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Britain's biggest bakery chain has reduced the size of several savouries while puffing up prices months after forcing the Government to back down over the “pasty tax”.

Painter Bacon's portrait of lover Peter Lacy to be auctioned in New York

A 1962 painting by artist Francis Bacon of his lover Peter Lacy is expected to sell for as much as $40 million when it is auctioned in New York next month, Sotheby's said on Monday.

Pizza Hut's new pizza has handmade pockets of molten mozzarella, provolone, fontina, mild cheddar and other cheeses around the rim.

Pizza Hut hope to catch up with Domino's using their crazy crust

Molten mozzarella, provolone, fontina, mild cheddar and other cheeses will soon lurk in a crust near you

Savoury spelt porridge is a great start to the day

Savoury spelt porridge

Serves 4-6

Husband and wife Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick discover after 25 years of marriage that they are cousins

Six Degrees Kevin Bacon discovers his actress wife Kyra Sedgwick is his cousin

According to the trivia game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, anyone on earth is just six connections away from the Hollywood star.

It's business as usual - sort of - in the snowiest town in Britain

The Gloucestershire council workers are working very hard to keep things going

Miranda Hart replaces Alan Car as presenter of Chatty Man for Channel 4's Mash Up

Comedy actress Miranda Hart seems to be going on a new year health kick - and then undoing it with a cheeky tipple.

Stephen Hawking, internationally-renowned theoretical physicist, has apparently been inspired by Sue Barker and Louie Spence to appear in the latest episode of the world’s most annoying adverts

Stephen Hawking, Go Compare and a brief history of selling out

Great reputation versus a fat fee? Some celebrities should go compare their options, says Simon Usborne

Boiled bacon and cider sauce

Boiled bacon and cider sauce

Serves 6-8

John Walsh: Cards to shock the Victorians

On the morning of Christmas Eve, the bells of St Dunstan's sounded their jolly clangour across London. The shops of the Strand were lavish in their profusion of pies, puddings, currants, raisins, spices, candied peel and sugar mice. Hansom cabs clattered down the cobbles of gas-lit streets, and ladies in poke bonnets, mantled against the cold, purchased sturdy wooden toys for their adorable, curly-headed offspring.

UK Sale: £1.2bn... UK Tax: £0

Sketch: Getting to the bottom of Starbucks' tax arrangements is a study in exasperation

If nothing else the questioning of the country’s top taxperson was a study in exasperation today. Understandably, the Commons Public Accounts Committee was eager, desperate even, to find out from Lin Homer, HMRC’s chief executive, how it was that Starbucks managed to pay a trifling £8.6million in corporation tax on UK sales of - wait for it - £398million.

Last Night's Viewing: Hebburn, BBC2
My Tattoo Addiction, Channel4

In one sense, there's not a lot in Hebburn that you haven't seen before. The essential dynamic of Jason Cook's warm and funny sitcom is unavoidably reminiscent of Gavin & Stacey – with young love leading to the introduction of an outsider into a close-knit Geordie family – and the fact that there are three generations under the one roof may also remind you of The Royle Family.

John Walsh: The builders are in – and cooking

When we moved house recently, we took a gamble. The builders hadn't finished a couple of crucial renovations – but they were quite certain it would take only a couple of weeks. They are charming and plausible men. So determined were they to finish, they said they'd live on the premises until the final lightbulb was enscrewed.

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