Osborne’s £30,000 refurb bill

The Chancellor, George Osborne, spent more than £30,000 of public money on refurbishing 11 Downing Street and his Number 10 flat.

Alison Broom: Don't we single people deserve a tax break, too?

Maybe the pollsters can explain why it's ok to hack off this large group while sucking up to smug marrieds
Ferdinand: 'When I'm retired I will be judging my career on what my team won'

James Lawton: Sorry, Rio, trophies are not the way to judge greatness

Maybe, just maybe, he is the like of which we have not seen since the unforgettable George Best

George Osborne confirms £50 water bill discount

Chancellor George Osborne confirmed today plans to underwrite a £50 discount on water bills for hard-hit families in south west England.

Harriet Walker: 'It was clear we'd need to posh up'

The first lesson of staying in a fancy hotel, my friend and I learnt last weekend, is to pretend you belong there. This 200-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheet? I dry my dishes with something similar, darling. That avant-garde bathroom tiled entirely in Spanish marble? It's a bit like our utility room at home, wouldn't you say?

War hero gives winter fuel allowance to needy

Well-off pensioners are being urged to give money away, reports Simon Read

A child plays in the Bedouin town of Alsra

The Bedouin vs Israel's bulldozers

As Jewish settlers move into the desert to make it 'bloom', an ancient way of life is under threat. In Alsra, Catrina Stewart speaks to Arab families on the fault line

Going for a spin: Uncover some hidden gems on a fly-drive holiday to the Netherlands

Imagine you are in the prim and historic town of Middenbeemster, 25km north of the centre of Amsterdam. You have a plane to catch from Schiphol airport, 10km south of the capital. It's the height of the evening rush hour. A recipe for stress and delay? Not when I tried. Just half an hour later I was dropping off the car at the rental counter at Schiphol and was walking towards check-in.

Plumbers fear taxman's tap on the shoulder

Plumbers are being targeted by the taxman as the HM Revenue and Customs steps up its effort to wrench taxes from those it believes have underpaid.

Dubai: Water system fails at luxury apartments

Ruptured water pipes at a luxury apartment complex on Dubai's man-made, palm-shaped islands have forced residents to wash in the sea and use shopping-centre toilets.

Wolseley to sell off Build Center and Brossette

The plumbing supplies firm Wolseley is to sell off its UK-based Build Center arm and its French plumbing and heating unit Brossette, netting £310m as it seeks to pay down debt and refocus its business.

Sewage makes Goa's tourist beaches unsafe

Beaches in the Indian state of Goa are unfit for swimming and fishing because of high levels of sewage contamination, scientists say.

HMRC warns tax dodgers of fresh VAT crackdown

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) will follow its probe into plumbers with a crackdown on VAT dodgers. The tax authorities have sent a warning to individuals and businesses that trade above the £71,000 VAT threshold to come forward and register before facing fines.

Travis Perkins buys Focus DIY stores

The owner of Wickes has bought 13 stores from the administrators of the stricken chain Focus DIY in a deal worth £8.4m. Travis Perkins said the sites will be converted to the Wickes format by the end of 2011, bringing the number of outlets in the chain to 216.

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It's what you're reclining on that matters
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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