Jeremy Deller’s visions of England

The spirit of Albion, as conjured in the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale, makes for some surprising and dramatic connections. The Turner-winning artist explains his thinking ‘Things obsess me,” Jeremy Deller says, “but I don’t think of myself as obsessive.” At 9.30 on the morning before his show opens in the British pavilion at […]
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Treasury chief says threats to quit EU undermine UK’s economic revival

Danny Alexander backs EU membership and aims for capital overhaul in long-term expenditure planDanny Alexander, the chief secretary to the Treasury, on Thursday warned that the UK’s nascent recovery would be squandered if the coalition continued to suggest willingness to leave the EU.He also revealed that the government wanted the spending review, due to be […]
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Walmart pleads guilty to dumping hazardous waste in California

Walmart to pay $81m as part of the plea after admitting dumping pollutants from stores into drains in 16 California countiesWalmart, which has endured a year of bad publicity around its US labour relations and working conditions in its overseas supply chain, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to dumping hazardous waste in numerous sites in California.The […]
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Public transport fare rises hitting the young the hardest, says study

Report says those aged 16 – 24 punished most as they rely more on buses and need to travel furthest to seek workYoung people are being systematically disadvantaged by government transport spending policies while concessions are ringfenced for older passengers, a report by claims.Researchers found that as the 16-24 age group relies on bus travel […]
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Britain must commit £132bn a year to combat malnutrition, says charity

Malnutrition contributes to death of 2.3 million under-fives each year and chokes economic growth, warns Save the ChildrenSave the Children are urging David Cameron to commit Britain to spending £132m a year until 2020 to combat malnutrition in poor countries before a hunger summit in London.The charity said the event on 8 June, which takes […]
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Music festival ticket resale confusion

I can no longer use my tickets for a festival in Spain, but it’s been impossible to resell them as they are ‘box-office collection only’In December I bought two “early bird” tickets for Bilbao BBK Live, a three-day music festival in July.I signed the terms and conditions – one of which was that the tickets […]
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Roulette machines: the crack cocaine of gambling

Fears are growing over the addictive nature of the roulette machines that keep bookies in business these days. Amelia Gentleman visits betting hotspot Slough and watches the punters’ £20 notes disappear into themThe biggest spender in Slough’s Roar betting shop on a slow Wednesday morning is a middle-aged British Asian man, carrying some belongings in a […]
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Space, the fiscal frontier: government looks to the skies for rebalancing

The UK’s space industry is low-key, but a major player in satellite manufacturing – and some companies export 95% of their outputWhen Major Timothy Peake boards a Russian Soyuz rocket in late 2015 to become the first British astronaut on the International Space Station, he will carry the expectations of one of Britain’s least-known industries.The […]
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Police and crime commissioners budgets soaring, say MPs

Commons committee says new ‘crime tsars’ are more expensive than traditional police authoritiesMore than a third of police and crime commissioners are already costing the public more than the police authorities they were elected to replace last November, according to parliamentary research.The Commons home affairs select committee says six months after their election, 17 out […]
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