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April 17, 2018 12:59 PM Shares rocket for coffee chain firm

Shares in Whitbread rocketed yesterday after activist investor Elliott revealed it has become the firm’s largest shareholder, with pressure expected to be applied to break up the Costa Coffee and Premier Inn owner. Elliott now owns over 6% of Whitbread, the firm confirmed on Saturday, and it is understood that it will now push for Costa and Premier Inn to become 10

April 15, 2018 11:02 PM Game Of Thrones’ ‘incredible’ behind-the-scenes team honoured

The craft behind TV hit Game Of Thrones is being honoured with a special award. The show’s production team will receive the Bafta special award at the British Academy Television Craft Awards. Actors John Bradley (Samwell Tarly) and Hannah Murray (Gilly) will receive the gong on behalf of the production team later this month. Krishnendu Majumdar, chairman 3

April 14, 2018 11:08 AM Why Blue Flag beaches can be an added bonus when it comes to choosing your holiday home

When David Taylor and his wife Maureen bought a home at Sandhills Holiday Park in Dorset two years ago, they had no idea they would be buying another just a year later. The couple, both aged 66, visit most weekends, making the one and-a-half-hour drive from their home in Wiltshire. ‘It’s close enough for day trips and weekends with the family,’ says Mr Taylor 7

April 13, 2018 7:39 AM Patricia and David Arquette support concert benefiting arts education in LA's public schools

Celebrity siblings Patricia and David Arquette walked the walk Thursday night. The pair turned out to support a benefit concert raising money for arts education in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The actors posed for photos with their arms around each other as they brought their star power to the event. Oscar-winner Patricia wore a long-sleeved

April 13, 2018 7:31 AM Simon Cowell wants his son, Eric, four, to become a Britain's Got Talent judge and take over his franchise

He's been a doting dad since welcoming his first son with partner Lauren Silverman in 2014. And now, Simon Cowell, 58, has revealed to The Sun that he'd love his son, Eric, four, to become a Britain's Got Talent judge and even take over his franchise in the future. While talking about his son taking over one day, he added: 'Oh, a million per cent. I think 1

April 13, 2018 7:17 AM Klepierre walks away from bid for Hammerson

The French firm had been pursuing Britain's shopping centre giant Hammerson, which owns Birmingham's Bullring, among others. Klepierre said in March that it had made a takeover approach to Hammerson, valuing it at £4.9bn. But Hammerson had rejected the approach, calling it "wholly inadequate and entirely opportunistic". Klepierre said that its chairman 5

April 13, 2018 7:00 AM Aubrey Plaza dares to bare in backless black dress slit to the hip on Late Night With Seth Myers

She starred for seven seasons on NBC's Parks And Recreation from 2009 to 2015. And on Thursday night, Aubrey Plaza paid a visit to Late Night With Seth Myers to promote the second season of her most recent series, FX's Legion. The actress, 33, put on quite a show in a backless dress slit high up on the hip on one side. The tiny panel and spaghetti straps 2

April 13, 2018 6:36 AM Trump administration pauses legal orientation for immigrants

Immigrant advocates are outraged by a U.S. government decision to put on hold a program that helps tens of thousands of immigrants navigate the country's complex immigration court system. The $8 million-a-year program that provides legal orientation to immigrants in deportation proceedings is on hold pending review, according to the U.S. Department of Justice

April 12, 2018 9:05 PM John Torode wells up over dessert in MasterChef semi-final

MasterChef viewers have been moved to tears after John Torode welled up during the semi-final of the cooking competition. The judge was blown away by an apple crumble mille-feuille made by contestant David Crichton. Torode told the him: “Fabulous, fantastic and faultless. Honestly it makes me well up . That is sensation, that’s what this competition 2

April 12, 2018 12:29 PM Will Harry, Granny or The Gruffalo be top?

CHILDREN’S favourites like the Harry Potter series and The Gruffalo are odds on to top the list of Swindon youngsters’ best reads. Librarians in the town are working with the National Literacy Trust to come up with Swindon’s 100 favourite children’s books. Launched on World Book Day last month, families have just two weeks left to submit their favourites 1