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Teacakes for brains

Teacakes for brains

Many years ago, when Michael Forsyth was the Scottish Secretary in one of the Thatcher governments, there was a meeting at Bute House, the Westminster base of the Scottish Office. Mr Forsyth was surrounded by eager young Tory pups and asked if any of them could help him remember the name of a high-tech company […]

Bake Off beats them all

Bake Off beats them all

Why would a homely BBC TV series about baking be thrashing ITV’s big-budget entertainment spectaculars such as X-Factor? That’s the question that has ITV executives worried. Its one-time blockbuster weekend show is looking peely-wally compared to the record ratings being achieved by the Great British Bake Off. I think I have a clue: warmth. There is […]

Scare yourself into eating less

Scare yourself into eating less

Max and Riley (see above) and I have just completed a total 3,500 miles of daily walking since they arrived here as pups three and a half years ago. We have averaged three miles a day in all weathers, I don’t doubt to the great amusement of passing drivers as the three of us stride forward through horizontal rain […]

Perfect solution to those extra pounds

Perfect solution to those extra pounds

Here’s a statistic to make you shake your head. According to the Department of Health this morning, the average adult Briton in 2013 is 28lb heavier than his or her counterpart in 1983. In other words, 30 years ago, we were an average two stones lighter than we are now. I find this hard to […]

Ginger Cake

Sticky Lemon Ginger Cake

Every Wednesday, we’ll bring you a new recipe that either Mrs Harper or I have tried and found to work. Mrs Harper is a fine baker. I am merely one of those men who was swept up in that mad national enthusiasm watching the BBC’s “Great British Bakeoff” series. I plunged into the kitchen announcing […]

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