Craven set for market return with Falcon float

John Craven, the serial energy entrepreneur who recently sold East Africa-focused Cove Energy to Thailand's PTT for more than £1bn, is due to make another appearance on the UK stock market with the listing of Falcon Oil & Gas.

Whaaaaat’s the deeeeal wiiith theese long vowels in our texts?

Have you noticed a reeeeeeally annoying trend recently for  texters to lengthen the vowel count in words? I'm certainly guilty. I rarely send a simple "hi" to instigate a WhatsApp conversation. No, "hi" can come across as cold or short. So I find myself writing "hiiiiii" in the hope of sounding friendly.

Jog the memory: Fauja Singh (right) trains in Hong Kong with coach Harmander SIngh ahead of today’s 10km race

Age catches up with Fauja Singh

It's been a marathon effort but the world's oldest long-distance runner finally retires today at 101

Key pair quit broker Northland after falling out with owner

City stockbroker Northland Capital Partners has been thrown into turmoil by the departure of its UK chairman and managing director.

Boarding pass ready for new chairman

The powerful aviation body that decides which airlines get London's valuable landing slots is close to appointing a new chairman to pilot international expansion.

How We Met: Naomi Alderman & Margaret Atwood

'We ended up talking about whether zombies are able to love people'

Tahir ul-Qadri is planning to lead a huge march on Islamabad

Tahir ul-Qadri: The cleric who wants to disrupt Pakistani politics

A cleric has burst on to the political stage in Pakistan vowing to “get rid of electoral dictatorship” in a move that could scupper elections this spring.

Mark Leftly: Peppa Pig's breakthrough may finally stop Canada hogging all the action

Outlook As ever in life, Peppa Pig is the best barometer of cultural advancement. Today, the co-owners of the bossy animated porcus, Entertainment One, completed its $228m (£142m) purchase of Alliance Films, a Canadian distributor of flicks ranging from quip-laden classic Pulp Fiction to the dreadful Twilight series.

A First Nation activist at a blocked border crossing in Sarnia, Ontario

First but not equal: Canada grinds to a halt as its native people hit out

Leader on hunger strike as First Nations target transport links in protest at poor living conditions

DVD & Blu-ray review: Take This Waltz (15) Sarah Polley (111mins)

Michelle Williams's mildly depressed wannabe author is married to Seth Rogen's slightly juvenile cookbook writer. But then she meets free-spirited Daniel (Luke Kirby).

Mark Carney, the Bank of England’s next Governor

Carney's trail of carnage

The next Governor's talk of scrapping inflation targets is revolutionary, but he could be pushing on an open door

The small monkey was found wandering around in Ikea

The best of the Ikea Monkey memes from around the internet

Nothing brightens up a dull Ikea shopping trip, like a monkey in a Del Boy-style sheepskin coat roaming the aisles

The small monkey was found wandering around in Ikea

Monkey in sheepskin coat photographed roaming Toronto Ikea store

A monkey, wearing a Del Boy-style sheepskin coat, has been photographed outside an Ikea store in Canada.

Currency printer set to rival British firm in London

A Canadian banknote maker is set to challenge British rival De La Rue on the London Stock Exchange as it eyes up a £200m flotation early next year.

Get me out of here: Mexico, Santa's workshop, Toronto

Now... On 3 November, Virgin Holidays has a 16-day Highlights of Mexico tour for £1,845pp, with flights from Gatwick to Cancú*, internal flights, guides, transfers and hotels. Highlights include Oaxaca, Campeche and Mérida. Virginholidays journeys.co.uk

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