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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Card payment glitch hits Egg website

Egg credit card customers have been unable to use certain debit cards to make repayments through the group's website for the past six weeks, it emerged today.

Letters: Year of anniversaries

What a year 2009 has been for anniversaries

River too high for clubber search

Police divers today called off a search of a river in the hunt for a nightclubber who went missing 10 days ago.

Ryanair to close no-fee loophole

Ryanair will charge passengers to book flights using a popular debit card from next year, ending one way of avoiding the fee for using a credit card.

Student Survival Guide: Summing up your finances

While it’s kind to be generous, it’s foolish to spend cash you don’t have

Hacker 'stole 130m credit card numbers'

A former US government informant was charged over the country's largest case of credit and debit card data theft.

Alice-Azania Jarvis: 'Back from my break – to the same old bills that I'd left behind'

So I'm back from my staycation, desperately trying to pick up the pieces of my trashed attempts at budgeting. As I mentioned last week, holidaying in the UK turned out to be considerably pricier than I expected: the cups of coffee, the dining out, the gallery visits, it all added up with such rapidity as to render any attempts at moderation futile. By day three, I'd realised that any attempts to count my pennies were futile. By day four, this admission had become a free pass to spend whatever I wanted.

Consuming Issues: Don't be left short-exchanged on foreign currency

So, you're withdrawing a wad of notes from the cashpoint machine, when someone snatches the last £50 note. You may chase after them. Or call the police.

Pack more than your bags for a gap year

Students with wanderlust need to sort out the financial nitty-gritty before heading off, writes Chiara Cavaglieri

Ryanair set to charge £5 for online check-in

Ryanair passengers face a £5 charge per flight to print out their tickets at home as part of moves to abolish check-in desks and increase revenues. The policy replaces Ryanair's practice of offering free online ticketing and charging anyone who opted for face-to-face check-in £10.

Thrifty Living: How to get the best money deals when travelling

If you're travelling abroad this Easter, it's well worth taking the time to think about how you're going to manage your money before you go. Exchanging cash at the local bureau de change in France or the US is one of the easiest ways to make your trip more expensive. High commissions or poor exchange rates can cost you hundreds of pounds during a trip, while if you're planning on relying on your plastic while you're away, you could end up getting hit with dozens of hefty charges if you're not careful.

Mother of Rhys's killer is jailed

Court gasps at evidence as Janette Mercer is imprisoned for lying to police

The great credit-card crunch... or why firms squeeze us for extra fees

As the recession bites, retailers, airlines, entertainment firms and even government departments are increasingly imposing fees on consumers when they use their credit or debit cards to pay for goods and services.

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Former helicopter pilot Major Tim Peake will become the first UK astronaut in space for over 20 years
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own