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Join the green party: How to grow French beans

French beans are not really French. Like runner beans, they are New World creatures, brought back by the Spanish conquistadores. In England, they were an instant hit. The 16th-century herbalist John Gerard ate them "boiled together before they be ripe, and buttered". He thought them "exceeding delicate meat", and appreciated the fact that they "do not engender wind as the other pulses do".

Leading article: Myths on voting reform must not prevail

The campaign for a better democracy in Britain has to fight, fight and fight again. According to our ComRes opinion poll today, the No campaign in the referendum has opened up a 6 percentage-point lead, as some of the don't-knows have made up their minds over the past few weeks.

The Eagle (12A)

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Pesticide linked to bee deaths should be suspended, MPs told

A new generation of pesticides is implicated in the widespread deaths of bees and other pollinators and should be suspended in Britain while the Government reviews new scientific evidence about their effects, MPs were told yesterday.

Greens walk out of doomed Irish coalition

The Dublin political world was in ferment yesterday as the junior partner in the doomed administration pulled its ministers out of government, forcing an earlier general election than had been scheduled.

Irish government in chaos as Greens quit coalition

The Irish government was plunged into chaos today as the junior coalition Green Party pulled out over the dramatic resignation of Taoiseach Brian Cowen as leader of the ruling Fianna Fail party.

Irish Greens due to make coaltion decision

Ireland's junior coalition partners the Greens will today decide if it will pull out of Government over the dramatic resignation of Taoiseach Brian Cowen as leader of the ruling Fianna Fail party.

Cowen standing down as Fianna Fail leader

Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen today announced he is standing down as leader of the ruling Fianna Fail party but will remain at the head of Government until the March general election.

Irish government falls and calls 11 March poll

Fianna Fail fears painful defeat after mass cabinet resignations

Brian Cowen takes over foreign affairs as minister quits

Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen is to take over the Foreign Affairs portfolio after a rebel minister quit following a failed leadership challenge.

Too much breastfeeding 'puts children off greens'

If you want your child to eat their greens, do not continue with exclusive breast feeding for too long, child health experts say today.

Will we ever learn just to be content?

We're stuck on a treadmill of envy, acquisition and dissatisfaction, says John Lanchester. Worse, developing nations are copying our unsustainable ways.

Painful budget set to be Cowen's final act in office

Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen was clinging to power in Dublin on a temporary basis yesterday as Ireland adjusted to this week's huge changes to its political and economic landscapes.

Irish general election looms amid economic crisis

Ireland is to hold a general election within two months after the Green Party today stunned its Government partners by issuing a new year deadline for the vote.

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Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
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