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Claire Beale's Best in Show: Pot Noodle (AKQA)

Once it was known as the "slag of all snacks". Now, for the princely sum of £29.95 you can buy a "Poulet et champignon" Pot Noodle in Harrods. All proceeds go to Action Against Hunger. It's the only reason I can possibly think of for eating the stuff. Well, that and a stunning new viral for the brand by AKQA.

The Sketch: They came to praise the treaty, not bury it

There's no scrutiny of the Lisbon Treaty at all. It's just not happening. It's a sham. The Prime Minister promised line-by-line examination (on William Hague's calculation they have time for 45 seconds per line) but, as was clear yesterday, the Government has no intention of allowing it.

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Though she won fame in the psychedelic Sixties, the artist Bridget Riley is best known for working in simple black and white. But there is nothing monochrome about her latest works, which go on display for the first time this week.

Michael McCarthy: Forgotten creatures that maintain the fabric of life

Everyone knows about the giant panda. Everyone knows about the tiger and the polar bear and how they are threatened with extinction. For creatures like these, in the words of some rather cynical zoologists, are "charismatic megafauna" - big beasts with loads of photogenic personality.

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Two members of Brazil's legendary 1970 World Cup-winning side, Carlos Alberto and Jairzinho, believe England have not had a better chance of winning the competition since 1966.

Last night's television: Far too many nits and misses

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