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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

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

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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.

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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.
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