i Robert Burns, 1759 to 1796. Scottish Poet

Ah, Scotland’s favourite son.

La Cenerentola, Grange Park, Northington

Where can you find 80 pairs of trainers, a rubbish shoot, a fruit machine, women wrestling, characters in cupboards, sausages in a handbag, lager-vomiting, child (and parent) abuse, spilt spaghetti, scarlet panties, silly wigs, battle fatigues, a firing squad, a clockwork pig and Batman at the same time?

It's amazing how many bratwurst you can eat after a hard day on Nuremberg's cobbles

You'd better like sausages if you're going to visit Germany's oldest and best Christmas market, says Rosalind Russell. And don't forget to sharpen your elbows for the scrum

Second helpings: Three great sausages

Inn on the Green The Old Cricket Common, Cookham Dean, Berkshire - Brasserie Roux Sofitel St James, 8 Pall Mall, London SW1 - The Dorchester Grill Room 53 Park Lane, London W1

Halloumi & herb triangles

Makes 16

Splendour in the glass

Are Swedish artists hiding their light under a bush? Neil Roland has to go deep into the forest to find the country's top craftsmen

The Investment Column: Unigate

ROSS BUCKLAND, the chief executive of Unigate, is accustomed to calling the company's results unsatisfactory, and yesterday was no exception. Despite a profits warning in July, half-year figures came in even lower than expected. Mr Buckland, however, says things are now getting better.

Couple accused of feeding son on a diet of chips are cleared of cruelty

A COUPLE accused by their teenage son of feeding him a daily diet of chips have been cleared by a court of child cruelty.

Theatre: Real men get shot

In January this year I wrote that The Colour of Justice ought to transfer from the Tricycle Theatre in north London to one of the main stages at the Royal National Theatre. And - a mere eight months later - it's good to report that it has. The Colour of Justice is a dramatic reconstruction of one of the major political events of recent years - the Macpherson Inquiry into the death of Stephen Lawrence. But elsewhere in the theatre, topicality isn't what it was. More often than not, a theatre producer's idea of a news event is to celebrate the fact that someone was born or died a hundred years ago. I can think of no contemporary play that reacts to urgent, topical, political events with the rapidity, not to mention the sheer depth of response, that marks out Sean O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock.

Letter: Fraud and veg

Sir: In "Third prize for skulduggery in the beetroot section" (Review, 1 September), Miles Kington has done the world of flower shows a real service in his fearless exposure of malpractice.

The sausages and media villagers of old England

DOUBTLESS THERE were thousands of Independent readers who found themselves moved by Richard Addis's article last week, "Why I'm glad to leave England" - moved, that is, to crack open a bottle of champagne and cry, "Good riddance to you then, you gloomy, long-faced misery-guts!"
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