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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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FOOTBALL AUTHORITIES were yesterday urged to reduce drastically television coverage of football - or risk killing the appeal of Britain's national sport. The stark warning comes from two of television's most respected football figures - Jimmy Hill and Brian Moore - during a week in which it was possible to watch at least one live match every night.

Television Review: Delia's How to Cook

DO MY ears deceive me, or has Delia Smith been taking lessons from Tony Blair's elocution teacher? Last night on Delia's How to Cook (BBC2), she was swallowing more Ts and Ds than hot dinners. Her hair, too, had shaken itself out of that amateur harpist's bob. Blow-dried strands danced sexily as she explained that a spoon, and not a knife, was best for making a cup of instant coffee. Our placid madonna has gone a little bit funky on us.

Caring mothers don't use Oxo

Why pretend? They didn't like it. For every spoonful of stew they had six of ketchup

So, I buy my knickers at Bentalls

I REMEMBER once being told by an influential ( very married) MP - as, over the course of a single evening he offered me solace and sex following a painful divorce - that what he "enjoyed" about me was the that, unlike most people he mixed with, I seemed unaware of class.

The 50 best selling books of the 1990s

Every year, top writers compete to win the Booker Prize. This year's shortlist has just been announced. But while the judges debate their choices, what about the public's taste for fiction? Or, for that matter, non-fiction? Which books have average British readers bought and read over the years? Rachelle Thackray examines the evidence

DEBATE: Are women in the Nineties any better off now they can choose when to have a baby? Two writers argue the question

The right to choose is a clarion call we would do well to ignore, says Linda Kelsey

Football: Now it's a game for both halves

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Fast Track: Fastfood - It's amazing what you can make out of flower and water

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For Delia it was guavas. For Mr Skillet it would be the walnut woman

Today we attempt to conclude our new romantic cookery thriller, `Delia's Just Desserts'. The story so far is that Toby Skillet has volunteered to rescue the ailing rum butter industry by going to Delia Smith and imploring her to turn rum butter into a fashionable ingredient. He sets off on a mission made all the harder by the fact that he does not know her address. Now read on!

As the rum butterers simmered, all became clear. Delia would save them

"There are hard months ahead for the producers of rum butter!" cried the speaker. "Every year it is the same! Every year after Christmas the consumption of rum butter goes down! And yet we are never prepared for it! Never! Why not?"

Comedy: The shadow cabaret

There's always been a whiff of the old-fashioned about Kit and the Widow, the languid cabaret singers. Maybe it's the grand piano, or the immaculate tailoring, or the strong reminder of Flanders and Swann

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Food: A taste of bitters is sweet

It's not so much as case of "put that in your pipe and smoke it" as "put that on your plate and eat it!" Chef Richard Corrigan at Lindsay House in London's Soho is using pipe tobacco in his puddings, and he thinks it is only a matter of time before other chefs get into the habit.
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