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At the risk of straying into territory staked out by my more lurid male counterparts, I once saw a strip bar in Nashville with a neon sign outside advertising '99 Beautiful Girls! And One Ugly One'. They can get away with that kind of playful hucksterism down in the American South. Here, outraged punters would be demanding refunds and invoking the Trade Descriptions Act.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 9 January 2013

Starved girl's siblings sue city's council

The BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall

Review of 2012: Classical

Northern Ireland Opera toured with the unsettling adaptation of the Henry James ghost story, and Simon Rattle thrilled us again

League round-up: Posh stun leaders as Gayle hits

Leaders Cardiff City's perfect home record, 10 wins out of 10, came to a shuddering halt against struggling Peterborough United in the Championship's biggest shock so far. Michael Bostwick's free-kick midway through the first half and Dwight Gayle, on-loan from Dagenham, put Posh 2-0 up two minutes into the second half. Rudy Gestede pulled one back with a minute left, but Posh held on to win 2-1.

Jamie Oliver sued by factory worker over 'pink slime' slur

Beef Products Inc former employees sues Oliver and others after losing his job

The Pompadour by Galvin, Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Not many famous London-based chefs have put their names over restaurant doors in Scotland. Apart from an ill-fated Glasgow venture involving Gordon Ramsay, I can't think of a single one. Ambitious empire builders are far more likely to be found opening in the Emirates than in Edinburgh. So the arrival of the Galvin brothers, Chris and Jeff, in a grand old hotel in the Scottish capital, is an interesting development.

A half-time summary of my game of life

Last week I turned 45. That means that, best-case scenario, I'm halfway through life. That's a weird thought. My life so far has been a rather varied and extraordinary affair. I was born in Beirut and spent a charmed childhood in the hills above the Lebanese capital, making the occasional jaunt into the Syrian desert. Then came the civil war and everything changed.

Market Report: Melrose dips as momentum slows

Engineering firms topped and tailed the benchmark index yesterday. There was a contrast in fortunes for IMI and Melrose.

Seven fake Hurricane Sandy pictures you're sharing

Extraordinary images of Hurricane Sandy are going great guns on social media - but some of the most famous are fake.

Ex-teacher Brian Knowles avoids prison over abduction of 15-year-old girl

A former deputy headteacher has been spared jail after admitting abducting a 15-year-old pupil and taking her out for meals.

Editorial: It's hard work being a millionaire

When Frank Sinatra and Celeste Holm sung "Who wants to be a millionaire?" in High Society, their assumption was that getting hold of a million dollars primarily meant the chance to give up the day job. More precisely, it meant wallowing in champagne and riding a supersonic plane. That, and "having fancy flunkies everywhere", of course.

Cycling: Former aide of Lance Armstrong claims she was used as a 'drug runner'

A former aide of Lance Armstrong has alleged she was used as a “drug runner” during her time working for the US Postal team.

Ashley Cole is 'misunderstood' says former team-mate Martin Keown

Martin Keown knew from the first moment he clapped eyes on Ashley Cole the defender would stop at nothing to achieve his aims.

Gary Neville at St George's Park

Gary Neville urges England to think the worst ahead of San Marino encounter

England's players were due to meet up for the first time at their plush new HQ in Burton with coach Gary Neville admitting the best way to prepare for Friday's World Cup qualifier with San Marino might be to scare themselves by wondering what would happen if it all went wrong.

Once we grew all our own vegetables, now I hang my head in shame at the weeds…

It's been a ropey old year down on the farm. When I retired from London life 10 years ago, accompanied by a copy of The River Cottage Cookbook by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and romantic dreams about self-sufficiency, I was full of hope for a new dawn. Never again would I visit a supermarket. All eggs would be laid by our hens. Organic vegetables would spring forth from the garden. Home-brewed ale would comfort the evening and I would chop wood and cart muck every afternoon. The smell of freshly baked bread would fill the kitchen and the children would run free in the fields. The vulgar world with its television talent shows and mobile phones would not disturb our Epicurean retreat.

Top award for academy that helps youngsters

An academy that trains thousands of underprivileged youngsters to work in restaurants and hotels has been crowned winner of an awards scheme that recognises the highest standards of social responsibility and employee engagement.

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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