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July named as grumpiest month for Britons

Despite the sunny weather, July is the grumpiest month for Britons as they battle with sleep deprivation and fraying tempers in the heat, a survey suggested today.

Guy Parsons: No time for resting on laurels as Travelodge chases Olympic dream

The Business Interview: The new chief executive of the budget hotel chain wants to dominate the domestic market in time for the 2012 Olympics

24-Hour Room Service: Fashion 26, New York City

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Job worries are causing sleepness night

Most people are getting less than eight hours' sleep a night because of worries over job security, performance at work and finances, a study revealed today.

Business Diary: When hoteliers fall out

News reaches us of ructions in the cosy world of bed and breakfasts, where the hotels group Travelodge has resigned from the British Hospitality Association in something of a strop. Travelodge's new chief executive, Guy Parsons, says British tourism has been "punching below our weight" in campaigns for industry-friendly government policies, and seems to lay the blame at the BHA's door. So Travelodge is off to plough its own furrow.

Graduate news: Matchmaking service helps job applications

Fed up with applying for jobs? The Graduate Recruitment Bureau will – rather surprisingly – do it for you. Just submit your CV on their website, and a team of analysers will assess your skills, put you forward for jobs and even make the follow-up calls.

Simon Calder: If a 660 per cent tax bill doesn't stop us flying...

The man who pays his way

Children's TV ban for Lenny Henry 'axe' ad

An advert parodying horror film The Shining in which comedian Lenny Henry attacks a door with an axe was banned during children's programming, a watchdog said today.

The Big Six: Hotels for petrolheads

From a converted 100-year-old warehouse just a kick start from the Harley-Davidson Museum to a Surrey hotel built on the site of the iconic Brooklands racing circuit...

DJ Taylor: Feminism works so well for women we should try it on men

Purging the top shelf, a grilling for Gordon, questions about his seaside holiday, the music of the eggheads, and answering a call of nature in the Hebrides

Questions Of Cash: 'My landlord won't stump up for costly flood'

Q. We had a flood in our housing association flat while away at Christmas. The tap had dripped, causing the sink to fill. It turned out the overflow was blocked, so the excess water could not drain away. The housing association's plumber changed the washer, but wouldn't look at the overflow problem and claimed it was our fault. I have been asked to pay for the cost of the repair and have been in dispute with them for two weeks. My contents insurer says the association will be insured for this and should do the repairs. CO, London.

Cinema's golden age reaches the final reel

They brought glamour into simple lives, but Britain's Art Deco picture palaces are being pulled down by developers with grand ideas

Restructuring plan fails to lift Dubai stocks

Dubai stocks hit a second day of turbulence today despite a restructuring plan from its debt-engulfed investment arm.

Dubai expansion fuelled by years of cheap money

Worries over Dubai's ability to pay its debts come after years of expansion fuelled by cheap money - bringing a huge potential headache for UK banks.

Expenses-row MP dismisses 'house ban' claim

The head of the Commons committee that deals with MPs' expenses abuse dismissed an allegation that his wife banned him from the constituency home he claimed for as "akin to Harry Potter" today.

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