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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

ANDREW PURVIS

'Food has never been so political,' says Purvis, author of Big Food and Drink Bites Back. 'Whether it's GM or McDonald's, people care about what they eat.' Purvis contributes to Observer Food Monthly and writes about travel for the Daily Telegraph. He is pictured here in St Lucia with his son.

RAY WEBSTER

EasyJet's chief executive reviews Siobhan Creaton's book on arch-rival Ryanair, and was disappointed to discover that boss Michael O'Leary had declined to speak to the author: 'It may have given him the opportunity to counter the assertion that he "runs the place by kicking people in the head".'

EMMA DE VITA

MT's Brainfood editor worked with Sunday Times Rich List author Philip Beresford to profile Britain's Mr Bigs. 'They're all local lads done good.

One day there'll be a lass among them,' she promises. De Vita hails originally from Royal Berkshire, but swapped the gin and Jags for life in the capital.

SIR BILL MORRIS

Former general secretary of the T&G, Morris shares his thoughts on what he might do if he had to start again. A lifelong cricket fan, he admits he never had the talent to turn professional, despite his passion for the sport: 'If playing cricket was a means of earning a living, I would starve.'

OSCAR PAISLEY

Photographer Paisley shot the icons of today's cheap food and drink culture - a McDonald's fries carton, a packet of crisps and a bottle of own-brand vodka - for MT's feature. 'It's ridiculous to blame the companies for our obesity problems,' says Paisley, who also works for the Independent.

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