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!

Rogue Trader: The week's all-American Archies

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

A CAR dealer venturing into the fast food industry would appear to be a recipe for disaster. For Gowrings it nearly was. Today the Ford main dealer has a thriving fast food side in 31 Burger King restaurants but it has only just extricated itself from a far less successful fast food excursion: a home delivery and take-away pizza business.

Carey adviser condemns `fast-food religion'

THE ALPHA course, a hugely successful 10-week introduction to Christianity, has been compared to McDonald's by an adviser to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Fast-food giants plan opening spree

BURGER KING and US giant McDonald's yesterday unveiled plans to accelerate their expansion programmes in 1999.

Letter: Ties in a bind

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McDonald's launches the burger box you can eat

STAND BY for the ultimate in fast food - the edible hamburger box. Next year, McDonald's are expected to start using containers made from potatoes.

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

IT MAY HAVE escaped your attention, but this is a seminal moment in hamburger history. Next month the Big Mac, the most famous beef sandwich of all time, turns 30. Birthday festivities, though, are likely to be sober. McDonald's executives are in no mood for a party.

Fat starts to fly in griller warfare

IT IS "griller warfare" with a difference. Burger King has launched a direct rival to McDonald's Big Mac, which, the company claims, has been a huge success in the US.

Labour feeding 'junk food' to press

"JUNK FOOD" was fed to newspapers about Tony Blair's next reshuffle in an attempt to stop businessmen being put off from taking on ministerial roles in the Blair government, Whitehall sources said last night.

Good Ad Bad Ad: Robert Bean

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