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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In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

Iran is shifting from pariah to possible future policeman of the Gulf

Robert Fisk on our crisis with Iran
The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

Sharp increase in the number of under-25s living in poverty
Greens on the march: ‘We could be on the edge of something very big’

Greens on the march

‘We could be on the edge of something very big’
Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby - through the stories of his accusers

Revealed: the case against Bill Cosby

Through the stories of his accusers
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The Meaning of Mongol

Why are the words 'mongol' and 'mongoloid' still bandied about as insults?
Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible