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To his cost, ex-Glencore trader Andrew Kearns has found being hungover a sackable offence, but the liquid lunch shaped many a day in days gone by, says a wistful John Walsh

Mud, mud, glorious mud

EATING OUT

Silliness with a whiff of brimstone

Just an ordinary dinner party. BBC people. War correspondents, commissioning editors, political chaps, producers, you know the sort of thing. Run-of-the-mill for people like me, yawn yawn, here we go again.

Ivory Towers

Extracting the urine from temporarily blinded lobsters

LETTER:Saving small fry

From Mr Roger Holmes

LETTER: Little lobsters

From Ms Georgina Hobhouse

A castaway among the humming birds, goats and lobsters

Jamie Ross follows the trail of the real Robinson Crusoe in Chile

In perfect order

The ultimate three-course meal; Let us discuss construction of the elusive, perfect meal: balance is paramount; texture of ingredients is an important factor, and temperature plays a big part Photograph by Jean Cazals

LETTER:Humane lobster

From Mr F. M. M. Steiner

Spending spree with a difference

Who needs a shooter and a stocking over their head? Certainly not Rosemary Aberdour, who nicked almost pounds 3m from a charity fund, lied to cover her tracks and brought a hospital to the brink of closure but is still - thanks to logic which Virginia Bottomley may not appreciate - deemed worthy of an almost adulatory half-hour on BBC1.

LETTER: That's no way to treat a lobster

From Dr Leonard Black

EATING OUT / Money talks, very loudly: La Tante Claire, 68 Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HB. Tel: 071-352 6045. Open Monday to Friday for lunch and dinner. Set three-course lunch menu pounds 25 per person. Dinner average pounds 65 per person, excluding wine. Major cards

IF I SAY that eating at La Tante Claire is like eating in a very good restaurant in Sydney, that is high praise. The best food in Sydney is the best in the world, using wonderful fresh ingredients and a French approach to cooking that has absorbed Malaysian and Japanese influences.

Fishing Lines: Hooked on musical bait

EVER since the most respected fisherman of the 20th century insisted that a burst of opera could encourage fish to feed, I've been searching for the definitive song to charm my quarry on to the hook. And I just might have discovered the secret.

Travel: Paying the rent

MOST people won't know that the expression 'peppercorn rent' can be taken literally. But freeholders with a sense of humour may demand any form of rent payment from their lessees. The most eccentric rents seem to be on rural estates where payment is based on local produce - lobsters for a Scottish croft, pheasants for a gamekeeper's house, and so on.

Captain Moonlight: Real news starts here

RIGHT. Time for the Captain's Catch-Up Service, my exclusive guide to the week's other news . . . A gunman who attempted to rob a Hare Krishna temple's jewellery store in Los Angeles was set on by three members of the peace-loving sect, who broke his jaw. A police spokesman said: 'They're nice people, but don't get those Hare Krishnas mad' . . . A baby hedgehog dropped from the sky by a passing magpie on to a barbecue at Holsworthy, Devon, escaped with only a burnt nose . . . Slimmers should not lick stamps, the Shropshire Women's Institute has warned, because the gum contains 5.9 calories . . . Estate agent Jeremy Nicholls was rushed to hospital after being bitten by a caterpillar. Expert David Carter fears the insect was a brown-tail moth larva. 'They are very dangerous if they get anywhere near the eyes' he said . . . And finally, Sophia Loren, a caring mother, has installed a pounds 15,000 fish tank in her sons' Californian home so that they can enjoy their own fresh lobster . . .
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