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Erik Darling: Key figure in the US folk revival

For such an influential figure during the American folk revival of the Fifties and Sixties, Erik Darling was a remarkably unassuming man. His arrangement of the ballad "Tom Dooley" was adopted by the Kingston Trio to become the hit single which helped kick-start the folk boom; his adaptation of "Banana Boat Song" triggered a brief calypso craze; and his visionary arrangement of "Walk Right In" – a chart-topper for the Rooftop Singers in 1963 – inspired mass sales of 12-string guitars. He was also one of the best guitar and banjo players of his generation, recording with many leading folk artists in addition to making a series of solo albums. Then, while others exploited his groundwork, Darling quietly drifted away from the spotlight.

World Focus: Sleep deprivation is small price to pay for a trade deal

"It is NOT his intention to exhaust ministers," explained the spokesman for Pascal Lamy, the director general of the World Trade Organisation.

Tesco passes on costs as it hikes the price of biggest selling product

Tesco has taken the unprecedented step of raising the price of bananas significantly above its big three rivals during a price war.

Wal-Mart: from zero to hero?

For years, Wal-Mart was attacked for exploiting its staff and suppliers. But now the world's biggest retailer has stopped fighting its critics and started listening. By Stephen Foley

UK leads Fairtrade shopping revolution as sales hit £560m

British consumers willing to pay more for ethical products are at the forefront of a global surge in fair trade, new figures reveal. UK sales jumped 72 per cent last year, from £325m to £560m, more than double the rise in Germany and France, according to the Fairtrade Foundation.

Paperback: Burma Boy, by Biyi Bandele

At just 14 years old, Ali Banana, a boy as sweetly goofy as his name, decides to leave his village in Nigeria and enlist as a volunteer with the Allied forces. Trained in India, he is sent to fight with the Chindits, a unit operating deep behind Japanese lines in the Burmese jungle. Based on the author's own father's wartime memories, this polyglot war story combines a classic coming-of-age tale with a graphic recreation of life in the besieged jungle stronghold of White City – Banana's ultimate destination. Bandele's elegant portrait of the real-life renegade leader of the Chindits, Brigadier Orde Wingate, reads as if he might have been a character dreamt up by Evelyn Waugh.

Johann Hari: Why bananas are a parable for our times

Below the headlines about rocketing food prices and rocking governments, there lays a largely unnoticed fact: bananas are dying. The foodstuff, more heavily consumed even than rice or potatoes, has its own form of cancer. It is a fungus called Panama Disease, and it turns bananas brick-red and inedible.

Bananas to boost exam results

A school is handing out bananas to pupils before they sit exams in a bid to boost pass rates.

Dominic Lawson: Food miles are just a form of protectionism

Middle-class neurosis is being exploited to protect an archaic form of agriculture

Fairtrade profits rise, but is the small farmer missing out?

More supermarkets are taking up the brand which sounds so ethical and offers attractive profit margins

Oneworld alliance recruits Japan Airlines

Oneworld, the international airlines alliance led by British Airways and American Airlines, formally admitted Japan Airlines, Asia's biggest carrier, yesterday. The move boosted its share of the global air transport market to almost 20 per cent.

Fashion Queen defrocked: Ghost story

After 22 years of the Ab-Fab life, Tanya Sarne has departed the fashion label she founded as an unemployed single mother. But did she jump or was she pushed? And what will happen to the business she leaves behind? By Terry Kirby

Beck's Futures shortlist abandons the sensational for 'more serious' artworks

The Beck's Futures shortlist, with its flash-mobs, banana doodles and artists who sew balsa wood to the soles of their feet, can normally be relied on to generate a few groans of despair from those who like their art traditional.

Appeal: WaterAid helps Lake Victoria banana beer taste, and sell, better

A recipe for brewing banana beer. Buy four bunches of bananas for 2,000 Ugandan shillings (60 pence), leave them to ripen for seven days and then smoke them over an open fire. Mix in some grass and squeeze out the juice. Add some sorghum (a form of grain) to the juice, dilute with water and leave to ferment for four days. Sieve, and sell the 20 litres to neighbours for 5,000 shillings. Use the money to pay for food, school fees, and more bananas.

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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

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Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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