Mark Steel: If you can avoid tax, why bother to leave?

Bank robbers don't declare what they have done so let's not make it illegal

Credit crisis diary: Ofcom promises staff they will go to the races

Life working for a regulator may be more exciting than you'd think. Ofcom, for example, is currently advertising for apprentices to train "in the diagnosis and resolution of radio spectrum interference complaints and associated regulatory/enforcement matters". The good folk at the telecoms regulator clearly realise the job is a hard sell, even in these tough economic times. "Shadowing our experienced engineers in the Field Operations team, you will get the opportunity to learn from the experts and may be involved in some exciting and high-profile projects and major events such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix", the advert promises.

The Vanishing Face of Gaia, By James Lovelock<br />He Knew He Was Right, By John Gribbin and Mary Gribbin

It is one of the supreme ironies of intellectual and scientific history that a profound new understanding of the Earth should come along just in time to forecast its end.

Zavvi Christmas vouchers 'worthless'

People given Zavvi gift vouchers for Christmas will be disappointed if they try to use them: the beleaguered entertainment retailer's administrators yesterday said that the tokens were worthless in stores and would not be accepted.

Virgin territory Branson plans test of commercial spacecraft

Virgin Galactic's 'WhiteKnightTwo', the mothership of 'SpaceShipTwo', will take to the air for the first time in the next 10 days. Sir Richard Branson, pictured here with a model of the revolutionary, all-carbon composite, four-engine jet, hopes to be at the Mojave Air & Space Port in the Californian desert for the first flight and plans to make a test flight himself. Once the testing has been carried out, the mothership will move on to take 'SpaceShipTwo', the passenger rocket, which fits between its twin fuselages, for its first practice run. Virgin said 248 people have paid $200,000 (£130,000) each for flights, which could begin within two years.

Thomson in race to make Vendee start line

A still stunned Alex Thomson was nevertheless working feverishly to save his assault on the Vendee Globe non-stop singlehanded round the world race yesterday in a boatbuilding shed alongside the pontoons holding 28 of the 30 gleaming 60-footers.

BA boss digs in for long haul

Few businessmen are as exposed to collapsing demand and high energy prices as Willie Walsh, chief executive of British Airways. Yet Jeremy Warner finds him in resilient mood, determined to take the opportunities for consolidation he thinks the economic downturn is certain to bring

Cole Moreton: These Limeys may be too slimy for the States

We have stood shoulder to shoulder through times of war and crisis, but now the special relationship between Britain and America faces its biggest challenge yet. Can it withstand Little Britain USA? The show starts there tonight on HBO, but advance screenings have had the critics howling with dismay and indignation.

Quotes of the day - 25 September

"Without immediate action by Congress, America could slip into a financial panic" - President George Bush, in his televised broadcast to the American people.

Virgin: BA's Terminal 5 flyers have stayed

Another front in the long-running battle between Virgin Atlantic and British Airways is set be opened by Sir Richard Branson's group, which claims that it has kept the passengers that deserted BA at the height of the Terminal 5 fiasco in March.

David Prosser's Outlook: This time, even Sir Richard Branson may not be able to ground his big enemy

It's good to know that in a world of perpetual change, there are still a few constants to which we can all desperately cling for stability. Specifically, that come hell or high water, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic will always be at each other's throats. So much so that even before Willie Walsh announced yesterday that BA and American Airlines were applying for anti-trust immunity (ATI) in order to forge a new partnership on flights between Europe and North America, Sir Richard Branson, Virgin's boss, had already had a tantrum about the idea.

The Weekend's TV: There's going to be trouble in paradise

Make Me A Christian, Sun Channel 4; Britain From Above, Sun BBC1

Branson unveils carrier for first space tourists

The mothership which will launch the first space tourists into the atmosphere was unveiled by Sir Richard Branson in California yesterday.

Space travel: Are we nearly there yet?

Fifty years ago, President Eisenhower created Nasa. Since then, we've sent men to the moon and robots to Mars &ndash; but the dream of regular tourist flights into space has still not been realised

A real page-turner? No, but it may change the way we read

An electronic gadget capable of storing hundreds of downloadable "ebooks" that could do for the written word what the iPod did for music is to be launched in over 300 stores across Britain

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Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
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Historians map out untold LGBT histories

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Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

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Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
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'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

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Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

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Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
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Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue