Corporate Britain joins the social network

Companies are becoming more tuned into the potential of social networking. But can they make it pay? Nick Clark reports

Man in 60s seriously hurt in riot

A man in his 60s suffered life-threatening injuries when he was attacked by rioters after he tried to extinguish a fire they had started in a bin, a witness said today.

Enough of prime ministers sipping in the sun

While we're on the subject of holidays, I have a novel idea. Pictures of politicians on holiday should be banned from publication. Whether they're in tabloids, broadsheets, magazines – hell, let's ban them from television too. OK, that may be a touch harsh. How about this: the pictures should be banned unless the specific purpose of the articles they accompany is to puncture the completely disingenuous portraits of bliss they otherwise depict.

Andrew Martin: You always remember the first time

The thing is...

Black or white? I don't care if we play in pyjamas, declares Ashton

Chris Ashton, the Northampton wing whose try-scoring exploits are generally accompanied by a series of dives that would knock Tom Daley clean off the 10 metre board, was quite honest about it.

Letter from the editor: August!

August! How are you and the children getting on? Teens, how are you and the olds?

Martin Johnson: 'I've no time for Little England philosophy'

The England manager looks forward to a World Cup in the land where he cut his teeth, but never mind the foreign contingent – all that matters is winning. Hugh Godwin meets Martin Johnson

Sarah Sands: We need star-gazers like Hilton to think the unthinkable

It is charming to discover that while George Osborne is peering down at the point noughts of growth, David Cameron's policy adviser Steve Hilton has his head in the clouds. Why the fuss that Hilton's blue-sky thinking includes the abolition of maternity and consumer rights and introduction of everlasting sunshine? If he calls for cautious reform and more team games, the mad monk is out of a job.

Being Modern: Cycling to work

Allez! AlleZ! That was the sound of the fans in the Tour de France as the pros whipped on by. And possibly the sound of the Franglais accent in your head as you strain away from the traffic lights, like Mark Cavendish, the Manx Missile himself, racing your fellow coureurs to... well, to the next set of traffic lights as you make your way to work in the morning.

Just 149 days left to go... Christmas comes early to Harrods

Wizzard once wished it could be Christmas every day. Well this year, half their dream has come true

Brief encounter: Shorts are not just for holidays

Shorts have come out of the holiday drawer and into the limelight, appearing everywhere from the red carpet to the Glastonbury stage, says Susannah Frankel

Beach Fashion: The heat of the moment

Forget reaching for lazy leisurewear – a trip to the beach is an occasion to warrant a wardrobe of its own, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Work, rest and play wear: Top-to-toe denim

A well-stocked wardrobe is nothing without a denim item or three. Harriet Walker finds the best new pieces for top-to-toe blues

Baron condemns successors for 'wrecking' RFU

The former chief executive of the Rugby Football Union Francis Baron has expressed his anger at the way the organisation has been "wrecked" since his departure.

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