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Pick Of The Picture Books: 100 Years of Advertising in British Aviation, by Colin Cruddas

Anyone who pines for a more innocent age of air travel will relish these memories of Rolls-Royce engines and "India by Imperial Airways". 100 Years of Advertising in British Aviation, by Colin Cruddas (The History Press, £30) is not an in-flight meal but a proper feast of quirky adverts – from a Mr Neale requiring donations totalling £45,000 to build his Advanced Dirigible in 1910 to a 1953 poster advertising Australia and Qantas, with a swimsuit-clad lovely who would be just as at home in a modern TV campaign.

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Sir John Rose, chief executive of Rolls-Royce, has warned that more UK workers would lose their jobs at the jet-engine maker as it shifts its industrial base to lower-cost, dollar-denominated markets.

Rolls makes progress despite dollar challenge

Rolls-Royce posted a 13 per cent improvement in underlying profits for 2007 today, despite the "continuing challenges" of a weak US dollar and rising costs.

Rolls-Royce considers options to take 'green' fuel cell commercial

Rolls-Royce, one of the world's leading aerospace engineers, is looking at how to commercialise its new revolutionary "fuel cell business", which analysts say is worth at least £200m.

Margareta Pagano: For Labour's sake, it must try to sell the Rock

Let's have no illusions about why Gorden Brown is so desperate to pull off a private sale of Northern Rock: this is pure politics. The bank employs 6,400 people in the North-east where Labour has 28 MPs, one of the party's strongest areas of support. Northern Rock has its roots in two mutual societies going back to 1850 and, as one shareholder said at last week's extraordinary meeting, was built on "steel and coal". Staff and small investors control 12 per cent of its shares, while the Northern Rock Foundation has given £190m to local charities over the past decade.

Rolls Royce to cull 2,300 jobs but manufacturing posts to be spared

Rolls-Royce is set to axe around 2,300 white-collar jobs as part of a major cost-cutting drive that will help alleviate the effects of the weak dollar and higher raw material costs.

Gold Coast strike visa solution for Carney

The Gold Coast Titans say they have sorted out the visa problems that have delayed the arrival of Brian Carney.

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