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Conservative halve Labour’s poll lead

The new Joan of Arc, or what?

Steve Crawshaw spends a week with the saintly Clare Short, Secretary of State for International Development, and is impressed as she sets to work on changing the world

BLT: British, lousy and tasteless

British don't use their loaf over sandwiches, say Americans

NOT FOR A WEAK STOMACH...

Boots "Shapers" tuna and cucumber

Tried & Tested: Full of beans

The takeaway cappuccino varies enormously in quality. Our panellists swig their way through a selection

A man in a hurry for his divvy

The Co-op was started 150 years ago to sell cheap food; now a young businessman wants to take it over and make his fortune

Science, sex and Indian movies - the face of the new avant-garde

Science will be the new avant- garde art.The Institute of Contemporary Arts in London will turn its premises over to scientists on a regular basis for think-ins, films and exhibitions on cloning and other ethical issues.

Food: Quest for a high-flying croissant

The UK's lightest, fluffiest, airport croissant can be found in the British Airways passenger lounge at Glasgow Airport. So says the restaurant critic Egon Ronay, in his third annual gastronomic guide to airports, published yesterday. Planet Hollywood, at Gatwick's South Terminal, meanwhile, is judged to have the best atmosphere, as well as the most welcoming and friendly service.

there was a hungry young poet ...

The Poetry Place's fancy food and celebrity patrons will ensure that today's budding bards won't starve, reports Matthew Sweet

Diary: Captain Moonlight: Get fit my way ... cucumber slices ... bowled !

HELLO, this is your Captain speaking. Health worries seem rather prevalent at present, don't they? Such a lot to worry about. And it's not just diet, either. Exercise, there's another thing. You may have missed, what with all the other fuss, an announcement by Baroness Cumberlege last week. The Baroness, junior Health minister, changed the government advice on exercise: she said we should be exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day five times a week rather than exercising vigorously for 20 minutes three times a week. Well. What am I supposed to do with my parallel bars and the rope thingies with the rings on now? No more for me the sprint, the springboard and the swallow dive over the wooden horse. Heigh-ho. And moderate exercise? Lady Cumberlege recommends walking the dog, briskly, "heavy" do-it-yourself (such as mixing cement, apparently), and spring- cleaning. She says she herself keeps fit chasing cows on the family farm. (Yes, there is an obvious joke there, but it would be in rather bad taste.) Now, I'm sorry, I believe in doing what the Government tells me as much as the next officer, but my guard dog, Eubank, is battery-operated, I haven't a cow, and I have a large domestic staff to support. As for the cement-mixing, just how many patios does this country need? But I am nothing if not game. So, to help, I have compiled a little list of alternative moderate exercises: 1. When eating, place smaller amounts on fork and spoon. The increased number of lifts will do wonders for arm and shoulder muscle tone (but do remember to alternate hands or you may become lop- sided). 2. Stand up when a lady comes into the room on television. 3. Skip to your car. 4. Instead of just taking the lift, get out and re-enter at a couple of intermediate floors. 5. Use a heavier toothbrush. Any other ideas gratefully received; I will pass them on to Lady Cumberlege.

Selling Cezanne, slice by slice

The blockbuster show at the Tate isn't just about paintings. It's about sandwiches, T-shirts, jigsaws...

TEN PLACES TO GET A SANDWICH

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A woman of metal

A woman of metal

.I wore make-up, I needed to make a good impression

I have spent a week lying, wasting other people's time and potentially depriving the unemployed of work. I have been posing as a 16-year-old school-leaver looking for temporary and unskilled office work. In fact, I am 16 and still at school.

Popularity of raw fish 'poses hazard to health'

THE GROWING popularity of raw fish dishes such as sushi on restaurant menus could pose a health risk, doctors warned yesterday.

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