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Please, don’t take my dirty lamb kebabs away from me

If we let rampant gastrofication ruin the gloriously dodgy meat content of our kebabs, it’ll be Chicken Cottage next

When I read this week that lamb kebabs “often contain other meat”, I was puzzled. How is that news? Did anyone genuinely think that their local Kebabylon was giving them 100% prime Welsh baby sheep for tea? If so, just what kind of mug are they?

Of course, any dodgy food standards that constitute a risk to public health need to be thoroughly investigated, but mix in a bit of chicken with my lamb and I’m just not bothered. I followed the whole horsemeat scandal with a sort of baffled bemusement. Surely some tender, delicious horse in your lasagne was a bonus? I plan to regard the chicken in my kebab in the same way.

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FSA orders tests on takeaways after lamb meals found to contain other meat

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Education’s culture of overwork is turning children and teachers into ghosts

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Easter treats for kids – in pictures

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