Sport Chris Tremlett, James Anderson and Stuart Broad train as rain prevents any play again in Hobart

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.

Sport on TV: Coddled Delia, caustic Kev and vacuous Vinnie

THE JOHN INVERDALE experience is not to everyone's taste but you have to hand it to him, he gets the big names. And this week he had the ultimate biggie, the interview which the Glendas on the middle-market tabloids would give up their next two facelifts to secure. Forget the first guest up, Kev something (he manages England, apparently). He did not even figure next to the star attraction on On Side (BBC1) which was Delia Smith, football fan, major shareholder in Norwich City, and part- time egg-boiler.

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Gardeners fancy railway sleepers

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Football: Johnson fails to add the finishing touch

Norwich City 0 Ipswich Town 0

Monica Lewinsky and other amusing aural confusions

What do you call a person who stands around in bandages for a simulated air disaster?

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Discover how well (or otherwise) you did in the OU Christmas Challenge

Forget Santa: Christmas is a girl thing

At the Nativity Mary took centre stage and Joseph had a walk-on part. Today it's even worse - men are almost redundant at Christmas

Is there really a way of avoiding Bracknell?

AS CHRISTMAS comes ever nearer, like an express train heading towards an unmanned crossing, I sense a feeling of panic in the air, a lack of ideas for presents, which can best be expressed in the question: "Isn't there some new book out which would make the ideal Christmas gift, if not by Michael Palin, at least by someone else?"

Delia Smith helps egg farmer win case

AN EGG farmer who won a court battle over Brussels red tape paid tribute yesterday to the television cook Delia Smith.

How to test for a really good egg

Delia, Valerie, David, Ken - they're not a glamorous bunch, are they? But we love them because we believe in them, says Hester Lacey

Cold Call: Louise France rings Ainsley Harriott

TELEVISION CHEFS have been in the news this week with the announcement that Delia Smith's cookery programme has boosted sales of eggs by 1.3 million a day. Ainsley Harriott, who fronts Can't Cook, Won't Cook and competes in Ready, Steady, Cook, has recently launched a new range of ready-made foods for Marks & Spencer. He lives in South London with his wife Clare and their two children.

I wish I was in the land of... cranberries and mangoes

In anticipation of a good season, many an East Carolina farmer had planted new bushes

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