Dorchester's rates bill to double to £7.5m

Owners of landmark buildings across the UK face rates bill increases as great as 115 per cent after an Inland Revenue review.

A week in the life of Jay-Z

He performed with Coldplay, played his own show and talked politics with Andrew Marr. Elisa Bray looks at the schedule of the world's biggest rapper

England and Brazil to play friendly in Doha

England and Brazil will meet in a friendly international in Doha in November, the FA said today.

Make the most of local produce

Let's be more like the French and the Italians, and embrace 100 per cent home produce, says Alexia Robinson, Founder and organiser of British Food Fortnight

Muse, The Den, Teignmouth

Seaside Special was never like this: two Mr Punches leer over the stage from posters either side, a circus ringmaster opens proceedings, yet big-top glitter and knockabout humour are way off the agenda.

Lib Dems slam Labour's education failure

The number of teenagers leaving school without five good GCSEs since Labour came to power will pass three million this week, the Liberal Democrats predicted today.

U2, Wembley Stadium, London<br/>N-Dubz, Opera House, Bournemouth

U2's 360 tour flits, meekly, between old hits and tracks from the current, rather lame, album

It's time for a grown-up conversation on energy

Paul Golby, E.on's UK chief executive, says society's relationship with energy must change.

Firm fined over Wembley stadium death

A construction firm was today fined £150,000 after a father-of-two was killed in an accident during the building of the new Wembley stadium.

Take That, Wembley Stadium, London

The knotty problem for bands playing a venue as huge as Wembley Stadium is how to make every single one of the 80,000 fans feel a little bit special. For most of the audience, their idols look no bigger than a grain of rice and if a band's not careful, everyone will leave wondering if it was worth the bother.

Hopes raised for talks to resolve Tube dispute

London Underground said services were running on more than half of its lines today despite a continued strike by Tube workers, as hopes were raised of fresh talks to resolve the dispute.

Fresh rail blow for England fans

Soccer fans heading to Wembley for tonight's World Cup game between England and Andorra were dealt a fresh blow today when it was announced that overground rail services would not be stopping close to the stadium because of the strike by Tube workers.

Caryl Phillips: 'I prefer not to raise my head above the parapet'

Though he and his books cross oceans, Caryl Phillips stays close to his roots. Anita Sethi meets a returning traveller

Simon Carr: The Speaker spoke &ndash; and everything went wrong

Sketch: If he hangs on too tightly he'll take a lot of parliamentary fabric with him when he goes

England launch World Cup campaign

England kicked off their campaign to host the World Cup in 2018 or 2022 with a launch party at Wembley Stadium.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee