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Food scares and stricter pig production rules across Europe will all be good for the bacon, sausage and cooked meats group Cranswick, its chairman said yesterday.

Celeriac soup with scallops and bacon

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Cod bits with butter beans and bacon

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<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/11/today-in-poli-5.html">Today in Politics: The war of the tax-cutters</a>

A general election atmosphere at Westminster today. Gordon Brown called a 9.30 press conference so David Cameron pre-empted it by holding one at 8.30, complete with bacon butties for early risers like me

Freud's intimate portrait of his friend Bacon sold for &#163;5.4m

A rarely seen oil portrait of the artist Francis Bacon, painted by his friend Lucian Freud, has been sold for £5.4m. The work, which offers an intimate glimpse into the collaborative friendship of two giants of post-war art, is one of only two oil portraits of Bacon painted by Freud and the last remaining: the second was stolen from an exhibition in Berlin in 1988.

Kings Place Opening Festival, Kings Place, London <br>Varjak Paw, Linbury Studio, London

They've got a shiny new platform at King's Cross, but the controller missed some points

Ten Tiny Toes, Everyman, Liverpool

There's a very intense scene in Esther Wilson's Ten Tiny Toes on which the play turns. Gill, whose two sons served in Iraq, finds her voice and is drawn towards the organisation Military Families Against the War (MFAW). Her husband, numbed by the death of their younger boy, begs his wife to "leave all this bloody madness to someone else out there". You feel desperately for both of them.

Album: Beth Rowley, Little Dreamer (Blue Thumb)

On her solo debut, Beth Rowley is a more deserving inheritor of the Dusty Springfield mantle than either Duffy or Adele, though the lack of comparably overcooked hype will probably ensure that Little Dreamer fails to emulate the immediate impact of Rockferry or 19.

Which may be for the best: this is an album whose manifold delights are best discovered at a more considered pace, to allow the gracefully modulated blues and soul stylings of songs such as "So Sublime" and "Only One Cloud" time to seep into one's consciousness. Production duties are split between the pop-conscious settings of Steve Powers on songs such as "So Sublime", and the rootsier treatments of Bacon & Quarmby, whose assemblage of organ, piano and horns on covers of Billy Sherrill's "Almost Persuaded" and Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" has the grainy, textured quality of The Band.

Bacon chop with Tewkesbury mustard

Serves 4

Bacon's triptych expected to fetch &#163;35m

The most important Francis Bacon triptych to remain in private hands looks set to smash all records for the artist when it goes on sale at Sotheby's in New York for an estimated £35m.

Spaghetti with bacon, mushrooms and Parmesan

Serves 4-6

Edna & Madge: The inside story of a TV friendship

In real life, Dame Edna's glum companion entertained the troops, brought the can-can to Crystal Palace and turned down all offers of marriage

Terence Blacker: We need to savour our bacon &ndash; and here's how

It has become a difficult business being a conscientious consumer. In the everyday matter of buying food, for example, there is the ecological cost of transporting goods to consider, the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process, the environmental price-tag on ingredients, not to mention humanitarian, political and animal welfare issues surrounding its production. Never has feeding yourself been quite so freighted with complication and guilt.

Paperback: The Infinite Wisdom of Harriet Rose, by Diana Janney

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Bacon's homage to dead lover sells for &pound;26m

A "unique" painting revealing Francis Bacon's abject grief at the suicide of his lover, George Dyer, sold last night for more than £26m but failed to break the record for the artist's work by £150,000.

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Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

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Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

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Pakistani women come out fighting

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The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
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Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

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Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

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