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Many of us will have booked our holidays by now and bought the sun-cream too. But what to read under the palm tree or on the beach or the staycation sofa?

Half-baked, the verdict on Tesco's bread boasts

The loaves of bread lining the shelves might be warm and soft to the touch. But despite appearances, many supermarkets use their "in-store bakeries" merely to warm up bread made in industrial units hundreds of miles away.

£17,500 fine over 'spiritual healer' advert

The TV watchdog imposed a £17,500 fine today for "spiritual healer" advertising which was found to be capable of exploiting vulnerable people.

Asda returns ad banned

An ad for Asda's new 100-day returns policy was banned for presenting the basic consumer right as a bonus of shopping at the supermarket chain, a watchdog said today.

Ryanair guilty of misleading ads

Ryanair has been reprimanded for misleading customers with low-fare offers.

Business Diary: S&P does the dirty on Moody's

There really is no loyalty in this world any more. You can see why people might have concerns about the outlook for Moody's, the credit ratings agency. All that regulatory scrutiny following the financial crisis can't be healthy for it, and Europe is mulling setting up its own rival to the big American firms. These are hardly auspicious times. Still, Moody's must be a little put out to see its own credit rating put on negative watch by rival Standard & Poor's. Presumably we can expect it to return the favour?

How Lush made a meal out of fox hunting

The heir to Body Shop's ethical crown used an ad campaign to make grisly claims about one of its favourite targets. Trouble is, some weren't true

Cheryl Cole L'Oreal hair advert cleared

A campaign for L'Oreal hair products has been cleared following complaints that frontwoman Cheryl Cole was wearing hair extensions, a watchdog said today.

Watchdog swears by burger image

A Burger King campaign suspected by consumers of using "king" as a reference to a swear word has been cleared by the advertising watchdog.

Liz Hoggard: Reweaving the morality of fashion

Louis Vuitton is in town. This week, unveiling a new maison du luxe (three floors of unashamed high-end accessories, jewellery and clothing) on London's New Bond Street, the fashion retailer threw the mother of all parties. Cherie Blair mingled with Tracey Emin and Paloma Faith.

Christian ad challenged

A bus poster that proclaimed "There definitely is a God" received more complaints than any other advert last year, the Advertising Standards Authority said yesterday.

'Definitely a God' poster tops complaints list

A bus poster which read: "There definitely is a God" attracted more complaints than any other advert in 2009, the Advertising Standards Authority said today.

Watchdog bans Eurotunnel advert

An advert for Eurotunnel has been banned for claiming the service runs in any weather, a watchdog ruled yesterday.

The hand-crafted Louis Vuitton bags made on sewing machines

The luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton misled the public by suggesting its expensive leather bags were hand-made, according to the advertising watchdog.

Campaigners vow to stop Britain's first TV ad for abortion services

The first television advert for abortion services in the UK is to be aired on Channel 4 next week, prompting anger from anti-abortion groups. The advert asks "Are you late?" referring to a woman who has missed her period and directs women facing an unplanned pregnancy to Marie Stopes International's 24-hour helpline, which is paying for the slot.

Consuming Issues: Which chemist is cheapest: high street or online?

Websites offer cut-price deals for packaged goods that remain the same regardless of vendor such as stereos, perfumes and DVDs. In the past few years online chemists have promised to undercut high-street prices charges, so how competitive are they?

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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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