Letter: GM secrecy

Sir: Sir Richard Sykes, chairman of Glaxo Wellcome, has been heavily reported as saying that the present anti-GM food campaign will be detrimental to this country, and that in future the location of GM crop trials should be kept secret to protect them from environmental activists ("British science `in deep decline' ", 13 September).

Police alert as GM trial sites named

POLICE FORCES across England were put on alert last night after environmentalists vowed to sabotage four new sites for genetically modified crop trials unveiled by the Government.

`Impartial' GM trials chief in favour of modified crops

THE MAN responsible for overseeing the Government's trials of GM crops - chosen by ministers for his impartial scientific advice - believes it is in "society's long-term interest" to grow genetically engineered crops.

Letter: It's a royal knock-out

CONGRATULATIONS TO Will Self for his brave profile of the Queen Mother. Not everyone has the nerve to call a much-respected 99-year-old "this antediluvian chunk of avoirdupois", and to suggest without a shred of evidence that she took advantage of the black market to supplement wartime rations.

Letter: Best man for the job

Sir: After excessive coverage of the appointment of Greg Dyke as the new Director-General of the BBC we know now who Greg Dyke is. But who is Roland Rat?

The Agreeable World Of Wallace Arnold: Save the British bulldog from being cut off in its prime

We're on the move!!! Yes, it's been a tremendous week for those of us who have no wish to be ridden over roughshod by the bureaucrats of Brussels and their Westminster henchmen. But let us not rest on our laurels. Looking at these latest statistics from the EEC, it is clear to me that the battle is far from over.

The Investment Column: Macdonald Htls

MACDONALD HOTELS has led a yo-yo existence since coming to the market three years ago. Issued at 145p, the shares reached 241p a year ago, only to slump to a low of 130p at the end of the year. They have since enjoyed a recovery and closed up 7p yesterday at 229.5p on the back of encouraging full-year results.

Property: It's a seller's market but the price must be right

The property market is booming. But what to do if your agent isn't performing?

Letter: Real alcoholics

URSULA KENNY's article about alternatives to abstinence contains several inaccuracies ("Go on, just a small one", Real Life, 2 May). She makes no mention of the difference between a social drinker, a heavy drinker who may have problems, and somebody who is chronically dependent on alcohol. No one in AA ever diagnoses anyone else as alcoholic. Everyone draws their own conclusions and diagnoses themselves. And it is not true that AA discourages seeking other treatment.

Sports letter: Truly British

Sir: The magnificent Davis Cup tie that gripped the nation finally laid to rest a contentious point.

Sports Letters: Bad behaviour

Sir: Nothing to do with the eventual result, of course, but have you given any thought to the fact that the patriotic American public (and, perhaps, a patriotic American judge) at Madison Square Garden may not have taken too kindly to their national anthem being roundly booed by British fans while our anthem was greeted with respect.

The Libby's Orange Drink Affair

Beer, beans, custard, moisturiser - the Walkley family has had it all, free, in crates, by exploiting supermarket refund policies. And now Sainsbury's has banned them...

Letter: Baffled by the euro

Sir: I too have made inquiry on cheque payments in euros for my own business (letter, 25 February).

Sports Letters: Odds against

Sir: I thoroughly enjoyed Ken Jones' article on the British challenge for the world heavyweight title (27 February).
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

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Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee