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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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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness