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Battersea Power Station’s chimneys are coming down. We look at the power station through the ages

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 1:14 pm| By Harry Cockburn

Battersea Power Station is being torn down. The iconic art-deco structure with its four colossal chimneys has dominated the skyline of west London for almost a century, but its reign is coming to an end, albeit temporarily.

Basket of goods inflation

UK inflation drops to 1.6% in July

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:42 pm

The annual rate of UK inflation dropped more than expected in July, thanks to fall in clothing and footwear prices.

Train ticket

Rail fares set for hike of up to 5.5% in January

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:02 pm| By Harry Cockburn

Season tickets for rail passengers are set to go up by hundreds of pounds in January as fares are set to rise by an average of 3.5%. Some fares will see rises of 5.5%, adding up to £300 on some of the most expensive routes.

Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John: I am NOT joining UKIP

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:53 am| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Sir Elton John has dashed Nigel Farage’s hopes of the legendary musician joining UKIP.

Janice Atkinson

UKIP MEP calls Thai constituent “ting tong from somewhere”

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:28 am| By Harry Cockburn

UKIP’s representatives sure know how to grab the media lime-light. Over the past month alone, MEPs have been scoring copious column inches, from giving “Hitler speech advice”, to coming out in support of a re-introduction of the death penalty.

Theresa May scary

Taxpayers face £244m bill from Theresa May cancelling electronic immigration system

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 8:51 am

The taxpayer has been handed a £224m bill after Home Secretary Theresa May cancelled a contract awarded to American defence company Raytheon for providing an electronic borders programme.

Tony and Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair earns £1,000 an hour in new deal

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:15 pm| By Robyn Vinter

Cherie Blair is earning a whopping £1,000 an hour from the Kazakh government – which her husband, former PM Tony Blair, advises.

Julian Assange at Ecuadorian Embassy

Julian Assange reveals he’ll leave Ecuadorian Embassy in London “soon”

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:50 am| By Sophie Hobson

Julian Assange has this morning (Monday) announced that he will leave the Ecuadorian Embassy in London “soon”, having spent two years inside the building in Knightsbridge.

London skyline - City

Why was London named the world’s most influential city?

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:44 am| By Robyn Vinter

London has been named as the most influential city in the world by Forbes – but how did we get the title?

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Mark Bristow

This man earns 1,500x more than his workers – should you care?

Mon, 18 Aug 2014| By Sophie Hobson

FTSE 100 CEOs are typically earning 143 times more than the average worker in their companies, according to new research.

Share a coke campaign

Coke just spent $2bn for a 17% stake in Monster energy drinks

Fri, 15 Aug 2014

Coca-Cola has forked out $2.15bn (£1.29bn) for a 16.7% stake in energy drink company Monster.

Rocket taking off

Economic growth fastest in six years

Fri, 15 Aug 2014| By Robyn Vinter

The economy recorded some strong growth in the second quarter of this year – in fact, we had the fastest GDP growth in six years.

Drunk Brits

Hic and click: drunk Brits spend an average £142 while shopping online

Fri, 15 Aug 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

From drunk-dialling your ex to not waking up in your own bed, there are a lot of regrettable things we do when we’ve had a few too many drinks.

Dom Joly with an oversized mobile phone

Would you pay 50p to skip a call centre queue? Now you can

Fri, 15 Aug 2014| By Robyn Vinter

You’ve been on hold for 35 minutes and all you want to do is change your address. Sound familiar? We’ve all been there.

Warren Buffett

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway share price hits $200,000

Fri, 15 Aug 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

A stonking $200,000 ($118,000) – that’s the price of one share of Warren Buffett’s investment company Berkshire Hathaway


The bollygarchs: meet the 10 richest Indians in London

Fri, 15 Aug 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

As India celebrates its 68th Independence Day, we take a look at Indians who made it big in London

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Take a look at the amazing plans for a floating lido at Victoria Embankment

Thu, 14 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Fancy flinging yourself into the Thames for a bracing dip? Course you do. Well, now that beautiful dream is edging closer to becoming reality.

Branson space jet

5 mega entrepreneurs with no A-levels

Thu, 14 Aug 2014

Not happy with your A-level results? No sweat, you’re in good company.

Supermarket shopping basket woman

Appetite for destruction: why our taste for a bargain is damaging supermarket sales

Thu, 14 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

The volume of items sold in British supermarkets is currently enduring its steepest decline since the end of the second world war, analysts have said.

Fair trade Crack

The future of illicit online drug trading: “fair-trade” cocaine and “locally farmed” opium

Thu, 14 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Is your cocaine fair-trade? It sounds like some sort of hipster joke, but drug dealers on the internet are now offering their customers “fair-trade” Bolivian cocaine, and opium from non-violent producers rather than cartels, in a bid to win business from conscientious users.

Uber taxi

Scandal of the tech darlings: $18bn Uber and $700m Lyft get dirty

Thu, 14 Aug 2014| By Sophie Hobson

It was all looking so peachy for Uber, with its $18bn valuation and its rampant acceleration towards world domination. (The taxi-booking app is now in around 60 markets worldwide is growing aggressively.)

Council housing in London with an axe over it

Yet another survey suggests London house prices are cooling

Thu, 14 Aug 2014| By Sophie Hobson

We all knew it had to happen sooner or later.

Mark Simmonds

Minister who quit saying he couldn't afford to work on £120k salary buys £1m home, part-funded by you

Wed, 13 Aug 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Remember the Foreign Office minister who quit yesterday saying his £120,000 salary wasn’t enough to rent a home in London?

Unhappy woman

Why the falling unemployment rate isn’t all good newsVideo

Wed, 13 Aug 2014| By Robyn Vinter

This morning we found out the number of people who are unemployed has fallen to 2.08 million, down 132,000 from April to June, compared with the previous three months. This is great news for the UK, as one of the key measures of a growing economy is a falling unemployment rate.

Chinese lady shopping in London Retail

Chinese tourists spend an incredible £650 a day each in UK. We need them

Wed, 13 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

China may remain governed by the communist party, but my, do Chinese travellers like the bounty of western capitalist countries.

Richard Branson Dita von Teese pants

Branson-backed radiation-repelling underpants hit bum-note

Wed, 13 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Electromagnetic radiation is a pesky aspect of modern life. Omnipresent, invisible, and potentially damaging, our bodies are routinely permeated by waves from devices like phones, laptops, tablets and all the other shiny gizmos we surround ourselves with.

A queue of youths is seen outside the Job Centre in Charing Cross, London, to raise awareness of the million young people out of work in the UK.

Economic recovery won’t solve long-term youth unemployment, think tank warns

Wed, 13 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

A full economic recovery may be on the cards for the UK, but a return to economic prosperity will not necessarily solve the problem of long-term youth unemployment, a leading think tank has warned.

Serco arrives at wormwood scrubs prison

Scandal-struck Serco gains government support

Wed, 13 Aug 2014| By Harry Cockburn

A year on from Serco’s multi-million pound tagging scandal, the multinational contracting firm is back in favour with the government.