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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.

Alastair Campbell has accepted a job with communications agency Portland

Back in the thick of it... Alastair Campbell returns to work as a spin doctor

Labour's master of media manipulation is back in the PR business

Children's memorial theft condemned

A bishop has condemned the theft of a memorial to two children killed by an IRA bomb as "senseless vandalism".

Police hunt metal thieves who stole memorial plaque of two children killed in 1993 Warrington IRA bomb

A police hunt is under way after a memorial to two children killed by an IRA bomb was stolen from a town centre by suspected metal thieves.

In a case of opportunistic marketing in 2010, the Dutch brewer Oranjeboom handed out orange dresses to fans at a World Cup game

Want to strike gold at the Olympics? Don't be an official sponsor

Rival firms bend rules to reap rewards from the Games

McDonald's counters critics with bloggers

McDonald's is assembling an army of a million burger-friendly bloggers to tackle critics like Jamie Oliver, the campaigning chef.

Cotidie, 50 Marylebone High Street, London

Well, which would you prefer: a so-so Italian meal in London, or a trip to Florence?

Trio of nominations for The Independent at Amnesty International UK’s media awards

Reporters for The Independent have been recognised for their work in exposing human rights abuses with a trio of nominations for this year’s Amnesty International UK’s media awards.

Barclaycard unveils mobile paytag

Millions of Barclaycard Visa credit card customers will be able to make "contactless" payments using a sticker attached to the back of their mobile phone which can be held against a reader.

One of the toys that will be given away with Happy Meals

Would you like a relay baton with that Happy Meal? McDonald's goes for Olympic gold

Obesity campaigners criticise sponsor for linking Games with unhealthy fast food

Ken Livingstone says he meets lifelong Labour voters who back Boris Johnson because he is funny

Ken Livingstone today admitted that he encounters lifelong Labour voters who are backing Boris Johnson in the London mayoral election because he is funny.

Stephen Foley: It’s not the king and even the burgers may be history

Burger King’s biggest fans – young men – have been hardest hit

Mechanic jailed over Porsche death

A former Kwik Fit mechanic who killed an eight-year-old boy while driving a customer's Porsche 911 was jailed for six and a half years today.

Under guidelines issued by the Scientific Advisory Commission on Nutrition, adults should eat no more than 70g of red and processed meat per day - equivalent to the total meat content of one Big Mac

Why a Big Mac is sometimes healthier than a roast beef dinner

We've grown up with spaghetti bolognese, fry-ups and steak and chips. But according to new guidelines, we are cooking our way to a health crisis.

Lord Coe has been accused of the lack of transparency in the London Olympics' ticketing process

Lord Coe accused of 'obsessive secrecy' over Olympic tickets

Lord Coe has been accused of “obsessive secrecy” and of running a “closed oligopoly” amid a mounting row over the lack of transparency in the ticketing process for London 2012, which has been described “the Lord Coe Olympics”.

DNA advances capture 1986 rapist

A 60-year-old man pleaded guilty today to a 1986 rape he had already been acquitted of after conclusive DNA evidence was discovered.

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Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

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