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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.

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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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