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Theatre: Coward goes bananas


Olde England a `banana republic' banana is discovered

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Byers calls for World Trade Organisation reform

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Crisis hits leaderless WTO

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Words: esculent, n. and adj.

EVEN JOHNSON nods. In defining banana, he refers one to plantain, which is simply "an esculent fruit". Esculency applies to many fruits. A word that might waylay one into fearing scorn or revelling in praise, it is in fact disinterested: from the Latin esca - food - it is "something fit for food". First used by Massinger (1625), who said it was a learned term, it was favoured by Bacon.

Letter: Vote against war

Sir: If the proponents of the New World Order have their way, democracy will be dead.

Words: banana, n.

MY HISTORY master, David Jones, once read out the overdue library books, including 21 Popular Economic Fallacies: "The whole subject's a fallacy!" Witness the current dispute over bananas and consequent cashmere crisis. Nations are trying to be top banana.

Batteries among UK products hit by new trade war tariffs

BRITISH MANUFACTURERS of batteries and bath products will be hit by punitive tariffs in the long-running banana trade war between the United States and Europe, it was confirmed yesterday.

Letter: Banana battle


Bananas: a small row over a big racket

WITHOUT much fanfare, one of the finest exercises in transatlantic hypocrisy for many years is being brought to a close. The Great Banana War of 1999 is in its final phases, with the World Trade Organisation last week recognising that the United States was right to say Britain and Europe should not be restricting imports of the fruit.

Dewar hails cut in trade tariffs by US

BRITISH OFFICIALS and ministers reacted with barely suppressed glee yesterday to the news that exports of sweaters and biscuits will not after all be subjected to US trade sanctions in the long-running banana war with Europe.

Leading Article: Time to admit defeat in the banana war

IT IS time to end the monkey business over the banana war. The World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruled on Tuesday that the United States may impose $191m (pounds 120m) worth of duties on goods from the European Union (EU). This is in response to special subsidies that the EU has given to bananas grown in the former colonies of its member states. The EU has argued that the 14,000 or so banana farmers in the Caribbean need this help while they develop new ways to earn a living. Sir Leon Brittan, the Vice President of the European Commission, has already said that the EU will appeal against this decision. But the US has the letter of the law on its side and the European Union should learn to live with the decision.

Banana war: US wins the right to impose trade tariffs

Banana war: Last-minute deal could lift threat on luxury goods sector

Banana war: Trade War Damage

A NUMBER of small British companies bear the brunt of the trade war. The candle industry, in particular, has been hit hard. Ian Barnet, managing director of Shearer Candles, a Glasgow company employing 40 people, said: "We are in deep trouble. It will affect a third of our business and lose us pounds 1-2m in turnover."
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