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`Accounting irregularity' triggers Versailles suspension

VERSAILLES GROUP, the trade finance specialist, asked for its shares to be suspended yesterday after the discovery of apparent accounting irregularities.

Letting it all hang out; gardening

Topiary is too often seen as the horticultural equivalent of twinset and pearls, says Sarah Raven. Why not forget all about perfect peacocks, and let your box hedge evolve into an organic baggy monster instead?

Versailles founder nets pounds 29m from shares sale

CARL CUSHNIE, founder and chairman of Versailles Group, netted almost pounds 29m yesterday by trimming his controlling stake in the trade-finance company after a dramatic run-up in its share price.

Style: Let them drink Champagne

Seven hundred people stormed Versailles this summer, but revelry, not revolution, was their intent. The charitable assailants were America's elite bon viveurs. Photographer Sheva Fruitman enjoyed exclusive access

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Sir: The letter from David Glew (20 August) adds very helpful points to those made in Richard Bazillion's lecture (Podium, 17 August) but it is still necessary to indicate why those around President von Hindenburg conceded power to Hitler in 1933.

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