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Conservative halve Labour’s poll lead

Network: I'm getting wired for a life in the country

Say goodbye to stress and Pret a Manger lunches and hello to increased productivity at home

The self-made woman makes her mark among UK super-rich

ANOTHER YEAR, another clutch of multi-millionaires. So many people are stinking rich these days that entry to the list of Britain's wealthiest 1,000 people now requires a minimum pounds 21m fortune.

eating out: Lap it up

ISN'T LUNCH boring? Here we are on the verge of the 21st century, in a country that boasts, with arguable justification, the richest and most varied food culture in the world, and what do most of us have for lunch, most days? A pretty second-rate sandwich. (Or, if we happen to work near a Pret-a-Manger, an OK sandwich that's nevertheless not quite as good as we'd hoped it was going to be.) Anyone who can come up with a really viable alternative to the sandwich would not only be making a sizeable contribution to the sum of human lunch-break happiness, they might be making themselves very rich into the bargain.

People and Business: Why the FSA is in search of a BLT

THE QUEEN has inadvertently forced over 1,000 staff at the Financial Services Authority to roam Canary Wharf in London's Docklands in a daily search forsandwiches.

Real Living: Debate - Have the Nineties been caring and sharing?

This week, charitable donations through the National Lottery reached pounds 1bn. There's more than enough `caring and sharing' to go around, says Andrew Bellass - as long as you don't mind it coming from the big corporations. Nonsense, says Martin Barnes, we're no more generous or social-minded than we were in the `greedy' Eighties

Food: Freshen up

Annie Bell Fabulous fruit salads with pomegranates, persimmon, papaya and Christmas figs. Photograph by Patrice de Villiers

People and Business: Peacekeeper at C&W calls it a day

TIME TO hang up for Rod Olsen, one of the last surviving members of Cable & Wireless's old guard. The New Zealand-born executive is to leave the telecom giant next March after 22 years. Mr Olsen burst into the limelight in 1995 when he was asked to pick up the pieces after a bloody civil war at C&W.

Liquid assets

Get the recipe right and you can make millions from people's lunchtime habits. Just look at Pret a Manger. Now, in the wake of the designer sandwich and customised coffee, comes - the pounds 9 cup of soup

Secretarial: When it's not so good to talk

Has your boss made you a martyr to the mobile phone? Perhaps it's time to sort out some ground rules.

A-Z of Universities: University of Westminster

Age: 160.

Touching the seat of power

Are we getting a little too keen on fame - why should anyone want to sit on a chair once sat on by Gordon Brown?

Booker confirms Budgens talks

BOOKER, the struggling cash-and-carry chain, confirmed yesterday that it is in merger talks with the Budgens supermarket group.

Frozen out of `cool' Britain

As the country takes on a new, positive image, companies must learn how to reap the benefits. Hugh Aldersey-Williams reports

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