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  • Leading article: Rising food prices... the low-cost chicken is coming home to roost
    Saturday, 8 September 2007

    Then Tesco, our biggest supermarket chain, responded to a rival's rock-bottom chicken price by actually raising prices for similar chickens on the grounds that a further cut could only jeopardise quality. And the UN's most senior agriculture official...

  • Leading article: Winners and losers
    Saturday, 8 September 2007

    Certain similarities leap out regarding the state of the three teams. Key players in each – Andrew Flintoff, Jonny Wilkinson and Wayne Rooney – have injuries. This tells us something about the physical demands on sportsmen. But there is another facto...

  • Simon Calder: Strangers in cyberspace – can you trust them?
    Saturday, 8 September 2007

    You read, for example, that the town of Crawley "is one of the most dynamic towns of its size in the UK, with fine open spaces, good places to eat, drink and party, and some excellent hotels". Such gushing praise for the New Town in Sussex that embra...

  • Letters: Education
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    Some primary schools begin teaching joined handwriting at once, possibly because they have heard that this is the practice in some European countries. But they fail to realise that pupils there are six years old, or even seven, and have been provided...

  • Leading article: The voice of his generation
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    From his earliest days at the Royal Opera – which has never really made enough of nurturing such a talent – Pavarotti was marked out as the voice of a generation. Of course, there were other great singers among his peers, other great tenors indeed, m...

  • Sean O'Grady: Ming's complacency is the party's problem
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    It is people like Chris Gaster, and his team, still pounding the streets delivering Focus leaflets, that kept the party going in difficult times. I sometimes wonder, having observed a few at close quarters, if extreme adversity makes them redouble th...

  • Boyd Tonkin: Revolution postponed as big publishers dominate
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    With the 2007 shortlist in, has that Booker revolution happened? Only up to a point. Every title in the final six comes from a leading corporate publisher. Myrmidon and Tindal Street Press, the much-fancied indie patrons of the longlisted candidates ...

  • Simon Calder: Delights of freedom of choice await the intrepid solo traveller
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    Travelling alone, which is how I spend much of my life, can prove much more rewarding than going with a companion. Every trip is a journey of discovery, of encounters, and of getting to know people (possibly including oneself). Your experience will b...

  • Deborah Ross: How to make your own ugly rugby player...
    Saturday, 8 September 2007

    I'm not sure I believe her – like she'd keep her eyes open! Although I should add I have nothing against her "Gav", whose fan club says he looks just like Elvis. Anyone in their right mind might reasonably ask: "Which part looks just like Elvis? The ...

  • Leading article: Bio-insecurity
    Saturday, 8 September 2007

    Two investigations have failed to establish for certain where the contamination originated. They posit a combination of circumstances, part natural (tree roots and heavy rain), part man-made (poor maintenance), and part routine (the movement of worke...

  • Leading article: Great and small
    Friday, 7 September 2007

    It is interesting how much coverage this environmental story has generated. It would be nice to believe that this is because of an explosion of concern over the plight of these charismatic insects. But a more realistic explanation is that it is becau...

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