Letters: Serco’s record

Thirty years ago I asked a teenage friend what she was going to do when she grew up. “I want to be a manager,” she replied. “But in which field?” I naively inquired. She answered that managers didn’t need any specialist knowledge of trades or professions. Today Serco holds its AGM. Doctors, prison officers, social […]
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A camping condundrum – is a tent still worthwhile?

A reader is on the hunt for a good, cheapish tent, but wonders about the point of it all given rising site feesEvery week a Guardian Money reader submits a question, and it’s up to you to help him or her out – a selection of the best answers will appear in next Saturday’s paper.This […]
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HMRC in offshore tax evasion crackdown after receiving fresh data

Biggest tranche of information ever received by HMRC contains 400GB of information on offshore tax evasionA fresh crackdown on offshore tax evasion has been launched after HM Revenue and Customs said it had received data showing extensive use of schemes to hide assets.HMRC is working with the United States and Australia to analyse 400GB of […]
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Monkey nuts withdrawn over ‘may contain nuts’ warning error

Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts taken off Booths’ shelves after label fails to warn customers packet may contain nutsA supermarket chain has withdrawn bags of nuts from sale because they contain nuts.Booths decided to pull its Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts from shelves because its label does not declare it contains peanuts.The firm has stores […]
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Sal Khan: the man who tutored his cousin – and started a revolution

Founder of Khan Academy tells how he developed educational website from remote tutorials for his cousin in LouisianaSal Khan has a simple mission: a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Naturally, people think he’s crazy. The craziest part is not the “world-class education” part, because plenty of people want that. And it’s not even the […]
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Lydd airport danger

Re plans to expand Lydd airport (Green groups challenge Kent airport expansion, 12 April): while it is good to see the environmental issues being aired, one problem that is rarely mentioned is the fact that Lydd airport is adjacent to two nuclear reactors. We have been told that when the power station buildings were erected […]
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Passport service has taken us for a ride

Passport Application Online Service charged more than £40 for fast-track renewal, but we could have done it ourselvesMy girlfriend is going abroad in a month and realised yesterday that her passport had expired. She searched online for a way to renew it quickly and the first site she came across was the Passport Application Online […]
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Veterinary drug bute found in Asda corned beef

Supermarket withdraws 340g tins of Smart Price Corned Beef after discovery of phenylbutazoneSupermarket chain Asda said on Tuesday that it was recalling its range of budget corned beef after low levels of the veterinary pain killer phenylbutazone – known as bute – were detected.The Food Standards Agency said the retailer had confirmed that the drug […]
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Springwear, anyone? Clothes shops feel the chill

March fashion sales down 3.4% on same month last year, as some stores ask for deliveries of summer stock to be delayedRetail grandee Sir Stuart Rose famously said “weather is for wimps”, but even the most hardened shopkeeper would have struggled to sell the current crop of springwear, which has sat motionless on clothes rails […]
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Liverpool’s rotting, shocking ‘housing renewal’: how did it come to this? | Owen Hatherley

Social cleansing sold as ‘Pathfinder’ has left areas like Anfield in half-demolished limbo. Yet its champions won’t back downIf you walk around much of inner-city residential Liverpool, you soon find yourself asking, “What catastrophe hit this place?” On investigation, you’ll find it wasn’t merely the haemorrhage of jobs at the docks or the depopulation of […]
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