Life and Style Richard Mortimer in the Ponystep offices

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

John Rentoul: Blair Revolution, a few years late

Wonderful news of a real breakthrough in public service reform, which is of course, therefore, hardly reported at all in today's newspapers.

Market Report: Worries about drug price weigh on Shire

The London market surged last night, but Shire was left behind after UBS switched its stance on the pharmaceutical group's stock on grounds of valuation.

Leading article: Cracking the code

When it comes to code-breaking, silence is golden. But in campaigning, it is deadly. The discipline of the wartime staff of Bletchley Park in keeping quiet about their work helped them strike a crucial blow against the Nazi war machine. But it seemed, for a while, that their success in keeping their efforts secret would condemn the buildings in which they performed such feats to decrepitude and ruin.

Business Diary: 19/09/2009

Aviva's advocate really does her job

When the insurer Aviva first began examining ways of unlocking £1.2bn-worth of assets in its "inherited estate", it knew it would have to hire someone formidable to represent policyholders' interests, or face accusations it was being unfair to them.

'Spectator' to charge for magazine content online

The Spectator is to start charging for magazine content viewed online. The move comes following a drop in circulation of the political weekly magazine by 2.5 per cent in the first six months of 2009.

DVD: Magazine – Real Life & Thereafter

For music fans ofa certain vintage, thereunion shows ofseminal new wave bandMagazine earlier thisyear were something ofa highlight on the giggoingcalendar.

Probe reveals poor advice on rail fares

Poor advice from rail staff could mean some passengers paying more than double the cheapest train fare, according to an investigation by Which? magazine.

The miracle of the Mini

Fifty years after its launch, in a world hit by oil scarcity, the Mini is still selling well as drivers once more seek economy with style. Richard Northedge reports

Market Report: Bullish broker helps Rentokil's advance

Rentokil Initial strengthened last night after a broker outlined a path to recovery which could put the pest control-to-parcel delivery company's shares higher in the coming months.

Investment Column: Rolls-Royce's shares give cheer in the chill

Travis Perkins; Arena Leisure

Slimmer, smarter, sexier: making things in Britain

The Government wants to help manufacturing. But is it a case of too little, too late? Sean O'Grady reports

Jerome Taylor: New Christian magazine for teens launches

Music, films, books, fashion and a hefty helping of God will be served up in a new magazine out next month aimed at Christian teenagers.

Margareta Pagano: Is Bullingdon Man the perfect City reformer?

The other day I had lunch (okay, a sandwich) with someone who was close to Gordon Brown and Tony Blair at the beginning of their reign, and she remembers that even then they would discuss their future after politics.

Leading article: The new Commons order

Order, order! Speaker Bercow certainly looked rather different from his predecessor. And his manner was more confident, bordering on the self-satisfied. But it was continuity, not change, that was most striking.

Chris Schuler: So you think you know how to read?

If you’re reading this, you presumably don’t have to think much about it: you simply open a book, a newspaper or, increasingly these days, a document or web page on screen, and off you go, silently absorbing the meaning behind these little squiggles we know so well.

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there