Business week in review

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Shake Shack, 24 Market Building, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2
Five Guys, 1-3 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2

People think this job is easy, but it's hard, I tell you, damned hard. My mission this week: to spend an entire day queuing for, and then eating, burgers. Like Morgan Spurlock in a hurry, I will be attempting my own Vine-length version of Super Size Me.

Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian was judged to have the healthiest children’s menu

High-street restaurant chains fail health test for hungry youngsters

Meals aimed at children are still dominated by unhealthy options such as chicken nuggets, burgers and sausages

Picture taken from Twitter with permission of George Osborne showing him eating a burger and chips as he put the 'finishing touches' to the spending review

Osborne defends his 'posh' Byron burger Twitter picture saying 'McDonald's don't deliver'

Mr Osborne tweeted a picture of himself eating the burger, from upmarket chain Byron

Taco Bell is to swap

Taco Bell swaps 'meat' for 'protein' as UK stores recover from involvement in the horsemeat scandal

Tex-Mex chain launches 'Power Protein' menu with twice the meat and almost half the calories

Horse meat

Horsemeat scandal documentary goes behind-the-scenes at Iceland supermarket

A new documentary series goes behind-the-scenes at frozen food giant Iceland as it deals with the fall-out from the horsemeat scandal.

Experts hope the plan will encourage young people to eat more healthily

Pupils face takeaway ban in bid to fight childhood obesity

Restaurant owners in Salford hit out over proposals to restrict sale of hot food to children

This burger is 14 years old

14 years after it was made the 'World's oldest hamburger' looks like it hasn't aged a day...

There appeared to be no evidence of fungus, mould or rotten meat on the hamburger from 1999

Steve Earle & the Dukes (and Duchesses), The Low Highway (New West)

Album review: Steve Earle & the Dukes (and Duchesses), The Low Highway (New West)

Steve Earle's latest album pulls no punches in its survey of the American social landscape. The “low highway” of the title track is a sort of hardship highway travelled by the underclass. It's Springsteen territory, occupied with pride in songs like “21st Century Blues” and the elegiac closer “Remember Me”.

New Zealand's Jesse Ryder is out of an induced coma and talking

Batsman Jesse Ryder out of coma as police arrest two

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has emerged from an induced coma and spoken with family members two days after being seriously injured in a brutal attack outside a Christchurch bar. Ryder was also breathing without the aid of the respirator which helped keep him alive after he suffered a collapsed lung during the late-night attack.

True nightmare: Dreama Walker is the victim of a vicious hoax in the discomforting, then maddening 'Compliance'

Film review: Compliance (15)

Craig Zobel's drama, allegedly "inspired by true events", is a banal nightmare about coercion and gullibility.

Call me a masochist, but if I’m going for a Baconator (a quarter-pound beef patty with mayo, ketchup and six [6!] strips of bacon), then it’s unlikely that I’ll be confusing the meal with dinner at the table of the Marchioness of Marchmain

Burger joint Wendy's goes down-home to offer diners a nice little Baconator® by the fire

Call me a masochist, but if I’m going for a Baconator (a quarter-pound beef patty with mayo, ketchup and six [6!] strips of bacon), then it’s unlikely that I’ll be confusing the meal with dinner at the table of the Marchioness of Marchmain.

Poll: Findus horsemeat lasagne offered at £70 on eBay, but how much would you pay?

Would you gobble it for the taste? Or keep it frozen as a portion of British history? Followers of the horsemeat scandal now have the chance to make that decision in their own kitchen as listings have appeared on auction-site eBay offering "limited edition" Findus lasagne - for the sum of £70.

Fred Turner: Executive who transformed McDonald's into a global empire

Fred Turner transformed McDonald's from a small chain of fast-food outlets to a billion-dollar, instantly recognisable global brand. He introduced the highly successful Quarter Pounder, Chicken McNugget, McRib, Egg McMuffin and Happy Meal and was also recognised as the architect of the "quality, service and cleanliness" operations model that launched McDonald's international presence and unparalleled leadership in the industry – and helped it to establish a reputation as a welcoming, family-friendly destination.

A load of old rubbish? Council to remove bins because they collect the wrong type of litter

The affluent London borough of Kensington and Chelsea is removing litter bins claiming they attract the wrong kind of rubbish

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain