Eats, writes about it. Ponces about on telly. Plays a bit of jazz piano. Has big hair. Doesn't accept comps.

Pigs, Brexit and China: what’s the future for Britain’s farmers? — Anna Longthorp likes looking at her pigs. She stands, hands on hips, with the relaxed gait of a woman used to the challenges of keeping upright in a cracked and furrowed field, and watches her animals. "If your pigs are happy they'll be more productive," she says, bluntly.

The Good Egg, London: restaurant review — The Good Egg, 93 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS (020 7682 2120). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £90 Occasionally, restaurants bestow upon those of us charged with writing about them a gift, albeit unwittingly.

The filth and the furry: inside Jay Rayner’s fridge — It is high summer, a time when many of us are forced to face up to a deeply unpalatable truth: that, when it comes to food, we are nothing more than slatterns. For this is the one time of the year when, in preparation for going on holiday, we can be guaranteed to clean the fridge.

Landlord that's trying to rob state primary school of playing fields sees assets rise in value by 20 times rate of inflation. | Jay Rayner — At some point over the past couple of weeks The Dulwich Estate, the vast south London landowner with charitable status which gives 85% of its expendable money to three highly exclusive private schools, published its accounts to March 2016. The most revealing detail is the graph above, with its accompanying narrative.

Chriskitch Hoxton: restaurant review — Chriskitch Hoxton, 5 Hoxton Market, London N1 6HG (020 7033 6666). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £120 The first time I went to one of chef Christian Honor's restaurants it was for salad. It says much about those salads that the journey, a quest to match anything Frodo Baggins ever embarked upon, did not feel wasted.

On Café, London: restaurant review — On Café, 31 Clapham Park Road, London SW4 7EE (020 3759 0162). Meal for two, including service: £50 Early on in this job I discovered it could exemplify the " observer effect ". That, by writing about a restaurant, I could fundamentally change it, and not for the better.

The Woodspeen, Berkshire: restaurant review — The Woodspeen, near Newbury, Berkshire RG20 8BN (01635 265 070). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £80-£125 They had me at the bowl of salt and vinegar crisps. These were cooked on site, each disc of potato a touch darker than the pallid, mass-produced variety.

The Astor Grill at Cliveden House, Berkshire: restaurant review — The Astor Grill at Cliveden House, Taplow, Berkshire SL6 0JF (01628 607 107). Meal for two, including wine and service: £160-£195 Mediocrity is often, by its nature, hard to spot. The mediocre doesn't yell for attention. Mediocrity doesn't tap dance into the limelight for fear of tripping over.

Goring Hotel: not appetising — The Goring Hotel, which has been open for 100 years, is celebrating by putting on its restaurant menu a selection of dishes drawn from the various periods through which it has lived. It is a fun idea, though not necessarily the happiest route to a good meal.

I know salt's unhealthy - but love it — Recently I owned up to having acquired the services of a personal trainer, in an attempt to move my body shape out of the column headed "endomorph". There are lots of reasons for my gym habit: guilt, ludicrous ambition, overweening vanity. I'm not ashamed; in a man over 40 a certain amount of vanity is a virtue.
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Aug 25, 2016

RT @hugorifkind: On burkinis, am quite enjoying the Daily Mail's evident turmoil over whether it more hates Muslims, women, or the French.

Aug 24, 2016

RT @CBBC_Hacker: Why happens if you fall in love with a pastry chef? He desserts you! #GBBO

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