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Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.

Litany of disgust over airline meals

IT'S OFFICIAL: your in-flight meal is revolting. Or, to be more specific, the food served on the transatlantic slog is a leathery, congealed, fibrous form of "gastronomic murder".

Television Reviews: Beg To Differ and The Travel Show

"I AM THE capitalists' nightmare - the educated intelligent person who just doesn't want a job," said Annie Byfield, introducing a new series called Beg to Differ (C4) last week. She was delivering this link, or something similarly smug, on the Dockland's Light Railway - a heaving illustration of the rat-race lifestyle she was denouncing. At which point one of the oppressed rodents told her to shut up because he was trying to read his newspaper. Byfield was outraged to have her diatribe interrupted, but I let out an involuntary cheer for this hero of bourgeois endurance. He could probably just about cope with the fact that his labour was paying for her indolence, but to be harangued for his dull conformity was more than flesh could bear.

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Watchdog finds placenta dinner in bad taste

Channel 4 presenter defies criticism of programme that showed family cooking and consuming afterbirth `to reflect rituals of other cultures'

Great Kentonese cuisine

XI'AN; 324 High Street, Orpington, Kent BR6 0NG. Tel: 01689 871 881. Open for lunch Monday to Saturday, 12-2.15pm and for dinner Sunday to Thursday, 6-11.15pm and Friday to Saturday, 6-11.45pm. Set menus from pounds 13 per head, average a la carte price around pounds 20 per person. Credit cards accepted

Mmm ... placenta puree, courtesy of our cook and C4

PARENTS invited 20 of their friends to feast on the afterbirth of their child for a fly-on-the-wall Channel 4 cookery show, to be screened early next month, writes Vanessa Thorpe.

Eating out: A bed of wild thyme

The Cors; Newbridge Road, Laugharne, Nr Carmartharne SA31 4SH. Tel: 01994 427219. Open Thursday to Friday noon to 2.30pm and 7 to 9pm, with extended hours over summer. Average price pounds 23 per person. Credit cards accepted

Great white truffles

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The killing fields

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Food: For mash get mechanised

Mashed potato is back in fashion, both at home and in restaurants. Nikki Spencer investigates.

At the forecourt of dining

BLUEBIRD; 350 King's Road, London SW3 5UU. Tel: 0171 559 1000. Open Mon-Fri 12-3.30pm, Mon-Sat 6-11pm, Sat and Sun for brunch 11am-3.30pm, and Sun 6-10pm. Average price per person, pounds 35, without wine. Credit cards accepted

TV Reviews: Strike It Rich and TV Dinners

Spare a thought this Christmas for Helen Doble and Brian and Brenda Williams, the compilers who have the challenging task of thinking up questions for Strike It Rich (ITV), a vehicle for the spookily ordinary talents of Michael Barrymore. This might not seem, at first glance, to be the pinnacle of the compiler's profession. But next to it Mastermind is a mere foothill. The really testing nature of Strike It Rich is is the difficulty of finding questions easy enough for the competitors to answer. Take this for example: "this has a wobbly body and is found in the sea". Not exactly The Times crossword is it? And it isn't even assumed that the competitors might come up with the word jellyfish for themselves - they only have to choose correctly from a list of six words beginning with J (among the temptingly fishy alternatives - juggernaut, jackass and jurassic).
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