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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

Motoring: Road Test; New Romeo rekindles a love affair

The Alfa 166 re-establishes the Italian car-maker's street cred and gives the Germans a run for their money. By John Simister

Network: Our schoolchildren are still waiting, Mr Blair

Derek Wyatt, left, takes the Government to task for failing properly to plan, fund and put into effect the National Grid for Learning

Who's Suing Whom: Premier League takes on `pirates'

THE PREMIER LEAGUE has taken legal action against a Birmingham based supplier of "pirate" smart-cards, which allow users in Britain to view live Premiership football matches by unscrambling the satellite transmissions intended for the Continent.

BSkyB cheat is dished by Murdoch

FOR A MAN who used to rejoice in the name of "Spangles Muldoon", his vanishing act seemed a fitting finale to a short but highly lucrative criminal career.

Holly and ivy all year round

You may think Christmas starts too early, but for some, it never goes away. James Sherwood reports

Investment: Much faces a baptism of fire

IAN MUCH could hardly have picked a better time to join De La Rue. Barring a catastrophe, yesterday's dire first-half results from the bank-note printing to smart cards group - which showed pre-tax profits plunging pounds 42.3m to pounds 7.8m - should be a low point. The blame for the figures falls squarely on the shoulders of Jeremy Marshall, who stepped down earlier this year. Newly installed as chief executive, Mr Much should now be able to preside over a steady recovery.

Big firms profiting from tax collection

News Analysis: High cost of running a payroll punishes small businesses

Firms stealthily prepare for currency revolution

POLITICIANS MAY be cautious about the euro but the British high street is already conducting its own quiet revolution to accommodate the new currency system from next year.

Investment: Bid rumours prompt rethink on De La Rue

THERE'S NOTHING like a good bid rumour to give a bombed-out share price a lift. And when the supposed predator is the world's biggest company, investors are bound to prick up their ears.

De La Rue rumoured for takeover

De La Rue rumoured for takeover

MD resigns from ailing De La Rue

THE RECENT problems at De La Rue, the banknote printing and smart card group, claimed their first victim yesterday with the departure of the head of the group's largest division.

Mandelson plans internet shopping revolution

EVERYBODY IN the country will be allocated a unique electronic signature allowing them to buy and sell goods on the internet, under plans unveiled this week by Peter Mandelson.

Poetic Licence: Sperm Wail

A worldwide study of the male sperm count has been launched. Recent research indicates that global sperm counts have halved in the past 50 years

Outlook: De La Rue man gets in at the bottom

AFTER A six-month search, De La Rue has finally found itself a new chief executive, Ian Much - the old one, Jeremy Marshall, having been thrown overboard for persistently disappointing stock market expectations. Ian who? The City was plainly less than overwhelmed by the appointment yesterday, but actually, he may be the man for the job.

Much goes to troubled banknote group as chief

DE LA RUE, the troubled banknote printing and smart card group, yesterday appointed a former executive of T&N, the car parts engineer, as its new chief executive.
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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
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

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