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Be fine for the Brits, most of whom wouldn’t recognise a decent loaf of bread if it leaped up and bopped them on the nose, but it will destroy that most charming of French social customs, the three times a day trip to the boulangerie, if this catches on there: Matsushita has applied the power of the microprocessor to the ancient art of breadmaking and come up with a magic box about the size of a sewing machine that requires you only to put yeast, flour, water, fat and salt in, switch it on and leave it overnight, to magic up a fresh loaf of home-baked bread in the morning – all for about $250.

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