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<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/eat-mussels--a.html">Eat: Mussels - a myth debunked</a>

Apparently Jane Grigson said it first, in her 1973 book Jane Grigson's Fish Cookery. After cooking, "throw away any mussels that refuse to open".

Moules marini&egrave;res

Serves 4-6

Michael McCarthy: Mussels land man in hot water

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Serves 4

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Long bans for father and son in 'ringer' case

Richard Tierney, the conditional rider, found himself both a winner and a loser yesterday in grimly bizarre circumstances. A few hours after being warned off for two years because of his involvement in the running of a ringer at a point-to-point in 2006, he scored at Musselburgh on hurdler Amazing King.

Mussel, spinach and bacon gratin

Serves 4 as a main course or 6 as a starter

Germany Stalling: Former winners haunted by ghosts of past

The hosts have reached seven finals in the World Cup and won three of them, but most of their fans do not believe a fourth title awaits - even on home turf

Brian Viner: Logan's run at Lynam take-off misses the mark

It was billed as a confrontation not between two teams, but between two great individual performers at the top of their respective games: between the relentless trickery of one, and the marvellous sure-footedness of the other.

The eider duck: Fishermen's enemy number one

Thousands of the birds descend on the mussel beds of the Wash, wrecking a traditional trade
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