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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.

McDonald's pays out $700,000 to Muslim community after restaurant 'falsely claimed its food was halal'

McDonald's and Finley's Management deny any liability but say the settlement is in their best interests

Chicken supreme with butter beans

Chicken supreme with butter beans

Serves 4

Tesco's horseburgers should have prompted us to reconsider the meat industry. Instead, we laughed

It's much harder to choose sausages when you've heard exactly how the pig died

Soup is a scrumptious solution to a hungry office worker’s lunchtime woes

Soup lovers of the world, unite and rejoice (and then fact-check)

Whether you're on January girth-watch and are treating bread like a mortal enemy or are simply bored to tears of limp sandwiches eaten al-desko, soup is a scrumptious solution to a hungry office worker's lunchtime woes.

Serve braised shin of pork with cheesy mashed potato or creamy polenta

Braised shin of pork

Serves 4

A Very Old Man With Enormous Wings, BAC, London

Gabriel Garcia Marquez's magical realist fable proves to be the perfect vehicle for this bewitching collaboration between Islington's Little Angel Theatre and Cornwall's Kneehigh company.

Chicken and pomegranate salad

Chicken and pomegranate salad

Serves 4

The newly renovated Parlour just north of London’s Notting Hill

On The Menu: Parlour; Opera Tavern; Dude Foods; Sous Chef; Roti Chai

This week I've been eating...fun foods

'Vocal' chicken saves couple from house fire

An American couple escaped a house blaze after their pet chicken alerted them to the fire.

Wines of the Week: Terry Kirby selects the best bottles for Christmas Day

It is the day before Christmas Eve and too late to order your festive wines online. So here are three versatile, value-for-money bottles you can find in a quick tour of your local high-street stores.

John Salt, 131 Upper Street, London N1

Can Ben Spalding, once of Roganic, bring the house down with his masonry exploits?

Berkoff on his subject: 'Something about the tape measure around his neck gave him a sense of authority and dignity that made me think he himself might have been a bespoke tailor at one time.'

End of days in Berkoff's home patch

When Steven Berkoff was on the film set of The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo in LA, he often sneaked off to take photographs of downtown slums and nearby 1940s diner-style restaurants.

Christmas lights - is it just festive ‘peacocking’?

The festive season is here, and so are the shiny, sparkly, twinkling decorations to go with it.

The best way to punish Amazon for avoiding tax is to shop elsewhere this Christmas

We know the company minimises its tax bill, so why do so many of us still shop online there? Laziness, mostly, says our writer

Richard Corrigan: 'I love it when the heat of mustard makes your eyes water'

My earliest memory… Mum making bread. She made fresh bread every  day and the smell was just incredible.  I could live off warm crusty bread with butter and nothing else – it’s one of  life’s greatest pleasures.

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John Moore starred in Coca Cola and Morrisons adverts

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Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy

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New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning

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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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Charlie Sheen could be set to revive his role as a hedonistic womaniser

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes