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When I look at the cover of the current edition of the Radio Times, I am reminded of something said by a member of the Platters singing group in 1960.

LETTER:No poverty of ideas here, Delia

From Ms Betty Cairns

Letter: Youthful follies

From Ms Jane Lawson

Letter: Delia's frugal days

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LETTER: A deal for Delia

From Ms Dolores O'Donoghue

Fancy a little Delia, rechauffee?

Christmas is over and Twelfth Night has been and gone, but there is still one agonising question left for all cooks: what shall I do with all those leftover Delia Smith recipes?

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