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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

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Wacky race to build family pubs

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Letter: No BSE from SAEs

From The Rev David F. Flavell

food: Friday night steak out

Of course you listen a lot when you eat out alone. To everything. 'Can I have my rump vaguely sun-tanned please?' What on earth is wrong with very rare? Illustration by Paul Brown

brainfood: Mine's a steak, no glop

The Italians have got it dead right. You order a lamb chop, you get a lamb chop. You want something with it, you get a contorno, that is, an accompaniment which, like a well-behaved child, is meant to be discreet

sticky moments for the pudding club

THERE IS only one cardinal rule of dinner parties and that is Always Serve Pudding. I learnt this the hard way, back in the days when I was making my first essays in the genre. We had been to a rather grand affair: good food, fine wines, large house in swanky neighbourhood. We knew it was swanky because when we drove up it was dark - in London, where darkness never falls and a kebab shop is only ever 500 yards away! They had lawns, a pond, a house ringed with venerable oaks. Yup, this friend had certainly fallen on her feet.

Red meat for rednecks

BRAINFOOD: Dress code at the nearly all-male bar consisted of garments sufficiently loose to contain huge shoulders, bear-butts, beer- bellies and ham-hands: the general effect was chequered, woollen and unbuttoned

LETTER: Where are the female artists?

From Mr Clive Exton

Buoyant Medeva seeks a new fix

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FLAT EARTH: Steaks and ale

Fourteen miles north of the earthquake zone in western Japan, the pampered Kobe cattle are alive and well. The 3,000 cattle, raised mostly around Sanda, eventually will be slaughtered to produce the most tender and expensive steaks in the world.

Bah, humbug : METRO

Once upon a time, Jaci Stephen spent Boxing Day being wined at the Ritz . This year she was on her own, nursing a Prozac

EATING OUT / Lessons from a professional: Rules

I suppose the high point of the evening, dramatically, came when Catherine, the French waitress at Rules, asked Sir Terence Conran if he'd enjoyed the Welsh rarebit.

Le beau Londres: Rupert Christiansen goes to France without leaving home

It is difficult to translate the verb flaner (To hang out? To mooch around? To cruise?), perhaps because idling away one's leisure is profoundly alien to the hobby-obsessed British. But let it stand as the principle of any Francophile's London-bound day: unhurried open-minded indolence. Flanez sur les boulevards]

Queens Moat restructuring will cost an extra pounds 10m

ANOTHER pounds 10m has been added to the bill for restructuring the Queens Moat Houses hotel group. Total provisions for advisers' and bankers' fees, assuming the long- awaited restructuring happens by Christmas, stand at pounds 42m.
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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