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scotland

Scottish independence: What would it mean for the rest of the UK?

Much has been made of the implications for people north of the border, but how would independence affect the rest of the country?

November 25, 2013
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cycling

Is cycling getting more or less dangerous?

A cyclist in south London has become the sixth to die in the capital in two weeks. Is cycling in the UK getting more dangerous?

November 19, 2013
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garden

A new garden city for the UK

A major competition is calling for designs for a new "garden city". But what might it look like, and where could it go?

November 14, 2013
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lastsupper

Artprice Index | October 2013

Zeng Fanzhi’s painting “The Last Supper” sold for $23m at auction this month, demonstrating the strength of the Chinese market at the high end.

October 29, 2013
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bottles

Liv-ex Index | October 2013

Stellar reviews for the 2010 Opus One, a Californian Cabernet blend, helped American wines claim their largest ever share of trade on Liv-ex, the fine wine exchange.

October 29, 2013
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sundays

Should the French open their shops on Sundays?

Almost twenty years ago, a bitter war was fought over the future of Sunday trading in Britain - and today France is mired in a similar battle. But how has shopping on a Sunday re-shaped British society, and do the French really have anything to fear?

October 10, 2013
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price

George Price and the science of altruism

Is altruism really self-interest in disguise? And can a mathematical equation hope to answer the question?

October 9, 2013
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kenya

The taboo of suicide in Kenya

"There is no reading of the Bible. In some cases families have been locked in their house while the body is taken into the bush and abandoned," says John Hurst, co-founder of Samaritans Kenya.

October 4, 2013
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kitty

Kitty Genovese and the bystander effect

In March 1964 Kitty Genovese was killed outside her New York apartment in full view of her neighbours. The case has come to represent what social scientists call "the bystander effect", but is it hardwired into our nature, or can we learn to behave differently?

October 3, 2013
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bank

Helping child workers save their earnings

Around seven million children in Bangladesh have to work for a living, many of them packed into Dhaka's crowded slums. Some volunteer at banks designed to help them hold on to their earnings.

September 27, 2013
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munch

Artprice Index | September 2013

The growth in the art market over the past few years has been led by Asian buyers, but with fewer of their favoured works on offer, it could be entering a period of uncertainty.

September 20, 2013
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penfolds

Liv-ex Index | September 2013

In addition to sought-after Burgundies and Italian Super Tuscans, wines from Champagne and Australia continue to gather momentum.

September 20, 2013
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whales

How to rescue whales tangled in nets

To free a trapped whale, you have to tire it out. When writhing around in the water they can be impossible to cut loose, so volunteer Mackie Greene ties polyurethane balloons to the nets wrapped around their fins.

September 20, 2013
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madonna

Artprice Index | August 2013

There is little disagreement that status-driven purchases will continue to be the main story, as wealthy new investors are drawn to pieces with immediate cultural cachet.

August 30, 2013
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tuscany

Liv-ex Index | August 2013

Bordeaux wines are responsible for the graph’s fractional decline, masking a rise in demand for the better-known burgundies and Super Tuscan wines.

August 30, 2013
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basquiat

Artprice Index | July 2013

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 painting “Untitled” was the most successful lot at Christie's contemporary art sale, fetching £18.76m

July 25, 2013
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vega

Liv-ex Index | July 2013

The month has seen huge interest in Vega Sicilia, the iconic Spanish producer whose reds are considered among the finest in the world.

July 25, 2013
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artgraph

Artprice Index | June 2013

Monet’s shimmering depiction of a Venetian palace, “Le Palais Contarini”, sold for more than $30m in London in June, helping to push the Artprice Global Index to a two-year high.

June 27, 2013
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winegraph

Liv-ex Index | June 2013

A glut of 2012 Bordeaux wines could open up interesting opportunities for buyers hoping to purchase the superior 2010 vintage.

June 27, 2013
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fake

Ian Brady: How easy is it to fake mental illness?

A tribunal is about to decide whether Moors Murderer Ian Brady is moved from mental hospital back to prison. Brady has said he used method-acting to fool psychiatrists, but how often does this really happen?

June 27, 2013
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betting

The street with 18 betting shops

Fixed odds betting terminals - big-money fruit machines - are driving the profits in betting shops. Some councils are now fighting back.

June 18, 2013
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vietnamese

Why are so many of the UK’s missing teenagers Vietnamese?

A major international summit on missing people is hoping to tackle exploitation and trafficking. In the UK, a disproportionate number of missing young people are of Vietnamese origin. Why?

June 17, 2013
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skeuomorphism

What is skeuomorphism?

Apple has announced it will scrap the traditional look of its mobile apps, which mimic real world objects. This is "skeuomorphic" design.

June 13, 2013
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consoles

Why are games consoles cheaper in America?

Sony and Microsoft have unveiled the prices of their new games consoles, and as usual British gamers will have to cough up more for the identical pieces of kit. Why is this?

June 12, 2013
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golf

Golf courses bow to environmental pressure

Few sports raise the ire of environmentalists in the way that golf does. Often seen as the preserve of the wealthy, the landscaped swathes of bright green grass are regarded as impositions on the natural order.

May 24, 2013
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retail

Retail task force attacks delay in revaluing business rates

The chairman of a retail task force has attacked a decision to delay a revaluation of business rates, telling MPs the move must have been politically motivated.

May 21, 2013
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pedigree

Ad deconstructed: Pedigree dog food

Pedigree's advert promises to donate a million meals to a network of animal shelters across the country.

May 20, 2013
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fracking

Britain’s Tory MPs face fracking challenge

In 2011, fracking was banned in the UK after the process caused a series of earth tremors in Lancashire. At the end of last year, the ban was lifted and replaced by a complex regulatory regime.

May 19, 2013
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lulzsec

LulzSec hackers jailed for cyber attacks

Members of the LulzSec hacking collective who carried out a string of cyber attacks on large global institutions were jailed on Thursday.

May 16, 2013
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bedroom

‘Bedroom tax’ discriminates against disabled, High Court hears

The High Court has been asked to consider the legality of the government’s so-called “bedroom tax” on grounds that it may discriminate against disabled people and poses a "real risk" that they will be evicted from their homes.

May 15, 2013
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bitcoin

Q&A: Why fear Bitcoin?

What are Bitcoins, and how do they work?

May 13, 2013
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graphene

Graphene sees growing investor opportunities

Graphite, in its natural form, is a mineral so fragile that it crumbles away from the tip of a pencil when etched on paper. But hidden inside its soft grey flakes is a substance stronger than diamond that looks set to change the world.

May 10, 2013
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nivea

Ad deconstructed: Nivea Men Originals

It is not clear whether the protagonist in Nivea's new campaign is supposed to be more like James Bond or a Guy Ritchie anti-hero.

May 6, 2013
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keltic

Keltic Seafare catches world’s attention

Persistent rain and chill winds make the remote Scottish town of Dingwall an unlikely place to launch a global business. But the conditions seemed perfect to Laurence Watkins, who turned 70 this year.

April 22, 2013
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church

Heavy metal and the church

Many think of church as incense, organ music and dog collars. But now there are a number of new churches that look rather different.

February 14, 2013
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Times-1

Inside the mind of a lucid dreamer

Lucid dreaming enthusiasts claim to control their own private universe. Sam Judah learns how to enter their ethereal state.

June 26, 2012
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bbclucid

Lucid dreaming: Rise of a nocturnal hobby

A slew of apps promise to encourage "lucid dreaming". So why is there such enthusiasm around the idea of controlling dreams?

May 31, 2012
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Indy-1

British care homes in India and the Philippines

A growing number of British pensioners who balk at the cost of care in the UK are moving to Asia, where old age is more affordable.

February 14, 2012
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Big-Issue-1

Britain through the eyes of a vendor

After becoming very successful at a young age, Rickesh lost everything to a gambling addiction.

January 27, 2012
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Lambeth-Post

Rail station lift hits the buffers

Disability campaigners’ hopes of finally accessing a railway station have suffered a major blow after transport bosses admitted that plans may have to be shelved.

November 10, 2011