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Bananas, strawberries and ricotta on sourdough

Serves 1 (just multiply the amounts according to how many are eating)

Me Cheeta, By James Lever

A Hollywood memoir with a difference: this witty satire purports to be the first-person story of Cheeta, the chimp who co-starred with Johnny Weissmuller in the Tarzan films. Cheeta recounts his early life in the jungle, his "rescue" by humans, his first, blissful taste of banana, the voyage in a crate on a ship to America, his lifelong friendship with Weissmuller, and the loss of his virginity to a cageful of female chimps in the grounds of Charlie Chaplin's mansion.

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This tale of two brothers seems to be a comic satire on ambition, but the laughs are desperately hard to come by.

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A council leader says a banana ban enforced at a primary school in Plymouth for two years is "over the top".

Hartlepool mayor clinches third term

A former football mascot who promised free bananas to schoolchildren has been elected to serve a third term as Mayor of Hartlepool.

Banana pudding

Serves 8

Banana bread

Serves 4

Bananas with butterscotch sauce

Serves 4

Pick of the bunch: Skye Gyngell's banana desserts

Bananas are perfect for eating on the move and delicious in desserts... but best of all, says Skye Gyngell, is that they still taste sublime when slightly squishy and bruised

Buoyant bananas save lives of ferry disaster victims

You might not think of the humble banana as a viable alternative to a life-jacket, but for one teenager a bunch ensured he was one of the lucky few to survive a ferry disaster in Indonesia.

Postal service releases "Design Classics" stamps

The UK postal service has released ten new stamps for 2009, featuring iconic designs from the 20th century.

Ruck and Maul: Knight makes move against Johnno, but is he just talking a good game?

Whatever befalls England this autumn, Martin Johnson can never be described as a pawn in the game. Sir Clive Woodward, for whom diplomacy has always been a stranger, has questioned England's decision to appoint Johnson as coach while he is still wet behind the cauliflower ears. "You have to be a warrior but you also have to play chess," the knight said. He identified Johnson as a Samurai-like figure but doubted if he had the tactical nous to be a grandmaster. "We'd all be more confident if he had spent a few years coaching Leicester. I see no one at Twickenham who can help him, who can question what he's doing. He's on his own." Rob Andrew, who beat Sir Clive to the job as director of elite rugby, would disagree, but they do on most things. Woodward, who led England to the 2003 World Cup with Johnson as his captain, got his knighthood for services to rugby before walking out of Twickenham. When he took the Lions toNew Zealand in 2005 it was checkmate to the All Blacks.

He's not bananas, just first to grow them in a UK home

Plant enthusiast in revolutionary 'eco-house' stuns admiring experts of the Royal Horticultural Society

Just bananas about the happiest place in Britain

Powys tops the happiness league, said researchers last week. Is it the beetroot cake, the tropical fruit or simply the brawny men?
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