Last days for China's forgotten Jews

OVER DINNER in the central Chinese city of Kaifeng, 68-year-old Zhao Xiangru put down his chopsticks. "I was born in Kaifeng in 1930," he said. "My ancestors were Jewish, I have got Jewish blood. All of this was given by God, it is not a personal choice. I feel proud that I am a Jew." Conspicuously absent from the table, given that this was China, was any pork.

Here's one he did not declare earlier: 'Blue Peter' star sacked

THE Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon will need more than a kitchen- roll tube and some sticky-back plastic to get out of this one.

Right of Reply: Jenny Bacon

The Director-General of the Health and Safety Executive responds to our coverage of work-related stress

Pig farmers stop lorries in imports protest

HUNDREDS OF British pig farmers stopped and searched lorries at a Lincolnshire port yesterday in an attempt to halt imports of cheap factory- farmed pork.

Theatre: Curtain calls

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Letter: Pigs with names

Sir: Pigs are certainly "intelligent, gutsy creatures" (letter, 19 January), but I dispute that they would rather we did not eat them.

Flying pigs swim to save their bacon

Police were last night stepping up the hunt two pigs which escaped from an abattoir minutes before they were due to be slaughtered. Five days after their getaway, which wriggling through a hole in the fence and fording a fast flowing river, the two Ginger Tamworths were still at large.

Food: Secret pork pie eaters unmasked

Middle-aged men are telling porkies to their wives about their secret pie-eating habits. They have been identified as responsible for scoffing millions of pork pies every year - but behind their wives' backs.

Letter: Pork grilling

By keeping his own pig, Paul Richardson jeopardises the health of all pigs in the UK ("Bringing home the bacon", Real Life, 11 May). He is obviously unaware that classical swine fever is rife in the Netherlands, with cases also in Germany, Belgium and Italy. The virus that causes this serious disease survives in improperly cooked or cured pig meat, much of which is imported from Holland, and for this reason it is illegal to give waste food to pigs except under controlled conditions and under licence. He also seems unaware that the movement of pigs is controlled by law so that if a serious disease like swine fever occurs, all possible in-contact stock can be traced.

What's for dinner? Prawns, pork and lashings of bigotry

A dinner party for eight people ended in an unashamed damning of blacks, gays and the poor. A disastrous mis-match of attitudes by the host? Far from it. All eight were in full right-wing agreement and willing to expose their bigotry before the nation's television viewers.

All human life at Pork Scratchings

As I am always looking for ways of making a quick fortune, I have been working recently on an idea for a new TV sitcom.

Letter: Bacon for birds?

Bacon for birds?

Life with thugs

FRANCIS BACON: Anatomy of an Enigma by Michael Peppiatt, Weidenfeld & Nicholson pounds 15.99

Bacon's cardinal steps into the light

A major portrait from Francis Bacon's famous Papal series, in which he transmuted papal images into visions of insanity, has come on to the market for the first time in decades.

Letter:Sabotage of Britain's role in Europe

Sir: John Major has been widely and rightly commended for his condemnation of two of his junior colleagues for threatening to withhold their support across the "Parliamentary board" in pursuance of a single political object dear to their hearts ("Pork-barrel politics come to Britain", 14 June).
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