It'll be all white on the night

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How to make a cult out of a beef curry

No 152: VESTA


At Longueville Manor, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the Channel Islands, fresh local produce is chef Andrew Baird's trump card. Michael Bateman talks Jersey Royals, cream, scallops, oysters, fresh garden vegetables - and wild bunnies

Vesta's return - Just add TV

The vogue for breathing new life into old brands from the Sixties and Seventies goes from strength to strength. First it was Spam. Then Spangles. And now Vesta Meals, the ultimate in easy to prepare ready meals. Vesta is back on TV after an absence of eight years with an advertising campaign that takes the form of a spoof rockumentary series charting the fortunes of Britain's most consistently unsuccessful rock band, The Vestas.

Look up and be amazed; sites

Michelangelo's masterpieces and Tupperware burps - Bill Pannifer finds the truly wonderful and the seriously weird on his tour of the Web

You saw the ad and bought the dress. But what about the hatchback?

Meg Carter looks at the spin-off industry created by cult commercials

Go on then, sell us something

The market: 'Whiter than white' - forget it. 'It's good to talk' - yuk. So how do advertisers impress today's cynical, media-wise youth? Jane Fitzgerald on the untargetables

Weightlifting: Noodle power lifts Zhan


Just don't ask me to wipe the blood off my telephone

You Know those sort of days you get, when your Pot Noodle won't soften no matter how much you wait and stir? And you end up eating it, still slightly crunchy. Insectile, like little carapaces, thinly lubricated by a beefy abdominal slime. You know those sort of days? It's been one of those.

City Diary: Beevering away as life goes on after the blast

If Laurie Beevers of Manchester stockbrokers Stephens is anything to go by, the city's business community is coping with commendable presence of mind to Saturday's bomb.

Television: Taking pot luck

Pot Noodle adverts have brought instant success to comedian Peter Baynham, one of the stars of Friday Night Armistice. James Rampton reports

Clarke rejects `Pot Noodle' model of economic growth

The Chancellor of the Exchequer used his annual Mansion House speech in the City of London last night to deny that he was trying to create a pre-election boom.

Oodles of noodles and big bucks of Buicks

When the ball dropped into the cup on the 18th green at Augusta National, Gentle Ben slumped over the hole like a man looking for a contact lens. Winning the Masters 12 months ago was the sweetest of moments for Crenshaw but for the men from Buick it was a bitter-sweet experience.

BOOK REVIEW / A charge into the footnotes of history

A History of the British Cavalry by The Marquess of Anglesey Leo Cooper, pounds 35.00

Eat, drink, and be healthy

It's Chinese New Year: celebrate with a shopping expedition to your local Chinatown. By Roger Clarke
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