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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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July 20 2014

From| Sun Jul 20 2014, 05:39:42

The current disillusionment with India's new government is not surprising given the images built up in the past by prime minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley. Modi, a powerful regional politician, blasted his way to power in a presidential style campaign with the theme that he alone could save India from its declining [...]

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July 19 2014

From| Sat Jul 19 2014, 15:16:01

One of the plants I inherited when I took over Plot 35a last year was a gooseberry bush. It was quite straggly and had criss-crossing branches and as a result cropped poorly last summer. The handful of gooseberries it did produce, however, were red, not green, and I later found a faded label revealing it [...]

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From| Sat Jul 19 2014, 14:30:05

Voters are sceptical about the Government reshuffle, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror. Most people, 56 per cent, said women were promoted for "presentational reasons" and only 24 per cent said women were promoted "on merit". Overall, only 20 per cent said the reshuffle improved my view of [...]

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