i Robert Burns, 1759 to 1796. Scottish Poet

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Sport on TV: When England ruled the world at smoking and big puddings

Cricket must have seemed like an odd pastime to inhabitants of the far-flung corners of the Empire – as it still does to the rest of the world – but it wasn't long before they took to it and then started thrashing us at it with gusto. So perhaps Alex Horne has the right idea in The Games That Time Forgot (BBC4, Monday): move the goalposts and rule the world again. In his examination of neglected British sports, he tries cricket on horseback. Jonathan Trott might even get up to a canter, and surely the England tail would swish more effectively.

Buttermilk pudding with Tayberries

Serves 4

Noval white and black jellies

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Leading Article: Academics should check their facts

A pamphlet from the think-tank Politeia this week makes a persuasive argument for promoting Latin in primary school on the grounds that it can help youngsters master other subjects and learn other languages. Unfortunately, however, Politeia overeggs the pudding by suggesting that Latin is not in widespread use in primary schools because Labour banned it from them under its plans to promote modern foreign languages for children.

Coconut rice pudding

Serves 4

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Steamed pudding with prunes and pomegranate

Serves 4

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