Royal Mint to coin it in trinket trade

THE ROYAL Mint, charged for 1,100 years with producing the monarch's currency, is to modernise, beginning by making watches and jewellery. And managers will gain greater freedom to compete in an increasingly export-based market.

Money: Treasure in the toy chest

It's child's play making big money from those lost souls still in the attic, writes Faith Glasgow

Outlook: Body Shop

IT WAS another bad day at the office for Anita Roddick yesterday. Or at least it would have been had she been there. Ms Roddick is now co- chair of her beloved Body Shop with her husband, Gordon. Her role is more one of roving product controller than full time executive these days, heading off to Borneo to check root vegetables for life enhancing essential oils and the like. Yesterday she was more prosaically in Dublin where the Body Shop store is apparently quite nice.

Obituary: Peppermint Harris

PEPPERMINT HARRIS was best-known for his 1951 No 1 rhythm and blues hit "I Got Loaded" (covered by everyone from Elvis Costello to Los Lobos and Terry Evans, on whose 1996 recording of the tune Ry Cooder played some excellent guitar). However, Harris was not a major player.

Gardening: The four seasonings

Plant a few varieties in your garden or window box and you'll never be short of the perfect herb again. Sarah Raven explains which of the many types to grow and how best to do it

Clubs: New year's eve clubbing

If you want to know about the best New Year's Eve gigs, then check out this week's "50 Best" feature, which lists 20 of the most promising. But in a busy week in clubland, even those cannot cover all the stand- out events on offer, which include Space 1999 @ The Mint in Leeds, where you can judge if Basics still throw the best parties in the city.

Museum makes a mint out of its millennium marque

THE ENTERPRISING Old Royal Observatory and National Maritime Museum in Greenwich stand to earn millions from the millennium by selling a special 2000 marque to hundreds of companies, including champagne producers, drinks companies, jewellers and watchmakers.

A mint with a hole and rock 'n' roll

Roger Trapp finds out why a branded CD is a `cool' tool

RICHARD EHRLICH'S BEVERAGE REPORT: Great shakes

Inventing new cocktails may be an amusing challenge, but can the classics really be bettered?

Peter York on Ads: Number 238: The advert with the hole

Who among us has not experienced Polo Supermints? Who has not engaged in an animated conversation lasting, say, a full minute about the ingenious packaging: a giant Polo. Who has not remarked on the delightful product, a competitor to the Tic-Tac box. And hardly a single calorie per pack. The Polo Supermint phenomenon obviously transcends class, age and region. This is a product suitable for housewives, sportsmen, pensioners and website designers. And it's mined, of course, from a rich seam of social history: the hollow tunnel of peppermint, the mint with the hole. Why then is its advertising so conspicuously computer animated? Why then is it Intel Inside with a vengeance, and Peperami Plus? The birth of new Polo Compact is presented as one of those robotic factory nativities where the creature, once spawned, shows lots of attitude.

Letter: A Royal mint

"THE MAN in charge of changing the fat cat image of British Gas executives will become the Queen's spin doctor", you say. Second time lucky?

Letter: Mint condition

Sir: The reverse side of the new pounds 2 coin depicts a circular train of 19 gear wheels. A circular gear-train will only work if it contains an even number of wheels. An odd number will "lock up". No matter how much effort is applied at any point in the system, the result will merely be a considerable amount of stress; the output will be zero.

Travel: Where there's ducks there's brass

Roaming in the Forest of Bowland is now a more eco-friendly pursuit, thanks to a bus service for walkers. By Mike Gerrard

Brown sells state silver for pounds 12bn

A SURPRISE SALE of assets, from the Royal Mint to motorway service stations, was announced yesterday by the Chancellor to help create a pounds 30bn war chest of sweeteners for the next general election.

Two-tone pounds 2 coin arrives

THE long-delayed pounds 2 coin is to make its debut next week, after the Royal Mint finally devised an electronic "signature" that could be read by vending machines.
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links