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

Slug & Lettuce entrepreneur plans float for his latest pub venture

Hugh "Sooty" Corbett has become a legend in the pub business by building up the Slug & Lettuce and Harvey Floorbangers chains and selling them off for a handsome profit to larger drinks groups. Andrew Yates discovers he is at it again with grand plans to make his new Tup Inns a household name.

Passport: BB King - 'I see countries the way I see vegetables. I couldn't say which one I like best'

BB King's travel arrangements have come a long way since 1947 when, with just $2.50 in his pocket, he hitched a lift to Memphis, Tennessee, to pursue his career in music. Now, the King of Blues notches up 50 stamps in his passport a year in concerts alone.

Food stuff: All at sea...

It used to be that the only reason for bringing seaweed back from the beach was to hang it up as a DIY barometer but now you are more likely to find it on your dinner plate than your porch. Since Tesco started stocking fresh seaweed we seem to have developed quite an appetite for the slimy green and brown stuff.

WEEKEND WORK

WEEKEND WORK

Duff Hart-Davis column

What better than to sit at the end of the garden on a hot evening, glass in hand, and contemplate the state of the season? Officially, I am on rat patrol - for two or three rodents have re-established themselves in the chicken barn, and there is a chance that one will come out into the open to feed under the hopper in the yard below. The .22 is therefore propped against the mulberry tree beside me; but Rosie, our fluffy cat, is also on patrol, and I do not think anything will appear while she is about.

Shades of greens

Sow now, to cut colourful, tasty leaves until the end of the autumn, writes Anna Pavord

Seaweed on designer dinner menu

Seaweed, redolent with memories of seaside holidays and apparently better for you than ice cream and candy floss, is bidding to become the next designer ingredient for the country's dinner tables.

Health: Hair loss: the treatments

Scalp massage

Tranquillity is a row of fat lettuces

Anna Pavord finds peace among the vegetables of an old-fashioned potager in Northamptonshire

Gardening: Weekend work

Weed, weed, weed. If you lose control of weeds this month, they will be with you for the rest of the summer. Pay particular attention to those that are on the point of flowering. An average weed will shed 5,000 seeds.

British food: in the dock and hard to swallow

There is a most extraordinary case going on in the High Court at the moment, in which a health food writer, Josie Metcalfe, is being sued by the British food industry on the grounds that if people did what she recommended, the British economy would collapse. To give you some idea of what people are already calling the Health Trial of the Century, here is an extract from the opening day.

Anti-slug bugs lose the battle

The slug, the gardener's most persistent and ravenous enemy, has scored another victory over man's attempt to control it. A highly touted biological predator, the nematode, was withdrawn from the market last week because it has lost its appetite for the slimy creatures.

Letter: Educate young taste buds

Sir: Emma Haughton and her partner's methods to get children to eat greens were traumatic for all the family.

Tennis: When the heat is on... ... you could try a lettuce leaf under your hat

These are hardly salad days for the likes of Steffi Graff and Pete Sampras, who have both found the stifling heat of Melbourne heavy going. But advice to tackle the oppressive on-court temperatures is being offered by the Australian cyclist Alan Iacuone. When the heat is on, he puts a lettuce leaf on his head.

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