Arts and Entertainment Fat chance: Xand van Tulleken in ‘Horizon: Sugar vs Fat’

Last night's Horizon (BBC2) pitted the two best food types against each other in "Sugar vs Fat", a battle which – as I flounce towards a chubby middle age – I'm calling as a score draw. They're both brilliant.

Genetic engineers create sugar that is not fattening

THE NEWS for slimmers just gets better and better. First there was Olestra, the fat that didn't make you fat; and now Dutch scientists have produced a sugar beet whose sugar tastes sweet but which the body cannot digest.

Letter: Struck dumb

ANNE McELVOY directs her blast against the "pathological obsession with dumbing down" (Section 2, 7 June) at what she describes as the "smug elites".

Review: First Night: Belly laughs fail to hide the tragedy: Brassed Off: National Theatre

IT IS a story full of belly laughs, full of the human spirit, but the National's adaptation of Brassed Off has a dark, forbidding feel - which is perfect for the play's grim subject.

The Investment Column: Outlook sours for Tate & Lyle

JAM tomorrow has been a regular promise to hungry shareholders of one of the household names of yesteryear, Tate & Lyle. But weary investors may have to wait some time to satisfy their appetites.

The Investment Column: Plenty for Sugar to do at Viglen

Viglen Technology, the personal computer group spun out of Alan Sugar's Amstrad last August, has not exactly covered itself in glory in its brief life on the market. The shares started trading at around 65p but collapsed in November following a profits warning and have been steadily drifting lower ever since. Yesterday they closed another 3p lower at 34.5p following disappointing half-year profits of pounds 2.2m, down from pounds 5.1m the previous year.

How one man's passion saved the Bosnian bee

Michael Prestage on a county-show talk that led to a multinational honey deal

The Investment Column: Tate & Lyle may be over the worst

It has been a difficult year for Tate & Lyle, the sugar and sweeteners group. It has been exposed to fluctuations and excess capacity in its key markets while margins on the group's core commodity product, high- fructose corn syrup, have been the lowest ever recorded.

Bring back the cane

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When sugar leaves a bitter taste

Nearly half of all claims that foods and drink are "sugar-free" are false, according to a survey published yesterday. One "sugar-free" product contained up to 26 grammes of sugar, according to the report by Action and Information on Sugars.

Bees are fastidious creatures and do not like having rubbish dumped in their houses

One of the most fiddly yet agreeable tasks of the winter is to refurbish the frames that fit into the lifts of the beehives, nine to each storey. Each wooden frame measures 5in by 14in and contains the honeycomb drawn out by the bees from a central sheet of wax foundation.

Leonard back at 40 to take on Camacho

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Hockey: Britain feel benefits of specialisation

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Sticky times for Tate & Lyle:The Investment Column

Tate & Lyle's focused strategy is currently flavour of the month in the City and, under the chairmanship of Sir Neil Shaw, it has helped to create the world's biggest sweeteners group. But sticking to its knitting means that Tate remains heavily exposed to the commodity cycle, as yesterday's profits warning illustrates.

Northern brings out sweeteners

Northern Electric yesterday unveiled a pounds 550m package of shareholder sweeteners to help fend off an expected new bid for the company from Trafalgar House.

Power shares gain ahead of Offer review

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

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Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

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Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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