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Top banker ‘encouraged wife to have sex with client’

thetimes.co.uk — A top investment banker on Wall Street has taken a voluntary leave of absence after allegations of cocaine-fuelled sex romps with clients emerged in a nasty divorce battle. Jefferies bank said that Sage Kelly - head of its healthcare investment banking team - would be stepping down from his work for a period of time to "deal with these matters".

Child abuse inquiry chief Fiona Woolf forced to step down

thetimes.co.uk — The woman heading the government's child sex abuse inquiry was forced to quit today amid widespread criticism over her appointment and mounting lack of public confidence. Fiona Woolf, the lord mayor of London, stepped down eight weeks after being appointed to chair the sensitive inquiry.

Japanese joining jihad in search of adventure

thetimes.co.uk — They are the world's least likely jihadis - without ideological conviction, religious fervour, ethnic affiliation or military experience. But to the alarm and surprise of their countrymen, a small but growing number of Japanese are laying plans to join the war in Syria and Iraq.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @dicklp: He cancelled jihad because his Mum wouldn't let him go: the Japanese seeking adventure in Islamic State @thetimes thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world…

Oct 31, 2014

He cancelled jihad because his Mum wouldn't let him go: the Japanese seeking adventure in Islamic State @thetimes thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @timesredbox: The result is now official: Labour won 50.02% of votes for S Yorks PCC, fending off a threat from Ukip thetimes.co.uk/redbox/topic/r…

Hallowe’en treat at 23C makes it warmest ever

thetimes.co.uk — Britain has had a Hallowe'en treat as the country enjoyed the warmest weather ever recorded for the last day of October. Records dating back to 1910 were broken twice in the day, with a morning reading taken in Filton, Bristol, beating a previous high of 20C (68F) set at Dartford, Kent in 1968.

Wipeout for Labour looming in Scotland as SNP support surges

thetimes.co.uk — Labour faces near wipeout in Scotland next May in a setback that could cost Ed Miliband the general election, according to a new poll for The Times. Mr Miliband's personal ratings have also plunged since the referendum seven weeks ago, the YouGov poll of Scottish voters has found.
Oct 31, 2014

It’s difficult to see how even if Scots Labour choose Jim Murphy as their new leader that it will make any difference thetim.es/1yKSJ7s

Oct 31, 2014

Our @thetimes/@YouGov poll devastating for Labour and Miliband whose personal rating has floored thetim.es/1yKSJ7s

Oct 30, 2014

RT @SamCoatesTimes: Here's p1 story by me & @lmkmcintosh on dramatic Times/YouGov Scotland poll which changes the shape of the election ht…

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Regency folly with a house attached

thetimes.co.uk — The Italian Villa was partly owned by the peer who helped to bring the Elgin Marbles to Britain The Italian Villa on a private road in Bromley, southeast London, is a quirky 1930s house built around and incorporating a regency "casino"; this was constructed in the early 1800s for Charles and Amelia Long in the grounds of their nearby mansion.
Oct 31, 2014

A folly owned by the man who brought the Elgin Marbles to Britain. Up for auction with guide price of £500K thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/prope…

The top star of shabby chic

thetimes.co.uk — Roundhill Farmhouse was virtually derelict after years of neglect but now the grade II listed family home is a gem If Roundhill Farmhouse seems familiar, it is because this 16th-century property in the village of Kelston, close to Bath, is one of the stars of the historical shabby chic sector.
Oct 31, 2014

It's lunchtime, so an al desko property treat could be just the thing. A farmhouse near Bath. Our Home of the Week thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/prope…

Want to sell your house fast? Ask a friend

thetimes.co.uk — The key to moving quickly is taking your personality out of your home, so be prepared for an honest appraisal Could you ask a friend to give you a dispassionate opinion of your home and stay on good terms? Then you would seem to be an ideal candidate to sell that house now.
Oct 31, 2014

Selling a house now. Statistic of the Week. The Range (it's a cheap chic decor store) My column today thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/prope…

Perfect get-aways for the seriously rich

thetimes.co.uk — What next after the superyacht and the country mansion? A private island, of course It is perhaps the most pressing of first world problems: what to do with your spare cash once you've bought the standard accoutrements of wealth such as a city centre penthouse, a country retreat, sports car and personal jet?

Austerity is over - and that’s a big mistake

thetimes.co.uk — No one is shedding tears that deficit reduction has given way to tax cuts. But we're storing up trouble for the future I 'm sad to report the death of a very good friend of the young people of Britain. The death hasn't been formally announced.
Oct 31, 2014

"No party in British politics has any serious plan to get rid of the deficit" @montie the defecit hawk is back (£) thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Oct 31, 2014

Ouch. @montie pointed and despairing over Govt's failure on deficit elimination thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co… (£)

Oct 31, 2014

Me for @thetimes: They promised to get rid of the deficit. They aren't even trying anymore thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Oct 31, 2014

No party in British politics has any serious plan to get rid of the deficit ... If any ever did, writes @montie thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

Oct 30, 2014

No party in British politics has any serious plan to get rid of the deficit ... If any ever did, writes @montie thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/co…

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Rugby webchat with Alex Lowe

thetimes.co.uk — It all seems to be all about Sam Burgess at the moment, but how much of an impact will he make on English rugby union? And how will the partnership between Quade Cooper and Will Genia work out in Australia's match against the Barbarians at Twickenham this weekend?
Oct 31, 2014

RT @TimesSport: Rugby webchat: join @AlexMLowe now to discuss Sam Burgess, Bath, England - or anything else that's on your mind. thetimes.co.uk/tto/sport/rugb…

Is Interstellar science fiction or fact? Over to you, professors

thetimes.co.uk — To sort the good science from the bad, we ask two of the world's leading cosmologists to explain any (worm) holes in its plot It's hard to see what could go wrong with the new Christopher Nolan film Interstellar. One of the world's leading theoretical physicists, Kip Thorne, was its advisor.
Oct 31, 2014

We got the scientists to watch Interstellar and found that a surprising amount of it isn't tosh thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/film/…

Wish you were here, says North Korea

thetimes.co.uk — North Korea has 20 million starving people, 20,000 political prisoners languishing in its gulags and a rogue nuclear weapons programme. Why not take the kids this winter? A tour operator running trips to one of the world's most isolated states will set up shop at a tourism fair in London this weekend with pictures of the country's unspoilt mountains and lakes.

Yet another fine mess for Jenkins

thetimes.co.uk — Yo, talk about some bad asses at Barclays. Now it's set aside £500 million for its alleged role in rigging the forex market. What's left to rig? It's already been whacked £290 million over Libor, £26 million for gold and £330 million for fixing electricity prices, even if it's fighting that one.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @aliosborne20 On a mining black hole: thetimes.co.uk/tto/business/c… < Samin Tan forced to hand half his Bumi stake to his creditors. Ouch.

The Classic Film: Ghostbusters (1984)

thetimes.co.uk — This Hallowe'en week, Ghostbusters is being rereleased in cinemas on its 30th anniversary in an ultra high-definition restoration - but wait. Part of the sheer joy of this movie - aside from the comic timing of Bill Murray - is the cartoonish crapness of its apparitions and their placid acceptance by the Ghostbusters team.

Nightcrawler | The Times

thetimes.co.uk — "If it bleeds, it leads," is the mantra of the Los Angeles television station where a sociopathic, bug-eyed, hyper-kinetic Jake Gyllenhaal sells his gruesome footage of accidents and murders as he learns the dark art of being a "nightcrawler".
Oct 31, 2014

#NightcrawlerMovie **** Jake Gyllenhaal and the "if it bleeds it leads" school of journalism. Review: thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/film/…

Simple tactics to get your house moving

thetimes.co.uk — Put your stuff into storage and shed your emotional baggage if you want to sell your house fast Six months ago, selling your home was the easiest thing to do in the world. Now, with the housing market pendulum slowly swinging towards buyers again, things are trickier.
Oct 31, 2014

How to sell your house.Depersonalise and break the emotional link (buyers can sense you're not ready to go) thetimes.co.uk/tto/life/prope…

Mr Turner | The Times

thetimes.co.uk — If there is one film you should see on the largest screen possible this year, it is Mr Turner, which is not merely the portrait of an artist but a full-frontal, joyous bellyflop into the seascapes of his paintings.
Oct 31, 2014

#MrTurner ***** Not merely a portrait of the artist, but a joyous, full-frontal bellyflop into his seascapes: thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/film/…