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.
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Wednesday 09 January 2013
Starved girl's siblings sue city's council
Sunday 30 December 2012
Northern Ireland Opera toured with the unsettling adaptation of the Henry James ghost story, and Simon Rattle thrilled us again
Sunday 16 December 2012
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.
Thursday 13 December 2012
Beef Products Inc former employees sues Oliver and others after losing his job
Saturday 24 November 2012
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.
Sunday 18 November 2012
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.
Saturday 17 November 2012
Engineering firms topped and tailed the benchmark index yesterday. There was a contrast in fortunes for IMI and Melrose.
Tuesday 30 October 2012
Extraordinary images of Hurricane Sandy are going great guns on social media - but some of the most famous are fake.
Monday 29 October 2012
A former deputy headteacher has been spared jail after admitting abducting a 15-year-old pupil and taking her out for meals.
Sunday 21 October 2012
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.
Monday 15 October 2012
A former aide of Lance Armstrong has alleged she was used as a “drug runner” during her time working for the US Postal team.
Monday 15 October 2012
Martin Keown knew from the first moment he clapped eyes on Ashley Cole the defender would stop at nothing to achieve his aims.
Monday 08 October 2012
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.
Sunday 07 October 2012
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.
Monday 01 October 2012
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.
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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- 5 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales