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

Bring back the cane

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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.

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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker