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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

Grand designs: the Foyer Maeterlinck and spiral stairs

Baronial splendour for the 21st century

Room Service: Grand Hotel Reylof, Ghent

Poetry is a raw drama about sexism, oppression and the need to open our eyes to what is going on around us

Harriet Walker: 'I can carry only what fits in my mouth'

As we pat our collective gut and burp happily ahead of the festive season, it's time to think about the social power of sating oneself. Of really going for it at the dining table; of snuffling and troughing, lapping and ferreting; of not just being a "foodie" but of full-on "fooding". The whorls, splats and piles on your plate represent your lifestyle, your emotions, your relationships, like anxious tea leaves crawling up the side of a cup to be read.

Outside Edge: Cambridge bumps into trouble

Ruffled feathers in Cambridge, where Robin Middleton, known as Battleship Bob, has been fined nearly £7,000 for parking his 72ft barge across the River Cam, thereby blocking the rowers competing in the University's May Bumps.

Stay the night: Old Swan & Minster Mill, Oxfordshire

A historic inn and mill in the Oxfordshire countryside have benefited from the de Savary treatment, says Minty Clinch

Grouse stuffed with haggis

Serves 4

Premier Foods hit by rising costs

Premier Foods, the maker of Hovis bread, blamed a "significant" spike in costs, a dispute with Tesco and the "underperformance" of its chilled-foods division for a slump in half-year profits.

Charles Nevin: A birthday that is music to your ears

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Schofield to step down at Premier

Shares in Premier Foods, the maker of Branston pickle, jumped by more than 4 per cent yesterday after it said Robert Schofield, its chief executive, would retire inside the next 12 months.

Harriet Walker: 'What a difference a day makes'

People mark the passing of time in different ways – some by crying, others by ignoring it completely. I like to take something of a methodical, historicist approach and work my way backwards, like Tony Robinson on an archaeological dig.

Diary: Marco gets on the gravy train

Easily angered chef Marco Pierre White is a compelling televisual presence, so anyone who saw him fire John McCririck from Hell's Kitchen (for criticising his food) will be disappointed to learn that he's just turned down the chance to make a prime-time cooking programme for the BBC – as well as an equally lucrative project for a Canadian broadcaster.

Heinz means no beanz as strike hits production

Heinz said it was "disappointed" with the decision by nearly 1,200 workers to hold a 24-hour strike from last night.

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