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At the risk of straying into territory staked out by my more lurid male counterparts, I once saw a strip bar in Nashville with a neon sign outside advertising '99 Beautiful Girls! And One Ugly One'. They can get away with that kind of playful hucksterism down in the American South. Here, outraged punters would be demanding refunds and invoking the Trade Descriptions Act.

SamCam is Tory secret weapon, says former party spin doctor Andy Coulson

David Cameron may not have realised it yet, but the secret to winning the next election is right there beside him.

Mussels in cider with tarragon

1–1.5kg mussels
Rapeseed oil
3 shallots, sliced into half moons
1 garlic clove, crushed under a knife and then finely sliced
250ml medium-dry cider
250ml chicken stock
100ml double cream
4 sprigs of tarragon
Sea salt
Sourdough bread, to serve

Coming to your local supermarket soon: Chicken à la maggots

“Our chicken, pork and fish dishes are fed only the finest protein-rich maggots that have been reared on a diet of cow and pig excrement, washed down with a wee dram of whisky.”

Chav-o-Vision programmes like C4's 'Skint' and BBC3's 'People Like Us' are just state propaganda

These so-called "documentaries" are a deliberate attempt to demonise and marginalise the poor as sub-human examples of a welfare system gone to rot

Waitrose feasts on Eurovision boost

If you’re going to stay in for an evening of cheesy pop, camp presenters and political voting à la Eurovision, you may as well munch on the continent’s finest cuisine.

Eurovison boosts Waitrose's profits thanks to sales of meatballs and Danish pastries

If you’re going to stay in for an evening of cheesy pop, camp presenters and political voting à la Eurovision, you  may as well munch on the continent’s finest cuisine.

Raymond Blanc

My Life in Food: Raymond Blanc

'I never learnt to cook. but in two years my place had two Michelin stars'

George O'Grady with Sergio Garcia outside the Rules Office

Sergio Garcia / Tiger Woods 'fried chicken' racism row takes fresh twist after 'coloured athletes' comment

European Tour chief executive George O'Grady immediately apologises for causing offence

Tiger Woods (L) was the victim of a racial joke made by Sergio Garcia (R)

Former Ryder Cup captain urges Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods to settle row

Garcia made a racist remark about the World No 1

Sergio Garcia (left) offended Tiger Woods with his comments

After racist remark, Sergio Garcia fights for reputation as Tiger Woods slams 'hurtful' fried chicken joke

Sponsors join condemnation of Spaniard, who issues full apology to Tiger after 'totally stupid' racist remark

Sergio Garcia leaves a meeting at Wentworth yesterday, with George O’Grady, chief executive of the European Tour, (left) and Tim Finchem, the PGA Tour Commissioner

James Lawton: Sergio Garcia cracks as major fault line opens up again following racist remark aimed at Tiger Woods

Trying to get the better of Tiger Woods looks like the last word in futility

Tiger Woods (L) was the victim of a racial joke made by Sergio Garcia (R)

Tiger Woods: Sergio Garcia's 'fried chicken' remark wasn't silly, it was 'wrong, hurtful and inappropriate'

World No. One takes to Twitter to express his hurt after Garcia made the comment at an award ceremony on Tuesday

Sergio Garcia at the European Tour gala dinner on Tuesday

Sergio Garcia apologises for 'fried chicken' remark aimed towards Tiger Woods

Ryder Cup winner made 'silly remark' about world No. 1 at European Tour gala dinner

Pork knuckles cooked in cider with Tewkesbury mustard
Reel 'em in: Dancers lining up to re-create a ball failed to deliver an orgy

TV review: Pride and Prejudice, Having a Ball - Miss Austen, shall we enjoy rapid motion?

It takes more than low-cut gowns and Darcy's skinny breeches to trigger a sexual free-for-all

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
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Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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