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15 changed over so far, but many more could follow, says Lord Adonis

Green designs set the tone at Grand Designs

Hemp roof insulation, insulated roller blinds, fabric made from nettles and old wool: these are just some of the innovative eco ideas selected by Kevin McCloud as part of his Green Heroes stand at this year's Grand Designs, where sustainable living is shown to be anything but the cottage industry it once was.

'Optimising webinar trialogues for the wellderly': Discuss

Ever considered the tonality of the PowerPoint presentation you are submitting for the webinar on local policy disbenefits to the wellderly? You might have done if you work for the public sector.

DVD: Love happens (12)

You wait, with searing dread, for the most egregious romantic "comedy" ever to come along, and there's a smidgen of relief when it finally arrives.

SMMT holds digital car radio seminar

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) yesterday held a seminar for interested parties to discuss government plans that would require all new cars to be fitted with digital radios from 2013 and allow all cars presently on the road to be capable of receiving digital broadcasts from 2015.

Xstrata promises more M&A deals to come

Anglo-Swiss, mining group Xstrata yesterday promised investors that it will continue to seek "major" acquisitions, despite two months ago withdrawing a bid to merge with Anglo American. The company, which targets coal and copper, also said that it would also increase its capital spending next year by 89 per cent to take advantage of rising global commodity prices. Xstrata will spend a total of $6.8bn in 2010, while it is also considering a sale of its four copper smelters.

Brian Ashton: It is the money men who are suffocating our game

Tackling the issues

My Week: Phillip Blond

The Red Tory launches ResPublica, his think tank, on no sleep but plenty of coffee, and finds that he has as many new enemies in the media as friends

Gambling on the property market

Rising house prices have heralded the return of unorthodox investments, from property seminars to hotel buy-to-let offers. But are they too good to be true? Graham Norwood reports

Pamela Weston: Clarinettist, music historian and inspirational teacher

Pamela Weston, who has died aged 87, was one of the most distinguished clarinettists of her generation. Performer, teacher, editor, writer, lecturer and undoubted enthusiast: throughout the course of her long career, the breadth of her intellect made her an inspirational guide for many generations of aspiring musicians.

Leading article: Open season

The Open University is booming. And it doesn't require a degree in economics to grasp why. The price of an OU course is less than half that of a degree from a conventional university. It is also said that young people nowadays are so relaxed about absorbing information digitally that an institution like the OU - once regarded as hopelessly old fashioned - is a perfect fit.

Self-help guru's empire rocked by sweat lodge deaths

Arizona police say the deaths of two people taking part in a sauna-like ritual were not accidental

George Osborne: Tory councils are leading the way in delivering value for money

Localism is about more than having the right policies. It's about understanding that not all good ideas are dreamt up in a policy unit in Whitehall. It means realising that many of the best and most cutting-edge policies actually come from local government. And when it comes to public spending, I believe that local government offers at least three clear lessons for a future Conservative government.

Universities face final salary pensions scheme crisis

Universities are heading for a financial crisis over the payment of final salary pensions to their staff, a conference heard today.

Potter urges Saints on as their 'buffer' is wiped out

Hull KR 26 St Helens 10

World economy stabilising says Krugman

The world economy has avoided "utter catastrophe" and industrialised countries could register growth this year, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said on Monday.

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