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The rates may be enticing at the grocers turned banks but consumers need to take more care than they would buying beans, says Lindsay Cook

Roots of nobility

FOOD Roast vegetables: the heart of a Sunday lunch

AAHHHHH, NOT; BISTO

For years it was a packet of browning, an Oxo cube, or a laboriously home-made stock. Then someone had the bright idea of putting gravy in cartons. Michael Bateman reports

Bridget Jones's smashing Christmas

A single girl's Yuletide diary starts with a 10-day hangover, continues with a reconciliation that never happened and ends with a traditional family get-together. Interrupted by the sound of breaking glass ...

EATING OUT : The bland leading the bland

OLIVE TREE RESTAURANT; Queensberry Hotel, Russel Street, Bath BA1 2QF. Tel: 01225 447928. Lunch, Mon-Sat 12-2; dinner, daily 7-10. Set lunch, pounds 11.50 for three courses, pounds 9.50 for two. Average a la carte price for three courses, pounds 25. All credit cards except Diners

LETTER: Crisps or crumble

From Mr Graham Dane

Bring back hanging

In the name of the game

First, catch your haricot bean

Yesterday I was talking about baked beans, in honour of the fact that Mr Heinz started trapping these poor little things in a tin a hundred years ago, and today I want to go back in time to 1852, more than 40 years before Mr Heinz first put a baked haricot bean in a tin, and quote this from Charles Francatelli's A Plain Cookery Book For the Working Classes.

Haven't we bean here before?

Just as Gauloise cigarettes always seemed to smell nicer than they tasted, and just as smelling coffee is usually better than drinking it, so there are certain foods which are better in the memory than in reality.

RUGBY'S NEW WORLD: Gravy train in Euro tunnel

Union leaders gather for Paris summit with the fall of amateurism and the failure of a coup on the agenda; Chris Rea explains how England's players can cash in on a continental initiative

When Maya Angelou met Billie Holiday

FIRST ENCOUNTERS SOREL AND SOREL Two women from the wrong side of the tracks who found fame. The third in a series of memorable meetings drawn by the distinguished American illustrator Edward Sorel and written by Nancy Caldwell Sorel. Last week, Oscar Wil Charlotte Corday and Jean- Paul Marat

On the side: Have peeler, will travel

Part of the fun of a self-catering holiday is getting your hands on all that wonderful, local fresh produce that food writers keep banging on about. If Russian Roulette is your idea of fun, that is, because having bought the produce there is no way of knowing quite what you are going to find in the way of kitchen equipment.

Researchers wanted: parties, politics and a knack for doing nothing Desperate, depressed Dave and the rave on the European gravy train

Anna Blundy meets the MEP gofers, a bunch of hoorays who shine in Brussels

A stately Sunday with mother

Eating Out at CLIVEDEN: Taplow, near Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 0JF. Tel: 01628 668561. Open every day, lunch, 12.30-2pm; dinner, 7-10pm. Set lunch pounds 26, dinner pounds 37. Average two-course a la carte meal, pounds 40. All major credit cards accepted.

Question time / Is opting out more than cashing in?

Grant-maintained schools: nWhat are they? nIs Labour against them? nAre they better for pupils?

BR boss boards the bonus gravy train

SIR BOB REID, recently retired chairman of British Rail, has been given a pounds 75,000 bonus, equivalent to a 60 per cent salary increase, while railway staff are threatening strikes over a "final" 3 per cent pay offer.
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Prices correct as of 17 October 2014
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?