At the risk of straying into territory staked out by my more lurid male counterparts, I once saw a strip bar in Nashville with a neon sign outside advertising '99 Beautiful Girls! And One Ugly One'. They can get away with that kind of playful hucksterism down in the American South. Here, outraged punters would be demanding refunds and invoking the Trade Descriptions Act.
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Friday 31 August 2012
Bubble tea is big in Asia and the US but now this strange brew – complete with tapioca 'pearls' – has reached the sipping point here, says Neela Debnath
Sunday 19 August 2012
Dedicated slight smoker our writer finds a guilt-free way to light up
Thursday 09 August 2012
The Olympic sponsor McDonald's clattered into the hurdles yesterday as the fast-food behemoth reported its worst sales in nine years during July. The chain, whose outlet at the Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, is the world's biggest and serves 1,200 customers an hour, saw flat sales over the month as squeezed consumers cut back on Big Macs and fries despite a huge promotional push.
Thursday 09 August 2012
Olympic sponsor McDonald's clattered into the hurdles yesterday as the fast-food behemoth reported its worst sales in nine years during July.
Sunday 05 August 2012
The place has an unworldly feel with its toned bodies, free canteens and no need to lock up your bike
Saturday 04 August 2012
Those sponsors have a lot to answer for. Tango drinkers inside the Olympic Park have to make do with Fanta because of Coca-Cola's association with the Games. A Mars bar that might help the athletes work, rest and play better is off limits because of Cadbury's deal to peddle its chocolate treats within the sporting perimeter.
Tuesday 31 July 2012
Confused by weird new venues and odd-sounding drinks? Don't panic: it's all an Olympic exercise in making over non-sponsors. Simon Usborne reports
Sunday 29 July 2012
We should not be surprised if the former 1,500m world record holder now defends official high-handedness on the podium
Saturday 28 July 2012
Until Danny Boyle's spectacular, the most enjoyable television coverage of the Games would have to be the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, trying to demonstrate his bell-ringing prowess to the cameras during yesterday morning's national bell-ringing at 8.12am.
Friday 27 July 2012
Long before they even began, the London 2012 Games became - in the minds of many - deeply immersed in and reliant on corporate sponsorship. And there were many in Hackney's Haggerston Park, in east London, where thousands of locals not able to get their hands on tickets came to watch last night's Ceremony, who felt that the non-ticketed, non-sponsored party was more akin to the ideals of the original Olympics than the shindig going on just up the road in Stratford.
Monday 23 July 2012
All last week I was a panellist on The Wright Stuff on Channel 5, a daily morning programme a full two hours long. Its presenter Matthew Wright engages the common man and woman, harvesting and challenging their opinions and feelings about life, culture and politics. The viewers, sharp, sensitive, smart, come from sectors of society largely disregarded by the elite.
Monday 23 July 2012
Does Britain need any more fast-food joints? We're OK, thanks. But the news that US/Mexican-food chain Chipotle is on a European expansion drive (it currently has just three London stores and one in Paris and plans to open hundreds more), gives pause for thought.
Friday 20 July 2012
I know it's only a week away, and I know that all around us are the signs that the Olympics are coming, but after such a prolonged, over-wrought build-up, it seems almost hard to believe that soon our attention will be diverted from official incompetence towards athletic excellence.
Thursday 19 July 2012
After McDonald's and Coca-Cola bow to online pressure, campaigners insist others must follow
Tuesday 17 July 2012
Here are some Olympic images that organizers have not approved: A hooded youth making off with an Olympic ring; the same multicolored hoops turned into toasters; a dog doing something a bit rude to a London 2012 mascot.
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