Ah, Scotland’s favourite son.
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Saturday 04 January 2014
Sunday 29 December 2013
As literary monsterings go, accusing Alan Bennett of being good at fixing washing machines is at the milder end of the scale. But for the celebrated playwright, the allegation of mechanical competence has proved too hard to stomach.
Thursday 26 December 2013
He looks like he’s enjoying a nice Christmas dinner
Donald Macintyre's Sketch: The last PMQs before Christmas. Thank goodness it comes round only once a year
Wednesday 18 December 2013
Ah, the last Prime Minister’s Questions of the year. MPs always find it impossible not to overdo the festive references, as though they had just been given uniquely privileged inside information that Christmas was only a week away. There is the frankly obsequious kind, such as Therese Coffey’s: “Thank you for calling me, Mr Speaker, and a merry Christmas to you and your family. The people of Suffolk have enjoyed a cracker of a Christmas present with the excellent news on the A14 [not becoming a toll road]...” Then there is the beseeching, as in her fellow Tory Stewart Jackson’s: “Will the Prime Minister give an early Christmas present to Peterborough people by giving his personal support to our bid for a university technical college.”
Monday 16 December 2013
Georges St Pierre takes a break - but Dana White is confident UFC can cope
Sunday 15 December 2013
If you haven’t found time to make your Christmas pud, don’t despair. We select the finest of this fruity festive staple
Sunday 08 December 2013
From gourmet festive fare to chocolates with a royal seal of approval, these fine hampers make mouth-watering pressies for foodies
Saturday 07 December 2013
It's a tricky decision for a lady of mature years. At what stage do you have work done, if at all? Do you slide into comfortable decrepitude? Or undergo a discreet cosmetic procedure, and run the risk of emerging with a startled, over-shiny face that looks too young for your body?
Friday 06 December 2013
It was left to Sir Geoff Hurst to deliver the fatal blow in Fifa’s glorified game of battleships
Wednesday 13 November 2013
The most delicious chocolate treats help make waiting for Christmas so much more enjoyable for children and adults alike
Saturday 21 September 2013
Five years ago, Trishna opened near Baker Street specialising in upmarket (and expensive) Indian cuisine. It was the brainchild of Karam Sethi and his brother Jyotin, both born in London, and specialised in the cooking of south-west India. The memory of its Isle of Shuna mussels and its coastal lamb curry has remained with me ever since, and I wasn't surprised when the place picked up a Michelin star last October.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
A study has found that in forces across England and Wales, drug policy was a major cause of racial inequality in the justice system
Monday 19 August 2013
He’s used to playing culinary good cop to John Torode’s bad cop in the BBC’s popular cooking competition MasterChef.
Sunday 28 July 2013
Eating meat has always been a question of stomach overruling head for me. I am a voracious carnivore, raised on a diet of full English breakfasts, hearty lasagnes and my mother's Sunday roast.
Saturday 23 March 2013
PX is a unique Spanish sweet wine that I discovered a while ago, so sweet in fact that it resulted in me having to make a trip to the dentist. PX, or Pedro, short for Pedro Ximénez, is one of the darkest, richest, stickiest wines in the world and by rights shouldn't exist as a wine at all. Oozing with viscous sucrosity, it's the perfect blending sweetener, in small doses, for cream sherry and sweet oloroso. Did someone dunk a finger in a cask of Pedro one day and think "I could get a pat on the back from the mouthwash industry for bottling this on its own"?
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