Wall's opts for all-year image

WALL'S, the ice cream company, is embarking on a massive overhaul of its image in an attempt to make its products less associated with summer and more appropriate for year round consumption.

Boy, 2, killed by reversing ice cream van

A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy has died after running out to greet an ice cream van and being knocked down as it reversed.

CAFE SOCIETY: Portobello's just desserts

The north end of Portobello market is the place where the fleas go to die. Where you can buy old rags of man-made fibres, single shoes rescued from skips, bits of crockery and ornamentation rejected even by car-boot sales.

Fast Track: Fastfood - A penchant for pancakes? Then the time is right to flip out

To the uninitiated, next Tuesday may seem like any other day of the week, but what you should really be doing is rushing out after work to eat pancakes, or rushing home to mix up some batter. Because it will, of course, be Shrove Tuesday.

Anger as ice-cream killers are returned to jail

Two men jailed for the Glasgow Ice Cream War killings then released pending appeal were returned to jail yesterday amid tumultuous scenes in court.

Travel: The secret heart of the Sahara

Chad is recovering from 30 years of war. The country now seems stable, and desperately needs to develop its economy. It would love to see tourists. Martin Buckley pioneered a trail.

RICHARD EHRLICH'S BEVERAGE REPORT: KEEPING EVERYONE SWEET

You don't have to go to Beaumes-de-Venise for end-of-meal drinking. Try heading for Austria or Madeira

Letter: Dishing it out

While agreeing that Delia Smith has achieved outstanding success as a cookery writer and TV presenter, I must take issue with some of the points raised in "When Delia says do this..." (2 November).

OBJECT LESSON: VAX SAHARA

Mops may be cheap but high-tech they certainly ain't. Gadget-lovers who want gleaming clean floors need look no further than the newest addition to the Vax cleaning equipment range: the Sahara, "for all your hard floor cleaning requirements". Vinyl, concrete, tiles, sealed wooden floors and even marble can be washed and dried quickly and efficiently with a minimum of elbow grease. This egg-yolk yellow spaceship look-alike is not only simple to use but offers the satisfying experience of watching the dirt shift from the floors to the transparent reservoir at the front. Best of all, the Sahara is designed with separate tanks for the fresh and used liquid to ensure that, unlike the mop and bucket method, dirty water is not re-used. And with a change to the dry jug and a switch of cleaning head the Sahara does dry vacuuming too. Of course, for the pounds 199.95 they're charging, you could buy a lot of mops. But where's the fun in that?

Bring back... Arctic roll

Children have been reared and placated on Arctic Roll as a staple part of school dinners for decades.

Obituary: Richard Trench

By nature, the writer and traveller Richard Trench was a nomad.

Sahara's lost rivers reveal man at work

The Sahara may be a by-word in deserts nowadays, but half a million years ago prehistoric humans lived and made tools there amongst plentiful rivers.

HEALTH: We all scream after ice cream

The most common cause of headaches is not stress, hangovers or migraine. It is ice cream, according to research published in the British Medical Journal yesterday. A third of people have suffered "brain freeze" caused by cold food or drink, writes Professor Joseph Hulihan, of Temple University, Philadelphia.

Becalmed on the Sahara's ocean of heat: The refugees dreaming of a homeland

Khalifa Ben Bashir, 77 years old and almost toothless, greeted me at the door of his grey concrete shack beneath the white desert sun. A veteran of the Spanish army of the Sahara, he now lives with 140,000 other Saharawi refugees amid an ocean of heat, waiting - along with his four wives and seven sons - for his return to an independent Arab Democratic Saharan Republic that does not exist.

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