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Yes, we have bananas - 30,000 of them. Nelson surveys square's latest installation

Well before dawn, the early birds around Trafalgar Square realised something was amiss. Bananas, hundreds of them, were being piled in a huge heap. That they were positioned next to the National Gallery offered a clue. The hundreds became 30,000 by 5am and London's most famous square had its latest art installation.

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Claire Danes: The sighing game

Let's try a little trick: don't think about bananas. Did it work? Did you manage to cleanse your mind of anything resembling a banana? Me neither.

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The Archer Affair: Tory MP accused over Ashcroft bananagate

A TORY MP with close links to controversial Conservative Party treasurer Michael Ashcroft is expected to face fresh allegations this week that he lobbied for the millionaire's Belize interests, writes Jo Dillon.

US rejects banana trade deal

THE EUROPEAN Union yesterday presented new rules aimed at ending a long-running transatlantic trade war over bananas, and America shot them straight down.

Letter: Banana skins

Sir: Does Paul Wright (letter, 29 September) really have proper figures on banana and orange skins in landfill and the impossibility of their being recycled? In my compost bananas decompose in a couple of weeks, orange peel in a couple of months, and they reappear next year recycled in peas, beans, raspberries and strawberries.

The Global Sweatshop: For bananas costing pounds 1, the labourer gets 3p

PEDRO MENDOZA was pruning leaves from the top of a tall banana plant when his bamboo ladder teetered beneath him. He fell eight feet to the ground and, landing on the blade of his machete, severed a tendon in his left forearm.

The Global Sweatshop: Supermarkets `have blocked fair trade plans'

BRITISH SUPERMARKETS have blocked attempts to set up a "fair trade" banana scheme that could save thousands of small farmers' jobs, the project's backers said yesterday.

Letter: `Free' trade?

Sir: Diane Coyle speaks up for free trade (Business, 13 September). Isn't that what allows US corporations to foist GM foods and hormone-modified beef onto us, whether we want them or not, and makes illegal our liking for Caribbean bananas? A misnomer, surely?

Before the week is out: Buy this

ELEGANT NAIL extensions don't come cheap - and nor does having them taken off again. Falsies can be painful and difficult to remove DIY and the process almost always involves a visit to a beautician. Now you can save yourself some money with Get Em Off, which does exactly what it says on the bottle. Fill a small bowl (ceramic or metal, not plastic, which will melt - ouch!) and sit for 20 minutes or so contemplating the infinite while your talons dissolve. The range includes banana- and strawberry- scented polish removers.

Letter: Why we laugh

Sir: Your report "Why we fall about laughing" (3 September) does not address the question of why do we go weak at the knees when we laugh. I believe the time is ripe for a unified theory of laughter.

Britain only EU state to avoid US sanctions

BRITAIN ESCAPED US trade sanctions last night, as Washington outlined $116.8m (pounds 70m) of tariffs hitting every other EU country in a dispute over hormone-treated beef.

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