Pembroke: Filled up by a celebrity cook

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J Sainsbury this week launched its own monthly magazine, Sainsbury's The Magazine. A glossy, selling at the checkout for 95p, it covers the usual women's magazine staples.

It is a must for fans of Delia Smith. The celebrity cook appears on the front cover in a jolly red bathrobe. She then follows with a four-page feature on diets. After that comes her seven-page analysis of Parmesan cheese, requiring a fact-finding trip to Parma, in Italy.

No magazine would be complete without a cookery page. Ms Smith gives the reader five pages' worth of recipes. Then there's her four-page expose of the omelette. And finally another four-page feature, also by Ms Smith, on an American restaurant in East Anglia.

The editor, Michael Wynn Jones, is clearly something of a Smith aficionado. Not surprising really. She is his wife.

And now an uplifting tale to gladden the heart of Martyn Lewis and his ilk. The bomb that devasted part of the City of London a week ago has managed to turn bitter rivalry between law firms into brotherly love.

Norton Rose moved a command cell, including its managing partner, into a conference room in Freshfields' premises on Monday. The cell returned to base in Camomile Street on Thursday without any loss of fee-earning business.

Norton Rose is deeply grateful to Freshfields and will of course return the favour should the occasion, heaven forfend, arise. Norton Rose is also fulsome in its praise of BT and Mercury for patching through phone lines with such speed.

The geographical reach of the bomb has miraculously spread. At the start of the week retailers with genuinely damaged stock started offering huge discounts and queues of bargain hunters quickly formed.

By the end of the week shops in Moorgate unaffected by the blast had blanked out their unshattered windows with brown paper and stuck up notices of unbeatable prices. Queues duly formed and shopkeepers shifted stock they thought would never go. The recession has clearly taught retailers a trick or two.

And the reverberations have stretched as far as St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, home of Standard Life.

Renowned for its reliability in voting at company annual meetings, it is now fearful that its solid reputation could be under threat. Proxies for this year's batch were held by its bankers, Bank of Scotland, whose premises were hit by the bomb.

The chairman of American Airlines has issued an embarrassing apology for an internal message that attributed the changing of blankets and pillows on a flight to gay rights activists being on board.

The actions of the 'few employees' do not reflect American Airlines policy or practice, squirms Robert Crandall. Quite so.

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