The return of the Penny Bazaar: Marks & Spencer goes back to its roots by opening shop in marketplace where founder first set up stall 130 years agoRetail giant opens Victorian-style store in Kirkgate Market First Marks & Spencer stall began trading there in the 1880s Firm is exploring its heritage to mark opening of its archive to the public M&S now has more than 1,000 outlets in 40 countries across the globe . It charts the development of the household name from its roots at Kirkgate Market to the present day.
'I almost quit Olympics over rooftop missiles': Danny Boyle's outrage over decision to mount weapons on East London towerblocks and how he persuaded the Queen to join in the fun , he was most famous for directing Ewan McGregor as a heroin addict in Trainspotting and for Slumdog Millionaire winning eight Oscars. After the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, though, the people of Britain unanimously awarded him a gold medal. In this, his first major interview since those heady days last summer when he made us proud to be British, Boyle reveals how he turned down a knighthood and how close he was to walking away from the opening ceremony
More than eight million families admit spiraling personal debts are 'a burden' with average UK household now 3,200 in the redPressure of debt has got worse since the 2008 recession, ONS survey findsSouth-East has the highest levels, Wales the lowestBritish debt mountain now approaching 100bn, based on unpaid credit cards, loans and overdrafts By Becky Barrow PUBLISHED: 16:17 GMT, 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:51 GMT, 28 January 2013 More than eight million families admit their personal debts are ‘a burden’ as the country’s total debt mountain balloons to nearly 100billion, official figures revealed yesterday. The report, from the Office for National Statistics, highlights how debt problems have jumped sharply since the recession struck in 2008. To make matters worse, it ignores people’s mortgages, and looks only at other types of debt such as an unpaid credit card bill, an overdraft and a personal loan
More than 4,000 jobs at risk as HMV teeters on brink of collapse: Firm calls in administrators after rescue talks fail Retailer has struggled in the face of growing demand for digital downloadsCompany had a poor Christmas sales period239 stores and 4,350 staff face uncertainty as negotiations unfold By Rob Davies PUBLISHED: 21:08 GMT, 14 January 2013 | UPDATED: 23:48 GMT, 14 January 2013 One of the most famous names on the high street, HMV, was on the brink of collapse tonight. The music chain’s demise would cost 4,000 jobs and make it the second household name to go under already this year. Administrators from City firm Deloitte were brought in tonight
Recycling Women have got it all sorted (and it's wives who force their men to follow the rules) 80 per cent of couples throw away rubbish in environmentally friendly wayBut only 58 per cent of single men bother to recycle | UPDATED: 01:46 GMT, 31 December 2012 When it comes to recycling, women are definitely the greener sex. A survey found that almost 70 per cent of women who live alone dispose of refuse in an environmentally-friendly way compared with 58 per cent of single men.
Homegrown fruit and veg back on menu as Britons turn to allotments to save money in struggling economyShare of homegrown produce rose from 2.9% to 5% between 2008 and 2011Economic downturn and celebrity chefs' campaigns credited for the rise | UPDATED: 23:33 GMT, 30 December 2012 Families are increasingly turning to homegrown produce as household budgets are squeezed by Britain's trouble economy and soaring fruit prices.
Wind turbines 'last for half as long as previously thought' as study shows they show signs of wearing out after just 12 yearsStudy of almost 3,000 turbines in Britain sheds doubt on manufacturers claims that they generate clean energy for up to 25 yearsThe research will fuel criticism of wind farms | UPDATED: 16:49 GMT, 30 December 2012 Wind farms have just half the useful lifespan which has been claimed, according to new research which found they start to wear out after just 12 years.
Sorry ladies… but men are better with the family finances! Women are less confident at sticking to budget | UPDATED: 00:19 GMT, 26 December 2012 Household budgets: Women admit to being less disciplined More women have sole charge of the household finances – despite being less confident than men at sticking to budgets, a survey has revealed.
Golden Girls call it a day: Betty and Beryl, the radio presenters with a combined age of 176, wave goodbye to their fans after final Christmas Day showBeryl Renwick, 86, and Betty Smith, 91, scooped a prestigious Sony Radio Award for their show on BBC HumbersideBut after six years the firm friends have decided to hang up their mikes | UPDATED: 11:11 GMT, 25 December 2012 They don't think much of David Beckham, Lady Gaga and don't get them started on the Rolling Stones. But for the past six years two pensioners from Hull have become household names thanks to their popular, no nonsense and heartwarming radio show. Now Beryl Renwick, 86, and Betty Smith, 91, who with a combined age of 176 were a surprise hit at this year's prestigious Sony Radio Awards, are getting ready to hang up their mikes at BBC Radio Humberside.
Prince Harry fires 100lb Hellfire missile in Afghanistan airstrike attack on the TalibanGunship co-pilot, 27, unleashed missile in October airstrike Apache unit has the highest ‘kill rate’ in the war | UPDATED: 12:19 GMT, 23 December 2012 Enlarge Apache co-pilot Prince Harry was responsible for unleashing the 100lb Hellfire missile Apache co-pilot Prince Harry launched a missile attack on the Taliban in a devastating airstrike in Afghanistan.