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Given our national obsession with property prices, Tim Walker’s novel is bound to hit a nerve. His fictional couple, the Manvilles, bought their large north London home at a knock-down price in the 1990s, and it became the key to two aspects of their family life. Jerry, a successful advertising executive, undertook all the original plumbing, electrical and redecoration work; Pen devised a series of popular children’s books, The House on the Hill, whose “cheeky brat with the ridiculous schemes” is modelled on, and named after, her real-life son Conrad: 15 years on, they have done a loft conversion, and divorced.

Channel 4's new show will investigate the effects of smoking skunk on the brain

Volunteers to smoke strong skunk for Channel 4 'Drugs Live' show

Volunteers will take skunk, cannabis resin and a placebo in a blind trial

Video games and your degree: Can they ever mix?

Can gaming be beneficial? Is it more fun than an essay? And does Assassin's Creed teach you history?

GTA V player takes ‘Street’ Photography using in-game camera phone 

A Brazilian-born photographer and gamer has put together a series of realist pictures from Grand Theft Auto V - taken using his character’s in-game camera phone.

Krokodil the flesh-eating drug spreads to Chicago suburbs with three cases in a week

Krokodil, which is considered more addictive that heroin, originated in Russia

Porn on the Brain: Why is there so little scientific research about porn?

For a subject of acute public concern, the dearth of evidence on its effects is startling

Baseline Junkie: Dizzee Rascal performs on stage

Music review: Dizzee Rascal, iTunes festival

Following a slick performance from Katy B, Dizzee Rascal takes to the stage at Camden’s Roundhouse as the duo perform one of the most urban shows at this year’s iTunes festival. Tonight, Dizzee Rascal goes straight for the gut with a a nine-track set of synth-heavy, bass-trembling drones taken from his new release, The Fifth, an album packed with guest appearances, including Will.I.Am, Robbie Williams and Jessie J.

A drug addict smoking a crack pipe

Home Office: Drugs must remain illegal to 'protect society'

Government clashes with one of England's leading police officers who says Class A drugs should be decriminalised

Face values: Paul from Channel 4’s ‘My Tattoo Addiction’

Grace Dent on TV: My Tattoo Addiction, Channel 4

Roll up, roll up! See the tattooed man with no job and £71 a week to support his whole family

Has krokodil - the horrific street drug that rots the flesh of addicts – made the switch from Russia to the US?

'Exposed bones and skin hanging off bodies': Arizona fears epidemic caused by the homemade codeine and gasoline-based heroin substitute

The April election of Jorge Mario Bergoglio was a surprise in itself. Born in Argentina to Italian parents, he was the first Jesuit pope, and the first from Latin America, where most of the world's Catholics live. The last non-European pope was Syrian-born Gregory III, elected in 731

Gallery: 10 ways Pope Francis has surprised us

The Argentine's comments on homosexuality and contraception this week continue a tenor of change which has marked his papacy so far

Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather after the latters victory over Ricky Hatton

Boxing: Floyd Mayweather Junior apologises for distasteful picture that appeared on his Instagram account mocking former boxer Oscar De La Hoya

The picture was uploaded without Mayweather's consent and the pound-for-pound king of boxing has issued an apology for the incident

SoftSoap was the product that made his reputation as a business genius

Robert R Taylor: Businessman who put soap into bottles

Robert R Taylor, who has died of cancer at the age of 77, was the man who took soap out of dishes, put it in pump bottles and forever changed the way people wash up.

UK is the 'addiction capital of Europe' report claims

The UK is the "addiction capital of Europe", with some of its highest rates of opiate addiction and dependence on alcohol, a major new report warns.

Review: Plants Vs Zombies 2

David Phelan explores the world of zombies, explosive potatoes and in-app purchases

Paperback review: The Carbon Crunch, By Dieter Helm

Jim Thorne's first love is an inflatable dolphin named Dilly. But he's quite fond of pillows, too.

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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