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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.

Bloomsbury seeks new magic as Potter spell ends

Harry Potter weaved his final spell for Bloomsbury Publishing yesterday, conjuring up doubled revenues and tripled pre-tax profits in the group's full-year 2007 financial results.

Professional Investor: Ethical is good, but sustainable is the real deal

Ethical funds, "green funds," "dark (and light) green" funds are just a few of the products now open to retail investors, and – contrary to received wisdom – the performance of many of these funds is admirable. Indeed, investors wishing to make a profit with a clear conscience now have a bewildering array of options.

Shoppers frustrated as free-range birds fly off shelves

Across the country, the words may vary but the message is the same: "Sorry, we've sold out of free-range chicken. We're doing our best to buy some more."

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Organic industry unable to cope with demand

British shoppers have embarked on a love affair with organic food, sending sales soaring year after year, but now its runaway success is being threatened: by its very popularity.

The Weekend's TV: What a load of jailhouse schlock

Louis Theroux: Behind Bars, BBC2; Lark Rise to Candleford, BBC1; Jamie's Fowl Dinners, Channel 4

The fish that could just save the cod

Fashion for the long-neglected coley helps to take pressure off overfished species

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall: Crying fowl

The only thing he admits to ever drawing the line at consuming is a fried egg when the white is still runny

Last Night's TV: The birdman delivers a coop de grâce

Hugh's Chicken Run, Channel 4

Sue Arnold: It's a bleak house that has no eccentrics

What happened to those delightful oddballs whose idiosyncrasies supplied us with funny anecdotes?

Head to head: Chew on this

It's National Vegetarian Week. Time to stop the murder, says vegan musician and DJ Moby. Pig out, says TV omnivore Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

The importance of being earnestly incompetent

We get models `writing' novels, and we get prime ministers knowing all about genetic science

Back to nature

For his latest series, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall goes in search of the downsizer's dream - the rural idyll

Comment: Confessions of a TV hoaxer

FOLLOWING ALL the recent revelations about fake TV documentaries, I have a confession to make: I am not really a woman trapped in a man's body awaiting surgery and masquerading as a boy while dating a lesbian. I am an ordinary bloke, and I'm sorry that I misled you, Vanessa. I shouldn't have done it, but I was upset when your researchers turned me down for the necrophilia thing, after I'd lugged that coffin all the way up on the train from Bristol.
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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

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One million Britons using food banks

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Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
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Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

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The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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