Morning after life

"I'm going to detox this weekend," I announced on Friday night. "Really?" says Vanessa, "fancy a crisp?"

Food: How danger labels were slapped on eggs, cheese, carrots, milk - and meat

In the last 20 years, one food scare has followed another, with panic reaching a peak over beef. Glenda Cooper, Consumer Affairs Correspondent, follows the trail of poison.

Taking Control...

It s all very well being on top of things at work when everything s going well, but the real challenge comes when you meet a brick wall. How you respond is the real test of your ability to solve problems and make things happen.

Health: Let them eat Jaffa cakes

We may think we know what constitutes a wholesome diet for children, Ann Treneman says, but a doctor who treats young anorexics condemns parents who see raw carrots and a bit of fruit as a healthy snack.

Politics: Blair offers rebels stick and carrot

The Prime Minister appealed to backbench MPs for unity yesterday as anger persisted over planned benefit cuts. Mr Blair promised to listen to their concerns but both he and Gordon Brown spent the day warning of `hard choices' ahead. Fran Abrams and Colin Brown report on Labour's tough pre-Christmas messages.

Politics: Carrot and stick approach to youth crime

A new hybrid sentence, half custody, half community supervision, will be a key element of the Government's drive against youth crime, the Home Secretary announced yesterday.

So farewell then the Sunday lunch

Can't eat carrots, can't afford potatoes - and we all know about beef. Glenda Cooper on our changing eating habits

Employment: Britain prefers carrot and stick approach

The British government has adopted a mixture of Continental "carrot" and American "stick" in its attempt to extract young people from the dole queue. Barrie Clement, Labour Editor, looks at the British approach to unemployment.

Jobless hampered by `snakes and ladders' benefit system

The benefits system repeatedly throws up obstacles to jobless claimants trying to find work, according to a report published today. The survey, by the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, said that for jobseekers on low incomes, the system "can resemble a game of snakes and ladders".

A carrot and a stick for the young unemployed


`Welfare-to-work' becomes a reality

The Chancellor started to put flesh on the bones of Labour's manifesto promise to tilt the tax and benefit system towards incentives to work, but the measures announced yesterday fell short of a radical recasting of the welfare state.

China plans law to halt protests

Hong Kong's incoming administration is trying to avert demonstrations marring the start of Chinese sovereignty over the territory.

Investment Column: Norwich dangles a sizeable carrot

Only a broken TV set or an extended holiday recently would have prevented Norwich Union members from being aware of the fact that they have until next Tuesday, 10 June, to apply for further shares in the mutual insurance group's pounds 2.4bn cash raising. Just to make sure, the group is pitching the shares being sold to its existing members, who are already receiving free handouts worth at least pounds 1,500, at a 25p discount to the price other shareholders, including the big institutions, will have to pay. With a strike price estimated at between 240p and 290p, that means members are being offered a discount of around 10 per cent, a sizeable carrot.

National Trust shows how food can be old but not stale

The culinary equivalent of political correctness is about to bring about the disappearance of the baked potato and the micro-waved lasagne from the menus of many National Trust properties.

City & Business: Lose Eddie and we lose the world

My "Eddie Must Stay" campaign designed to ensure that Eddie George is reappointed as Governor of the Bank of England when his term expires next year received a tremendous boost this week courtesy of fashion victim and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown. His eminently sensible decision to strip the Bank of its supervisory role and bring it under the umbrella of a unified and revamped Securities and Investments Board has served to make it crystal clear that Mr George is a national asset who must be preserved.
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London