News A tweet showing Russian artist Viktor Ivanov's bear fashioned from cuts of chicken.

The photo of a bear put together using clumps of meat is almost enough to put you off Christmas dinner

Hong Kong reports first case of deadly H7N9 bird flu strain amid fears it is spreading from China

Government issues ‘serious’ influenza pandemic response alert

Edwina Currie unveils the new version of the British Lion Code of Practice at Portcullis House in London

A safe pair of hands? Edwina Currie launches egg safety code

Edwina Currie, the former Health minister who once nearly bankrupted Britain’s egg producers, has been chosen to promote the new version of the red British Lion, which tells you that an egg is safe to eat.

Whole roast chicken with new season garlic sauce and straw potatoes

‘I don’t have kids of my own – I don’t have a wife or toys, so it wouldn’t work’

I had a Sunday roast with some children last weekend, so this one will be about that.

Video: TV review

Watch the videos below to view clips from a selection of the reviewed shows - ‘Chickens’ and ‘The Great British Bake-Off’

Tom Hodgkinson: 'Our steady supply of eggs means we always have some sort of food'

If all the smallholding activities we have attempted in Devon, keeping chickens comes out top for both pleasure and utility. Growing vegetables can be satisfying and is certainly therapeutic, but when you can buy a 10kg sack of potatoes for a fiver, the toil involved in producing your own seems hardly worth it. This year I have managed to sow some rocket and broad beans, and planted a few cabbages, but looked at strictly in terms of cost-saving, the gains are negligible.

Julia Gillard announces her resignation after being ousted as Labor Party leader by Kevin Rudd

Australia's former PM Julia Gillard broke the mould – then it broke her

When Julia Gillard  became Australia’s first female PM in June 2010, it was seen as a milestone for gender equality in Australia.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard with her partner Tim Mathieson

'Is your partner gay?' Shock jock sacked over Gillard interview

Radio host widely condemned for live questioning of Prime Minister

Fire in poultry slaughterhouse kills 119 in China's deadliest blaze for more than a decade

The fire is likely to once again highlight the lax safety standards at many Chinese workplaces

Chav-o-Vision programmes like C4's 'Skint' and BBC3's 'People Like Us' are just state propaganda

These so-called "documentaries" are a deliberate attempt to demonise and marginalise the poor as sub-human examples of a welfare system gone to rot

Waitrose feasts on Eurovision boost

If you’re going to stay in for an evening of cheesy pop, camp presenters and political voting à la Eurovision, you may as well munch on the continent’s finest cuisine.

George O'Grady with Sergio Garcia outside the Rules Office

Sergio Garcia / Tiger Woods 'fried chicken' racism row takes fresh twist after 'coloured athletes' comment

European Tour chief executive George O'Grady immediately apologises for causing offence

Clampdown at Bernard Matthews farm in bird flu scare

A clampdown on movements in and out of a Bernard Matthews poultry farm has been imposed after a strain of bird flu was identified.

The supermarket said its chickens may have eaten GM soya

Tesco withdraws guarantee its birds are not fed GM food

Chickens and eggs sold at Tesco may come from birds fed on genetically modified (GM) soya, the supermarket conceded, as it withdrew its “no-GM” guarantee.

Still fancy the full English? Study links processed meats such as bacon and sausages to risk of early death

Study of half a million people across Europe suggests daily diet including equivalent to two sausages and a slice of bacon is linked to increased risk of dying young

Smoked haddock and quails' egg tarts

Smoked haddock and quails' egg tarts

Serves 10

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