News archive from 3 November 2012, page 2

MARKET REPORT: Bumi is back on buyers' radars

There must be many City fund managers who would not touch Bumi with a bargepole after the shenanigans of the past six months or so, but professional punters will have a go at anything if they think there could be a tasty turn in it. They certainly...

 
ALEX BRUMMER: Royal Bank of Scotland is haunted by Fred Goodwin's ghost

ALEX BRUMMER: Royal Bank of Scotland is haunted by Fred Goodwin's ghost

As the bill for payment protection insurance (PPI) rises inevitably towards estimates of £15bn the repairs to Britain's banking sector become even more difficult. Stabilising the high street banks is not made any easier by the dirty linen that keeps...

 

Pressure on Marc Bolland to show Marks & Spencer turnaround

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland is under pressure to show he has turned the retailer's womenswear department around when posting his half year update on Tuesday. Britain's biggest clothing chain hopes to see the first signs of improvements under...

 

Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester says bank ready to take its 'medicine' over rate rigging scandal...

Royal Bank of Scotland boss Stephen Hester said the bank was ready to take its "medicine' over the rate rigging scandal as he revealed a loss of £1.3bn. The third-quarter figures for the state-backed lender were marred by a £400m provision to...

 
HUGO DUNCAN: The British tax system isn't fit for purpose

HUGO DUNCAN: The British tax system isn't fit for purpose

Britain's tax system is not fit for purpose. Companies such as Starbucks pay almost no tax at all while small start-ups are hammered. The rich and famous shelter their money from the taxman through elaborate avoidance schemes while everyone else pays...

 
US jobs rise... but it's not all good news as Presidential election looms

US jobs rise... but it's not all good news as Presidential election looms

More than 170,000 jobs were created in the United States last month - but unemployment rose in a mixed report on the health of the world's biggest economy. Official figures showed so-called "non-farm payrolls' - the number of Americans in work -...

 

INVESTMENT EXTRA: Are shares in banks a good bet?

While fielding questions about the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2002, former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld infamously drew the distinction between "known unknowns' and "unknown unknowns'. He could quite easily have...

 

Peter Barber explains his vision of social housing

Around the corner from Kings Cross station in London the Peter Barber practice nestles in what was once a modest print shop dating from Victorian times. The ground floor acts as a meeting room where, through the large shop window, the outside world...

 
The Walking Dead: season three, episode three

The Walking Dead: season three, episode three

David Morrissey as the Governor in The Walking Dead. Photograph: Gene Page/AMC SPOILER ALERT: This blog is for people watching season three of The Walking Dead on FX. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode three – and if you've seen later episodes,...

Guardian, 23:05 in Showbiz
 
Deconstructing poetry on the radio

Deconstructing poetry on the radio

William Carlos Williams … a father of American modernism. Photograph: Lisa Larsen/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Image Two years ago, the controller of Radio 4 invited me to begin a new poetry programme, a workshop that would reflect Britain's vast...

Guardian, 23:05 in Showbiz
 
Bolivia's female wrestlers: ringing the changes

Bolivia's female wrestlers: ringing the changes

Yolanda La Amorosa chokes Mercedes La Extremista: 'I started wrestling to prove to myself, to the macho guys, to everyone, that I could succeed in such a dangerous sport.' Photograph: James Morgan Yolanda La Amorosa flies through the air in a swirl of...

 
Hurricane Sandy begs the question: what is travel insurance good for?

Hurricane Sandy begs the question: what is travel insurance good for?

Dark clouds for Jill Papworth and family as Hurricane Sandy devastates their holiday plans. Photograph: Guardian It was meant to be the family holiday of a lifetime, an expensive, but much anticipated, half-term five-night trip to see the sights of...

 
My husband's sex change

My husband's sex change

Christine Benvenuto: 'Looking back, I can say Tom was a wonderful husband, father, friend. Or I can say Tom was a fabrication. A fake, who didn’t want to be with me, he wanted to be me.’ Photograph: Webb Chappell for the Guardian 'I'm thinking...

 
How can you get rid of clothes moths?

How can you get rid of clothes moths?

The common clothes moth: 'It is possible to defeat moths. You could, for instance, burn your house down.' Photograph: Alamy When you look at the size of a clothes moth – and sometimes I look at the size of a clothes moth five times a day prior to...

 
Pest control: why the bugs are winning

Pest control: why the bugs are winning

Head lice on a human hair: 'We see kids who have had nits for their whole school lives.’ Photograph: Alamy The culprits smuggled themselves into Alison Burt's home, hidden ingeniously in a piano. By the time she finally tracked down the source of the...

 


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