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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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