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Conservative halve Labour’s poll lead

Pret a Manger

Pret workers want more for their smile: enough pay and hours to live on

The sandwich and coffee chain’s reputation is being challenged

Goldman hires new gang of powerful partners to lead growth drive

Goldman Sachs has appointed a new batch of lucky bankers to the esteemed position of partner, putting them in line for bonuses worth many millions each year.

Fewer winners in Goldman Sachs partnership race

Goldman Sachs has appointed a new batch of lucky bankers to the esteemed position of partner, putting them in line for bonuses worth many millions each year.

The study shows heavy drinking during the first three months increases the risk of a premature baby

I was scared into not drinking during pregnancy. So you can be too

A new survey might be the final word in the matter - babies and booze don't mix

Bon appétit! Pret A Manger's sarnies prove popular with Parisians

Traditional British sandwiches are proving an unlikely hit in Paris, with UK chain Pret A Manger receiving a leading French shopping award.

Hoxton Hotel changes hands

A trendy East London boutique hotel popular with celebrities, including Alexa Chung, has been sold for more than £65m.

Dom Joly: It's not me they hate. It's the clothes (I hope)

One of the interesting aspects of filming a hidden-camera show is the opportunity it gives you to become someone else. Every morning I get up and spend three hours in make-up, donning wigs, fake noses, different-coloured eyes, and then get into costume. It gives me a unique insight into how difficult life must be for some people.

Right tools for the job? Chopsticks can make a meal out of eating

The knives are out: Why do restaurants love to make dining so tricky?

Recently I had breakfast at a London branch of the popular Franco-Belgian bakery chain, Le Pain Quotidien. An integral element of the firm's rustic, continental brand image is its insistence on serving hot drinks not in a cup or mug, but in a bowl.

Bridgepoint rides off with Wiggle

Wiggle, the online cycling retailer, has been acquired by the private equity firm Bridgepoint in a deal worth £180m.

I predicted a riot: City sage who saw there was trouble ahead

Tom Peck speaks to a financier with a recipe for mending Broken Britain

Al fresco vs al desko: Death to le sandwich

After a lawyer's jibe at the long lunches of his French colleagues caused a row, Samuel Muston studies the cross-Channel midday dining differences

Tom Hodgkinson: Can you really have passion for a potato?

There are quite a few words that make me want to reach for my revolver. One is "yurt", the Mongolian low-cost housing solution-turned-pop festival status symbol. But this week I am going to focus on another term that has me ranting at strangers at bus stops, and that is "passionate".

Stradivarius: still priceless after all these years

As a 290-year-old violin is auctioned for millions, Andy McSmith celebrates the most famous brand in musical instrument-making

Top Of The Pops: Popcorn gets a healthy makeover

Popcorn is becoming a major hit beyond cinemas – with a healthy makeover and mind-blowing new flavours. Samuel Muston gives you a taste of the future
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'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
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Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

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Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
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'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
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Neil Lawson Baker interview

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The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
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The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering