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The very worst example of wedding greed comes in the form of the wedding gift list, which is a smart name for begging

Joanna Blythman: Don't fall for the low-cal trick

Don't rush to applaud fast food restaurants for displaying calorie counts on their Big Macmenus. This move, which comes as part of a deal between the Government and the food industry, might look enlightened, but it is no more than a marketing ploy that will yield no rewards for the nation's health.

48 Hours: Graz

Now a Unesco 'City of Design', this Austrian gem is full of handsome medieval and striking modern architecture. Chris Leadbeater explores

The Syndicate, Minerva Theatre, Chichester

The title makes it sound like a sharp-suited business bonanza, possibly a Mafiosi Mad Men. In fact, this is a 1960 Neapolitan comedy of familial resentment and redemption with a great pairing of Sir Ian McKellen as a godfather with a guilty secret and Michael Pennington as his doctor.

Investment bankers in line for bonus bonanza as income soars

While most Britons struggle to cope with a brutal squeeze on their spending, the City of London's investment banks are preparing for a bonus boom after raking in huge increases in fees.

Deborah Hargreaves: The time has come to wipe the smiles off their faces

Many people are struggling to make ends meet as wages fail to keep up with rising prices, while business leaders and those at the top of the financial sector continue to salt away millions in bonus awards. The gap between a corporate elite and everyone else is yawning ever wider. If current trends continue, by 2025 the top 0.1 per cent of earners will take home 10 per cent of national income, and by 2030 Britain will have sunk back to levels of inequality not seen since Victorian times.

Dominic Lawson: Vote yes, or no – the outcome will barely make a difference

When Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg proclaim that the introduction of AV will 'end politics as usual', they are either fantasising or conning us

Auto Trader in the Pink

Car-buying website autorader.co.uk has reported a big spike in interest in pink cars after the colour guide Pantone named Honeysuckle Pink as its “Colour of the Year”. Honeysuckle Pink, best described as a shade of magenta, is forecast to be the most popular colour of 2011, and searches for magenta cars on autotrader.co.uk rose from 2,629 in December 2010 to 9,863 in January.

Winter chill promises a snow business bonanza for Continental Europe

As Britain thaws after the early cold snap, winter-sports resorts across Continental Europe are reporting exceptional snow conditions – presaging an excellent winter for skiers and snowboarders. In addition, slow sales signal the prospect of bargains for anyone able to travel in the next few weeks.

David Dortort: Television producer and writer who created 'Bonanza' and 'The High Chaparral'

When the producer David Dortort created Bonanza, he bucked the trend of casting established actors as the programme's stars, gave it a family feel and ended up with television's second-longest-running Western, behind Gunsmoke – as well as one of the first series to be filmed and broadcast in colour.

Auction house bonanza: Going, going, gone through the roof

Times may be hard but in sale rooms the sky is the limit

The Plundered Planet, By Paul Collier

Paul Collier tells us that if we are to feed everyone without wrecking the rest of the world, then we must steer between the "romantics" and the "ostriches". The romantics (he includes Prince Charles) advocate a lifestyle that is "organic, holistic, self-sufficient, local, and small-scale", while the "ostriches" feel that "if there is to be a scramble for natural resources the important thing is to win it". He goes on, like Odysseus, to plot an appropriate course between the two – and very plausible and scholarly it sounds.

Flying high at the Goodwood bonanza

The British 12-times world trials champion Dougie Lampkin put the loyalty of his mechanical team to the test when he leapt over them during the Festival of Speed at Goodwood House, in Sussex, this weekend.

James Moore: Osborne's Budget bonanza will not bring tax exiles sailing back to Britain

Outlook Business has reasons to be rather pleased about the emergency Budget. It was given a small handful of sweeties while everyone else was given nine-inch nails (rusty ones, at that). No surprise, then, that the Institute of Directors rushed out figures yesterday showing an overwhelming endorsement from the company directors that make up its membership (well, just over 600 or so of them, anyway).

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