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

X marks the spot if you're looking to be unemployed

With all three major parties promising heavy spending cuts, it's public sector staff who face job losses whoever they vote for, says Mark Leftly

Respected medical journal attacks drug ban

The Lancet attacks political 'contamination' in scientific process over mephedrone

Rolls-Royce and MoD sign £690m contract

A £690 million contract has been signed with Rolls-Royce to provide engine support for the Royal Air Force's Tornado fleet, Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth said today.

Ministry of Defence signs off £10bn contracts

The Ministry of Defence continued its pre-election bonanza today with another two major contracts worth more than £10bn

Zoe Margolis

On 7 March 2010, we published an article by Zoe Margolis. In part of the first edition of the newspaper and online, this article carried the headline, “I was a hooker who became an agony aunt”. This was written by the newspaper not Ms Margolis. We accept that Ms Margolis is not and never has been “a hooker” or otherwise involved in the sex industry. The wording of the headline was a mistake and seriously defamatory of Ms Margolis. We offer our sincere apologies to Ms Margolis for the damage to her reputation and the distress and embarrassment which she has suffered.

* Zoe Margolis: I'm a good-time girl who became an agony aunt

Michael Savage: Denis MacShane quits Ashcroft-funded magazine

When the row over Lord Ashcroft and his non-dom tax status was raging last week, I wondered whether Denis MacShane, one of the Labour MPs leading the outrage, would quit his role on the editorial board of the political mag, Total Politics.

Album: Chopin, Journal Intime – Alexandre Tharaud (Virgin Classics)

All the rage in literary circles, the "personal history" has only lately caught on in classical music.

Economic crisis boosts biggest business brands

Banks fall out of favour as blue-chip stalwarts trade on trust in troubled times

Album: Alexandre Tharaud, Journal Intime (Virgin Classics)

Alexandre Tharaud is the latest young piano whizz-kid to establish himself with an album of Chopin pieces, following hot on the heels of Alice Sara Ott's recent Complete Waltzes – though his Journal Intime is a more personal, anthology of Ballades, Nocturnes, Fantaisies and Mazurkas.

Leading Article: We should target those most in need

It's no surprise to find that the vocabulary of the poorest children lags more than a year behind that of their peers when they start school, as the Sutton Trust shows in its latest report. But it's good to know that parents can limit the damage by reading to their offspring every day. The Sutton Trust recommends the Government provide 25 hours a week of education to the most disadvantaged three and four-year-olds instead of giving all children that age a bit more. Targeting the most needy would be a brave decision.

Rolls-Royce profits rise despite tough year

Rolls-Royce today said profits rose 4 per cent last year despite economic turbulence and continued delays in a number of major aircraft programmes.

Split-second decisions that saved the lives of 152 airline passengers

Pilot reveals the heart-stopping moments before flight BA038 crash-landed at Heathrow

Ice 'probable cause' of Heathrow crash-landing

Plane safety requirements did not cover the particular ice problem which probably caused a Boeing 777 to crash-land at Heathrow Airport two years ago as the risk was "unrecognised at that time", an official accident report said today.

The Week Ahead: Diageo to offer little cheer after weak sales

Analysts have voiced fears about further revenue slides at Diageo, which owns brands from Guinness to Baileys, when the world's largest drinks company reports first-half results on Thursday.

Market Report: Water works for Footsie as deal chat excites

The markets drank deeply from the well of takeover optimism following reports that Northumbrian Water Group was a target. The rumours helped to lift the FTSE 100 index by 58.8 points to 5,247.4.

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‘Can we really just turn away?’

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