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A soya and steak saga: An ideological child may not make an ideal home, says Carolyn Roden

MY 10-year-old daughter, Emma, recently announced that she was becoming a vegetarian. At first I was quite pleased, having vegetarian tendencies myself; but I had not realised the potential minefield both the supermarket and sweet shop were for a veggie child, let alone the warzone about to erupt at home.

Letter: Let's talk turkey

Sir: Sophie Grigson says ('A feast justifies the joint effort', 9 October) that 'Sunday Lunch with a capital L and all the trimmings has been forced to change with the times.' It certainly has.

ROCK / Lyric Sheets: White-label Christmas: Carols for a rock'n'roll Yule

THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

More firms enforcing Christmas shut-down

CHRISTMAS DAY remains the most lucrative day of the year for those required to work, but an increasing number of workers are being forced to take longer breaks over the holiday period.

Health Update: Perils of too many turkeys

CHRISTMAS may be enough to give anyone convulsions, but the butcher who had a fit every Christmas Eve for five consecutive years was a puzzle to doctors in Edinburgh. The 26-year-old man, they report in the British Medical Journal, did not suffer from fits the rest of the year but had seizures between 11am and noon every Christmas Eve.

Turkeys do vote for Christmas - official-ish

TURKEYS like Christmas. Indeed they depend upon it. Were it not for Christmas and stuffing, the turkey population could go into decline.

Survey casts doubts on season of goodwill

FAMILY rows over the turkey are most likely in northern England and Scotland, according to a survey which casts doubt on the traditional view of Christmas as the season of goodwill.

TELEVISION / All Partt of the service

'WRITING IS a dangerous and unnatural pursuit,' says Hamish Partt, pulling hard on his fag. Not a few writers would drink to that but probably more moderately than Hamish, whose art simply won't take flight before popping into Duty Free for two hundred Marlboro and a bottle of Glenfiddich. The danger is renal failure, presumably, or an attack of the heebie-jeebies. In fact, what you see in Unnatural Pursuits (BBC 2), Simon Gray's very funny two-parter, is distorted not just by drink (which makes it possible that everything is yet another bout of delirium tremens) but also by the compulsive rewriting of the anecdotalist, for whom life will always fall short of art. The first words you hear are, 'There's a story . . .' and throughout there's a sense of real events dimly visible through the embroidery of many retellings.
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The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
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How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

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Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

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Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

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Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

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How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

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Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

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For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

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Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

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