The conclusion that women use sex as a bargaining tool is wildly outdated

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SO you think rugby union is in a mess. If the blazers from the Rugby Football Union and the assorted millionaire owners of the leading clubs have found themselves in a bit of pickle over - pardon the mixed culinary metaphor - that old chestnut of club v country, they should shoot a glance at a sport brought to the verge of international anarchy by a menu of Pot Noodles and Penguin bars.

Basketball: England team in open revolt

ENGLAND'S players ripped the lid off the team's impoverished international programme ahead of tonight's crucial European Championship game against Israel in Manchester, by revealing they were fed on Pot Noodles and chocolate biscuits before Wednesday's 60-55 win in Belarus.

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A Victorian cordial made from the English hedgerows may not be the first thing you'd think of drinking with your bowl of noodles but, as Nikki Spencer found out, elderflower is proving so popular in trendy new Japanese canteens like Wagamama in Soho that manufacturers are now exporting it all the way to Japan

Cafe Society: Noodles bar none

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At home, Christmas trees: The easy way to Yuletide greens

By 25 December, five-and-a-quarter-million real Christmas trees will have changed hands for an average of around pounds l5 apiece. Five-and- a-quarter-million households will have struggled to stand the thing upright wedged in a bucket with house bricks or fiddled with those infuriating screws on stands which are alleged to be the final solution to leaning- `tree syndrome. Rosalind Russell looks at the alternatives to pine needles on the carpet.

Advertising Reviews: Man, his best friend and their SuperNoodles

Men behave very badly indeed in the new campaign for Batchelors SuperNoodles - playing with their food, feeding dog-licked noodles to their girlfriends and licking plates clean instead of washing them up.

Sayonara, spaghetti

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Variety is the spice of rice

PART 3: RICES OF THE WORLD: In the final part of our series, Michael Bateman introduces the less familiar facets of rice. From crispy crackers and moreish noodles, to tangy vinegars and wines, rice is the basis of a multitude of foodstuffs which we explore via recipes from Clare Ferguson's inspirational book

Youth advertising? Just cool it

Advertisers have always found it difficult to target 16- to 24- year-olds - but where Levi's has led, others are now following. Meg Carter reports

On a mission to make noodles the next pizza

Nobody could accuse Alan Yau of not thinking big. He started off helping his father run two Chinese restaurants in Peterborough but left because he felt the shortage of properly skilled labour limited the scope for expansion. Now, after a dalliance with taking on a McDonald's franchise in Hong Kong, he is proprietor of two noodle restaurants with dreams of creating an international presence.

It'll be all white on the night

I-THAI AT THE HEMPEL; 31-35 Craven Hill Gardens, London W2 3EA. Tel: 0171 298 9000. Open daily from noon to 2.30pm and from 7 to 11pm. Reservations required until 2 December. Average price per head, pounds 60. Major credit cards accepted
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