Letter: Pure pleasure

I WAS disappointed that an intelligent, well-informed woman such as Marcelle d'Argy Smith allowed thinly disguised bitchiness to mar what could have been an interesting debate on HRT (Debate, Real Life, 5 September). Take it from me, Marcelle: following a diet espoused by Leslie Kenton has given me more of a buzz than alcohol, cigarettes or junk food ever did. There is no greater aphrodisiac than well-being!

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ARCHIE MANNING: legendary New Orleans Saints quarterback, inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame and hailed as "an ambassador of goodwill and a moulder of men". Bought his underpants at Wal-Mart.

Letter: McCruelty that's hard to swallow

GIVEN THE propensity for McDonald's to attempt to conceal its activities by litigation, I can understand the muted tone of your feature "Everyone loves a McNasty" (4 April). What is not recorded is that McDonald's did not appeal against the judge's finding that most decent people about to bite into a Big Mac would find it troubling that the company had been "culpably responsible" for cruelty to laying hens, guilty of "cruel practice" in relation to broiler hens and guilty of cruelty to sows. Mr Justice Bell found that allegations of cruelty "in the rearing and slaughter of some of the animals that are used to produce [McDonald's food]" had been justified by the defendants and were "true in substance and in fact". Not everyone loves a "McNasty", or even a Big Mac.

No Pain, No Gain: Our Man's Portfolio: Burger King move is success on a plate for Gowrings

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Carey adviser condemns `fast-food religion'

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Fast-food giants plan opening spree

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Letter: Ties in a bind

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McDonald's launches the burger box you can eat

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Letter: Fast food

I WELCOME the Govern- ment's move to set up a committee to oversee the potential use of genetically modified crops ("Genetic food gets watchdog", 13 September). In part, this may reduce the squabbling that has so far obscured what is a serious debate.

Big Mac at 30 no longer the burger king

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Fat starts to fly in griller warfare

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Labour feeding 'junk food' to press

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