"They're not going home - so we're going to change tactics."
"They're not going home - so we're going to change tactics."
Cleese said he was sorry for 'any distress' caused.
In the tale of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, along with an ice-cream cone, a pickle, a slice each of Swiss cheese and salami, a lollipop, a wedge of cherry pie, a sausage, cupcake and a slice of watermelon, our ravenous protagonist devours a piece of chocolate cake. It is perhaps no coincidence that the latter has become synonymous with the insect (and visa versa), and subsequently that a caterpillar-shaped sponge is often the most familiar guest at birthday parties and office celebrations across the land. Nor is it surprising that the news of Marks & Spencer taking Aldi to court in a bid to protect its Colin the Caterpillar cake has provoked such an uproar. The retailer has accused the discounter chain of riding on its reputational coat-tails after Aldi began selling its own Cuthbert the Caterpillar cake, which looks very similar. But since M&S launched Colin (a chocolate-coated sponge cake bearing buttercream, topped with sweets and fronted by a smiling white-chocolate face) some 30 years ago, similar critters have emerged, and not only from the German discount store. From Cuthbert and Wiggles to Curly and Carl the free-from caterpillar, there are cute-faced chocolate Swiss rolls in almost every supermarket – and each has a band of fervently loyal supporters. But how do they compare to each other? Does Colin hold the gold standard when it comes to softness of sponge and flavour of edible boot? Are the sprinkles on Curly superior to those adorning Morris? While Aldi has not stocked its Cuthbert cake since mid-February, we netted the best of the rest and put them to the test.
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Prep time: 20 minutes, plus 30 minutes chilling | Cooking time: 45-50 minutes MAKES 30 small squares INGREDIENTS For the base 250g unsalted butter, room temperature 90g granulated sugar 250g plain flour ¼ tsp salt For the filling 6 extra-large eggs, room temperature 600g granulated sugar finely grated Zest of 5 lemons Juice of 6 lemons 125g plain flour, sifted Icing sugar, for dusting METHOD Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan/Gas 3½. To make the crust, cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer on a medium speed until light but not too fluffy. On a very low speed add the flour and salt and mix until just combined. Turn out the dough (don't worry if it hasn't come together) on to a lightly floured surface and gather into a ball. Using well-floured hands, press into a buttered tin measuring 30 x 22cm. Prick all over with a fork and chill for a good 30 minutes (or put it in the freezer for about 10). Place this in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until pale gold. Set aside to cool but leave the oven on. Using a balloon whisk beat together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest and juice. When combined gradually whisk in the flour. Pour over the cooled crust. Bake for 30 minutes or until set (feel for doneness by touching the centre with your index finger). Leave to cool completely. Cut into squares and dust with icing sugar.
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Throughout his decades in public life, Prince Philip was known for putting his royal foot in his mouth with occasional off-the-cuff remarks that could be embarrassing. But his faux pas at a White House dinner with President Richard Nixon in 1969 was enough for Philip to actually lose sleep. In a handwritten note to the president uncovered by archivists at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California, the Duke of Edinburgh wrote to "humbly apologise" for failing to toast the president's health as dictated by protocol during a "stag" dinner in his honor. "After the brilliance of the other speakers and yourself, I am afraid my contribution was very lame," Philip wrote to Nixon from Greenland on Nov 7 after his solo US trip had concluded. He added: "That night I woke up in a cold sweat when I realised I had forgotten to propose your health!" Philip died last week at age 99, and his funeral is Saturday. He was married to Queen Elizabeth for 73 years. "I think the letter itself shows the character of Prince Philip that so much of the public in the U.K. and across the Commonwealth, and really across the world, have come to admire," said Jim Byron, executive vice president of the Nixon Foundation. He said the letter was discovered before the coronavirus pandemic but made public this week, as a way of marking Philip's death. "It expresses some private feelings of a moment in time that the public really doesn't always get a chance to see," Mr Byron added.
This is the heart-stopping moment an Audi A3 crashed into a skip lorry during an 80mph police chase - leaving a ten-year-old girl and her mum injured.Driver Jake Ilsley, 26, sped off after police tried to pull him over in connection with an unrelated incident. lsley, of Kersley in Coventry, admitted dangerous driving, exposing a child to unnecessary suffering/injury, failing to stop and driving without insurance. He was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for four years and seven months this week. (SWNS)
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Actress Helen McCrory has died after an “heroic battle” with cancer, her husband has announced. McCrory, known for her roles in the Harry Potter series and Peaky Blinders, passed away at home at the age of 52. Fellow performer Damian Lewis, who married McCrory in 2007, shared the news of her death and paid tribute to the actress.
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Peter Phillips is the ideal peacemaker to stand between his cousins Prince William and Prince Harry at Prince Philip’s funeral. However badly the brothers have fallen out, they remain extremely fond of their first cousin. Ever since they were born, Peter Phillips has been the cousin they most look up to. As the oldest grandchild of the Queen and Prince Philip, he occupies a powerful role among the next generation of royals. At 43, he is 30 years older than his youngest royal first cousin, Viscount Severn, Prince Edward’s younger child. Five years older than William, and seven years older than Harry, Peter was the tough, strong, no-nonsense boy they admired when they were children. Now they’re grown-up, you can see how close they remain to him, joshing each other and laughing away. Prince Philip latest news and funeral updates
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Nicola Sturgeon's "transformational" increase in Scottish NHS spending is less than the rise planned by the Tories in England and may not be enough to keep up with demand, an impartial analysis of her election manifesto has concluded. The respected Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said the SNP's promise to increase front-line health spending by £2.5 billion over the next five years would lead to an annual rise of 2.1 per cent above inflation. But the analysis said this was less than the 3.4 per cent increase planned by Boris Johnson's government for the English NHS and slower than what may be needed to keep up with cost and demographic pressures – even before the Covid pandemic. The IFS also warned that the array of spending pledges unveiled by Ms Sturgeon had a "significant net cost" and questioned how they will be paid for given her promise not to increase income tax rates over the next parliament. With a "tight fiscal environment" expected to pay for the huge borrowing during the Covid pandemic, the IFS said "tricky trade-offs" will be required, including "as yet, unspoken" tax rises and cuts in other areas of public spending. David Phillips, an economist who co-authored the analysis, concluded: "The tougher fiscal situation an independent Scotland would face in at least its first few years would make the challenge of delivering these commitments even harder." The analysis was deeply embarrassing for Ms Sturgeon, who claimed the NHS was at the "heart" of the manifesto with a "transformational increase in frontline health spending". She said the pandemic required an "exceptional response" as she unveiled a 20 per cent rise in health spending over the next parliament. But Mr Phillips, an associate director with the IFS, said the health spending plans "look rather low" and the increases were the same that have been implemented over the last five years. He tweeted it was also "less than 3.4 per cent promised to NHS England in its long-term funding plan, and what's needed to keep pace with costs and demands. Top ups likely!" Paul Johnson, the IFS director, tweeted: "Traditional sort of manifesto from the SNP. Promises of lots more spending with not much indication of how it will be paid for." The IFS said it was "disappointing" the manifesto does did not provide information on how much the various pledges would cost altogether. But it said the document continued the SNP's "trend of making services free for everyone" rather than targeting those on the lowest incomes, with Ms Sturgeon also promising to abolish NHS dentistry charges. "This will benefit mainly middle and higher-income working age individuals who don’t already qualify for free dentistry though receipt of certain benefits," the IFS said. The SNP also plans to extend free school meals to all children in the first year of primary school but the IFS noted that the poorest youngsters already get this benefit, so the pledge will mostly benefit wealthier families. It warned that the "main effect" of a pledge to reduce business rates on the highest value commercial properties will be rent increases, "primarily benefiting landlords rather than making premises more affordable for the businesses that occupy them." But Mr Phillips said that the proposals would mean "substantial gains for certain groups of households", including the elderly thanks to a pledge to abolish charges for all social-care services received at home. Maurice Golden, the Scottish Tories' economy spokesman, said: "These respected independent analysts have immediately picked giant holes in the SNP manifesto and exposed Nicola Sturgeon's pledges as brazen pre-election bribes. "We know that if implemented, many of these headline-grabbing spending announcements would only be possible due to additional funding from the UK Government." Kate Forbes, the SNP Finance Secretary, said: "The long-term funding for NHS England revenue is only until 2023/24, our commitment runs for a further 3 years. "As we have throughout the last parliament, the SNP will continue to pass on all Barnett consequentials from health spending. It’s worth noting our plans comfortably exceed those already announced by the Scottish Tories."