News archive from 14 April 2014, page 5

Internet hols cause 45% rise in travel agent closure

Internet hols cause 45% rise in travel agent closure

The economic downturn has prompted people to take shorter DIY holidays in the UK or mainland Europe rather than long-haul packages, according to accountancy firm Wilkins Kennedy. The trend caused 77 travel agencies and tour operators to go insolvent...

 
Musician Luke drums up support on refund after shelling out for shoddy kit

Musician Luke drums up support on refund after shelling out for shoddy kit

“I realise what a lucky escape I've had and am immensely grateful to Barclays, PayPal and Crusader,” he told us. Luke, who plays in Suffolk-based rap and hip-hop band The Inverse Oreo, decided to upgrade his gear in May 2012 by ordering a custom-made...

 
Bid to rescue pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond close

Bid to rescue pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond close

PricewaterhouseCoopers said talks with a preferred bidder to sell it as a going concern should finish this week. “No further comment will be made until then,” PwC said. A potential buyer is said to be Promethean Investments, private equity vehicle of...

 
Ukraine: UN emergency summit held as unrest spreads

Ukraine: UN emergency summit held as unrest spreads

THE UN Security Council held an emergency summit last night to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine. A closed meeting was called at the request of Russia’s UN mission and the President of the Security Council confirmed members had been invited to...

 
Diamond couple celebrate milestone anniversary

Diamond couple celebrate milestone anniversary

Diamond couple celebrate milestone anniversary The couple, from Wheatley Hills, met in 1949 after Betty caught Dennis’ eye during a night out at Bullars Ballroom and he asked her to dance. It was obviously love at first sight, as later on that...

 
PwC predicts sales of annuities will collapse by 75%

PwC predicts sales of annuities will collapse by 75%

PwC found that the new freedom for retiring workers to spend their pension savings how they wish will open up an 'advice black hole'. Photograph: Garry Weaser PwC has confirmed the worst fears of insurers in a report that predicts that sales of...

Guardian, 01:27 in Business
 
Ukraine gives rebels deadline to disarm or face military operation

Ukraine gives rebels deadline to disarm or face military operation

Angered by the death of a state security officer and the wounding of two comrades near the flashpoint eastern city of Slaviansk, acting president Oleksander Turchinov gave rebels occupying state buildings until 0600 GMT to lay down their weapons....

 
Ukraine Crisis: World Leaders In Emergency Talks

Ukraine Crisis: World Leaders In Emergency Talks

World leaders are holding emergency talks on the escalating crisis in Ukraine as fatal clashes broke out in the east of the country. At least two people have been killed and several injured as pro-Russian fighters seized government buildings in the...

 

I Touch Myself covered for breast cancer charity

The Divinyls' 1990 trash classic I Touch Myself has been dramatically recontextualised from an anthem about female masturbation to one encouraging women to examine themselves for signs of breast cancer. Chrissy Amphlett, the Divinyls' lead singer,...

 

Ali McGregor's Late-Nite Variety-Nite Night review – stand-up, pop, magic

Ali McGregor belts out superb takes on Beyonce and Radiohead while holding court from a chaise longue. “This isn’t like one of those other variety shows, where there’s some faceless producer in the background, picking the acts,” says Ali McGregor at...

 

Cameron confirms extended GP hours

Millions of patients are going to be able to see their family doctors outside of work hours thanks to a new fund to extend GP opening times, the Prime Minister has announced. David Cameron said that more than 7.5 million people will be offered...

 
'Almost 85,000' workers on zero-hours contracts in Scotland

'Almost 85,000' workers on zero-hours contracts in Scotland

As many as 85,000 people in Scotland could be employed on zero-hours contracts, according to the Scottish Trades Union Council. Under the contracts, employees agree to be available for work as and when it is required, with no guarantee. General...

BBC, 01:44 in Business
 

Oliviers glory for Almeida Theatre

The two men behind the National Theatre's success over the last decade said goodbye to the Southbank with a special award for outstanding achievement at the Olivier Awards - but were upstaged by a small north London venue with just over 300 seats. The...

 
Paolo Nutini: 'I'd like another album out within a year'

Paolo Nutini: 'I'd like another album out within a year'

Scots singer Paolo Nutini was just 20 when his debut album These Streets came out. Now, seven years later, he is about to release his third album Caustic Love. The new record by Paolo Nutini is the music equivalent of the pick 'n' mix counter of a...

BBC, 01:50 in Art & Culture
 
Keith Allen: Perfect quiche Lorraine is worth striving for

Keith Allen: Perfect quiche Lorraine is worth striving for

What would we do without the quiche Lorraine? A classic French dish, it hit our palate during the Fifties and Sixties. It would be fair to say that it helped revolutionise British food, although these days it seems to have been overtaken by a plethora...

 


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