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Useful tips on hostage-taking


Blogger of the Year PETER RHODES on lessons from Sydney, the cost of a penny whistle and wasting money in outer space.


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Hydrogen - power of the future?

Toyota Hydrogen

There will only be a few hundred and they will not be cheap, but Japanese car giant Toyota is about to take its first small step into the unproven market for emissions-free, hydrogen-powered vehicles.

Ford gets street cred in EcoSport

Ford EcoSport

Sales of small SUVs – cars that look like rugged little off-roaders, but aren’t – are expected to nearly double in the next five years. So every car maker with an eye to future growth needs one, and fast.

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is top dog

Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

Mitsubishi's big but frugal Outlander PHEV has taken top spot in a set of awards for cars that mix modest thirst and emissions with the ability to entertain their drivers and keep running costs down in the real world.


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Flat London house prices forecast

Property values across the UK are predicted to see 3% growth over 2015

House prices will remain flat across London next year while those in the North West, the South East, the West Midlands and Yorkshire and Humberside will see the strongest growth, according to predictions from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics).

Cities beat London house price rise

Property values in Edinburgh have seen the biggest upswing over the last three months out of the 20 cities monitored by Hometrack

House prices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Southampton, Bristol and Birmingham have grown at a faster rate than those in London in recent months, property analyst Hometrack has reported.

Russian bear 'will not be chained'

Vladimir Putin has accused the West of trying to turn Moscow into a "stuffed bear" (AP)

David Cameron has warned Vladimir Putin to heed the "lessons" of Russia's aggression in Ukraine after the president vowed to keep defying the West.


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