"We’re determined to maintain the bakery’s reputation for producing the best Chelsea buns in the world. They’ll be ridiculously sticky and ludicrously fruity weapons-grade buns"

Tim Hayward, food writer for The Guardian and Fire & Knives, takes over the Fitzbillies bakery in Cambridge, which recently closed to the distress of fans like Stephen Fry on Twitter

"In 100 AD, the Roman poet Juvenal coined the term ’bread and circuses’ to describe the straightforward way populations could be persuaded to support government decisions. I’m sure a few of my colleagues still wish it was that easy"

ably assisted by Wikipedia, health minister Anne Milton recalls the simpler days when votes were bought with bread, thus leaving the Federation of Bakers lunch she was addressing thinking "Don’t knock a bread subsidy until you’ve tried it!"