Instructor opens first driving school for homosexuals after hearing about offensive jokes by other tutors Learners complained about having to lie to previous instructorsTransgender learners faced questions on their gender from other instructorsDiscreet car used with no markings to advertise LGBT friendly service By Emily Davies PUBLISHED: 08:54 GMT, 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:44 GMT, 11 April 2013 A lesbian businesswoman is helping homosexual learner drivers dodge old-school driving instructors by opening Britain's first ‘gay driving school.’ Karis Smith, 27, started Gay Driving School Manchester after friends complained about jokes being made by instructors about their sexuality when having lessons. She said stories of instructors referring to pupils as ‘faggots’ or grilling transgender youngsters on whether they are a boy or a girl had left her horrified
HMV saved from closure after 50million deal which will save 2,500 jobs 141 iconic HMV stores will be saved by restructuring firm HilcoMusic and film companies 'back the deal' as they want to keep a High Street rival to internet retailers First HMV store opened on Oxford Street in 1921 By Rob Cooper PUBLISHED: 09:30 GMT, 5 April 2013 | UPDATED: 10:03 GMT, 5 April 2013 The HMV brand has been rescued after administrators agreed a 50million deal which will save 2,500 jobs. Hilco, a specialist restructuring firm, will acquire 141 HMV-branded stores – including 23 which had previously been set to close. The iconic brand had faced disappearing from high streets altogether if a rescue deal could not be agreed.
House prices 'will overtake pre-crisis peak by next year thanks to government's new help-to-buy scheme'House prices will hit record highs while millions can't afford to buy home 130billion scheme will 'add 1,000 to the price of a property next year' By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 20:52 GMT, 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 07:38 GMT, 1 April 2013 The cost of the average home will jump by nearly 50,000 over the next five years, partly fuelled by the Government’s mortgage lending scheme, a report reveals today. The Centre for Economics and Business Research said house prices will pass their pre-recession peak next year and will go on to hit record highs at a time when millions cannot afford to buy their own home. The economic consultancy predicts the 130billion lending scheme, unveiled in last month’s Budget, will add more than 1,000 to the price of a property next year.
Osborne's position is safe, insists Downing Street: No 10 dismisses talk of Hague moving in as Chancellor Downing Street guaranteed George Osborne will stay in his job until 2015Some Tories called for William Hague or Philip Hammond to take the positionTory high command is quietly encouraged by positive signs in the economySource said that the more you criticise Cameron's team the less likely he is to change it PUBLISHED: 00:13 GMT, 1 April 2013 | UPDATED: 02:13 GMT, 1 April 2013 Downing Street guaranteed George Osborne will stay in his job until 2015 last night as the Treasury hailed a new corporation tax cut as a way to boost the faltering economy.
Ex-Spurs footballer Carlo Cudicini sues single mother for 300,000 after motorbike crash 'damaged his career' Patent reveals weight inside handset could be used to alter its centre of gravity when fallingSpecial grip could also be deployed to stop the headphone jack falling out, keeping the handset from hitting the ground /12/17/article-2248185-168D65F3000005DC-766_634x415.jpg” width=”634″ height=”415″ alt=”The system works using a series of air jets to stabilise the phone, while airbags protect it on impact” class=”blkBorder” /> The system works using a series of air jets to stabilise the phone, while airbags protect it on impact This patent, which first appeared last year, has just been given the stamp of approval by the patent office. Amazon VP Greg Heart is also named on the patent, suggesting it may well be an Amazon project. Geek.com, however, suggests they are just 'patent baiting' and hoping someone else will want to use the idea, netting them licensing fees.
Budget 2013: Corporation tax slashed to 20% and ALL firms to get 2,000 National Insurance cut to boost business and encourage small companies to hire staff Chancellor has already slashed the headline tax rate from 28% to 24%Due to fall to 23% next month, 21% in April 2014 and now 20% in 2015But some bosses believe it should be cut lower than the 12.5% in Ireland Employers' NI contributions will be reduced by 2,000 for every company /13″ class=”blkBorder” /> Going down: This graph from figures on the Institute for Fiscal Studies website shows how the standard rate of corporation tax has dropped from 34 per cent in 1990/91 to 24 per cent in 2012/13 Announcing the cut to 21 per cent in the Autumn Statement last December, Mr Osborne said it was ‘the lowest rate of any major western economy’. He added: ‘It is an advert for our country that says come here, invest here, create jobs here. Britain is open for business.’ Tax experts said a further cut could be on the way in the Budget
Average London house 'to cost 500,000 by 2020': Welcomed by home owners but 'grim news' for first-time buyers Economic growth is expected to be stronger in the capitalThere is evidence of a growing 'North-South' divide in the housing market outside London By James Salmon PUBLISHED: 01:34 GMT, 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:36 GMT, 11 February 2013 The price of a typical London home will hit half a million pounds by the end of the decade, according to leading economists. The average house in the capital will cost 383,000 this year and then rise more than 30 per cent by 2020, the Centre for Economics and Business Research think-tank said. Experts last night said the figures would be welcomed by home owners in the capital but said it was ‘grim news’ for those already struggling to get a foot on the property ladder.
Brother sues twin sister, claiming she manipulated their dying mother into changing her 2million will to deny him controlling share of family business Robert Simon claims Hilary Woolley manipulated mother into changing willOriginal will gave Mr Simon control of family firm he has run since 1970s By Hugo Gye PUBLISHED: 08:24 GMT, 1 February 2013 | UPDATED: 18:03 GMT, 1 February 2013 A man is suing his twin sister over claims she manipulated their mother into cheating him out of his inheritance. Robert Simon has accused his sister Hilary Woolley of turning against him out of envy resulting from her own unhappiness. Mr Simon blames her for telling their dying brother to write to their mother and persuade her to alter her will to exclude Mr Simon from his fair share in her 2million estate.
The real-life Downton! Agony for Baron's eight daughters as his estate goes to a distant cousin they barely knowEarl of Balfour is first hereditary peer to make a formal appeal to government to change the law stopping daughters inheriting titles By Daily Mail Reporter PUBLISHED: 16:51 GMT, 20 January 2013 | UPDATED: 20:27 GMT, 20 January 2013 Caroline, Countess of Derby is one of Baron Braybrooke's daughters In television's Downton Abbey a storyline revealed the Earl of Grantham's agony that none of his three children could inherit the title because they were girls.
Greggs baking heir arrested by child sex police as his luxury farmhouse is searched by officers The former non-executive director of Greggs was arrested on SaturdayPolice seized mobile phones and a laptop from his Gosforth homeHe was questioned over alleged sexual abuse of a child in the 1960s The former teacher and headmaster has been released on police bail By Becky Evans PUBLISHED: 09:13 GMT, 7 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:03 GMT, 7 January 2013 Colin Gregg, pictured arriving back at his home after being arrested The former co-owner of national bakery chain Greggs has been arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse. Colin Gregg, 71, son of Greggs' founder Jack, was questioned by police on Saturday over alleged sexual abuse of a child in the 1960s. Police raided his luxury farmhouse in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, and seized two mobile phones and a laptop