polls, the TUC's 250,000 might have met a crowd of 400,000

Tim Lott: March for the alternative – an alternative to pointless marches

The idea that the rally can be thought of as being on a par with ‘recent protests in the Middle East’ is hilariously self-important, not to say insulting

Johann Hari: This Budget took from the rest to give to the rich

Yesterday the process of redistribution away from you was supercharged by the Tories

The Business On... Michael Sherwood, Vice chairman, Goldman Sachs

Another one of "God's bankers"?

Business Diary: Groupon praised for its boldness

Congratulations to all the winners of the Boldness in Business Awards, which are sponsored by the Financial Times and the steel producer ArcelorMittal. And there is certainly no arguing with the judges' choice as the best newcomer – they picked the American discount voucher company Groupon. It has, after all, been exceptionally bold, spending millions to buy a slot during the Superbowl in the US, in which it aired an advertisement widely criticised for making light of the way Tibetans are facing Chinese repression. Bold indeed.

Market Report: Defence cut fears force BAE Systems to retreat

With defence cuts in the UK back in focus BAE Systems was stuck at the foot of the blue-chip index last night as it dropped 14.7p to 326.8p.

Drogo, Britain's youngest castle, faces a battle for survival

Julius Drewe was just 33 when he decided to cash in and spend the rest of his life playing the country squire. The year was 1889 and Drewe's astonishing success from relatively humble origins marked him out as the prototype for generations of self-made retail tycoons to follow, from Jack Cohen to Philip Green.

Online petitions: sign in and be counted

Can online petitions ever pack as much of a punch as pen and ink? Alice-Azania Jarvis investigates

Dylan Jones: 'The 21 club was raided many times during Prohibition, but no federal agent could ever find the cellar'

To celebrate his new CNN talk show, last week I threw a dinner for Piers Morgan at "21" in New York. With its old-school clubby charms, quintessentially American while very much apeing British style, it seemed the most appropriate place to hold it. Tommy Hilfiger, David Lauren, Robert Earl, Sir Philip Green, Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff, Gawker's Nick Denton, the New York Post's Col Allen and a host of others sat down to crab cakes and rack of lamb as they toasted the latest Brit to wash up in Manhattan.

The Business On... Robert Swannell, Chairman, Marks & Spencer

A case of 'the king is dead, long live the king'?

M&S chairman steps down after six years



Sir Stuart Rose ends a colourful six-year tenure with high street giant Marks & Spencer today as he steps down as chairman.

Julie Burchill: You have to laugh when right-on icons turn out to have the moves of frat boys

Unlike those broads who live on that bit of the Venn diagram where smug socialites overlap with weirdos who campaign for murderers on Death Row, I don't know if Julian Assange is innocent or guilty of being a sex-pest. But I DO know that he is a wonderful thing in that he has given us an up-close-and-personal viewing of that rare bird, the Lefty Lothario, in all his tawdry glory.

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Seven Cities of Italy
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Prague, Budapest and Vienna
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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn