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  • Restaurant critics

    Sat, 24 Jan 15

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    How valuable to a restaurant is a good review by a critic? Now that we have tripadvisor, bloggers and social media you might have thought it wouldn't matter so much. But what if that review is broadcast to millions via television? The restaurant critic Giles Coren has a new series which started this week on BBC America called Million Dollar critic. Giles Coren, The Times restaurant critic and Tracey Macleod, the Independent's restaurant critic discuss.

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  • When should a flag be flown at half-mast?

    Sat, 24 Jan 15

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    Flags on government buildings in England and Wales were flown at half mast yesterday as a mark of respect after the death of Saudi Arabia's King. The decision prompted a furious reaction from some because of the Kingdom's poor human rights record. The conservative leader in Scotland (which didn't lower its flags) - Ruth Davidson - tweeted that it was a "steaming pile of nonsense". Graham Bartram is Chief Vexillologist at the Flag Institute (national flag charity) and author of the book British Flags & Emblems

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  • Jean Vanier

    Sat, 24 Jan 15

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    Ahead of his speech at the House of Lords alongside the head of the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church in England I met Canadian philosopher Jean Vanier at Lambeth Palace. Best known perhaps for starting L'Arche the international federation of communities for people with developmental disabilities he told me about the importance of dialogue and understanding in overcoming our differences in society. Sarah started by asking him why left the Navy he'd joined when he was 13 to the first Arche community.

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  • Friday's business with Simon Jack

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

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    Friday's business includes an examination of what the European Central Bank's style of QE will look like.

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  • Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg boosts book popularity

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

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    The book that seems to be getting everyone talking this year is 'The End of Power' by Moises Naim, a former Venezuelan government minister. His book received an unexpected and stratospheric boost a few weeks ago when the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg chose it to launch his online book club.

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  • King Abdullah: Former ambassador to Saudi Arabia on King's legacy

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

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    King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has died at the age of 90, ending the reign of the world's oldest monarch and leaving one of the most influential countries in the Middle East facing a period of fresh political uncertainty Sir William Patey, former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, told Today: "There are a number of challenges coming at the Kingdom ...but they have a history of managing crises". "Resilience is the norm, I'm not saying something couldn't go wrong, but I think continuity is more likely".

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  • Thursday's business with Simon Jack

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

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    Featuring an interview with QE sceptic and former Bundesbank chief Axel Weber, who shares his thoughts on new eurozone strategy.

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  • Quantitative Easing: What will it mean for the eurozone?

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

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    The European Central Bank (ECB) is expected to announce it will inject up to €1 trillion into the eurozone economy. The ECB could purchase government bonds worth up to €50bn (£38bn) per month until the end of 2016. Creating new money to buy government debt, or quantitative easing (QE), should reduce the cost of borrowing. Chief Market Strategist for the UK and Europe at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, Stephanie Flanders, explains how this could help how investors view the strength of the economy in Europe.

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  • Why introduce plain packaging for cigarettes?

    Thu, 22 Jan 15

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    The government has said it will press ahead with the introduction of unbranded cigarette packaging in England, asking MPs to vote on legislation before May's election.

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  • Wednesday's business with Justin Rowlatt

    Wed, 21 Jan 15

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    Justin examines the key topics that will be discussed at this year's Davos meeting.

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