Is personal branding the way to get on at work?

After fumbling with the door to 64 Knightsbridge in an unpolished way, I meet the polished Louise Mowbray, personal branding expert. She's attractive, all Liv Tyler lips, white teeth and diamonds. Her brand screams elegance and poise (the exact opposite of my bumbling entrance). So my first thought is, if the aim of this is to find a personal brand, can I have yours?

Space rockers reunite on Earth

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BA to increase fuel surcharges

British Airways is to increase its fuel surcharge on all tickets from next week, it was announced today.

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Terence Blacker: A religious festival in serious need of rebranding

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Space: The VSS Enterprise

Ever harboured dreams of floating weightless in the vast emptiness of space? Thanks to the ambitious plans of beardy entrepreneur Richard Branson, an experience once the preserve of science fiction is soon to become a standard package – albeit a pricey one.

England torn to shreds by Aussie critics

England came under concerted attack from the Australian media yesterday for their negative approach on the final day of the second Ashes Test. England were 59 for 1 heading into day five but were bowled out for 129, ultimately succumbing to a six-wicket defeat.

Alan Ryan: Why I'm paying our tutors more money

Everyone knows that over the past 30 years academic pay has slipped compared with similar white-collar occupations. In the Sixties, a professor made much the same as an under-secretary in the civil service, a keeper at the British Museum, a GP, or a solicitor in mid-career.

New vice squad to tackle airport sex-slave auctions

A special sex trafficking squad is being set up to investigate the escalating problem of foreign women being smuggled into Britain to work as prostitutes.

Stefano Hatfield On Advertising

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Roger Trapp: The desire for freedom leads to a DIY boom

Running your own business is proving a popular alternative to trying to juggle work and family

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Why not leave school at 16?

Leaving school at this age did Julie Burchill, Richard Branson and Alan Sugar no harm at all. So why force a whole generation of eager young things to stay in class until 18?
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