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Conservative halve Labour’s poll lead

Just what the doctor ordered: Could Cornwall be leading a revolution in hospital food?

After a patient complained about a sandwich, three Cornish hospitals found a way to serve fresh, locally sourced food – all within the NHS budget. Why can't other health trusts follow suit?

My secret life: Henry Holland

Fashion designer, 25

Aprons on – it's time to make lunch and save some money

Saving money is not just about targeting the biggest expenses in your life. Taking one fewer holiday or getting rid of your cable TV could put hundreds of pounds back into your pocket each year. However, meaningful savings can also be made by targeting the small items – such as takeaway coffees and sandwiches – which over a year can cost you much more than you might think.

Restaurants to display food calorie counts

High street chains sign up to government scheme aimed at tackling obesity

Hurrah for the credit munch

Limp, shop-bought sandwiches are out. Exotic, home-made salads are in. Sales of lunch boxes are soaring as workers pack their own. By Rachel Shields

M&S sandwiches have more fat than Big Mac and chips

Sandwiches are not always a healthy fast-food option: some contain more fat than two McDonald's cheeseburgers; others contain as much salt as several packets of crisps.

Summer blues fail to wilt salad greens

You have to admire Vincent McKevitt, this year's recipient of the Courvoisier 'Future 500' One to Watch award, though few of us will be green with envy. Still in his salad days, the 28-year-old entrepreneur is defying the economic downturn and the washout of the British summer in his bid to become the king of healthy fast food – taking on the likes of Pret a Manger with his chain of salad bars, Tossed.

Pizza and pasta chains 'use tips to top up' wages for waiters

Britain's biggest restaurant group was accused yesterday of increasing its profits by using tips from customers at two of its high street "pizza and pasta" chains to top up the earnings of waiting staff to ensure they are paid the minimum wage.

Exposed: the hygiene scandal on the high street

Restaurants run by some of Britain's largest food chains are failing to meet basic legal hygiene standards, an investigation by The Independent has found.

Destination Dubai: EAT auction hots up

Middle East investors are believed to have tabled an interest in EAT, the sandwich chain that is expected to fetch around £150m when it is sold later in the year.

Bidders tempted to bite into Eat

Eat, the sandwich chain with 85 outlets, will be holding a beauty parade of corporate advisers next month to prepare for a sale which could value it up to £150m.

Pret a Manger chain soldto private equity firm Bridgepoint in £350m deal

Pret a Manger was finally gobbled up by the private equity firm Bridgepoint yesterday in a deal which valued the 200-strong sandwich chain at £345m including debt.

Ben Warner: 'We don't much like financiers' ... but he'll do them a sandwich

Benugo delis have become a hotspot for City staff and culture lovers. But its co-founder warns Simon Evans not to mention carrot sticks
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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment