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The head of a Government inquiry into the funding of high-quality journalism has travelled to the United States to gather evidence from tech giants and major newspapers. Dame Frances Cairncross, an economist and former journalist, is this week on a fact-finding mission to both coasts as she prepares a...
The liminal zone between hysteria and hysterical has been uproariously explored by Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology across seven rollercoaster seasons. Series eight began in the gleeful high-camp tradition of its predecessors, the pot boiling over with gothic horror, swinging-for-the-fences satire and zinging put-downs delivered with aplomb by...
Shares in IG Group have fallen almost 7pc after the online trading giant said that chief executive Peter Hetherington would be standing down with immediate effect. Mr Hetherington's exit was announced a week after the firm said its revenues had dropped 5pc in the first quarter due to a fall in customer activity and a...
Online fashion retailer Boohoo has bucked the doom and gloom in the wider retail market after reporting record sales and a 20pc jump in profits in the first half of the year. The company's co-founders and joint chief executives, Mahmud Kamani and Carol Kane, said "outstanding growth" at Boohoo's sub-brand, PrettyLittleThing, had...
Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest venture - a pop-up store in Notting Hill, opens to the public at noon today (25 Sept) and it sells everything that you’d expect from the A-list actress and more. It’s her multi-million dollar, multi-franchise lifestyle brand Goop come to life, albeit in very chic and...
Pontificating on the merits or demerits of Margaret Thatcher’s time as prime minister is far beyond the bailiwick of this humble travel feature, but we can all of us agree, left and right, rich and poor, northerner and southerner, school milk drinker or brittle-boned urchin, that discussions of her...
A teenage boy I know, on receipt of a Harry Potter novel longer than Anna Karenina, finished the thing within 24 hours. I had high hopes that the fourth instalment in JK Rowling’s pseudonymous Cormoran Strike series would justify its presumptuous length - a whopping 650 pages - by...
Comparethemarket has hired its first chief executive a year after the competition watchdog opened an investigation into the price comparison website.  Jonathon Brown, who is currently the chief operating officer for Moonpig owner PhotoBox, is taking on the new job next month. He replaces Paul Galligan, who was managing director of...
There was a time when only farmers, builders or hillbillies drove pick-up trucks. Frankly, who else needed one? No frills, no fanfare. A pick-up was just a plain 4x4 workhorse: able to go off-road and carry a ton payload whilst towing a cattle trailer. Not the kind of car...
Nick Payne’s frank-talking relationships drama continued, and after the froth-mouthed controversy whipped up by the first episode, the explicit tone would have done little to appease those left feeling morally outraged. Not that you saw anything gratuitous – Payne’s drama is really about the screwed-up fallibility of us humans –...