"If you want to enjoy good French bread, come to Taiwan!"

Sacré Bleu! Taiwan’s ambassador to France hails his country’s victory over the heartland of the baguette at the international baking competition, The 2010 Master Bakers, held at the Europain show last month

"There’s nothing that depresses me more than going into a library and being confronted by someone in authority who isn’t going to deliver the citizen-focused services I think should be on offer"

culture minister Margaret Hodge, who has overseen a review of libraries, which proposes letting Starbucks into libraries reduces coffee culture to jargon