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Our EU competitor now has more cultural clout than us, says Emily Dugan. Meanwhile Matthew Bell sets a quiz to find out how Teut-on-it you are (answers below)

BAA traffic rises but Heathrow executive quits

Baa posted a jump in passenger figures at its airports yesterday as it emerged that Nick Cullen, the chief operation officer at Heathrow, had resigned after less than18 months in the job.

Terence Blacker: My charter for a news blackout

It was the sight of a middle-aged woman adopting the now-traditional peek-a-boo pose, having just been awarded the annual Rear of the Year Awards, that caused a wave of despair at the futility of contemporary life to wash over me.

Injured at protest, the student now in court for violent disorder

Alfie Meadows had to have brain surgery after the tuition fees rally, but today he is in the dock himself

Retailers can expect a bad sales report again

Retailers are preparing for further bad news. Key figures to be published tomorrow are almost certain to reveal that consumer spending again disappointed last month, amid fears that the ongoing squeeze on household disposable incomes is set to depress the sector for the rest of the year.

Increase in IPOs fuels 7% growth in City jobs

A marked increase in stock market flotations, as well as perceptions of better trading prospects for banks and other financial services companies, has produced a big jump in new City jobs, a leading recruitment consultant will say today.

Jerry Seinfeld, 02 Arena, London

No one can take apart a box of Pop Tarts quite the way Seinfeld does

Sloane Crosley: 'This is the season for weddings and I love attending them'

They say weddings are a pressure-cooker experience for single women. Though I'm not exactly sure what a pressure cooker looks like, I feel certain I've had the opportunity to purchase one from friends' bridal registries over the past 10 years. But this is the season for weddings and I love attending them.

KT Tunstall, Musician

Cultural Life

Bank holiday weekends hit mortgage markets

Activity in the mortgage market slumped during April as the extended bank holiday weekends distracted people from their moving and remortgaging plans, figures showed today.

Simon Calder: Is your boarding pass now a lottery ticket?

The man who pays his way

Home loan numbers fall

Mortgage approvals for people buying a home and switching to a new deal dropped during April as the long bank holiday weekends and economic uncertainty dented activity in the property market.

M&S to tailor its stores to affluence of local shoppers

Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans to segment its stores based on an area's demographics and affluence for the first time in its 127-year history.

High street sales defy predictions

High street sales have continued to grow in recent weeks, defying predictions of a slowdown in the wake of the royal wedding and Easter bank holidays, figures released today revealed.

GDP and long weekend give a shorting chance

The best punt of the week could come on Friday when traders are likely to wind down their positions ahead of the long weekend. Going short on the Footsie could yield a decent return, though you need to keep a weather eye on other factors affecting the index.

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

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People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

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A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project