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“Shock” and “anxiety” ran through the editorial floor of the News of the World the day two people were arrested in 2006 in connection with phone hacking. The description, from the former News International staff journalist Dan Evans, was told to the jury at the phone hacking trial.

UK may have to import rubbish for incinerators

Waste Britain: Improved recycling rates mean that we may not have enough garbage to feed planned new plants

£4m stolen mobile loophole closed

Crime gangs rake in up to £4 million a year by flogging "recycled" stolen mobile phones overseas.

John Rentoul: The Mail's poison

Today’s Daily Mail recycles The Guardian’s latest hard-to-follow reports of British “complicity” – a favourite word with Blair haters of right and left.

Ritz comes clean on recycled shampoo

The Ritz Hotel in London is decanting surplus toiletries left behind by guests.

Three charged with landfill body murder

Three people have been charged with murdering a father-of-three whose body was found at a landfill site, detectives said today.

Spelman plans to get tough on toy packaging and recycling

The toy industry faces a crackdown on excessive packaging under plans to reduce the amount of rubbish sent to landfills, the new Environment Secretary has warned.

Bin tax scheme put on the scrapheap

Plans for a "pay as you throw" bin tax have been scrapped as the Government looks to reward families who recycle rubbish instead.

WSmall Talk: estleigh sees the light and buys 3.62 million shares in lamp recycling specialist

So to the idyllic English summer; snatched glimpses of sunlight, burnt faces in the office and, of course, the sound of leather on willow. The first Test match at Lord's is always an event, and this year's started on Thursday as England took on Bangladesh. There is nothing Small Talk likes more than whiling away an afternoon amid the egg and bacon ties in the pavilion. But it was Giles Clarke, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), who caught the eye last week before a ball had been bowled.

Simon Read: How to keep boiler-room crooks out in the cold

The City watchdog revealed on Wednesday that it has been given a "hit list" of 38,000 names and contact details of so-called "suckers", people who have been highlighted by boiler-room operators as likely victims. The Financial Services Authority is now in the process of contacting all the people concerned to warn them that they are being targeted.

No recycling in my patch, says Tory green chief

Environment spokesman opposes waste project in his 'beautiful' constituency

Terence Blacker: What's green about cutting recycling?

To get a sense of the real news, of stories which have not been efficiently shaped and varnished for public consumption by the metropolitan media, it is often a good idea to read local papers. There, the apparently small events of everyday life can contain more real significance and truth than the latest well-spun policy iniative or survey from Whitehall.

MPs attack 'ludicrous' Foreign Office currency move

The "ludicrous" decision to stop protecting the Foreign Office budget from fluctuations in exchange rates has caused an "unacceptable risk" to its ability to function properly, MPs said today.

Brian Ashton: France's 'total rugby' is reward for stunning skill

Tackling The Issues: France emphasise all-round footballing skill in training from the under-sevens up

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Marina Diamandis' debut album demonstrates the inevitable workings of entropy on pop methodology.

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