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Today's news in rhyming couplets, in honour of National Poetry Day

Thu, 2 Oct 2014 2:28 pm| By Harry Cockburn, Sophie Hobson, Robyn Vinter, Shruti Tripathi Chopra, Rebecca Hobson

In honour of National Poetry Day, the LondonlovesBusiness.com team have responded in the only sensible way, and done the news of the day in rhyming couplets.

Cameron crying

Freudian slip much? Cameron said he “resents the poor” yesterdayVideo

Thu, 2 Oct 2014 1:52 pm

Oh dear! Cameron has had another foot-in-mouth moment. (Read: Purr-gate: Blunder-struck Cameron’s top gaffes)

David Cameron at party conference

10 important things you might have missed from Cameron’s speech

Thu, 2 Oct 2014 1:24 pm| By Sophie Hobson

There were the tax cuts - then there all of these pledges on corporation tax, human rights and the NHS


The rise and fall of Wonga

Thu, 2 Oct 2014 1:03 pm

For the better half of the last decade, Wonga was widely tipped as the UK’s hottest company.

Tokyo Stock market

Fat-finger shame – the trader who accidentally cancelled orders for £381bn of sharesVideo

Thu, 2 Oct 2014 12:30 pm| By Harry Cockburn

Unfortunately there’s no ‘undo’ function in life to make errors un-happen. A trader in Tokyo probably wishes there was though, after making a mistake so vast that it caused £381bn share orders to be cancelled – a figure larger than Sweden’s entire economy.

Green Telephone Box

Why are red phone boxes turning green in London?

Thu, 2 Oct 2014 11:54 am| By Harry Cockburn

The glorious reign of the red telephone box is at an end. We no longer depend on the ubiquity of the iconic payphones now that mobile and internet technologies have delivered us the smartphone.

David Cameron

David Cameron's Conservative party conference speech in full

Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:57 am

I am so proud to stand here today as Prime Minister of four nations in one United Kingdom. I was always clear about why we called that referendum. Duck the fight – and our union could have been taken apart bit by bit. Take it on – and we had the chance to settle the question. This Party has always confronted the big issues for the sake of our country. And now…England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland…we are one people in one union and everyone here can be proud of that. And we can ...

UKIP logo

Ouch. Ex-Tory donor Arron Banks raises UKIP donation to £1m after Hague calls him a nobody

Thu, 2 Oct 2014 9:43 am| By Sophie Hobson

Oops. Bet William Hague wished he hadn’t called Arron Banks a nobody now.

Richard Branson

Branson banks on raising £150m as Virgin Money confirms IPO

Thu, 2 Oct 2014 9:18 am| By Sophie Hobson

Richard Branson has never been afraid of a challenge.

Farage scary face

Oops! Nigel Farage follows pornographic Twitter account

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 1:50 pm| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has been tweeting praise about Tory MPs who have defected to UKIP.

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William Hague and David Cameron

Cameron promises tax cuts for 30 million people

Wed, 1 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

And this is how Twitter reacted to his speech


What is FireChat and why is everyone talking about it?

Wed, 1 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

The new messaging app has some interesting features…

50 Bank Street

This iconic Canary Wharf building has just been sold for £152m

Wed, 1 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Songbird Estates, the developer behind the Canary Wharf financial district, has sold off one of its iconic buildings for £152.5m

Coins minimum wage pic

The number of people on minimum wage has doubled since 1999Video

Wed, 1 Oct 2014| By Robyn Vinter

A record 1.2 million people are on the National Minimum Wage, which rises today – twice as many as were on the lowest legal pay rate in 1999, when National Minimum Wage was introduced.

Toxic Caterpillar 622 x 466

Toxic caterpillar numbers soar in London

Wed, 1 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Caterpillars bristling with thousands of toxic hairs are increasingly making London their home, despite serious efforts to control them.

Farage barrage parliament sky ukip

Millionaire Tory donor defects to UKIP

Wed, 1 Oct 2014| By Harry Cockburn

A millionaire Tory donor who has given quarter of a million pounds to the Conservative party since 2010, this morning announced he is defecting to UKIP.

A view through Soho's red light district

Our GDP figures just got a £10bn boost by including prostitution and illegal drugs for the first time

Tue, 30 Sep 2014| By Harry Cockburn

A change to the way in which GDP is calculated now includes figures for prostitution and illicit drugs. The changes, which bring the GDP measure in line with European standards, show that the country’s GDP following the economic crisis was not as low as previously calculated.

Teen bends iPhone 6

Three big threats Apple faces this week Video

Tue, 30 Sep 2014

Last week we told you how Apple got royally stewed after $23bn was wiped off its value.

Bill Gates

Gold Ferraris and Monets galore: Meet the 10 wealthiest people in America

Tue, 30 Sep 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Every year Forbes reveals the US’s most affluent citizens, who each have incomprehensibly vast sums of money.

Mark Zuckerberg wealth rise

Mark Zuckerberg is now worth $34bn - this graph shows his amazing wealth rise

Tue, 30 Sep 2014| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is that 30-year-old over-achiever who makes everyone go “what the zuck”.

Cameron crying

Why was David Cameron crying yesterday?

Mon, 29 Sep 2014| By Robyn Vinter

A speech in the Tory party conference made the PM cry yesterday – an unusual display of emotion from our usually indifferent-looking leader.

Stormy weather

Storms ahead: Households facing “lost decade” of wage growth

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

A troubling new report suggests that take-home pay in real terms will remain behind pre-crisis levels until 2017, meaning households are facing a “lost decade” of real wage growth.


Wow - Aldi's profits just grew 65%. These charts show its amazing growth

Mon, 29 Sep 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Aldi’s annual results, which were released today, show a huge rise in middle class shoppers switching to the store.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson

"You'd be utterly nuts to join Ukip," says Boris

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

If you’re a Tory planning to join UKIP then you “must be utterly nuts”. No, we’re not saying that, London Mayor Boris Johnson is.

George Osborne

Osborne pledges to scrap “death tax”

Mon, 29 Sep 2014| By Robyn Vinter

Among the sexting scandals and defections to UKIP, the Tory party struggled to get its voice heard this weekend.

The Queen with Crowne Prince Pavlos of Greece

Who are the 100 most connected women in Britain?

Mon, 29 Sep 2014

From the Queen to George Clooney’s wife Amal Alamuddin to Boris’ executive assistant – women from all walks of life have made it to GQ’s list of the 100 most connected women in Britain.

Putney Bridge

Putney Bridge reopens after £1.25m repairs. Here are some of London’s other remarkable bridges

Fri, 26 Sep 2014| By Harry Cockburn

Putney Bridge has re-opened this morning after undergoing a significant repair operation to protect the Victorian structure from water penetration.

Tony Blair

Tony Blair was just named top gay icon of the last 30 years - here are 5 reasons why

Fri, 26 Sep 2014

Draw a roster of PMs, politicians or just, people we love to hate and Tony Blair is definitely makes that list.

Facebook - Mark Zuckerberg

Why is Facebook planning to launch HUGE drones?

Fri, 26 Sep 2014| By Robyn Vinter

It tracks your every move, sells your data and manipulates what you see. But Facebook is about to get a whole lot creepier with its plan to develop a fleet of giant drones.