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Probing, insidious and effortless ... Luther Vandross's voice caresses parts other vocalists cannot reach. His fluctuating weight, the visible emblem of his vulnerability, just makes you love him more - even though he's just stood us all up. By Phil Johnson

Kentucky fried relaunch

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RADIO : They're awful, but we really like them

DO YOU remember being about 13? Your own mother was embarrassing enough, but not as bad as your friend's girlish parent, the one who pretended to like your kind of music. Bearing this sobering thought in mind, I asked my daughter about Mark and Lard, presenters of The Mark Radcliffe Breakfast Show (R1). "What?" she asked, from the depths of her school-bag. "Oh, yes. They're awful. I really like them." Well, that's well wicked: so do I.

PepsiCo spin-off could be worth $12bn

New York - The spin-off by PepsiCo of its fast-food units could be worth as much as $12bn (pounds 7.4bn) and will create a company with more restaurants world-wide than the American burger behemoth McDonald's. Confirmation of the spin-off came late on Thursday from Pepsi, which explained that it wanted to focus more intently on its drinks unit. Pepsi has come under furious pressure from its bigger rival, Coca-Cola.

PepsiCo to spin off Pizza Hut and KFC

PepsiCo is expected to announce a multi-billion dollar demerger of its Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut restaurants to concentrate on the cut-throat battle with Coca-Cola for dominance of the soft drink market and its Frito-Lay snacks business.

The battle begins to take the boredom out of Bracknell

It's grey, it's concrete and has a reputation for being soulless and dull. Yet the Berkshire town of Bracknell is the unlikely setting for a battle over who will build Britain's first big town centre shopping development since the tide turned against out-of-town superstores.

Miss World costume drama

First they tried to run the chickens out of town. Now they're after the girls. The same protesters in the south Indian city of Bangalore who recently tried to close down the fast-food giant Kentucky Fried Chicken, are now threatening to sabotage the Miss World pageant.

Pepsi relaunch fails to lift off

PepsiCo this weekend admitted that its $500m (pounds 320m) "Blue" relaunch had been a disappointment - yet to have a significant impact on sales despite the hype.

This idea is a fat lot of good

Franchising: the format that has made Fatty Arbuckles fit for expansion will seek new converts at its national exhibition this week

Obituary: James McLamore

James McLamore was the co-founder of the Burger King chain of fast-food restaurants and architect of the hamburger known as the Whopper. He helped to alter America's, and later the world's, eating habits, with quick service and cheap hamburgers.

Firms spend a fortune to make their faces fit

Changing images, changing times: BBC justifies re-working its logo as Castlemaine gives a XXXX for a brand new look

Switch on to Jesus

In its first year, the Christian station Premier has failed to be a testament to the popularity of religious radio.
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