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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

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold: 'Crossroads' lives, but it has moved to Widmerpool

Oddly enough, I was staying with Tony Powell only the other weekend. Early on the Saturday morning, the doorbell rang. I looked out of my bedroom window, wound a towel (pronounced toe-well) around my tum-tum before marching down the stairs (never "downstairs", if you please!) and opened the door.

Food: Tomato-coated nuggets of gold

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Bisto gravy recalled in safety scare

Significant shorts

Touching thoughts during National Sex Week

I was touched these past weeks by sweet sprinklings of naivete from some worthy and veteran Tories. In the Spectator Paul Johnson paid tribute to his "tall, handsome, rich and successful" pal, Jonathan Aitken, curiously entitled "A tribute to a gallant swashbuckler at present in hot water" which sounds rather like the opening line of a Lloyd Webber heart-stopper or, more pertinently, an extremely cryptic crossword clue. In the course of his loyal tribute, Paul wrote, of Jonathan's veracity: "I have known Jonathan over 30 years and I do not recall him ever lying to me..." This is touching. This displays a wholly unworldly approach to the evils, prevalent around us. For Paul Johnson clearly does not yet know that the first law of good lying is never to be found out. One would hardly expect a successful chap like Jonathan, or any other high-flier who may wish to fib, to have one of his pals state: "I have known Jonathan for 30 years and he's always telling me whoppers, which I spot easily." Sweet.

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Glamorgan 400-5dec & 48-0 Gloucestershire 214 & 233 Glamorgan win by 10 wkts

Which? labels packaging on food as 'unreliable

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Charities warn over poor diet of young

Large numbers of British children could suffer malnutrition in the next century unless urgent action is taken, according to food experts.

THEATRE: Hamster alert

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Rich get richer in rugby's new deal

Rugby Union

Restaurant: Hot spots

Gujerati, Punjabi, Bangladeshi - true curry is never just Indian

Shopping: Wheat joins the gravy train

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Great British meal of the future - water, gravy and two veg

Meat-free pork sausages and chunks of ham whose main ingredient is added water could become legal next January.

Tomorrow's great British meal - water, gravy and two veg

Meat-free pork sausages and chunks of ham whose main ingredient is added water could become legal next January.

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