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To his cost, ex-Glencore trader Andrew Kearns has found being hungover a sackable offence, but the liquid lunch shaped many a day in days gone by, says a wistful John Walsh

Grilled Tuna with Roast Tomatoes

Serves 4

Mike Ward: Shabby behaviour at the Oval - as I ponder pinching Bumble’s pork steak

I am such a fool. On reflection, what I should have done was reach across, grab it, snaffle it out in my trouser pocket and take it home to flog on eBay. David "Bumble" Lloyd’s pork steak, I mean. It’s not as if he wanted it.

David Flatman: Old-school tour but it'll be men at work in land Down Under

View from the front row with Bath & England prop

Comedy Lab, Channel 4

Seven shows in the Comedy Lab strand have mixed appeal, but there are enough laughs to make it all worthwhile

An Italian lesson to remember: Rose Gray's obsession with la cucina Italiana was something she was eager to share

I first met Rose Gray 13 years ago, when she and Ruth Rogers were celebrating 10 years of the River Café's existence. Rose was lean-faced and wore rimless glasses like a Nazi camp commandant, but her conversation was warm and her eyes sparkled. Alternately friendly and firm, she reminded me of a sexy convent headmistress. I liked the way she joshingly ordered the waiters around ("Out of the way, you lot. I saw you trying to sneak into the photograph...") and I discovered, inside half an hour, that she was the most knowledgeable, most discriminating and perfectionist chef I'd ever met. Thirteen years later, I'd say the same. Rose Gray, who died on Sunday, was the foodie's foodie.

Le Relais de Venise 120 Marylebone Lane, London W1

Once you’re in, it won’t take long to order at Le Relais – it’s steak or nothing. But is it worth queueing up for?

Teenager faints after conviction for killing boyfriend

A sixth-former accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend in the heart hours after collecting her A-level results screamed and fainted as she was found guilty of manslaughter today.

Teenage girl 'murdered boyfriend with steak knife'

A sixth-former murdered her boyfriend with a steak knife during an apparently motiveless argument after a night out celebrating her A-Level success, a jury heard today.

Dave Hadfield: Cold steak pies, Irn Bru and a dreadful Super League launch

The RFL chose to launch the Super League season in the capital.

Beef encounter: Meet the master taster who can tell a cow's age, gender and breed from one mouthful of meat

Take nine sirloin steaks, varying in gender, maturation, breed and feed. Add to this the time of year it died and whether it was stressed prior to slaughter. Reckon you could tell the difference? You might be surprised.

New kid on the block: Serious foodies should enrol in a butchery class

How much do you know about the meat on your plate? Tim Walker sharpens his knife – and his appetite

Everything about The Palm is on the big side: the steaks, the burgers, the desserts...the bill

The Palm, 1 Pont Street, London SW1, tel: 020 7201 0710

Why nobody is forking out for knives anymore

American table etiquette eats into cutlery sales in Britain

Simon Carr: Who's rich when others are richer?

If your neighbour gets a promotion, that could create serious problems

Why I Love: A steak to the heart

Liam Cunningham, actor
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