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IG group benefit from uncertainty

According to research the UK has spent almost £2bn in temporary housing for homeless families over the past four years

‘Travelodge families’: The new face of the housing crisis

Benefit changes, rising private rents, and depleted social housing all force councils to spend billions at Travelodge and Premier Inn in stop-gap measures to help evicted families

The mini bottles are too much hassle to maintain and too expensive to police

Hotels call time on the minibar: they're too much hassle to maintain and too expensive to police

Minibar, maxi-hassle: so goes the new mantra sweeping the global hotel industry, which is calling time on the small drinks with the big prices. Chains from Hilton to Starwood are removing minibars from rooms after deciding that keeping fridges stocked with drinks and snacks is more trouble than it's worth.

Is Pope Francis the most down-to-earth ever?

Just call me Frank: Is Pope Francis the most down-to-earth ever?

First he named himself Francis (of down-with-the-poor Assisi fame) offering an impression of humility only enhanced by his uncanny likeness to Jim Bowen.

Derek Pain: I'm ignoring sales worry at Whitbread

No Pain, No Gain
Wales's first 'five-star' hostel, the Plas Curig

Hostels: All mod cons… plus bespoke bunks

As a Welsh hostel is awarded five stars, Simon Calder reports on a reinvention

A python, a winning lottery ticket, Harry Potter's wand and breast implants have all been left in hotel rooms according to the Travelodge list

A python, a winning EuroMillions lottery ticket, Harry Potter's wand and breast implants: just some of the bizarre items left in UK hotel rooms last year

A python, a winning EuroMillions lottery ticket, Harry Potter's wand, breast implants, a bucket of live crabs and a diamond-encrusted iPhone have topped a list of the most bizarre items people have left behind in hotel rooms.

A party on New Year's Eve? We'd all much rather be in bed by 10.38pm

Fireworks displays will entertain millions of people across the country tomorrow night but fewer than one in five Britons will take part in public New Year's Eve parties because they are exhausted and short of cash.

Travelodge to create 200 new jobs

Budget hotel chain Travelodge is to create almost 200 jobs before Christmas by opening nine new hotels.

A bedroom at the Hilton hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg

Want to unwind at the 'best' hotel chain? Then leave the kids at home

Boasting Grade II-listed buildings, extensive grounds and themed activities, it appears to be a typical luxury hotel chain.

The Fashion Audit: Curiouser and curiouser, Get the look, Brolly good, Retro futures,

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

We love: Flying colours - From Hayworth to Fairclough the name Rita conjures up a lady of distinctive style. Acne's shearling flying jacket - updated in acid brights for the new season - certainly meets the criteria of the moniker. Acne, net-a-porter.com (pictured £1,400)

The Fashion Audit: Flying Colours, Get Knotted and Tees Are Green

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

Travelodge avoids collapse with restructuring

Travelodge, the debt-laden budget hotel group, has staved off collapse with a radical financial restructuring that will see more than £700m of loans written off.

Travelodge agrees rescue package

One of Britain's biggest budget hotel operators is set to walk away from 49 of its hotels and write off £700 million of its debts under a controversial rescue deal.

Dubai to take a £400m hit over bailout of Travelodge

Dubai is bracing itself for a hefty £400m loss as Travelodge, the debt-laden hotel group it bought near the top of the market, finalises a bailout that would obliterate its investment in the company.

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John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

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Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
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Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

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The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
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Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

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Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

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Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

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What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most