Travel

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 toasts profits rise

Starbucks matched Wall Street’s expectations with its quarterly profits, after the world’s largest coffee chain enjoyed a strong performance in the US despite the sluggish economic backdrop.

Bringing Amazon to book: 160,000 sign independent shops petition amid tax anger

World's largest online retailer under renewed pressure to pay corporation tax in Britain

Starbucks is the first coffee chain in Britain to allow customers to buy a 'suspended' coffee for a homeless person

Starbucks joins scheme to help homeless: Buy a 'suspended coffee' and it's banked for someone who needs it

The coffee giant Starbucks has become the first British chain to sign up to a goodwill initiative allowing customers to buy a beverage and reserve one for the homeless.

Cold-callers don't warm me up with plastic chumminess

It grates when people I've never met start a conversation as if we're old friends

Suspended coffee: what a wonderful idea

Customers pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can’t afford one - it's a simple concept which should be introduced to coffee shops in the UK

Working form home of from your nearest coffee shop?

Turn your home office into a coffee shop (kind of) with website that produces that Starbucks ambience

So many people work “from home” at their local coffee shop now that many independent chains are forced to erect signs gently reminding these Wi-fi hogs to, y’know, buy another cup o’joe now and again.

Budget 2013: Personal Finance - Government will 'name and shame' tax avoidance advisers

Financial advisers who devise tax avoidance schemes, like the one previously used by the comedian Jimmy Carr, are going to be "named and shamed" as part of a drive to claw back nearly £5bn a year in tax that at present vanishes down loopholes.

Investment View: Whitbread still a favourite despite horse-meat scare

Chicken is not only better for you than beef, it's cheaper. So are Whitbread's shares

Being Modern: Loyalty cards

If I had a penny for every time I was offered a loyalty card, I'd be on the Forbes rich list. According to recent market research, around 85 per cent of UK households own at least one loyalty card, with 29 per cent of people carrying five or more with them wherever they go. From Co-op Funeralcare to Botox injections, firearms to war veterans, there are now loyalty cards for just about anything.

PM denounces 'aggressive' tax avoidance by international firms

Cameron stresses 'moral' case for companies to pay fair share in return for governments seeking to keep taxes low

Who needs a spare room, anyway?

I’m sure Lord Freud would love the chance to swap just one of his eight bedrooms in his comfy mansion for a single sofa

Starbucks is understood to be close to a deal with HM Revenue and Customs over corporation tax

Government not ‘bullying’ Starbucks, says Shapps

Starbucks is not being bullied over its tax affairs despite the Prime Minister telling firms to “wake up and smell the coffee,” the Conservative Party chairman, Grant Shapps, insisted today.

'Wake up and smell the coffee': G8 MUST tackle tax evasion, says David Cameron

David Cameron pledged to use Britain’s G8 presidency to clamp down on “cowboy” multinational firms that avoid paying UK corporation tax.

Editorial: Blame the tax loopholes

Chalk up another victory for the PR departments of the global investment banks. Some – including Goldman Sachs – are reportedly considering deferring bonuses for their UK staff until after 6 April to take advantage of the lower top rate of income tax. The prospect of too-big-to-fail banks using such a sly bit of avoidance to save their already over-remunerated staff a tax bill – and at the expense of the struggling British Exchequer – has understandably provoked disgust. Labour's Chris Leslie has warned them to "think carefully" about their reputations.

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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