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July 23, 2014 11:23 AM UK authors prevail in internationalised Booker longlist

British authors have prevailed against their US counterparts in the longlist for the 2014 Man Booker prize, accounting for six out of the 13 novels revealed to be in contention for the £50,000 literary award. In the first year that the UK’s top literary accolade has been expanded to include any novel written in English and published in the UK, the book world 3

July 11, 2014 4:10 PM Weekendish: Indian cars, Teletext and bidets

A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with an injection of your comments. Henry Ford is said to have said of his Model T car: "You can have any colour, as long as it's black". For a long time, motorists in India had a similar, narrow choice - any car, as long as it's an Ambassador. Now production is halting on the car which 22

July 10, 2014 11:56 PM Gillian Anderson wears a chic LBD to the opening night of the London Indian Film Festival... and is greeted by drummers

Gillian Anderson proved to be a sophisticated guest at the opening night of the London Indian Film Festival on Thursday night. The Fall star wore a chic LBD and white heels to the cinematic event held at Cineworld Haymarket in central London. Upon her arrival, Gillian was greeted by a troupe of drummers, but the music may have been a little loud for the actress 8

June 3, 2014 8:00 PM Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen returns in NatWest T20 Blast highlight absence of charisma and quality elsewhere in England 

Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen may both take the field on Friday evening in the latest round of NatWest T20 Blast matches. You can be sure both men will feature prominently in Saturday morning’s papers – more prominently, in fact, than the games in which they are scheduled to appear. The frisson will say something about their cricketing charisma 20

May 30, 2014 12:03 AM 2 out of 5 admit to smoking more, say it's too addictive to quit: Survey

A survey conducted by a leading private insurance company has revealed that 41 percent of the respondents in Mumbai are smoking more cigarettes in the past 2-3 years, while only a small 14 percent have succeeded in curbing the habit. A huge 81 percent of tobacco users surveyed in Mumbai said they smoked most during working hours. Interestingly, even the stringent 15

May 23, 2014 9:50 AM Boris in final desperate push for Estuary airport, dismissing Gatwick expansion a 'sham'

The Mayor of London has made his final case for a new four-runway airport in the Thames Estuary. Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said that a new airport in the Thames Estuary would add £7bn a year to the UK economy and create 400,000 jobs. Six months after the Airport Commission said it favoured options for a third runway at Heathrow and another for a second 3

April 17, 2014 7:14 AM Heathrow claims third runway would bring fares down

Heathrow today stepped up its battle for expansion by claiming fares would drop if it had a third runway. A report by consultancy Frontier Economics says £300 could be cut from a return air fare by 2030 if the airport was allowed to expand. It says passengers pay an extra £95 more for an average return because airlines are fighting for space at Heathrow 1

April 8, 2014 3:28 AM Will Ashley Giles still land England job despite worst interview possible?

Ashley Giles has endured no end of misery leading England through disaster after disaster, yet he remains the favourite to be appointed coach of the national cricket team in the coming days. As the potential occupier of one of the biggest jobs in world cricket, he will know that his career will be judged on results. You know? Whether he oversees defeats 87

March 12, 2014 10:39 AM Indian Premier League to open in United Arab Emirates

The opening matches of the Indian Premier League will be held in the United Arab Emirates to avoid a clash with the country's general election. Games will also be held in Bangladesh before the competition returns to India once polling has concluded. The world's biggest elections start on 12 May and security forces cannot be spared for the Twenty20 competition 40

November 27, 2013 1:48 AM UK curry shops get boost from PM

British Prime Minister David Cameron has offered his support to the country's curry houses as they attempt to to boost recruitment of skilled chefs from overseas. Cameron told the British Curry Awards ceremony at Battersea in London that the nation's dishes have already eclipsed those in south Asia, where they originated. He said curry had become part of the British 69