Rave reviews, ecstatic celebrity fans, exhortations to move south: none distract chef Giorgio Alessio from dawn trips to his beloved Scarborough fish market
The Avenue, Durham, DH1 DH1 (0191 384 6655)
Food porn? Perish the thought -these are just explanatory photos of extramural culinary procedures
65 Sands Lane, Hunmanby, North Yorkshire YO14 0LT (01723 447577)
A revealing portrait of a polymath who was no bumbling old fool
A new exhibition has invited artists to produce perfumes on themes ranging from holographic pop stars to panda sex. Christopher Hirst sniffs out the stories behind them
The main lesson from Eatymologies is never argue with an American etymologist
Pulitzer Prize-winning restaurant reviewer Jonathan Gold has shrugged off his disguise. Christopher Hirst spills the beans
From David Dawson's images of Lucian Freud to TS Eliot's Ariel Poems
Originally a ropery, then a dockside boozer, the building dates from 16 May 1884
Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Despite its in-built defect – the interdict on hesitation, repetition and deviation frustrates any but the briefest joke or anecdote – Just a Minute is a classic example of Radio 4's strange power. The chairman Nicholas Parsons, now, amazingly, in his 90th year, admits that the show "disregards the basic rules" for telling funny stories. "Instead, [its] success is based on improvisation and ad-libbing by bright, intelligent and witty people sparking off each other."
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A park may be the "lungs of the city", a phrase first applied to Hyde Park then enthusiastically appropriated for New York's Central Park, but it can also be "a landscape of love", according to Elizabeth Bowen and, somewhat more prosaically, "essentially, a dog's toilet". Such is the view of Amanda Coe, who in this park-life anthology, muses that the bodily functions of Elizabeth Barrett's pampered Flush may have been "delegated to an obliging footman… armed, perhaps, with a discreet silver trowel".
The exotic rum, pineapple and coconut concoction was made Puerto Rico's 'official beverage' in 1978
"This is not a political manifesto," insists Gordon Brown at the conclusion of his predictably slanted contribution to the referendum debate. This is true. Perhaps his argument for Scotland staying in the UK would have benefited from a bit more political grit. His book is, however, heartfelt, well-informed and persuasive – if you can stay the course. Unfortunately, its relentless didacticism will have limited appeal, especially among the 98,000 16 and 17-year-olds whose votes may be crucial.