News Boris Johnson is seen as a possible challenger to David Cameron's leadership of the Conservative Party

The Prime Minister has asserted that the London mayor was speaking for himself when he commented that some people are not clever enough to be a success

Sweet adverts attacked

GLENDA COOPER

So long to the breakfast browser

In the old days, husbands read newspapers at breakfast and wives paid them no attention at all - except now and then when the husband called for a refill and she poured him more coffee.

LETTER : What we should ask of farmers

From Mr Nick Brown

FBI sting shocks cereals company

AMERICA'S most powerful agribusiness conglomerate, Archer Daniels Midland, is reeling from a week of revelations about an investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices that have sent its share price tumbling and snared several other companies, including a subsidiary of Britain's Tate & Lyle.

Dear Boddingtons

Our most intimate moments of escape are to be invaded - the graffiti- decked walls of pub toilets are to be sold to advertisers as poster sites

DAILY BREAD VICTOR OBUGU

WHAT THE ENGLAND PROP FORWARD ATE ONE DAY LAST WEEK

North Korea asks Japan to lend rice

A North Korean trade official asked Japan yesterday to lend his country rice, giving credence to reports of serious food shortages. Li Song Rok, chairman of North Korea's International Trade Promotion Committee, said bad weather had damaged their crop and "we would be grateful if [the rice] arrives before the rainy season in June and July". Tokyo does not have diplomatic relations with North Korea so an officially sponsored food- aid package would be unusual.

Parker's recipe for distaste : Cinema : THE CRITICS

THE FART, throughout history, has been the fanfare of the common man. First there was flatulence, then comedy. From Aristophanes to the Carry Ons, the ordinary bloke's wind has blasted at society. But as a rule such incontinence rarely disturbs the genteel fantasy of Hollywood (the camp-fire scene in Blazing Saddles is the exception that proves it). Alan Parker's The Road to Wellville (18) redresses the balance with a vengeance. In the story of Dr John Harvey Kellogg (Anthony Hopkins), cereal inventor and crackpot health-theorist, Parker takes us back to basics: to bottoms, enemas and "stools". Given the anal fixation, you might term it humorous fundamentalism. Par-ker's Road to Wellville is paved with broken wind.

TAKING THE ROUGHAGE

`The Commitments' was the feelgood film par excellence; `The Road to We llville' is a barrelful of belly laughs and bottom jokes. Has Alan Parker gone soft? No such luck: AMANDA MITCHISON meets a grim old bruiser with a head as ha rd as a bad baron' s heart. Portrait by GAUTIER DEBLONDE

Science: Hares today, none tomorrow?: A new survey shows that the once common hare is vanishing from British fields. Angela Wilkes finds them cornered but still kicking

A CASUAL rambler, catching sight of the occasional hare zig-zagging across a ploughed field, might think the animal is as abundant and unthreatened as its cousin the rabbit. After all, hares are still hunted, legally and illegally. They continue to be shot as game, and as farmland pests that damage crops and young trees.

Best-Sellers: Top 10 breakfast cereal advertising budgets

1 Kellogg's Cornflakes pounds 7.8m

Cargo Club converts Kellogg's but not Sony

KELLOGG'S cornflakes, Nescafe coffee and Persil soap powder will shortly be on the shelves of Cargo Club, the warehouse clubs run by Nurdin & Peacock. Sony and other Japanese electrical retailers are still refusing to supply it.

Kellogg: king of business schools

HARVARD, Stanford, Wharton and Columbia are American business schools that have long been familiar names in Britain. But they have been consistently outranked in recent years by an institution with a much lower profile.

Double sale nets pounds 81m for Harrisons: Focus shifts to growth markets

HARRISONS & Crosfield, the chemicals to building supplies conglomerate, is building up its acquisitions war chest with the sale of its consumer foods business for pounds 81.6m.

'Unhealthy' adverts

THE Advertising Standards Authority warned that commercials for two out of five breakfast cereals exaggerate the products' health benefits. The companies concerned - which were not being named - are to be told to play down claims.
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