McDonald’s ‘Italianised’ menu: the future of fast food?

As we discovered last week in Italy, the company likes to to localise its menu. Can global chains ‘do’ regional specialities?Local, regional and artisan: these words have all become a part of our modern culinary vocabulary. They are choices that are made for a number of reasons – belief in authenticity, and the feelgood factor […]
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High street sees rise in number of shoppers

New report suggests 2.7% year-on-year increase may hint at green shoots of recovery as visits to shopping centres declineBritons are shunning out-of-town shopping centres and returning to the high street, according to a new report. The British Retail Consortium and Springboard said the number of shoppers on the high street rose by 2.7% last month […]
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Mid Ulster byelection sees rivals with bitter pasts face off at the ballot box

Sinn Fein’s Francie Molloy was accused of involvement in the murder of Unionist Unity candidate Nigel Lutton’s father in 1979A parliamentary byelection in Mid Ulster has turned toxic over allegations and counter-allegations that a Sinn Fein candidate was involved in murdering his unionist rival’s father.With just four days left before voting, the atmosphere in the […]
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EDL march in Manchester sees handful of arrests

Heavy police presence almost outnumbers protesters as fewer members of far-right group show up than expectedA march by the far-right English Defence League in Manchester on Saturday closed much of the city centre to traffic, but passed off with only a handful of arrests after a smaller than expected turnout.Around 300 police officers were on […]
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