i Robert Burns, 1759 to 1796. Scottish Poet

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Britons get a taste for Cranswick's posh sausages after 'horsegate'

'Horsegate' might have put Britons off cheap sausages, but demand for Cranswick’s posh bangers such as wild vension with redcurrant and red wine and duck with red cherries and port is absolutely sizzling.

Jumping the badger? Archers fans don't want anyone sexing up their favourite soap

The editor who brought modernity to Ambridge has been criticised by listeners

Get your passports out! Forget the snow and winter's relentless icy grip, where are the best getaways for a warming early break?

Ranging from 20C to a blistering 31C, Sophie Lam and Ben Ross have suggestions for holidays to thaw your spirit

The Dog House & Diner on Shaftesbury Avenue in London will, according to reports, serve an “on-trend menu of hot dogs, burgers and ribs”

Food: Why has Jamie Oliver gone to the (hot)dogs?

You don't become the world's richest chef without spotting an opportunity

Record profits but Domino's sales flounder in snow

The City went cool on Domino's Pizza even as it posted record annual profits yesterday, as its more recent sales succumbed to the snow that hit the UK last month.

You don't have to buy cheap meat to eat on a budget

Meat-eaters needn’t sacrifice their  health or spend a fortune to track down nutritious recipes, says Lisa Markwell

Review - The Cave: The strangeness of Ron Gilbert's latest platform game draws you in like like filings to a magnet

Don't let this platform adventure's simple mission; to get in and out the cave, fool you into thinking it'll be easy. With Monkey Island-style crazy puzzles and a Platonic allegory woven in, you'll gladly waste many days of your life playing it.

Big issue: Sharon Rooney as troubled teen Rae Earl, in My Mad Fat Diary

TV review: My Mad Fat Diary - Whoever said that fat was funny?

If you like 'Skins', says E4, you'll like this teen memoir. Hmm. But C4's new drama is a dazzler

'Tis the season to stop being a curmudgeon

Disenchantment with Christmas only happens if you let it

John Walsh: Cards to shock the Victorians

On the morning of Christmas Eve, the bells of St Dunstan's sounded their jolly clangour across London. The shops of the Strand were lavish in their profusion of pies, puddings, currants, raisins, spices, candied peel and sugar mice. Hansom cabs clattered down the cobbles of gas-lit streets, and ladies in poke bonnets, mantled against the cold, purchased sturdy wooden toys for their adorable, curly-headed offspring.

Grace Dent on TV: Jamie and Jimmy's Food Fight Club, Channel 4

Giant jam sandwiches and silly sausage fights are ruining our beloved celebrity chefs

Trof hot dogs: 'a dog of considerable proportions with a bratwurst centre and cushiony white brioche bun on top'

On The Menu: Trof hot dogs; Stolichnaya Elit; Sanfilippo anchovies; finger lime; Barrio

This week I've been eating... Trof Hot Dogs

Harriet Walker: Winter food should be snuggly

I very nearly ordered a veal's head in Paris last weekend. I couldn't help it – I've been conditioned by so many trendy new London openings into thinking that eating out should be an experience akin to going to a theme park, with the point of ordering like the slow ascent up the initial climb, and the presentation of the dishes that heady, brief pause before you whoosh into the om-nom-nomming of stuffing your face, as if your mouth were bagged open on the descent by G-force.

Man to face trial after row over attempt to feed police horse a sausage roll

A 41-year-old man is to face the court after police arrested him for getting angry after attempting to feed a police horse a sausage roll.

Woman jailed after torturing 15-year-old boy by forcing him to lick up his blood and drink his own urine

A woman who tortured a teenage boy by making him drink his own urine and lick up his blood has been sentenced to four years in prison.

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