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Benefits rising for ‘Bake Off’ maker

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 7 January 2014

Entrepreneurs pray for wealth

Balfour Beatty lands £154m London Olympic Stadium conversion contract

Balfour Beatty, the UK's biggest listed construction company, has landed a £154 million deal to convert London's 2012 Olympic stadium into a new sports venue set to become the home of Premier League team West Ham.

Wales coach Warren Gatland has called for his side to display the same 'never-say-die attitude' that New Zealand displayed last weekend

Wales keep Warren Gatland till 2019 but agree to release him if Lions come calling

Warren Gatland will be free to lead the 2017 Lions if asked

Knowing Mandela by John Carlin - book review

Eloquent tribute to the man who would be king

The body of Nelson Mandela is transported to the Union Buildings where it is lying in state for three days

The death of Nelson Mandela: A last chance to offer last respects for Madiba

They came and waited patiently in their thousands for a momentary glimpse of their hero, passing the time with songs and stories about the leader who changed their lives. Andrew Buncombe joined the queue in Pretoria

February 1998: Nelson Mandela (L) hugs British supermodel Naomi Campbell in front of American actress Mia Farrow, British model Kate Moss (second from left) and model Christy Turlington

Nelson Mandela's place in history

He was the world leader all others looked up to

Like many others, I have appropriated Mandela as my own

Not once in the long years on Robben Island did he bend to the will of his captors

Sports clubs to get tax breaks on bars’ profit

More than 40,000 sports clubs are set to benefit from new  tax breaks as the Government tries to secure the legacy of last year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games.

A view of the construction site at the Olympic Stadium this week
Jonny Wilkinson of England kicks the winning drop goal during extra time in the Rugby World Cup Final match between Australia and England at Telstra Stadium in 2003

Rugby World Cup 2003: Jonny Wilkinson recalls 'that kick' against Australia

It is 10-years to the day since England lifted the Webb Ellis trophy

The Olympic Stadium in Stratford will undergo drastic changes

Olympic Stadium to have roof fitted before West Ham move in

£200m is being spent on the redevelopment of the stadium in Stratford

Tony Jacklin, the 69-year-old golfer, will take part in this years Strictly Come Dancing

Sport on TV: Where are the Americans? Sitting on the dock of the bay

This week’s main cup action features a team with billionaire American ownership and a squad largely bought in at great expense from abroad versus an outfit whose kit is emblazoned with their sponsors’ logo, Fly Emirates. Yes, it’s showdown time for sailing’s America’s Cup final.

Fawad Ahmed and David Campese

Former Australia rugby great David Campese criticised for 'bigoted' comments about cricketer Fawad Ahmed

The Wallabies leading try scorer told Ahmed to 'go home' if he didn't want to wear the team's sponsor, leading to a strong response from Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland

England’s Andy Flower, left, and Alastair Cook, right, have much to consider

Ashes 2013: Andy Flower’s powers need refreshing with England team that can achieve more

Flower’s team is in transition... he is looking to replace leading men

Jonah Lomu in 2011, just weeks after he suffered a major renal failure

New Zealand rugby legend Jonah Lomu reveals he nearly died just hours after the featuring in the 2011 World Cup opening ceremony

The giant wing has suffered from a rare kidney illness since 1995 and after having a transplant in 2004, nearly died having suffered a serious renal failure

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas