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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.

Chariots of Fire

'Chariots of Fire' lets Brits relive Olympic ideal

The London Olympics are drawing near and British headlines are full of complaints about the weather, commercialization, chaos on the roads and the subway. Is it any wonder that the story of two athletes competing at a simpler games is capturing the public imagination?

Simon Kelner: Is this the thin end of the corporate potato wedge?

It was a only a paragraph in yesterday's edition of i, and it appears to be a story of such little significance that, set aside global financial crisis, banking scandals and the departure of Chris Moyles from Radio 1, it is hardly worth drawing your attention to. The detail of the story is this: workers at the Olympic stadium have been granted dispensation to buy chips from a catering van.

London Assembly says Olympic organisers should consider ethical, environmental and human rights records of sponsors

Olympic organisers should consider the ethical, environmental and human rights records of multinational companies before awarding them lucrative sponsorship deals, according to London’s elected politicians.

IOC president Jacques Rogge: 'London has raised the bar on how to deliver a lasting legacy'

Olympic chief publicly backs Games sponsors Coca-Cola and McDonald's

The International Olympic Committee issued public backing of its Games sponsors Coca-Cola and McDonald's today, a day after President Jacques Rogge was quoted as saying there was a "question mark" over their sponsorship due to obesity concerns.

Shock at death of ex-Norther Ireland captain Alan McDonald, 48

The sudden death of former Northern Ireland football captain Alan McDonald at the age of 48 is devastating news, a close friend from the sport said.

Shock at death of ex-Norther Ireland captain Alan McDonald, 48

The sudden death of former Northern Ireland football captain Alan McDonald at the age of 48 is devastating news, a close friend from the sport said.

The Queen of Spades, Grange Park, Hampshire
Così fan tutte, Holland Park, London

This impressive staging of Tchaikovsky's opera manages to be both playful, and deadly serious

Freddie Ljungberg expects England to inflict aerial assault on Sweden

Former Sweden star Freddie Ljungberg can understand why Roy Hodgson is set to hand Andy Carroll his first competitive England start tonight.

'People will rarely buy a second helping but they will take the option of a larger size'

Supersize me more...

From buckets of popcorn to 'meal deals' and multi-buys, our portion sizes are ballooning. And it's all thanks to profit margins, says Gillian Orr

'People will rarely buy a second helping but they will take the option of a larger size'

Supersized: Why our portion sizes are ballooning

From buckets of cinema popcorn to 'meal deals' and multi-buys...

Salt warning issued over children's meals

Children's meals at some of the UK's leading pub and fast food chains contain more salt than they should eat in an entire day, a study has found.

UBS 'rogue' trader Kweku Adoboli bailed – to McDonald's car park

The man accused of Britain's biggest bank fraud was freed on bail in farcical scenes yesterday ahead of his trial which is due to start in September.

Man held over theft of memorial plaque to children killed by IRA bomb

A man has been arrested over the theft of a memorial to two children killed by an IRA bomb, police said.

Boy arrested in drug death inquiry

Police investigating the suspected drug death of a 15-year-old girl in Liverpool have made an arrest.

Bigger is better in NYC – except for soft drinks

Coca-Cola has reacted angrily to a proposed limit on soft drink sales in New York that would reclassify a small McDonald's drink as large, in a measure to fight obesity.

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Season's finale brings the end of an era for top coaches and players across the continent

The end of an era across the continent

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Bin Laden documents released: Papers reveal his obsession with attacking the US and how his failure to keep up with modern jihad led to Isis

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