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Once his (almost) legendary battle bus is relegated to the great, post-election garage in the sky, how long can it be until John Prescott is awarded a peerage?

Business Diary: Johnson nails his colours to the mast

Come on Luke, tell us what you really think. Asked who he would be backing in the general election Luke Johnson, the former Pizza Express and Channel 4 chairman, wasn't exactly equivocal. "It seems to me that for any level-headed person who wants to live in a capitalist society, anything other than a Conservative vote is not just a wasted vote, you are voting for a lower standard of living," Johnson replied.

Village People: 13/02/2010

An aristocratic take on the oldest profession

*One effect of the Constitutional Reform Bill being debated this week is that there will be no more hereditary peers in the Lords. Some people have lamented the special expertise that will be lost. Debates about grouse shooting, forestry, land management and similar issues are so much better informed in the Lords than in the Commons.

Leading article: Fruitless

Better suck in that stomach, because according to a new report by the Food Standards Agency, 10 years of government healthy eating campaigns have had depressingly little effect on what we eat. It turns out that our diets are more or less as unhealthy as they were a decade ago.

Alex James: Going bananas for a polytunnel

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Local grocer in banana war on supermarkets

A two-store grocer in north London will today take a stand against the UK’s biggest supermarkets which are waging a price war on bananas that threatens to do lasting damage to plantation workers in developing countries.

The Virago Book of Food: The Joy of Eating, ed Jill Foulston

This mouthwatering anthology caters for every taste: the greedy, the curious, the lonely, the in love... Food spreads itself into many areas of life, and topics covered here in bite-size form are as diverse as kitchen cooking and food as a form of art. "The place I like best in this world is the kitchen," writes Banana Yoshimoto, while Angela Carter's protagonist seeks succour in the "domestic geography" of a new house – identity hinges on a slice of currant cake.

When heaven freezes over: How to keep plants warm this winter

Before the chill winds really begin to bite, it's time to think about wrapping up those delicate plants to see them through the winter

David Miliband: Back on song and... yes, he has no bananas

At last year's conference he blotted his reputation with plot rumours and unfortunate fruit. This year the Foreign Secretary is backing Gordon – for now. John Rentoul speaks to David Miliband

Everton say police will ignore Diouf's bananas claim

Everton insisted yesterday that there was no police investigation into allegations by El Hadji Diouf that bananas were thrown at him at Goodison Park last Sunday. The Blackburn Rovers player is being investigated by Merseyside Police for alleged racial abuse of a 14-year-old ball boy. Diouf told police after the final whistle – and repeated the claim on Monte Carlo Radio – that bananas were thrown at him from the Everton crowd. Officers immediately scoured the area next to the pitch and in the stands but no bananas were found. No pictures have surfaced to back up his claim either.

BBC archives - Gone but not forgotten

The BBC is archiving online some of the great TV shows in their history. But what about the ones they wiped – and the ones they should have wiped? Andrew Roberts reports

Anne Frank to get the David Mamet treatment

Writer to script, produce and direct film based on diaries of the Holocaust victim

My Edinburgh: Sarah Millican, Comedian

Most of my memories of Edinburgh are related to food. After one hard show last year, I was flat and miserable and crying. My boyfriend popped into a chippy we were passing and bought me a bag of chips and two bars of dairy milk. There's a lesson to be learned from Scottish chippies that sell chocolate too.

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