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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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'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
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New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

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Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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