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Want sprinkles with that?

Mark Mardell | 14:09 UK time, Tuesday, 24 March 2009

The European Parliament awaits Gordon Brown's speech on the world economic crisis, but other important work goes on.

"People may be tightening their belts - but everybody loves ice cream," says Italian MEP Iles Braghetto, speaking to a packed news conference about the European Day of home-made ice cream. I am late into the room, so never find out the exact date. Hearing mention of a tasting session I fear I might miss the prime minister's speech while tucking into a tub, so I make my excuses and leave, tightening my belt as I do so.

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