Shop salads have more fat than a Big Mac

Some supermarket salads contain more fat than a Big Mac and fries, it was revealed today.

Girl finds condom in McDonald's Happy Meal

Swiss police said today they were investigating a seven-year-old girl's discovery of a condom in her McDonald's Happy Meal.

West Indies to face Flintoff after settling dispute

There is no dispute, there never has been a dispute and there never will be a dispute. Everything in West Indies cricket is not only hunky-dory but rosier than anything to be seen at the Chelsea Flower Show. Which does not necessarily mean that the team will turn up for the rest of the one-day series or for the tour of England next month.

How to cook the perfect chips

We all love to eat them, but few of us know how to make them. Yet as Christopher Hirst discovers, learning the skills to transform a fast-food staple to a truly transcendent treat is well worth the effort

Scientists probe lure of chips aroma

Ever passed a chip shop and found yourself drawn in by the delicious smells?

Alex James: Is this the shape of farming to come?

Rural Notebook

Kerouac and Burroughs: 'New' Beats novel

More than 50 years ago, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac collaborated on a scandalous novel. Published now for the first time, this extract shows how the Beats began

Richard Garner: So where do fish and chips come from?

There has been a great deal of harrumphing and anxiety amongst education traditionalists that the name of Winston Churchill is missing from the revamped national curriculum on history due to be introduced in secondary schools to be taught from next week.

My secret life: Poly Styrene, Singer, 51

The house I grew up in... was a white-fronted, Grade II-listed council house in a mixed part of Brixton, but I still felt the racial tension. Once I was hit over the head with a cricket bat, it was just that kind of area. Even if you were Italian, you were a "wog".

Tom's Place, Cale Street, London

Sustainable fish, moules marinière, home-made ketchup... Tom Aikens' new-wave fish and chipper is batter by far

Agyness Deyn: The face of a generation

Tomboys aren't meant to become global style icons – especially if they hail from Lancashire. But Agyness Deyn has claimed Kate Moss's crown as the the most glamorous face in fashion. Deborah Orr gets under her skin

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Kingham, Oxfordshire (01608 658327)

The 5-minute Interview: Ross Godfrey, Musician

'I think I'm borderline narcoleptic. I love sleeping, even when I'm nervous'

David Dein: A shrewd investor and the brains behind Wenger's appointment

When David Dein paid £292,000 for 16 per cent of Arsenal in 1983 the club chairman, Peter Hill-Wood, said: "I think he's crazy. To all intents and purposes it's dead money."

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas