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The journey home – 'home' still being the word I instinctively use for the house I grew up in, atop of wild Welsh hillside, even if today it's where I go to escape everyday life – begins with bustle. The battle on the Tube with a case, the dash around Euston juggling handbag-paper-coffee-lunch. It's wise to stock up: the journey to Pen-y-Bont takes over four hours, via Crewe and Shrewsbury. It's very much not the route a crow would fly...

Starbucks app leaves passwords unencrypted and users at risk

A security researcher identified a problem with the US version of the app - it's thought that the UK version suffers from a similar flaw

A man takes part in a collective cannabis smoking event in Denver, Colorado. Colorado will become the first state to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use in shops from 1 January 2014

Green Wednesday: Colorado prepares for over the counter sale of recreational marijuana

Colorado will become the first state in the US to allow the sale of marijuana for recreational use in shops from New Year's Day

The Treasury struck a deal with Swiss authorities it hoped would result in £3bn being recouped in unpaid tax. HMRC has only collected £440m revenue to date

Take from the poor, but not the rich: Tax authorities accused of 'siding' with big business over small firms and individuals

HMRC ‘holds back’ from pursuing big avoiders, says Commons committee, and public pays the price

Black Friday is another American nightmare

It's a big thing over there, and now it's coming over here

Caffeine fix: 10 best coffee machines

Double expresso, skinny latte, cappuccino….however you take your coffee, there’s a machine that can make you a perfect cup without leaving the kitchen. We round up the best of the bunch

 

Margaret Hodge, the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, led the grilling of top executives

A new boom industry: coaching select committee witnesses for ‘ordeal by Hodge’

They have publicly humiliated former business titans from Rupert Murdoch to Bob Diamond, forced Starbucks to cough up £10m in tax and made villains of some of the world’s best-known brands. But corporate Britain is fighting back against Parliament’s newly invigorated inquisitorial committees by hiring highly paid specialist consultants to prepare executives for grillings by MPs.

UK Sale: £1.2bn... UK Tax: £0

National Living Wage Week: How can big companies, earning big profits, keep paying such little wages?

This isn't about paying people to subsidise extravagant lifestyles. Far from it

Caffè Nero bypasses the taxman again

The coffee chain Caffè Nero paid no corporation tax for the third year in a row despite making a pre-tax profit of £21.1m, up 11 per cent on last year, according to its latest accounts.

Grace Dent: How come it's lesbians rather than gay men that are giving up on civil partnerships?

Accepted wisdom has said for decades that lesbians loved settling down

Starbucks claim that their invention, pictured, is unique

Huffin and puffin over a duffin - the doughnut-muffin hybrid raising heat between Starbucks and small pastry chain

'They're protecting something that they clearly aren't the originator of' complains businesswoman

The Business Matrix: Thursday 19 September 2013

Santander vows to help business

Starbucks and guns are now a thing of the past after the American coffee chain banned firearms in its outlets

Decaff grande cappuccino, half-fat, no whip, extra shot... oh, and no gun: Starbucks announces firearms are no longer welcome at its 7,000 US coffee shops

The company made its decision before the shootings at the Navy Yard in Washington DC earlier this week, which left 13 people dead

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has asked customers not to bring firearms into the company's coffee shops

Starbucks tells US customers: Leave guns at home

CEO Howard Schultz issues ‘request rather than ban’ to coffee shop patrons

Controversy has erupted at Essex university after the possible introduction of a Starbucks on campus

Storm in a coffee cup: Essex students battle over Starbucks on campus

Discussion over introduction of Starbucks coffee shop on the Colchester campus has erupted into controversy at the University of Essex

Corporate tax avoiders face global crackdown

New global rules to force tax avoiders to “pay their fair share” will be introduced under a 15-point action plan launched by the OECD yesterday.

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas