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July 26 2014

From| Sat Jul 26 2014, 15:34:08

I feel a bit sorry for the blackberry. Of course, I don't mean the less hip cousin of the iPhone, but the very very humble berry of late summer. It is one of the easiest fruits to find in British hedgerows and parkland, yet - perhaps because of this ubiquity - they're not the most [...]

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From| Sat Jul 26 2014, 06:34:45

Esteemed colleague Andrew Grice said: "Rarely in 30 years of reporting national politics have I seen such a candid, self-aware and self-deprecating speech." Fellow Blairite zombie Daniel Hodges, on the other hand, thought it was "one of most breathtakingly cynical and hypocritical speeches I've ever seen delivered by a major British politician". I observe merely that [...]

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From| Sat Jul 26 2014, 03:00:25

The Hound Pound is an important ecomonic force on the high street - so why aren't more shops and restaurants friendly to four-legged customers, ask Anna Webb and Joanne Good

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July 24 2014

From| Thu Jul 24 2014, 05:23:38

Recipes don't get simpler than this one so as soon as the suns out and you feel like pretending you're somewhere Mediterranean get cooking this delicious summer salad

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From| Thu Jul 24 2014, 02:00:29

Financial firms are busy confusing consumers with "tricky" charges to hide to true cost of their products

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July 22 2014

From| Tue Jul 22 2014, 18:41:04

I've interviewed Paul Fisher, who this month attended his final Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee meeting. He is now deputy head of the Bank's Prudential Regulation Authority. Here's the full transcript below for those who are interested in monetary policy and financial regulation.

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From| Tue Jul 22 2014, 11:02:28

2000Trees' reputation as the ultimate mid-sized festival in the UK is growing with each passing year. Winner of the Best Grass Roots Festival in 2010 and 2013, 2000Trees took over Upcote Farm in Cheltenham for the eighth year running, with the best and most explosive line up since it's inception in 2007. Remfry Dedman went down to the farm, to soak up the sights, sounds and smells...

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July 21 2014

From| Mon Jul 21 2014, 10:41:58

The Xcerts, a 3-piece band from Aberdeen/Exeter, are finally gearing up to release material from their much anticipated third studio album due to be released later this year.

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From| Mon Jul 21 2014, 08:33:51

Fashion isn't a house of cards - where one ill-judged manoeuvre brings the whole thing tumbling down - but rather a game of Kerplunk!. Meaning, if you twiddle the wrong bit, it makes a lot of noise and you lose a few of your marbles, but the whole thing doesn't crash to the ground. That's what occurred to me when news broke today of Christophe Lemaire's mutual parting of ways with the French luxury juggernaut Hermès.

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From| Mon Jul 21 2014, 06:01:52

Series redesigns are the bread and butter of the publishing world - the decent, honourable job of keeping a backlist visible and afloat. Link an author's books together in their visual style and, you hope, you will fix their 'brand' in the reading public's mind. Make them beautiful - 'collectable', that marvellously meaningless word - [...]

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