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Italy seems to be suffering from a collective sense of humour failure over Umberto Bossi. He is the man who wants to split away the richer north from the rest, but since he can't find any linguistic or ethnic borders for the proposed independent nation of "Padania", it has been delineated in socio-economic terms, which might or might not take it almost as far south as Rome.

Nobody move... This is a stick-up

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It's time to change this tepid dishwater

Curious what makes news on a thin bank holiday Monday. The papers have been greatly exercised by my column in the Radio Times. I wrote that I thought daytime television was mainly old-fashioned tepid dishwater and patronising to its viewers. So what's new?

Gardening: The growing pains of Florence Fennel

You need to be sensitive to nurture this plant. It will bolt when faced with anything it can't understand.

Mon petit chou

I have long associated cabbage with VI Lenin - as prepared by his wife Krupskaya, on whose teeny inheritance (something like pounds 100) this malodorous man shuffled off daily to the library in Zurich to importune his friends and excoriate his enemies. He was a true sort of dirty, sharp- bearded Robespierre. The reasons he went off were that the library was warm; it received all those tedious revolutionary journals by sectarians; and the Ulyanovs' cramped apartment, whose only light came from a courtyard well, smelled of boiled cabbage.

Letter: Passing toy costs down the line

From Mr Bill Jordan

Barbie eyes up Action Man in Toytown battle

Takeover bid: Best-selling brands are the prize as US giants fight for control of pounds 45bn market

Conservation action plan 'will lead the world'

NICHOLAS SCHOON

LETTER : Of cabbages and future kings

From Mr George Walden

Bernard's big obsession

Meet Bernard Lavery, Britain's top big-vegetable grower. By Jim White

the market: buy & buy

HERE WE G-EAU AGAIN

Cabbage Face

My physiognomy and my fortune by Clive Sinclair

Seeds of the good life take root in Herefordshire

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