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Ross kicks Leeds' dire home form into touch

Leeds 24 Worcester 19

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.

Luton's perfect run stalled by Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday 0 - Luton Town 0

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.

Asher D: Building on solid ground

Asher D is notorious as the gun-toting So Solid Crew member who served time. But he is also 'the most gifted actor of his generation'

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.

Inquisition, blazing rows - or just lunch?

So you think family meals are messy and quarrelsome? You're not alone. Is this goodbye to an important point of contact for children? By Jan Parker
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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

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Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

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