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A mother has been jailed for life for beating, blinding and murdering her 11-month baby son.

It may be worth backing another rise in inflation

This week promises to be a lot more exciting than the last, with the big two supermarkets releasing trading figures as well as official inflation and retail sales numbers being issued.

Royals to mark Duke's 90th birthday

The Royal Family will come together today to mark the Duke of Edinburgh's 90th birthday at a special service of thanksgiving.

Dominic Lawson: Why Windsor's Poundland turns economics on its head

The chain's decision to open its newest store in one of the wealthiest boroughs in the land is much less paradoxical than it seems

Tips and deals of the week: 22/05/2011

The flight

Air Canada introduces direct summer flights from Heathrow to St John's in Newfoundland, starting this week from £707 return.

Go to aircanada.co.uk

Letter from the editor: Cheerful nationalistic pride

For those of us who went back to work yesterday, it was something of a shock to the system. All that sunshine and chocolate and then, bang, you’re back to train cancellations, photocopiers out of toner, and the burdens of the working day.

Letter from the editor: A sense of perspective

“If people want to read lots of gushing rubbish,” writes i reader Anne Loader, “there are plenty of sources for this”. She was not talking about this column, but was responding to my invitation for you to tell us how much (or how little) coverage you’d like on the forthcoming royal wedding.

Album: Earle Brown, Synergy (Hat [now] Art)

Brown, though never as celebrated as his pals Cage and Feldman, produced some of the more enjoyably questing systems music of the last century.

Sir Elton John picks royal school for son

Sir Elton John has chosen a school that provides Queen Elizabeth's choirboys for his baby Zachary.

DVD: Any Human Heart (15)

Rarely is the interplay of form and narrative function so fittingly enacted as in William Boyd's TV adaptation of his own 2002 novel.

Lib Dems suffer by-election slump in Berkshire

The Liberal Democrats slumped in the first council by-election of the year.

The Secret History Of: The Ercol Butterfly chair

It might look like a fairly standard kitchen chair but the Ercol Butterfly was groundbreaking when it first launched. What's more, the clean, simple lines of postwar British design are still as fashionable today as they were 50 years ago.

Minor British Institutions: the postcode

The postcode is another triumph of pioneering British bureaucracy. Sir Rowland "Penny Post" Hill split London into ten compass-point districts in 1856; the current code took 15 years to arrive after its trial in Norwich in 1959.

Wallis Simpson bracelet fetches world record price

A bracelet owned by Wallis Simpson, whose love affair with Edward VIII led to his abdication, has sold for a world record £4.5 million at auction.

Minor British Institutions: Battenberg cake

Battenberg cake is exemplarily British: interesting origins, often mocked, implausibly symbolic. Discerning palates dry before its combination of sponge and marzipan, while others love the windows on our childhood, even if the colours are not so unnaturally vigorous now.

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