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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.

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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

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

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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.

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.

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.

Christmas Food And Drink: Wrapping up Christmas

One goose in its time plays many parts

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.

City: Lunchbox

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

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