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England’s elaborate dietary demands in pursuit of the Ashes cooked up a hugely entertaining media storm. But they could not quite disguise the fact that the complete world stocks of pumpkin seed and goji berry bars or buckwheat pancake with probiotic yogurt and fresh berries – merely two of the tourists’ extensive list equating to a foodie’s heaven – will be unable to help if they cannot get on the park.

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No one knows why toad in the hole is so-called, though it sounds suitably archaic, English and bucolic. Perhaps. A Captain Francis Grose wrote his A Provincial Glossary in 1787 and this appears to be the first mention, though tantalisingly without explanation.

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Is Lord Sugar, asked by the Government to advise it on how a tribunal for small companies turned down for credit might operate, the best man for the job? Last year, Lord Sugar said most of the firms that complain to him about the banks weren't living in the real world. "A lot of problems you hear from people who are moaning are from companies I wouldn't lend a penny to," the ever-honest Sugar said.

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Sales figures show 2009 was a miserable year for top authors

Martin silences Paulton's village people

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Village florist aims to make Norwich wilt

Paulton (population 4,896) seek an FA Cup first-round shock and a moment of TV fame against Delia Smith's fallen aristocrats, writes Jon Culley

Drury's recipe for victory fires City

Carlisle United 0 Norwich City 1

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For a few happy weeks, it was possible to forget how broke and scared most of us were feeling. The endlessly cheering spectacle of politicians having to discuss bath-plug expenditure, of them actually trying for the first time to avoid appearing on Newsnight, was such a diverting tragic-comedy that for a while the great recession became a minor item on the finance pages.

MBE for Dragons' Den star (Shame her business has just gone under)

She was the teary entrepreneur who five years ago spectacularly proved the Dragons wrong when they refused to invest in her board game Destination London which she invented to take on the giant of Monopoly.

'Done deal' – founder close to retaking control of Redrow

Steve Morgan said to have enough shareholder support to lead struggling housebuilder again

Neil Warnock: Big Sam's the man who can teach boys a thing or two about survival

1. No substitute for experience in top flight

I hope Sam Allardyce remembered to send Harry Redknapp a Christmas card. I can well imagine that Harry's example in turning things around at Tottenham would have been in the minds of the Blackburn directors when they appointed Big Sam after sacking Paul Ince. For the last few years it seemed that almost every boardroom in the country saw a young man in a tracksuit as their ideal manager, but I sense things have now turned full circle.

Jamie Oliver book sales outstrip Nigella's

Jamie Oliver is beating Nigella Lawson in the battle for the best-selling cookbook this Christmas, a retailer said today.

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