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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

Going Higher: Graduates do get the best jobs

Employers take advantage of the skills students learn while studying for their degrees

Howard dishes the gravy in Brixton

IN A SCENE that penal reformers had dreamt about for years, Michael "Prison Works" Howard was banged up in Brixton nick to dish out the gravy in the jail's canteen.

A woman of her age

Ever since she was young, writer Carole Hayman has kicked against convention. At 52, she has no plans to grow old gracefully. By Angela Neustatter

Restaurants: We were much amused

Victoriana in Birmingham and Frank Skinner, too. It is all a fantasy for Tracey MacLeod

Beans to meet chopsticks

HEINZ is set to launch its most famous product - baked beans - in China. The company's factory at Wigan, Greater Manchester, will produce the beans with labels printed in Mandarin, for the launch next month.

Cadres fall victim to bureaucratic revolution

China is to slash its bloated civil service in the biggest government reshuffle since 1949, writes Teresa Poole in Peking

Gravy train rolls on as two bosses share pounds 1.3m pay-off

Further evidence emerged yesterday that the City gravy train is still steaming ahead after two top executives received pay-offs totalling pounds 1.3m.

Bill likes Walter, but he loves Kinky

The President's Favourite Author

Comment: Gravy worries over Cook book

CREEVEY hears that the author John Rentoul has signed a contract to write another biography of Tony Blair, for publication in 2002. At least he will still be in place, unless the poisoned-umbrella fusiliers from Number 11 break in. Not so, perhaps, Robin Cook. The Foreign Secretary is so much under siege that his biographer John Kampfner worries for the future of his oeuvre. "Will Cook still be in post in May, when I have to deliver my book?" he is asking anxiously.

Food firm fined pounds 8,000 for dead mouse found in tin of baked beans

Robert Howard, of Brockley, south-east London, could not be bothered to cook his baked bean snack. He just opened the tin and tucked in. Pulling out what he thought was a piece of string, he got a shock. At the end of his fork dangled a tomato-sauce sodden mouse.

Brakes put on MEPs' gravy train

Euro MPs, the butt of much public criticism for their lavish allowances and salaries, are facing pre-Christmas cutbacks aimed at cleaning up the Strasbourg assembly's gravy-train image.

Christmas Food & Drink: The family that cooks together ...

Our Christmas lunch is resolutely traditional. I've churned out recipes time and again for "alternative" menus, but when it comes to our own celebration they are almost entirely ignored. I was brought up on turkey and Christmas pudding and so was my husband. We both love Christmas, all the more now that we have our own children.

Christmas Food And Drink: Wrapping up Christmas

One goose in its time plays many parts

City: Lunchbox

Compiled by Juliette Kellow BSc SRD, a state registered dietician and deputy editor of Slimming Magazine

Monday's book: Can You Have It All? Nicola Horlick (Macmillan pounds 16.99)

"You'll get fucking nowhere like that!" One of the many joys of working for Stan Reynolds on Punch was his ability to go from nought to foaming in a pico-second.
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After the wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, elephant populations are finally recovering
The London: After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

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Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

The invention involves turbojets and ramjets - a type of jet engine - and a rocket motor
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Protect delicate and sensitive skin with products specially formulated for little ones
Tate Sensorium: New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art

Tate Sensorium

New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art
Ashes 2015: Nice guy Steven Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

Nice guy Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

He was man-of-the-match in the third Test following his recall to the England side
Ashes 2015: Remember Ashton Agar? The No 11 that nearly toppled England

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Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

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Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

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Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

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