Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.
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From solar-powered chalets to yurts with iPod docks a new breed of chic festival digs offer an alternative to the humble tent
Thursday 11 June 2009
Anybody who's spent a weekend in a field sipping warm lager and leaping about to The Verve will be only too familiar with the downside of festivals. The tent. If it's sunny outside, it's clammy inside. If it rains, leaks are guaranteed. Smears of mud, spilled bottles of Magners and and poisonous sleeping bags can turn the average nylon shelter into a no-go area.
Sunday 12 April 2009
Friday 10 April 2009
Pandora very much hopes that David Lammy – MP and Mastermind contestant extraordinaire – hasn't ruffled too many Foreign Office feathers with his recent article in support of London's Tamil protests.
Tuesday 07 April 2009
Shoppers bought fewer organic fruit and vegetables last year while the economy deteriorated, according to the Soil Association.
Sunday 29 March 2009
Friday 27 February 2009
Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall continued to peck at Tesco today with a graphic new food label showing the plight of intensively farmed chickens.
Tuesday 27 January 2009
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Sunday 21 December 2008
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Wednesday 13 August 2008
There was a moment, back in June, when one just began to wonder whether Tesco's seemingly unstoppable forward momentum was finally starting to falter. A row with food writer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall over its chicken-rearing standards was unwelcome publicity. Calls from US presidential candidate Barack Obama for better labour practices in America were embarrassing too. And then there was a trading update suggesting Tesco's sales growth had slipped compared with several rival supermarket groups.
Saturday 19 July 2008
Q. I have a Sky TV package, which gives me a second Sky set-top box for £10 extra a month – £45 in total – allowing me to watch Sky on two TVs in my house. A condition is that there must be two phone lines, with each set-top box permanently connected to a phone line. When I moved home, I arranged for two phone lines, and Sky engineers installed the two-box service. One phone line failed and Sky warned me I would be charged in full for two boxes if this continued. I had the phone connection repaired and performed Sky's on-screen system check, which gave me the message "line connected". I thought the problem was settled. I recently checked my bank statements and found that I had paid the full amount for two boxes for at least a year, which is more than £300 extra. I pay by direct debit and I have not received any bills by post. JC, Reading
Saturday 28 June 2008
It is not difficult to find reasons to criticise Tesco. The supermarket chain has become a sort of British Wal-Mart, not only in the sense of its dominance of the domestic retail sector, but as shorthand for corporate nastiness. Barely a week passes without it being accused of some crime or other, from bullying farmers, to crushing small traders, to polluting the environment.
Wednesday 11 June 2008
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the chef and food campaigner, has raised the money he needs to put his concerns on animal welfare to Tesco's shareholders.
Wednesday 04 June 2008
So, the summer is here, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is back on television and the green-fingered, or eco-minded, among us will be just itching to tear up the patio and plant a row of runner beans.
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