News John Lewis at Westfield shopping centre

John Lewis has decided against closing its final salary pension scheme, leaving it as one of the only retailers in the country that still offers new staff the gold-plated retirement payouts more commonly associated with politicians and civil servants.

Thinking about a career change? Get into teaching

Bethany Doughty worked as an actuary for 10 years before deciding to retrain as a maths teacher. It has proved to be a lifechanging move, for all the right reasons…

Tom Jones: Businessman

Tom Jones was chief executive of the US aerospace company Northrop for 30 years and took it to the top of its field during the Cold War while weathering a series of scandals. He took the company from a secondary aerospace subcontractor to a leading manufacturer of military aircraft, including the F-5 and F-18 fighter jets and the B-2 stealth bomber.

Five questions on the annuity row

Annuity row? Is that a rediscovered classic by John Steinbeck? Sadly no. It’s an argument kicked-off by pensions minister Steve Webb who this week published proposals for reform of the annuity market which are now being considered by the Government.

Thomas Hitzlsperger with the Germany team

Thomas Hitzlsperger gay: The reaction in Germany after former Aston Villa player comes out

The former midfielder, who was capped 52 times by Germany, has received widespread support

Laura Robson was forced to pull out of her comeback from injury at the Hobart International

Laura Robson return ruined just before Australian Open after retiring injured with wrist injury in Hobart International

Robson won the first set before retiring hurt which comes as the latest blow in an effort to be fit for the Australian Open

Doreen Lawrence has accused the Metropolitan Police of planning to “wind down” the investigation into her son’s murder

Doreen Lawrence 'furious' after top detective forced to quit investigation into son's murder

Mother of murdered teenager Stephen accuses Metropolitan Police of winding down investigation

Happy days: Steve McClaren has accentuated the positive in lifting Derby County into promotion contention

Steve McClaren on road to repairing his reputation at Derby County

Rams manager is regarded more as a messiah of the East Midlands than the 'wally with a brolly' of his England days

New York Rangers player Wayne Gretzky in his final career game

Sporting Heroes- The first and last 99, the great Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky, ice hockey’s greatest player,  was born in 1961 in Ontario, Canada, where the sport is more a religion than a hobby. He first skated at the age of two on a rink that his dad Walter had made in the garden of their family home. At six, Gretzky was playing in an under-10s team. His jersey was too big for him, so he started to tuck in the right side of it, a superstition that stuck with him throughout his career.

Australia wicket-keeper Brad Haddin scored yet another half-century as he hit 75 in the fifth and final Ashes Test against England

Ashes 2013-14: The Aussie angle

If Haddin is about to retire, what better way to go than after the series of his life in which he has saved the Aussies time and time again?

Ashes 2013-14: Grumpy England let Australia off the hook - again

Brad Haddin impresses once again as England fail to take advantage of impressive start

Jonny Evans says the 'magnitude' of Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement from Manchester United was underestimated

Sir Alex Ferguson retirement has had a bigger impact than estimated, says Manchester United defender Jonny Evans

Jonny Evans says the ‘magnitude’ of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement from Manchester United was underestimated, as the club, beaten 2-1 by Tottenham on Wednesday, struggle to stay in touch with the title race.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: a career in pictures

The baby faced assassin returns to the Premier League

Firefighters arrive to attend a meeting of the Fire Brigades Union in London.

Firefighters and police 999 call handlers to strike on New Year's Eve

Members of the Fire Brigade Union and Public and Commercial Services union are both staging walkouts

England coach Andy Flower admits that he wants to remain in charge of the side to face the challenge of a 'fresh cycle'

Ashes 2013-14: England coach Andy Flower wants to stay on to face the challenge of a 'fresh cycle' after humbling series defeat

Both Flower and England captain Alastair Cook are under pressure as they try to avoid a 5-0 Ashes whitewash to Australia

Retirement rental hotspots in England and Wales

Homeowners selling their properties in order to turn their equity into cash to boost their retirement incomes

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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