Why would the BBC be willing to appear to support such a barbaric process?
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Saturday 01 January 2011
South Korea, already battling a serious outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in livestock, yesterday confirmed an outbreak of bird flu at poultry farms.
Thursday 23 December 2010
You'd think in the era of electronic communication that the volume of junk "snail" mail, and the problems caused by it, would be on the wane. Not so. The Deceased Preference Service, which performs the useful service of deleting the names of dead people from mailing lists,says that 5.2 million pieces of direct mail (junk mail to you and me) will be delivered during the festive period to those who have departed this mortal coil. Quite apart from the pain these unnecessary letters might cause to recently bereaved relatives, that's enough rubbish to fill 245 dustbins. An awful lot of landfill.
Monday 20 December 2010
Even for Christmassy ballet, this is a show with a high sugar content.
Sunday 19 December 2010
Saturday 18 December 2010
I know that I'm a few days early here, but last week I gave you recipes for an alternative Christmas lunch, so this week I want to look slightly ahead to a delicious brunch for Boxing Day or New Year's Day.
Saturday 18 December 2010
Monday 13 December 2010
Sunday 12 December 2010
What this Ashes tour has done (so far, for let there be no crowing, counting of chickens or any other foraging in the menagerie) is to reinforce the status of the specialist coach. Far from everyone's liking – some former players would ban all coaches and let the players get on with it, though they tend to be the ones who make their living in the media rather than through direct involvement with the game that made them – this England team adore their backroom staff.
Wednesday 08 December 2010
Saturday 04 December 2010
Built as a rich man's folly – it was the Earl of Lonsdale's hunting lodge in the 1880s – Holbeck Ghyll is a gorgeous country house hotel with a stupendous view over Lake Windermere. Across the glassily calm lake stand the Langdales Pikes and, beyond them, the snow-capped peaks of the Cumbrian mountains to the north-west. Inside, it's like a dream of posh, Country Living-mag rusticity, from the blazing log fire and the Parker Knoll chairs in the lobby to the woven Bergerac furniture and the biographies of Tory politicians in the sitting-room. They bring you a dry martini and a leather-clad menu as you sit in the window seat thinking a) this is ridiculously old-fashioned, and b) this is sooooo blissful.
Saturday 27 November 2010
A couple of weeks ago, my head chef, Kevin Gratton, accompanied me on a trip to Moscow to cook for three nights at the Soho Rooms, a relatively new club with a restaurant where Laura Bridge, an old friend of mine, does all the cooking.
Tuesday 23 November 2010
Monday 08 November 2010
Friday 05 November 2010
When Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan revealed this morning that Wayne Rooney was heading to Nike Town, he was actually incorrect.
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