£2,500 of sanitary items and nappies stolen from Salford food bank

£2,500 of sanitary items and nappies stolen from Salford food bank

Nearly £2,500 worth of sanitary products and nappies have been stolen from a food bank in Greater Manchester, in what has been described as a significant setback for the area’s fight against period poverty. The items, which had been donated by Aldi to help women on low incomes, are thought to have been stolen from…
‘We don’t want carrot fluff’: UK pubs urged to keep their food simple

‘We don’t want carrot fluff’: UK pubs urged to keep their...

Britain’s pubs are being urged to “ditch the fancy food” and stick to meals such as ploughman’s lunches and bangers and mash. The Good Pub Guide 2019 said pretentious and inaccessible menus were a turn-off for pub-goers. The 37th edition of the guide, published on Thursday, features more than 5,000 pubs on the basis of…
Porridge and boiled mutton? New York foodies still love trolling London | Mina Holland

Porridge and boiled mutton? New York foodies still love trolling London...

The New York Times recently published, “Beyond Porridge and Boiled Mutton: A Taste of London”, in praise of four London restaurants. Travel writer Robert Draper, who had rekindled a relationship with the city after a 10-year hiatus, was pleasantly surprised by the evaporation of a once “drab baseline” and “sallow and predictable dining experience”, and…
Years of the cat: the feline lifetime, from kittenhood to old age

Years of the cat: the feline lifetime, from kittenhood to old...

Kittenhood: a time for play. Illustration: Joe McKendry Life stage one: kittenhood (0 – 4 months) Once kittens pass the newborn phase, where they should be with their mothers, and begin to grow and engage with the outside world, they will discover play. Kitten play mimics moves that would be used for hunting such as…
‘They were laughing at us’: immigrants tell of cruelty, illness, and filth in US detention

‘They were laughing at us’: immigrants tell of cruelty, illness, and...

All day and night they listened to the wailing of hungry children. Here, in a freezing immigration detention facility somewhere in the Rio Grande valley of south Texas, adults and children alike were fainting from dehydration and lack of food. Sleep was almost impossible; the lights were left on, they had just a thin metallic…
Rachel Roddy’s recipe for almond and apricot tart

Rachel Roddy’s recipe for almond and apricot tart

Apparently it was King Ferdinand I of Naples who introduced butter to Sicily. Having fled to Palermo on Nelson’s HMS Vanguard when French Revolutionary troops invaded Naples in 1798, and encouraged by his Austrian-born wife Queen Maria Carolina, King F constructed a crown dairy in the Palermo commune of Partinico. According to the writer and…
UK shop prices rise for the first time in more than five years

UK shop prices rise for the first time in more than...

Britain’s shop prices have risen for the first time in more than five years as the heatwave pushed up the cost of fruit and vegetables. The latest BRC-Nielsen figures show that overall shop prices rose 0.1% in August, entering inflationary territory for the first time since April 2013. Food inflation jumped to a seven-month high…
Sales of household goods in August defy UK’s high street woes

Sales of household goods in August defy UK’s high street woes

Bumper sales of household goods boosted high street and online shopping in August as consumers shrugged off the impact of higher inflation and prolonged the summer spending spree. Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed a 0.3% increase in retail sales last month compared with July – confounding City predictions that consumers would retrench…
Justin Welby suggests universal credit rollout should be halted

Justin Welby suggests universal credit rollout should be halted

One in six new universal credit claimants are not being paid on time, cabinet papers seen by the Guardian reveal. The shocking figure emerged hours after Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, called for the introduction of the benefit to be stopped. A presentation given to the full cabinet on Tuesday by Esther McVey, the…
Gove hails plans to reward UK farmers for adopting green policies

Gove hails plans to reward UK farmers for adopting green policies

The UK’s biggest landowners will see the payments they receive from the public purse fall sharply from 2021 in what would be the biggest shake-up of farming for decades. From 2021, a new system rewarding farmers for the public goods they provide will be phased in until 2027 when the last payments based on the…
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