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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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By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen

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New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

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Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

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Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

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Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
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A Syrian general speaks

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‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes