Current and former Birmingham Council workers celebrate after yesterday's Court judgement

Ruling allows equal-pay claims up to six years

Employers face the prospect of battling discrimination claims years after an employee has left their company following a landmark Supreme Court ruling yesterday.

Current and former Birmingham Council workers celebrate after yesterday's Court judgement

Equal pay ruling opens door for women to take employers to court

Employers face the prospect of battling discrimination claims years after an employee has left their company following a landmark Supreme Court ruling yesterday.

Sealed for 99 years and 363 days: Town's secret finally revealed

The parcel was tied up with string, sealed with red wax and dated 26 August 1912 – but the words written in dark blue ink on its brown paper wrapping instructed the holders: “ To be opened in 2012”.

Big Brother ends: 'So, have we missed anything interesting?'

Yesterday evening marked the end of a chapter. Not a particularly august chapter, or a particularly well-watched one, but nonetheless the latest series of Channel 5's Big Brother drew to its close last night. It's been a rocky ride, what with the viewing figures halving from a 2.7 million peak and those nasty accusations of bullying. But still we can wish the contestants well (apart from the bullying ones) as they emerge blinking into the light.

Album: Spektor, Enjoy it While it Lasts (Fiction)

Spector are the band you'd get if you fed the Killers, Keane and the Strokes into a blender. (In itself, not a terrible idea.)

Slow boat: St Peter Port, Guernsey’s capital

Trail of the Unexpected: Slow delights in Guernsey

With a speed limit of just 35mph, this island reveals its charms gently says Ben West

As an engineering student, you could study any topics from waste management and recycling, to water treatment

What's it like to study... Engineering

Cat Clarkson studies Environmental Engineering at The University of Nottingham and has been studying engineering for the last seven years

Sport on TV: Johnson crosses the line and races to his conclusions

The subject of race in sport is fraught with danger. The arenas must be free of such considerations, and you are bound to be walking on eggshells. Or in Michael Johnson's case, running very fast over them, so fast that he barely cracks a single one. With the sonorous voice of the American South and four Olympic gold medals in his pocket, there can be no arguing with his credentials to tackle the taboo.

Cyclists, office workers and motorists can all donate their used equipment to good causes

If you're driven to give to charity …

You can now make sure unwanted cars, bikes, computers and mobiles benefit worthy causes, reports Chiara Cavaglieri

Album: Joe Walsh, Analog Man (Decca/Concord

A first outing in 20 years by the sometime Eagle, goodtimey master of the slugging riff and the sardonic aside.

A$AP Rocky likes his violent imagery

A$AP Rocky, Electric Ballroom, London
Stooshe, Royal Albert Hall, London

Never mind hip-hop's great hope, here's a girl group going places

Many skip hire firms now fear they will go bust

'Skip tax' will be catastrophic, firms warn MPs

Four firms face closure daily because of a massive increase in the tax levied on the waste in skips, a protest meeting in the House of Commons was told.

George Osborne warned of fly-tipping chaos as 'skip tax' gets messy

Chancellor hit by new Budget row over proposals to increase cost of dumping waste

Hadrian’s second-century villa in Tivoly

Outrage over plan to dump rubbish at Hadrian's villa

Campaigners say World Heritage site is threatened as Rome tries to find new home for waste overflow

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links