Ah, the last Prime Minister’s Questions of the year. MPs always find it impossible not to overdo the festive references, as though they had just been given uniquely privileged inside information that Christmas was only a week away. There is the frankly obsequious kind, such as Therese Coffey’s: “Thank you for calling me, Mr Speaker, and a merry Christmas to you and your family. The people of Suffolk have enjoyed a cracker of a Christmas present with the excellent news on the A14 [not becoming a toll road]...” Then there is the beseeching, as in her fellow Tory Stewart Jackson’s: “Will the Prime Minister give an early Christmas present to Peterborough people by giving his personal support to our bid for a university technical college.”
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Friday 21 December 2012
Emma-Lee Moss and her Ash frontman beau get into the festive groove
Wines of Week: Oldenburg Vineyards 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon; Domaine De Brau 2010 Pays D'Oc IGP; Valle Vento Barolo 2008
Sunday 16 December 2012
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Tuesday 11 December 2012
English and French clubs will push for slimmed-down format at board meeting
Sunday 09 December 2012
To a certain white-haired gent, Christmas has long been about one thing, and one thing only: face fuzz, and plenty of it. And now it seems Britain's retailers are catching up.
Friday 07 December 2012
Tiger tourism – back and burning bright?
Friday 23 November 2012
Could a Tsunami happen in land-locked Switzerland? Plus honour among thieves and Fantasy Football just got real
Friday 16 November 2012
This is not the way to engage the public in politics, it's a way to let them down
Tuesday 09 October 2012
We’ve seen Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder going forth in the First World War, ruffed-up and ruffled as a courtier to Elizabeth I and trussed up in a wig as a stroppy Prince Edmund in the middle ages. But a ‘lost’ episode due to be revealed this week presents the character as we’ve never seen him before: Edmund Blackadder the Bethlehem innkeeper.
Monday 26 December 2011
Last Night's Viewing: Nigel Slater's Simple Christmas, BBC1<br />Rick Stein's Spanish Christmas, BBC2
Thursday 22 December 2011
Christmas dinner has been vastly over-complicated by the era of the television chef. Should you cook the classic turkey, with bacon rashers laid across its breast, as enshrined by Delia? Should you brine the bird beforehand, like Heston? Or should you try to impress the in-laws by attempting Hugh's humungous 10-bird roast? Nigel Slater and Rick Stein, who last night presented their "Simple" and "Spanish" Christmasses respectively, forwent turkey altogether. On Tuesday, the Hairy Bikers turned in a Christmas menu composed entirely of finger food. Nigella's seasonal series, repeated yesterday on BBC2, featured as its star dish a lamb and date tagine.
Monday 19 December 2011
There are certain occasions in life that bring out the larger-than-life size fashion gesture in even the most sensible dresser.
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 3 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 4 Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
- 5 Children evacuated from swimming pool after prosthetic leg mistaken for paedophile