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

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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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