Attempt to tidy up following prank from local children ends in disaster

Flat Earth: It's grill-egal

Nothing can spoil a balmy summer's night more than the smell of a barbecue wafting into your living room. Yes, you can shut your window, but that's not the point. There should be a law against this sort of thing.

Barbecue Man is defecting from Blair's local party

LABOUR PARTY membership is falling in Tony Blair's back yard. His Sedgefield constituency party, which attracted more than 2,000 members after replacing boring meetings with barbecues, is struggling to persuade many of them to renew their subscriptions.

Shareholders set to grill Liberty board

THE BOARD of Liberty, the struggling department store group, is braced for a stormy annual meeting today as shareholders grill the directors over the company's collapsing share price, suspended dividend and boardroom upheaval. The company will also be forced to admit that it has breached corporate governance guidelines.

SHOPPING: THE ULTIMATE beach barbecue kit

A handsome bag for barbecue equipment is essential equipment for a trip to the beach. This striped Madagascan shopping basket is from The Holding Company (0171 610 9160 for mail order) and costs pounds 14.50 for the medium size or pounds 17.50 for the large size. A non-stick barbecue grill basket, pounds 6.75 from Lakeland Limited ( 015394 88100 for mail order) will make the going easier, even for the worst of cooks.

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The time: This weekend The place: Your back garden

Cut to size: letter

Michael Leapman criticises over-mowing of lawns and, indeed, their disappearance from many gardens ("Are we losing our love of the lawn?", 30 June). He fails to see that this is simply Blairite modernisation of the garden, where troublesome grass and unsightly weeds are replaced by paving stones and barbecues.

Pregnant woman was engulfed in barbecue fireball

A PREGNANT woman was engulfed in flames when she poured methylated spirits on to a barbecue, an inquest in Bristol heard yesterday.

Burns woman dies

SUSAN Guest, 30, of Downend, Bristol, who was seven months pregnant when she was badly burnt after trying to ignite a barbecue, died from her injuries. Her baby, which was born prematurely after the accident, is still in a stable condition.

Baby boy for burns victim

A SEVEN-MONTHS pregnant woman who was badly burnt at a barbecue two weeks ago, has given birth to a three- pound boy.

Fiery game

Two youths who left their toast under a grill while playing a Sonic the Hedgehog computer game caused pounds 15,000 worth of damage to a house in North Tidworth, Wiltshire, as fire spread through the lower floor. Wayne Turner, 19, and James, 17, escaped unharmed.
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