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.

Tell 'em about the honey

Emily Partridge investigates the painful art of urban beekeeping

Power companies split over review

A split is emerging among the 12 regional electricity companies over the review of prices being conducted by the regulator, Offer.

Investors canvassed on lower offer

Institutional investors in Northern Electric are being canvassed by Trafalgar House to see if they would accept a lower offer for some of their shares than the £11 a share presently on the table.

TALK OF THE TRADE : Sweeteners for young

Channel 4 is starting a soap opera in September for girls aged 12 to 16, as part of a long-term commitment to re-establish its children's programmes. It will be screened twice weekly once established, says Lucinda Whiteley, a C4 executive. Three independent production companies have reached the final stage in bidding for the contract. It is not expected to be a junior, gritty version of Brookside, concerning itself with spots and boyfriends rather than patio murders.

Health / Vital signs: Not sweet on sugar

Bed Timers, a children's chocolate drink containing 43 per cent sugar, is being withdrawn from production by babyfood group Farley following a two-year protest campaign led by Action and Information on Sugars.

Leading Article: Heseltine recognises a thankless task

THE CHAIRMANSHIP of the Conservative Party is conventionally regarded as a poisoned chalice, and there is a sense in which this judgement is beyond question. Since the Second World War there have been 19 Tory party chairmen, and (John Major please note) no chairwomen. At least seven of the more successful - Hailsham, Butler, Macleod, Whitelaw, Parkinson, Tebbit, and Patten - could have hoped to lead their party. None went on to do so.

View from City Road: Sugar may be running out of ideas

Poor Alan Sugar. Every time he tries to talk down his share price, which he does regularly, everyone laughs and says: 'Come off it. You would say that, wouldn't you?'

Bottom Line: Tate can balance sweet and sour

NEIL SHAW, chairman of Tate & Lyle, may prefer the description 'agricultural processing', but there is little doubt that Tate is a commodity business.

Letter: FO stands accused

Sir: Your article 'With respect, Ambassador' (20 April), about the Foreign Office, reminds me of an occasion many years ago when, lunching with five senior civil servants, including two Permanent Secretaries, we were discussing the possible impact on 'The war of the two sugars' if Britain joined the EEC.

Letter: Does he mean well?

Sir: Being disabled, I can identify with Sandra Tong ('At last we found the fish fingers, then our wheels jammed', 8 March) but I feel she is suffering from paranoia.

Letter: Sweeteners are not wrong

THE MALAYSIAN aid-for- arms story took an unfortunate twist last week when the Malaysian government curtailed all future projects with the British government.

Bottom Line: Sweet perhaps, but hardly dynamic

TATE & LYLE gave the stock market a sweet surprise yesterday. After being too enthusiastic earlier in the year, analysts' reactions to September's profits warning were, apparently, too pessimistic.

Vimto maker flat on higher sugar prices

AN 18 per cent increase in sugar prices has depressed profits at JN Nichols, the soft drinks company based in Manchester, writes John Shepherd.

Sports Letters: Artificial sweeteners

Sir: In the midst of all the boardroom power struggling at Spurs, Alan Sugar demonstrated his ignorance of the game and its supporters. His assertion that 'if we win three or four games, the manager and the team become heroes and the cruel harsh reality is, maybe, Terry is forgotten' is an insult to Spurs supporters and Venables himself. It will take more than four victories to wipe out the memory of Venables's achievements at White Hart Lane. Without Venables Spurs would probably be in the hands of Robert Maxwell's creditors and looking at a future of mid-table obscurity. For football and Tottenham's sake let's get rid of artificial sweeteners. No Sugar and more Venables.

Jobs law to be amended: Change would allow employers to offer 'sweeteners' for personal contacts

MINISTERS are to rush through a change in the law to allow employers to offer financial 'sweeteners' to encourage workers to sign personal contracts in preference to union-negotiated terms of employment.
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee