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

My Way: Ali Hall, editor of LOOK magazine

'Make sure your covering letter is interesting'

Guardian News & Media posts £57m loss

Guardian News and Media reported a £57m pre-tax loss last year, with staff severance costs and restructuring fees causing it to take an £11m hit.

MoD assures US firms they'll be invited to bid for UAV deal

US defence groups will be able to bid for a £1bn-plus aircraft contract after complaining to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) that they were being excluded.

The 50 Best British hotels

From family-friendly boltholes and luxury boutiques to rural retreats and city-centre crash pads, Rhiannon Batten offers the experts’ guide to the nation’s greatest places to stay

A decade of excellence? The heroes and zeros

For all the gloom of the past two years, the first decade of the 21st-century has produced some phenomenal success stories. James Moore picks the 10 best business leaders of our time

US threat to Rolls-Royce's fighter engine

A string of engine design problems means Congress is questioning the whole funding of the JSF project

Celebrating Asterix's 50th birthday

This year is the 50th anniversary of The Adventures of Asterix, the courageous Gaul whose adventures have been translated into more than 100 languages worldwide.

The 50 best food shops

From traditional village butchers to urban chocolatiers, Rhiannon Batten offers the experts’ guide to where to find the finest meats, freshest fruit and sweetest pastries

Ian Burrell: PCC to regulate UK bloggers?

Baroness Buscombe, the new chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, has ambitions for her organisation that go beyond the traditional newspaper companies.

New chief launches Reed review

Erik Engstrom, the new chief executive at Ftse 100 media group Reed Elsevier, is to launch a review of the business that could lead to asset sale

Book Of A Lifetime: Journal of a Novel, By John Steinbeck

John Steinbeck's Journal of a Novel is a book I've kept on every desk I've written at for the past 10 years. I've rarely opened it when I'm not working on a book, and never when I'm writing well. But on those days when the engine room of a first draft feels claustrophobic or static, when the words have turned brittle and the whole endeavour seems either pointless or ridiculous, that's when I'll reach again for this idiosyncratic one-sided correspondence which comes together to form a rare map of a literary mind at the point of creation.

Investment Column: Rolls-Royce will engineer future gains

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Market Report: RBS horror show mires FTSE 100 in the red

Things may have looked good on Monday, the first session after Halloween, but the real horror show played out yesterday. Michael Myers, the fictional serial killer from the Halloween films, would have been proud of the bloodletting, as the top tier was awash with stocks plunging into the red.

Treasury to recall BT privatisation in drive to sell banking shares

The celebrations this month to mark BT’s 25 years as a public company will be low key, but the privatisation that changed the structure of UK business is being studied intensively at UKFI, the government agency with £60bn of bank shares to sell. The tricks conjured up to sell BT will be re-used to sell the public stakes in Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland.

The 50 best winter sports gear

Whether you’re sticking to the blue run or heading off-piste, Mark Harris selects this season’s coolest skiing essentials
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Isis are barbarians

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Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

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Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
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Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
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Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

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Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test