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Jamie Oliver campaigned for better school meals six years ago

Jamie Oliver welcomes school meals move

Campaigner Jamie Oliver has welcomed Parliamentary efforts to highlight concerns about school nutritional standards.

Red meat increases risk of early death, says study

Red meat is not only unhealthy but can be lethal, according to new research.

The Tsukiji fish market

Tokyo: Sushi, shopping... and 'French' maids

One year after the earthquake struck, Tim Walker finds it's business – and games, food and fashion – as usual in Japan's capital

Morrisons joins the big boys in mini store wars

Morrisons has revealed a roll-out of its M Local smaller stores to take the fight to Tesco, Waitrose and Sainsbury's, as it posted record annual profits.

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.

Winning ways: the chef Wolfgang Puck shows the foods on offer at the Oscars

Served with ceremony: The culinary trends at this year's awards parties

Tim Walker gets to sample delicacies including edible gold flakes and mojito mousse

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The seats are vast, matte-leather thrones, with infinite leg room and an arm-mounted control panel which allows you to summon a waiter

The Lounge, Odeon Whiteleys, Queensway, London W2

This isn't the first time, in the course of eating out for this column, that I've found myself spectating while a couple nearby has a full-blown, marriage-threatening row. But it's certainly the first time I've booked a ticket specifically to do so. This week's assignment sees me braving the new frontier of modern dining. I'm having supper in a luxury cinema, watching a Polanski movie from a huge leather seat while eating venison chilli and sipping a mojito. This is possibly the most middle-class thing I've ever done in my life.

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Water conservation: Is it possible to make a smaller splash?

With a drought on the way, we need to start saving water now. In his bid to go from torrent to trickle, Simon Usborne dries out

Luke Blackall: Someone save us from the curse of the canapé

Man About Town: Fantastic staples like sushi, fish and chips and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding are rendered useless

James Moore: Bolland's bacon saved as M&S counts the cost of Christmas flop

If Marks & Spencer's Christmas figures are anything to go by, the pixie dust Marc Bolland sprinkled on Morrisons to make it fly has been in short supply. Yesterday's trading statement was no Christmas cracker and the shares would have taken a beating had it not been for a bravura performance by the retailer's food halls. That saved Mr Bolland's bacon, at least for now.

James Moore: Food saves Bolland's bacon as M&S counts the cost of a Christmas flop

Outlook If Marks & Spencer's Christmas figures are anything to go by, the pixie dust Marc Bolland sprinkled on Morrisons to make it fly has been in short supply. Yesterday's trading statement was no Christmas cracker and the shares would have taken a beating had it not been for a bravura performance from the retailer's food offering. That saved Mr Bolland's bacon. At least for now.

Giant tuna sells for £470,000 at Tokyo auction

A bluefin tuna, caught off northern Japan, has fetched a record 56.49 million yen (£473,000) in the first auction of the year at Tokyo's Tsukiji fish market.

Kim Jong Il: A Cold War-era leader in modern times 

Even as the world changed around him, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il remained firmly in control, ruling absolutely at home and keeping the rest of the world on edge through a nuclear weapons programme.

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Stay The Night: Mandarin Oriental, Japan

Above the busy streets of Nihonbashi, the Mandarin Oriental is a contemporary temple of serenity

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Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing
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Radio 1 to mediate between the Swifties and Azaleans

New chart host Clara Amfo must placate pop's fan armies
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'It's life, and not the Forces, that gets you'

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Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

Torture: It didn't work then, it doesn't work now

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Rebranding Christmas: More public bodies are refusing to give the festival its name for fear of causing offence

Rebranding Christmas

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A sun-kissed island - yours for the price of a London flat

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Pogues could enjoy fairytale Christmas No 1 thanks to digital streaming

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