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Sainsbury's has vowed to almost double its sales of Fairtrade goods over the next four years, starting with a goal to sell a record number of bananas over Fairtrade Fortnight, which starts today.

Playing the Shape Game, By Anthony Browne with Joe Browne (Cape £25)

In this beautifully and generously illustrated, large-format combination of memoir, career retrospective and guide to illustration, the author, illustrator and current Children's Laureate, Anthony Browne, uses the "shape game" which he and his brother played as children – whereby one draws an abstract shape and the other transforms it into a recognisable object – as a metaphor for his entire career, and the creative process itself.

Banana crops are under threat from a deadly fungal disease

Alice-Azania Jarvis looks into the rise - and potential fall - of Britain's favourite fruit

Dick Whittington and His Cat, Lyric Hammersmith, London

There is nothing like a really good pantomime dame to satisfy an audience's deep desire to be dominated. This is proved again, to deliriously enjoyable effect, in Dick Whittington and His Cat at the Lyric Hammersmith. It's hard to believe that Shaun Prendergast is making his first foray into stage-damehood with this magnificent performance as Sarah the Cook. Modelling a succession of outrageous outfits and dominating the proceedings with his raucous gravel-voice and his wickedly glinting, manic personality, he comes across as the gaudy love-child of Dame Edna and Timmy Mallet.

Ben Youngs excited by South Africa challenge

Ben Youngs, one of the bright new stars of English rugby, is already buzzing at the thought of playing world champions South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

Deborah Ross: 10 vital lessons for us all from Downton Abbey

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Ready To Wear: From beef to bananas, why foodie fashion is having a moment

If food and fashion appear to be – for myriad and obvious reasons – unlikely bedfellows, their relationship is currently enjoying what might not unreasonably be described as a moment.

Speedboat accident girl died of leg injuries

An 11-year-old girl who was hit by a speedboat after falling from a banana boat died of severe leg injuries, a post-mortem examination has shown.

Knowledge of a banana may be the key to Oxbridge entry

It is probably the most important day of your life. Your mind is racing and your hands are trembling at the thought of the erudite questions you are about to be asked, which will determine your future education, career and indeed the rest of your life. Then a man leans forward towards you and says: "Tell me about a banana."

Over-supply of bananas hits Fyffes

A banana glut and rising costs reduced first-half profits at Fyffes, the tropical fruits distributor.

Alice-Azania Jarvis: I'll show you sibling rivalry

It sounded too good to be true: "Gloves off! Miliband rounds on his brother." The announcement, issued from my morning radio, caused rather more excitement – so prolonged was its coming – than was, perhaps, advisable. And, like a sucker, I fell for it.

My Edinburgh: A L Kennedy, novelist

I hate to say this, but bananas – the whole Edinburgh Festival revolves around bananas. (And after the first three or four days of gigging, that sentence makes as much sense as any – "Wilberforce Birmingham clamp nigh", for example, will sound like poetry.)

Exhausted Isner beaten in just 74 minutes

Exhausted American John Isner, whose epic first-round match broke all tennis records at 11 hours and five minutes, was beaten in just 74 minutes by Dutchman Thiemo De Bakker at Wimbledon today.

Consuming Issues: This ash cloud trumps all 'bendy bananas'

A few years ago, tabloid papers revelled in tales of interference in daily life by "Brussels bureaucrats". This meddling invariably involved attempts to ban cherished things; the pint of beer, the sale of spuds in pounds, the signposting of roads in miles, and, most infamously, bendy bananas. As a journalist on the Hull Daily Mail in 1995, one of my reports contributed to this mélange: following EU rules, a British inspector had ordered the return to Spain of 880 punnets of strawberries on the grounds that they were too square.

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