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

Fall of a butcher they called a good man

The mood has turned in the small Scottish town at centre of food- poison scandal

Foodie novel finds the gravy train gives a bumpy ride

Whitbread Prize: Marianne Macdonald assesses this year's shortlist, while Boyd Tonkin, `The Independent's' new literary editor, offers publishers and aspiring novelists a cautionary tale on the insidious perils of hype

Baked beans and bacon from a hole in the wall

Retailers are vying to serve our financial needs but, says Paul Gosling, the banks may strike back

EU gravy train must run to new timetable

Harmonisation of salaries and restrictions on expenses are likely to benefit `low-paid' British

Diary: My poetic pop ... a psychic writes ... gravy news

Captain Moonlight


The Mrs Beeton name has just been bought for pounds 1 million by a Corn ish pie factory. Michael Bateman reveals her tragic life and the secrets of those famous recipes

Ah! Gravy train over for Bisto kids

They have "Aaaahd" their way through eight decades of roast dinners and survived two world wars. But lunch is finally over for the Bisto kids who are being dropped from the gravy campaign this autumn.

Want a ride on the gravy train? Read on

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FINANCIAL VIEW : A year after Greenbury, the gravy train still runs

The Greenbury inquiry into top pay was about rewarding high performance in the boardrooms of Britain and avoiding payments for failure. So what does the inquiry's own performance look like, exactly a year after its report was published?

Club class seats on gravy plane

MPs' trips often have the whiff of a 'freebie', writes Steve Boggan

When John Wilkes met Dr Samuel Johnson

Dr Johnson abhorred John Wilkes as a man of no principle. Wilkes was a member both of the notorious Hell-Fire Club and of Parliament; he was a demagogue, a rake. A stay in the Tower for a near-treasonous pamphlet made him a hero as a defender of liberty, but Johnson scorned him as a "patriot" in the 18th-century sense - a factious disturber of government. "Patriotism," Johnson sniffed, "is the last refuge of a scoundrel."

A dainty dish to set before a duke

Where, in May, can you eat rook pie in the company of a duke, his head gamekeeper and 30 other roistering locals? Only, I fancy, in the King's Arms in the Gloucestershire village of Didmarton, where the enterprising proprietors, Nigel and Jane Worrall, have instituted an annual event which is clearly here to stay.

Don't rely on Labour to derail gravy train

The popular explanation for the resounding success of the Railtrack sale is that it has been so loaded with sweeteners that it is a buy whatever the risks of an attack on the company by a Labour government.

Saucy little numbers

Seriously underrated English dressings

The thing about... Tabasco

When your food has no flavour, what do you add? Salt? Pepper? Worcester sauce? Anchovy essence? Mustard? Everybody has a favourite ingredient which gives their cooking that extra something. The two I swear by are sugar and that mid-century symbol of sophistication, Tabasco sauce. I've even dropped it into overbland chocolate dishes.
The Banksy image in Folkestone before it was vandalised
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Brian Harvey turned up at Downing Street today demanding to speak to the Prime Minister

Met Police confirm there was a 'minor disturbance' and that no-one was arrested

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George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2010

George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios

Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary: 'There are pressures which we are facing but there is not a crisis'

Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Salisbury ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities

The city is home to one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta, along with the world’s oldest mechanical clock
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album