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A live frog intended to be eaten, in a Singapore market.

Pret a Manger customer in New York finds a dead frog in her salad

The unnamed New Yorker found the amphibian sprawled in her lunch.

Rare 1696 Stradivarius violin worth £1.2m has finally been found by police

Violin which thief tried to sell for £100 sold for £1.4m

When John Maughan stole a violin from a sandwich shop outside London's Euston station in 2010, he apparently didn't realise quite how valuable it was.

Improve your office with some easy steps

Why not try leading group meditation or introducing sensory objects?

Pubs and restaurants drop prices in tax protest

Prices at 15,000 establishments across the country fall by 7.5 per for one day

McDonald’s has admitted 90 per cent of its UK employees are on zero-hours contracts.

They won't be lovin' it: McDonald's admits 90% of employees are on zero-hours contracts without guaranteed work or a stable income

Fast-food chain is potentially the largest zero-hours employer in the UK’s private sector

Take the plunge: Paul Zivkovich and Kate Jackson in ‘The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable’

Why theatre's alternative space invaders need to leave their comfort zone

Plus: Nostalgia at the V&A needs a personal playlist and Rh-app-sody for the iPad

A cute sense of irritation: What's 'wackaging'? It's when food packaging treats consumers like idiots or children

The vogue for cutesy widdle phwases on the back of products, as pioneered by Innocent Smoothies, isn’t going away. It’s known as ‘wackaging’ – and it’s driving Will Coldwell mad

Byron burgers on buyout firms' menu

Private equity firms will reveal their appetite for Byron this week when first-round bids are submitted for the fast-growing burger chain that is up for sale for £100m.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 6 April 2013

Brazil navy tests new BAE vessel

Starbucks is the first coffee chain in Britain to allow customers to buy a 'suspended' coffee for a homeless person

Starbucks joins scheme to help homeless: Buy a 'suspended coffee' and it's banked for someone who needs it

The coffee giant Starbucks has become the first British chain to sign up to a goodwill initiative allowing customers to buy a beverage and reserve one for the homeless.

Suspended coffee: what a wonderful idea

Customers pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can’t afford one - it's a simple concept which should be introduced to coffee shops in the UK

Pret a Manger out to make critics eat their words with order for more British workers

Company boosts its recruitment of British nationals following criticism

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Blessed Virgin is no longer flavour of the month at Pret A Manger

The sandwich chain Pret A Manger has caved into religious protests and withdrawn its new Virgin Mary crisps.

Get on this diet quickly – so you can get off it again!

Fasting makes for skimpy conversation, so try out the 5:2 diet  if you must, but please leave the rest of us in peace

Soup is a scrumptious solution to a hungry office worker’s lunchtime woes

Soup lovers of the world, unite and rejoice (and then fact-check)

Whether you're on January girth-watch and are treating bread like a mortal enemy or are simply bored to tears of limp sandwiches eaten al-desko, soup is a scrumptious solution to a hungry office worker's lunchtime woes.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee