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.

Bidders circle Mosaic's fashion chain Principles

The womenswear retailer Principles is on the verge of being sold after its debt-laden parent company revealed it had received a number of approaches for the 361-store chain.

It's oh so quiet on the east coast of Barbados

Celebrities love this island's Platinum Coast. But the locals prefer its wilder Atlantic beaches. Now some hoteliers are catching on, too, says Ian Burrell

Baugur admits defeat as UK arm falls into administration

Baugur collapsed into administration yesterday after the stricken Icelandic investment group withdrew an attempt to block creditors in its local courts, in a move that could have major ramifications for some of the UK's biggest retailers.

For sale: the British High Street

Icelandic group with major holdings in more than 20 chains faces meltdown

Rose determined to steer 'lean and mean' M&S through crunch

Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose has been credited with the revival of the high street giant, but has come under heavy pressure as trading turned sour during a torrid 2008.

Deborah Orr: The grim state of the high street has turned into a spectator sport

Suddenly everyone is a retail expert, happy to bang on about the minutiae of consumption’

Survival: the gift that is out of stock

Christmas trading represents the 'final throw of the dice' for some retailers, finds Simon Evans. So after Woolworths and MFI, who will be the next casualties?

Green makes a quick £1m on Moss Bros sale

Sir Philip Green has pocketed a £1m windfall by offloading his stake in the beleaguered suit company Moss Bros, just two weeks after buying it.

The retail surgeon who may be the only hope of survival for some firms

Hilco's Paul McGowan is set to be one of the new masters of the retail universe next year. James Thompson reports

Green drops plans to bid for Moss Bros

Moss Bros lost more than a third of its market value yesterday after the tycoon Sir Philip Green said he had no plans to launch a takeover bid for the menswear retailer and suit hire group.

Market Report: Rio looks grand on boost to debt position

The miner Rio Tinto traded higher in line with the wider sector yesterday amid growing confidence in the company's long-term debt position.

Margareta Pagano: Help small firms. Tax cuts won't even be a short-term fix

The Government must boost the real economy

Jeremy Warner: Downturn bites hard at Marks & Spencer

Sir Stuart Rose, chairman of Marks & Spencer, is no quitter, but he must occasionally wonder why he didn't quietly bow out earlier this year while he still had the chance. Instead, he not only incurred the wrath of shareholders by elevating himself to the executive chairmanship, but by doing so he has ensured he is still at the helm as the ship sails into the recessionary storm. Already the impact on sales and profits is brutal.

Redknapp hopes of January transfer binge put on hold

Spurs manager may have to sell players before he can bolster squad in window

Credit crisis diary: Lessons to learn from the East

Emerging markets are supposed to be racy and high-risk compared with their counterparts in the West. Still, it's a shame the good chaps at Northern Rock – or City regulators for that matter – didn't follow the example of China, where the principle of a minimum deposit for first-time homebuyers is enshrined in law. True, the minimum was reduced yesterday, from 30 to 20 per cent. But that still looks pretty low-risk compared with the deals on offer, until recently, from lenders in Britain's supposedly sophisticated market-led economy.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
Sicily – seven nights from £939pp
Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
Mary Rose – two nights from £319pp
Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home