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With his band the MGs, Booker T was the resident genius at one of America's great soul labels. Now, with a bit of help from Neil Young, he's turning off his organ and enrolling in the school of rock

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Ever passed a chip shop and found yourself drawn in by the delicious smells?

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Need a potato to help you lose weight or one you can grow in a bucket?

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A dilettante gardener may grow a passable show of flowers. Vegetables, however, require a deeper level of commitment. It is the most time-consuming form of gardening, but if you have any trace of peasant left in you, the most satisfying. The race to acquire allotments suggests that there are plenty of us who still feel the atavistic urge to feed ourselves with the fruits of our own labour. Unfortunately, the land that should be there often isn't. In Scotland, there are just 6,300 allotment plots, but the waiting list has now grown to 3,000. What is the Scottish government going to do about it?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The memorable title of Shaffer's first (and sadly last) novel is the name of a war-time book club, invented by a group of Guern-sey villagers stopped by a German patrol for breaking curfew.

Alex James: Is this the shape of farming to come?

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Whipped potatoes with chanterelles

Serves 4 as a starter

Pringles ruling means they're VAT-free

A Pringle is undoubtedly crisp - but it is not a potato crisp. That was the conclusion reached by a High Court judge today after an exhaustive inquiry into the ingredients, manufacturer and packaging of the top-selling snack.

Benn gives go-ahead for new GM potato trial

Ministers have given permission for thousands of GM potatoes to be grown in Britain, a decision that is bound to provoke a new confrontation with environmentalists.

Two men arrrested on charges of potato fraud

A senior buyer for Sainsbury's has been arrested over claims that he took £3m in backhanders from a major potato supplier, police said.

Miles Kington: How to make a meal of a packet of crisps

In the three-course dinner bag you get prawn cocktail crisps at the top, then salmon or venison, and to finish up, apple or mango

Charles Nevin: The Third Leader

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