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Letter: A proper lady

Sir: The word "lady" (Letters, 7 April) - for all who care to look it up - means bread-maker.

Words: Hostess

Children taken to parties used to be told to behave and to be sure to say a nice thank you to the hostess, most likely remembered as a stately dame with what the French would call beaucoup de monde au balcon. Later, hostesses presided (always the word) over the afternoon teacakes and scones, and were gracious. Modern hostesses of this sort have little in common with the wide-eyed 17-year-old "Soho hostess" who, according to reports, befriended the Tory MP Piers Merchant, apart from the name they share.

Letter: The joys of a peanut butter sandwich

Sir: Brown or white bread?

Give us yesterday's daily bread: shopping

There's no doubt about it. Retro is the rage. As designers the world over run out of ideas, their "back to the future" policy is ensuring that their nests are feathered for at least another season.

Stores warned on 'fresh' bread

Frozen bread cannot be considered fresh, trading standards officers said. They are to issue new guidelines next month on the way supermarkets must describe their bread baked in-store.

Britons go off wholemeal

THE mighty white is back. In the Eighties more and more people turned to brown and it looked as if soggy white bread might soon be toast. Wholemeal, the nutritionists said, was the best thing since sliced bread, but now the British public has had enough.

The Investment column: Tomkins set to unlock Gates

Tomkins, which embraces everything from bread to petrochemical valves, has stuck doggedly to its conglomerate roots, despite the ending of the City's love affair with the sector. It has been rewarded with a share price which has underperformed the rest of the market for five long years. Although it may be too early to call a change in sentiment, there are straws in the wind which look more hopeful than for some time.

True gripes; electric toasters

I have just chucked out our umpteenth electric toaster. Three months out of guarantee, it's as dead as a doornail and I'm not really surprised. Used to it, in fact, for of all electrical appliances, the toaster is the most predictably unreliable. In an age when men can walk on the moon, surf the Internet and build cars that will survive Nigel Mansell's driving, they still can't make a toaster which will survive making toast.

where shall we meet? Hip Bagel, SW10

Although the five-screen MGM cinema is one of London's more popular non-West End venues, the choice of meeting places in the area is mostly limited to meals or drinks in full, or nasty places full of staring men. But Hip Bagel, despite a name reminiscent of downtown Tel Aviv, is more than just civilised: it's a positive pleasure to go into. The premises are spacious, mirrored and uncrowded (only five tables and a wall-bar), and covered with pictures of the "art for sale" type. Sandwiches are excellent: loads of different breads (black, chaleh, rye) and traditional fillings like chopped liver and herring. A smoked salmon and cream cheese or salt beef bagel is £2.95. Open 8am- 10.30pm daily.

Letter: Millennial ideas for all

TWO ideas for the Millennium Fund (Neal Ascherson, 27 November): spend the money on replanting the great forests. This would benefit us all, and not be limited to one location.

Eviction for bird feeders

Council tenants in north-west London are being threatened with eviction if they feed pigeons on their estate.

Tomkins loses pounds 50m in bread price battle: Correction

Food retailers have lost pounds 50m because of price wars in the bread market, not Tomkins as stated in yesterday's edition.

Bunhill: Running on bread: Correction

FINALLY, apologies: on 17 April, Bunhill wrote that Peter Earl had once been chairman of Filofax. He's never been a director, let alone chairman. Sorry.

ABF in talks on sale of Bakers Oven chain

ASSOCIATED British Foods yesterday confirmed market rumours that it was discussing the sale of its chain of 400 Bakers Oven bread shops to Greggs.
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