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Letter: Desperate Dan

P J BARLOW is wrong (Briefly, 16 January). Desperate Dan is not looked after by 'Maw'. Aunt Aggie cooks his cow pie and sometimes pumpkin pie. Sometimes he's been known to make his own sandwiches. And the Beano is not for softies or people who wash their necks. I have not washed my neck for two months.

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THE GATEWAY supermarket chain has told staff to continue using the name 'gingerbread men' after an employee, saying it was 'sexist', labelled the biscuits 'gingerbread persons'.

Letter: Dear Johnners

Sir: It is a rare occasion when a man feels comfortable about crying openly. The death of Brian Johnston is one such occasion. Yet I'm sure Johnners wouldn't have minded. He symbolised a summer of eternal boyhood, where tears mix with laughter in equal measure and where there's always an extra slice of chocolate cake.

FOOD & DRINK / A-Z of Treats: Tiramisu

T is for Tiramisu in our alphabet of sweet treats, an Italian dessert which was the rage on 1980s restaurant sweet trolleys. This quick and easy version is from Nigel Slater's Real Fast Puddings (Michael Joseph pounds 9.99).

RIFFS / Welcome to the big country: Lucinda Williams on Bobbie Gentry's 'Ode To Billy Joe'

AS A country singer it's the lyrics of this that stand out for me. 'Ode to Billy Joe' tells a story in a very conversational way, and it's centred around a family having dinner.
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