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Neither selfishness nor greed is a pretty sight, so I got up at crack of dawn to indulge in the first greengage binge of the year. When we moved here, we planted an orchard of pears and plummish things and the trees are now beginning to bear good crops. It was too early for wasps to be about; only the blackbirds singing in the hawthorn and the buzzards wheeling overhead could tut-tut at the amount of juice squidging down my chin. I did feel a bit guilty, thinking of the children sleeping serene but gageless in their beds. But not for long.

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The Nutcracker, Coliseum, London

Though English National Ballet's new Nutcracker is a long-awaited production, it seems to have been rushed on to the stage. It has handsome designs, Tchaikovsky's score and some strong dancing, but suffered a case of first-night nerves. Some dances were under-rehearsed; at least one special effect went awry. The production and company need to take a deep breath and calm down.

Lamb with prunes and Moroccan spices

Serves 6

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