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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

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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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
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Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links