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A Souvlaki, chips and a fag – what's not to like?

Friday September 12, 2014

They disobey rules, eat, drink and smoke for enjoyment – and live longer than us. Simon Hills says the carefree Greeks can teach us all a lesson…

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Review of the weekend ending 7 September

Wednesday September 10, 2014

Our latest round-up of bizarre or obscure reporting from blogs, websites and newspapers about bans and taxes – stories in no particular order…

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The EU sucks – and then some

First they came for our hoovers and I did nothing, then they came for our hairdryers and still I did nothing… Brian Monteith on another crazy EU edict.

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Review of the week ending 31 August

Our latest round-up of unusual or obscure reporting from blogs, websites and newspapers – stories in no particular order…

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Cameron's government makes unhealthy choices

Chris Oakley considers Duncan Selbie’s contribution to the growing body of evidence that public health evangelism corrupts even the well intentioned

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Prejudice against smoking makes vaping a target

Using e-cigarettes in enclosed public spaces should be banned, demands a new report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) – Andrew Allison disagrees.

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Nothing has changed – so everything must change

The warning and packaging issue is not going away, but promises to get worse, writes Bill Jamieson

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Review of the week ending 25 August

Our later bank-holiday weekend round-up of unusual or obscure reporting from blogs, websites and newspapers – stories in no particular order…

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Bullies' bulletin #31

Further examples of our crazy, crazy world as we report on yet more absurd bullying and some good news from Burger King…

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World War I, freedom and interventionism

John Burton asks if we are still reaping from the belief in interventionism that was sown in August 1914.

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How much is your life worth?

The government values your life at £60k a year. Or is it £30k or some other random evidence free number? Chris Oakley investigates.

Food and Drink

Tracey Crouch should come with a health warning

Health warnings on wine bottles? Andrew Allison rejects the slippery slope to more and more infantile warnings.