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Toxic German eggs enter food chain in Britain

British shoppers bought cakes and quiches made with eggs at the centre of a health scandal in Germany, food safety officials confirmed last night.

Philip Hensher: Christmas puts us all on a stage. Is that why we've come to dread it?

Somewhere in one of Elizabeth Taylor's novels, a character makes the cardinal error of alluding, casually, to Christmas in the middle of November. "Oh, don't," her friend responds with, Taylor says, "all the English dread Christmas".

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Raspberry and orange pudding

Serves 4

Black raspberries offer bowel cancer hope

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Charles Nevin: The secret of happiness: patios

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Emma Townshend hears the one about the Bishop and the 'Actaea'

Raspberry prosecco

Serves 6-8

Pick'n'mix: Skye Gyngell cooks with fresh English berries

Could there be anything nicer than ripe English berries? Whether served as they come – perhaps with the smallest sprinkle of sugar and a good dollop of thick Jersey cream – puréed with a simple sugar syrup to make a refreshing cordial or added to prosecco or cava and served as an aperitif, they are perfect to eat right now.

All the fun of the fair: The eccentric British country show is alive and kicking

From bonny baby competitions to giant marrow contests, the country show is a peculiarly British institution. Christopher Hirst weighs up the contestants at North Yorkshire's Thornton le Dale show
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