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

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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.

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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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