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The City had its eye on the break-up of consumer goods giants yesterday as Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser were in the spotlight.

Editor-At-Large: The people, not their MPs, have improved transport at a stroke

Walking and cycling make us healthier and are good for the environment. What a pity the Government hasn't noticed yet

Night at the Museum (PG)

In Night at the Museum, Ben Stiller signs up as a security guard at New York's Natural History Museum, a post which offers low pay, anti-social hours, and a magical Egyptian tablet which brings all the exhibits to life after dark. Suddenly he has to deal with a waxwork Attila The Hun, a pride of stuffed lions and a dinosaur skeleton which wants to play "fetch". Like Snakes On A Plane, the film has the kind of cracking, all-in-the-title concept which seems like it can't go wrong ... except when the director of Cheaper By The Dozen and the writers of Herbie: Fully Loaded are around. In their hands, the exhibits come alive, but the movie doesn't.

Michael Harrison's Outlook: Smith & Nephew's O'Donnell sets his sights on another transforming takeover

Carphone and Voda back in talks; A trial that does Germany no favours

Met urges ban on flag burning

Police chiefs have urged ministers to criminalise flag-burning in a move to crack down on extremist protesters.

Britpop on top as Oasis edge out Beatles for best album

When it was released, it was the fastest-selling debut album ever in the UK, and nearly 12 years on Definitely Maybe has been named the greatest album of all time.

Advertisers resist US TV networks' glitzy launches

Behind the glitzy launches of US television's autumn schedules this week, a nervous question is being asked: how much longer will this annual beauty pageant matter to the advertising executives in the audience?

Whiteread brings cubism to the Tate

Rachel Whiteread is the latest artist to try to conquer the Tate Modern's Turbine Hall. Does she succeed? Tom Lubbock assesses the Turner prize-winner's installation 'Embankment'

Unilever has put its directors through the spin cycle, but the mud still sticks to a bilingual group in search of an identity

Investors, logging on to Unilever's website last Thursday to get the detail of the biggest shake-up in the group's 75-year history, were greeted with this statement. "'Dirt is good' is a powerful, engaging message about the necessity of dirt in our lives and the freedom we allow ourselves, and others, to experience life and grow."

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