AT CINEMAS EVE Bloodtest forcancer 12 Wednesday, 28 October 2009 London Lite Jokebox......... Geoffrey got a triple word score! ... No, we werent playing scrabble, I give him points if he strings three words together Jokebox......... RetailDetail Heres all you need to have a scarily fun time out this saturday night... HappyHalloween Pumpkin carving kit, 8.95, firebox.com Pumpkin hanging light, 3, johnlewis.com Bronze skull milk chocolate, 5, fortnumandmason. com Horror hamper, 5.30, candy monkey.co.uk Battery-operated walking hand, 14.99, iwantone ofthose.com Glow-in-the-dark mask, 12.50, Angels, fancydress.com Halloween buckets, 1.75, Selfridges Hilary FroHlicH Adult vampire costume, 15, marksandspencer. com A London clinic has pioneered a blood test that checks for pancreatic cancer. The diagnostic Clinic in Mayfair is the UKs first to provide the fast-track screening for the cancer, whose victims include actor Patrick Swayze. doctors used to rely on an ultrasound or MRI scan but diagnosis is often only possible when the disease is advanced. It is a silent killer as it does not cause early symptoms. The test finds cancer markers in blood, letting doctors treat sufferers earlier. THE BBC has tried to avoid another race row by taking one of its current affairs shows offline after Labour MP Diane Abbott was referred to as a chocolate HobNob biscuit. Journalist Andrew Neil, the host of the BBCs current affairs show This Week, opened last weeks programme with a joke about Prime Minister Gordon Browns favourite biscuit. He then compared his regular panel- lists as types of biscuit and said: Here we have our very own chocolate HobNob and custard cream -- Diane Abbott and Michael Portillo. The show was broadcast immediately after BNP l e a d e r N i c k Griffins con- troversial appearance on Question Time. And after only 15 complaints from viewers, BBC bosses immediately pulled the episode of This Week from its website and its on-demand service iPlayer. A spokesman said: Andrews introduc- tion chose two well-known types of biscuit at random but a few viewers have expressed concern that this might have been a reference to race. This was certainly not the case and the show would like to reassure them on this point and apologise if any unin- tentional offence was caused. But last night the BBC was accused of being paranoid and institutionally politically correct. Tory MP Ann Widdecombe said: The BBC are totally paranoid about some things and utterly dismissive of other incidents. by georgina littlejohn Taking the biscuit: Neil with Abbott and Portillo The HobNob biscuitgag banned by BBc chiefs index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html