News A live frog intended to be eaten, in a Singapore market.

The unnamed New Yorker found the amphibian sprawled in her lunch.

SFI 'ignored crisis warning'

Pub group continued to expand against the advice of its accountants.

Outlook: Safeway cut

BRITISH SUPERMARKET groups are not as good as they think they are, product displays are unimaginative and the UK market is not even that competitive. These were just some of the tub-thumping pieces comments to emerge yesterday from Carlos Criado-Perez, the flamboyantly named Argentinian parachuted in to turn round the struggling Safeway.

Letter: Herb-loving rabbit

BEFORE ANY of your readers respond to the advice given by Sarah Raven ("Rabbit repulsed", Review, 31 October), they may be interested to know that not all rabbits dislike aromatic plants. Our pet rabbit, Bertie, enjoys eating ordinary lettuce leaves, but he is also very partial to the much tangier rocket, not to mention lemon balm, sage, oregano, thyme and rosemary. His favourite nibble seems to be lavender, which he eats in huge quantities.

HIDDEN INGREDIENTS IN YOUR GROCERIES

Winter lettuce

Gardening: Sub-zero salads

There are plenty of salads that will grow happily outdoors in winter and provide you with a fresh crop of leaves from November through to March. Sarah Raven advises on varieties that can withstand the frosts, and how to sow them

Eleven marrows and a mountain of mackerel

`How wonderful' I say, making space for yet another vegetable the size of a canoe

Slug slows down despite record year

UNEXPECTED costs of two pub openings and difficult trading last year forced pubs operator Slug and Lettuce to slow its expansion programme, the company said yesterday.

Gardening: Thorny solutions

Cats are the scourge of the urban garden: they view gravel paths and lawns as giant litter trays and flatten your favourite flowers. The best line of defence, advises Sarah Raven, is a selection of prickly plants

Weekend Work

SHEAR OVER clumps of aubrieta, arabis and other similar rock plants to remove dead flowers and reduce straggling. Clean candytuft and alyssum by cutting out flowered stems. Shear back foliage of early flowering Iris unguicularis so the sun can warm the rhizomes.

Travel: Grape expectations

Robert Gaisford takes off for Logrono, the capital of Rioja, to enjoy the wine festival

Captain Moonlight: Ladies, he will not be for ever taciturn

HELLO again! Yes, very nice holiday, good break, but tremendous to be back. And thanks to all of you who wrote in worrying that my absence might be due to another of my "little local difficulties", or only temporary. Did you see, by the way, the story about Thomas Brown, the retired Nottingham baker who has been to Skegness for his holidays 136 times since 1924? Uplifting, and an invaluable and greatly deserved booster for our native tourist trade. I went to Costa Rica. Very nice, but the cod platters weren't up to much. It's not as easy as it looks, batter. But let's get on. Men, I read somewhere else, speak, on average, 12,000 words a day, while women manage the odd 23,000. Embarrassing. That's why today, for just this once, in the interests of equality, I am offering a "Ladies Only" service, entitled How To Increase Your Man's Word Power, or Ten Conversational Gambits Guaranteed To Get Him Going: 1) "Turned out nice again, hasn't it?" 2) "What's your star sign?" 3) "Stam's been a bit of a revelation for United, hasn't he? Really confounded the doubters." 4) "But do you think it might rain later?" 5) "Aristotle, you know, believed that the direction of the wind at the moment of conception determined the sex of the child." 6) "If I were you, I'd raise the blades on that mower a touch." 7) "Extraordinarily enough, Queen Berengaria, Richard the Lionheart's wife, never visited England." 8) "Where do you stand on Chris Woodhead?" 9) "Have you noticed that the two globes which make up part of the backdrop to ITV's Lunchtime News are spinning in the wrong direction?" 10) "When do you think they'll harmonise screw-top and bayonet light bulbs?" Right. Now stand back, ladies!

Albert Fisher set for pounds 40m sell-off

ALBERT FISHER, the perennially struggling food group, promised further significant disposals yesterday as the new management team attempts to reduce debts and put the group on a more stable financial footing.

Gardening: Just slug it to them

Go outdoors after dark and you'll probably find hundreds of slugs munching your plants. But pellets aren't the answer, says Sarah Raven. Biological warfare is

Gardening: Bitter sweet symphony

Cut-and-come-again lettuces are perfect for even the smallest spaces, says Sarah Raven. Sow now and you will enjoy a plentiful supply of colourful and tasty leaves throughout the summer months
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