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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

Roasted turkey breasts with sage and pine nut-stuffed legs

Serves 8-10, depending on the size of the bird

Comfort cuisine: Seek solace in some stodgy childhood favourites

In uncertain times, we instinctively seek solace in those stodgy old childhood favourites. So it's little wonder shepherd's pies and hot puddings are flying off the shelves

Home And Away: Jane assures me that table-manner dogmatism like mine is a dad thing

For my birthday last Saturday, Jane bought me A Butler's Guide to Table Manners, written by a fellow called Nicholas Clayton, a member of the Guild of Professional English Butlers. Her inscription was " ...because even an expert needs a handbook", the affectionate but slightly waspish joke being that I have always been something of a sergeant major where our children's table manners are concerned.

Simon Calder: Rail companies ride the gravy train to utter nonsense

Reassuringly expensive: that used to be the slogan for Stella Artois. The makers of the Belgian lager sought to make money by emphasising the beer's high price. Something equally strange is happening with Britain's train operators: they make more money by pretending they are slower than they really are.

Gravy train goes deluxe for MEPs' Strasbourg trips

A gleaming new, high-speed train solely for MEPs launches today. The service, linking Brussels with the French city of Strasbourg, is being inaugurated by France in the hope of stamping out criticism of the "travelling circus" that sees the entire European Parliament, uproot to the capital of the Alsace region for one week a month at a cost of €200m (£158m) a year.

The South Bank Show, ITV1<br/>The Duchess in Hull, ITV1<br/>The Supersizers go ... Wartime, BBC2<br/>Reverend Death, Channel 4

Fergie offering lifestyle advice is pure class snobbery, while a minister giving advice on suicide is just plain creepy

Editor-At-Large: All aboard the MPs' gravy train for a tour of self-serving sleaze

We cannot keep paying our politicians to employ relatives on lavish salaries. Their marital harmony is not our problem

Family feasts: Cooking? It's child's play

The Government is planning to make cookery lessons compulsory for teenagers by 2011, reports Jerome Taylor. Can't wait until then? Mark Hix has eleven ways to get your kids started in the kitchen

Flatulence: Silent nights have me worried

Before my wedding I trained myself not to break wind in bed. Over the past 40-odd years of silent nights, where has all that gas gone? Was it absorbed by my gut? Did it do me any harm?

Edvard Munch: Behind the scream, by Sue Prideaux

Fiends and foes of the artist of angst

Beans means less salt as Heinz hears the official health message &Acirc; 

Heinz is to slash the salt content of its baked beans in response to increasing concern over the levels of the mineral in processed food.

Sustainable Development: These are drying times for us all

Without adequate supplies of clean water, sustainable development is a two-word joke
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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?