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Tesla electric cars made safer

Broken Records - 'We're not expecting to make a living out of this'

It's about time that these modest Scots learnt to take the plaudits, says Elisa Bray

Travelodge to launch 99p cream tea

Forget West Country farmhouses, the budget hotel chain Travelodge is launching a 99p cream tea.

The world's best job could be closer than you think

You don't have to go to Australia to find a cushy job. How about beer taster, or 'director of sleep' perhaps?

Tom Smith: 'I played right after one seizure – not a good idea'

At 37, Tom Smith is the Premiership's oldest player. As the prop bows out, he tells Chris Hewett about living with epilepsy, and how to win on Lions tours

A blagger's guide to travel: Simon Calder's no-cost holidays

Want to see the world – but feeling the pinch? You don't have to settle for staying put this summer.

24-Hour Room Service: The Charles Munich, Germany

Born in Italy, raised in Britain and ennobled by Margaret Thatcher, Charles Forte was one of Britain's greatest hoteliers, yet the hotel that bears his name isn't in Britain or Italy but in Munich. Lord Forte died in February 2007, at the grand old age of 98, and the Charles Hotel is his monument – an Italianate landmark in this Bavarian metropolis that's described by many Germans (and even some Italians) as Italy's most northern city. Charles Forte, who would have celebrated his centenary last November, surely would have approved.

Waitrose tracks M&S on motorway

With Waitrose set to open stores on the M40 and M25, the battle of the service stations is going upmarket. But there are limits on retailers' scope for growth. James Thompson reports

Parlour song, Almeida Theatre, London

Sex and Scrabble in suburbia

Questions Of Cash: 'Can you save us from bungling BT and crazy bills?'

Q. My 88-year-old cousin lives in a nursing home. When she moved there last year she contracted with BT for a line in her room. All worked well until September, when she had a letter from BT welcoming her as a customer and giving her a completely new phone number in another area. The letter quoted her bank details. She replied that she did not want a second phone line. Her letter was ignored. In November she received another letter from BT, apologising for not having sent a bill. When that bill arrived it was for £154.01 and included both phone numbers. Payment was collected by direct debit. My cousin wrote and phoned again, without success. I spoke to BT, which insisted that all calls on this second line would have to be paid for by my cousin, even though she has no second line! Next time I spoke to BT, it said the matter had been resolved with my cousin – which was untrue. BT then accepted its mistake and sent a credit note for £106.31. But the next bill included her line rental, the call charges on this second line, plus a £70 line cancellation fee, payment for which – £173.58 – was taken from her by direct debit. HM, Bristol.

Hospitality

The UK hospitality industry offers a variety of career opportunities. Bob Cotton gives his advice on how to get a slice of the action

Davos: The real story

It's all about freeloading fatcats and nothing constructive ever gets done. Right? Not quite. David Randall reveals the unexpected truth about the World Economic Forum

Simon Calder: Some hotels are awful – but not all of them

Who would be a hotelier? First Basil Fawlty mocked the profession; next, the then tourism minister, Kim Howells, accused some English resorts of "rotting from the ground up". And now the biggest cheese in domestic tourism, Christopher Rodrigues, lambasts "grumpy" and "greedy" hotel proprietors.

Budget hotel guests 'subjected to filthy conditions'

Guests staying at budget hotel chains have been greeted by mouldy mattresses, stained duvets and dirty toilets, according to an investigation released today.

Something To Declare: Las Vegas; Malaria in Gambia; £9 rooms

Where to go, how to save, what to avoid

Hunter faces write-off on HBOS deal to rescue Wyevale

The Scottish entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter could face his second write-off of a major investment in recent months, as he gears up to complete a debt-for-equity swap deal with HBOS to safeguard the future of the struggling Wyevale Garden Centre.

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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried