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Richard Mortimer was the man behind London's biggest parties. Now he is joining the fashion fray, with a magazine inspired by his club nights

Army claws back £433 paid to dead soldier

The Ministry of Defence has clawed back money paid to a soldier killed in Afghanistan because he died before the end of the month.

Archie Bland: Gaddafi's death was ugly. But we shouldn't look away

There are many brilliant things about working on a foreign desk, but the sometime necessity of looking at pictures of suffering is a serious downside, to my mind. There's no moral content to that view – it just makes me a bit queasy. As far as possible, I avoid it.

Lord Mayor's Show route could be 'tweaked'

The traditional Lord Mayor’s procession could be rerouted to avoid passing the site of the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest, a source has indicated.

Lord Mayor's Show route could be 'tweaked'

The traditional Lord Mayor’s procession could be rerouted to avoid passing the site of the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest, a source has indicated.

Harriet Walker: Nothing is as toxic as the venom one teenage girl can inflict on another

Channel 4's Educating Essex is a brilliantly appointed snapshot into life at a secondary school through academic trials and tribulations, workaday acts of heroism and the gym kit tyranny that teenagers inflict on each other.

Was man accused of post-9/11 anthrax attacks innocent?

Research disputes FBI's forensic evidence against scientist who committed suicide

What's Your Number (15)

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Lord Gnome still rules: Private Eye's current journalism ought to be revered along with its history

Half a century after Emmanuel Strobes first brought forth his mighty organ, Private Eye remains immune to the catastrophic effects the digital revolution has inflicted on much of the rest of print media.

Ian Burrell: Championing real women helps Essentials to buck the trend

The circulations of many women’s magazines are falling off a cliff. It’s partly down to the recession. When supermarket aisles are less crowded there are fewer people to make impulse purchases at their news-stands. And celebrity titles seem less attractive when the sumptuous lifestyles of the featured stars seem so far out of reach.

Ian Burrell: Championing real women helps Essentials to buck the trend

The circulations of many women's magazines are falling off a cliff. It's partly down to the recession. When supermarket aisles are less crowded there are fewer people to make impulse purchases at their news-stands. And celebrity titles seem less attractive when the sumptuous lifestyles of the featured stars seem so far out of reach.

Big Issue doesn't stand out in a crowd, admits founder

John Bird tells Nina Lakhani why his 20-year-old magazine is being revamped

Investment Column: Rolls-Royce deserves its premium rating

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Magazine's model battleship that will cost £830 in parts

Readers of a magazine offering the chance to build a model of the battleship HMS Hood will have to pay a staggering £830 to collect all the parts needed to complete it.

Years late, Boeing's dream is finally realised

The Dreamliner first rolled out of the hangar in 2007. So why is it only now ready to fly? Simon Calder reports

Dictionary consigns 'aerodrome' to history

While it may have been a rare occasion that one heard the word "wittol", it is now likely to become even more so, as it joins a number of words that have become extinct in the past year.

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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