Monday, 30 September 2013

The Daily: September 30

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Written by Fran Beaton
New Supermarket to sell outdated food
Entrepreneur Doug Rauch is opening a supermarket in Boston to sell outdated food.

In an attempt to tackle food wastage, Rauch, the businessman behind the chain Trader Joe's, will sell food that is in no way harmful when past its sell-by date. Products will include crisps, chocolate, and eggs.

A recent study discovered consumers throw away 40% of food. Most of this is edible but is discarded on account of consumers not understanding the difference between "eat by", "use by" and "enjoy by" labels.

Rauch's new supermarket, The Daily Table, is aimed at low-income families. He hopes to provide healthy meals at affordable prices.

The Death of Mr. Darcy
Chick-lit devotees everywhere are today in mourning after it was revealed that Bridget Jones has entered widowhood.

In the third Bridget Jones instalment, Mad About the Boy, Helen Fielding has killed off the dashing romantic hero, Mark Darcy.

Eighteen years since the hapless heroine first appeared in a column in the Independent, Jones is now 51 and a mother of two. However, some things never change: she still chain smokes and worries about her weight, wrinkles, and love life.

It is not all bad news for Bridget Jones fans. Daniel Cleaver still makes an appearance in the novel and is godfather to Jones' children.

Mad About the Boy is released on October 10.

Lack of Sleep Related to Levels of Obesity
Getting a proper night's sleep could be just as important to staying slim as diet and exercise.

Poor sleep affects the area of the brain responsible for decision making and responding to rewards. Not sleeping also impacts on the production of hunger hormones. The hormone leptin, which regulates food intake, is inhibited whereas the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite and fat production, is increased.

This combination increases hunger and our desire for high-fat and high-carbohydrate foods. Therefore, if we do not sleep enough, we tend to buy higher calorie food and eat larger portions.

Shortlist for Samuel Jonson Non-Fiction Prize Announced
The shortlist for the Samuel Johnson book prize has been announced. Eclectic entries range from a biography of Margaret Thatcher to a detailed life of bees.

There are six titles on the shortlist. Margaret Thatcher: The Authorized Biography was written by Charles Moore at the request of Thatcher herself.

Moore's is not the only biography to be shortlisted. The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett details the life of poet Gabriele D'Annunzio.

Recognisable names on the list include William Dalrymple with his book about the first Afghan war: Return of a King.
Also featured is Under Another Sky by Guardian journalist Charlotte Higgins and A Sting in the Tale by conservationist Dave Goulson. David Crane's Empire of the Dead looks at WW1 war graves and is one in an influx of books on WW1 set for release as the centenary of the war approaches.
Martin Rees will chair the judging panel. Other judges include classicist Mary Beard, historian Peter Hennessy, director of Liberty Shami Chakrabati, and writer James McConnachie.

Buckingham Palace seek new Royal Chef
Buckingham Palace is advertising for a new sous-chef. The role involves every aspect of royal catering from intimate dinners to state banquets.

The advert states that candidates should have experience working in a five star organisation, good understanding of kitchen French, and appropriate qualifications. The successful candidate will be on a salary of £23,000 and will be stationed most of the year at Buckingham Palace. However, a willingness to travel is important, especially for the three months of the year the Queen spends in Balmoral.

Though the Queen is known for having simple culinary tastes, elaborate state banquets are a regular feature of royal life. Buckingham Palace insists they expect the same level of dedication when cooking for 200 as when preparing the queen a jam sandwich.

Application close on 6 October.

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