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Former bodybuilding champion Jim Morris still has an amazing physique, which he credits to his veganism

You need a brave heart to stomach haggis

A Slice of Britain: A Scottish butcher is making waves in the Wirral as his offal offerings – for Burns Night tomorrow or not – prove as popular as beef

Gere serves up a haven for vegetarians

Actor and Buddhist activist backs campaign to make Indian town a meat-free zone

Hell's Belles, By Paul Magrs

From transsexuals and teenagers to vegans and vamps, Paul Magrs has always shown a soft spot for outsiders. Perhaps his finest creations are Brenda and Effie, the geriatric stars of his Whitby-based gothic mysteries.

Pandora: Ukip pick a meaty fight with Sir Paul

Not for the first time, Ukip are to risk unpopularity by aiming their fire at a much-loved British institution.

Nick Herbert: Meat-free Mondays won't save the planet

Sir Paul McCartney arrives in Brussels today to recruit support for his ‘meat free Mondays’ campaign. The argument seems so easy: cut down meat consumption, slaughter methane-belching cattle, and the planet will be saved.

Best greengrocer: Michanicou brothers

I have been using Michanicou Brothers in west London for as long as I have lived in the area – 20 years.

Minor British Institutions: Pukka Pies

It is possible that almost the entire population, including even a few vegetarians, has at some time enjoyed a Pukka Pie but cannot now recall the experience.

Go veggie to fight global warming, says expert

One of the world's leading climate change gurus urged people to become vegetarian today, to help beat global warming.

One in 40,000: first veggie spider discovered

Scientists have discovered the world’s first vegetarian spider, which eats nectar-filled leaf tips rather than other animals. It is the first of about 40,000 species of spider known to survive by eating plant food.

Trucking mayhem: Bigfoot vs Sling Shot

A slice of Britain: Thousands gathered this weekend to watch monster vehicles burn rubber – and the crowd included one newly converted cyclist

This little piggy will feed 150 people...

Crispy yet tender, hog roasts are the latest must-have addition to upmarket barbecues. Nina Lakhani and Gareth Francis report

Minor British Institutions: Bovril

Beef tea. Strange idea, popular still at football matches. But who on earth came up with it? A Scotsman, by the name of John Lawson Johnston, though there appears to be no record of his precise thought process.

The Legend of Liz & Joe, By John Murray

Dystopian fantasy is a comic feast

Start your own business – and make a difference

Starting your own business can be personally rewarding, but do it ethically and it could help others too.

The rise and rise of the vegetarian

Sausage, bacon and roast dinners, staples of the British diet, are on the wane as 'flexitarians' forgo meat
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

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