Cashless is the future. Small businesses must adapt or pay the price

The ‘customer is always right’ proverb fits perfectly with this cashless debate

Hudl tablet sold out in two days with 35,000 people snapping up the £119 device – or £60 worth of Clubcard vouchers

Hudl tablet: Move into digital market is a 'significant step in Tesco's data-driven business'

Supermarket giant will be able to add to its giant data pool which already has more than 16m regular loyalty card holders, according to experts

Harriet Walker: I think I'm dying, I tell my mum. 'You've had a coffee, haven't you?'

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Man died after overdosing on caffeine mints

Coroner calls for more awareness of dangers after John Jackson ate too many Hero energy sweets

Melissa Reid (R) and Michaella McCollum Connolly are escorted by police at Sarita Colonia prison in Callao

Peru 'drug mules' Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid could face six-month investigation if their guilty pleas are not accepted

Women hope admissions of guilt will bring their jail time down to six years and eight months

Kevin Ball: Sunderland's caretaker manager is relaxed about condiments

Kevin Ball gets to the sauce of Sunderland troubles

Tomato sauce is back at the Academy of Light, and players are once more allowed to use their mobile phones.

What does your coffee say about you? New study reveals personality traits of caffeine lovers

Cappuccino lovers are obsessive and latte drinkers are easy to please, according to Dr Ramani Durvasula

Buona! Boys carry spaghetti in 1929 Naples. Inset, Gennaro Contaldo

Ketchup on your pasta? Basta! Italian food institute issues a list of rules for foreigners to follow

We've all committed them, but now, at last, we have no excuses. A respected food institute has listed those culinary no-nos that make Italians wince inwardly but which they are too polite to tell you about. The Parma-based Academia Barilla, which aims "to defend and safeguard Italian food products made by reputable artisans and certified denominations against poor-quality imitations", has listed ten kitchen faux pas, in order to "teach foreigners how to avoid culinary horrors" in confronting Italian food.

Paperback review: To My Assistant, By Lydia Whitlock

An extended jeu d'esprit, being a series of promises made by an overworked and underappreciated office junior to the assistant she will have when she finally gets to be a boss.

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Storm in a coffee cup: Essex students battle over Starbucks on campus

Discussion over introduction of Starbucks coffee shop on the Colchester campus has erupted into controversy at the University of Essex

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Picture of the day: Fighting fire with water as Idaho burns

A wildfire in central Idaho forced the evacuation of 2,250 homes near the upmarket tourist towns of Hailey and Ketchum over the weekend, as firefighters lost ground against the blaze that also threatens the Sun Valley ski resort.

Ditch coffee to live longer, says study

A coffee habit of more than four cups a day could be shortening your life, research suggests.

Review: MaddAddam, By Margaret Atwood

With this tense tale of pandemic, giant pigs, and survival, is the final part of Margaret Atwood's trilogy obliquely surveying her own legacy?

Harvard scientists say coffee ‘could halve risk of suicide’

Study spanning two decades and surveying 200,000 men and women suggests protective effect of caffeine

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