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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Plastic makes the Switch to cyberspace

Debit cards are set to become even more popular, says Faith Glasgow

Smartcards plan to track errant freelance doctors

FREELANCE "LOCUM" doctors could in future be required to carry smart cards with details of their employment history to prevent those with poor performance moving from job to job, under proposals published by the government yesterday.

Leading Article: Gimmicks apart, Mr Blunkett's plan to cut school truancy is sound

THE PROBLEMS of education lie at the very heart of the problems of British society. If Labour tackles those problems with any degree of success, then that alone will guarantee this Government an honoured place in the history books.

Football: Champions' League - Vialli plots to play the smart card

Alex Hayes hears the Chelsea manager plan an Italian surprise

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De La Rue to return pounds 100m to investors

SHAREHOLDERS IN UK cash-to-cards firm De La Rue, are set to scoop a pounds 100m windfall, worth 44p a share after the company announced it will sell its smart-card business to Paris-based Francois-Charles Oberthur Fiduciaire for pounds 200m in order to focus on its newly-established services business.

Which Way 99: student file: keeping in touch

friends and family are always close if you get your act together

Two cities to test road-pricing plan

CAR DRIVERS in Leeds and Edinburgh will be the guinea pigs for new trials on electronic road pricing, to be announced today.

Outlook: Blair blessing

Outlook: Blair blessing

Benefit swipe-card scheme scrapped

PLANS FOR Britain's 19 million benefit claimants to be issued with computerised swipe cards were scrapped by the Government last night after pounds 190m was spent on a project which turned into a "fiasco."

Football: Sheepshanks adopts the visionary position

The man who would be chairman is playing a shrewd political game.

Teens work to fund social life

Today's teenagers work hard to fund their social lives, with almost three-quarters spending up to 20 hours a week at work or doing household chores, according to a survey published today.

Credit cards to get chips

A NEW generation of credit and debit cards with built-in chips will replace the 100 million "black stripe" cards over the next three years, in a pounds 303m project to tackle fraud.

Dial 0898 to get live video sent down the line

THE PREMIUM-RATE telephone line is about to move into a new dimension. From next month, a change in the law will allow companies to send live video pictures direct to callers' home computers - opening up the possibility of watching sports events, checking busy traffic junctions, or even watching films over the phone.

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada