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The Insider: Time to smoke out some perfect summer cooking

We all love a good barbie, but when the only thing that's certain about a British summer is the uncertainty of the weather, you might think twice before investing in an expensive barbecue. But, if the idea of a cheap one reminds you of hours spent waiting for food to cook and ending up with charred remains at the end of it all, then think again. The good news is that you don't have to spend much to get a decent barbecue that will cook food quickly and efficiently.

Warm weather boosts DIY chain

Consumer demand for outdoor products in the warm spring weather helped DIY chain B&Q double its first quarter profits, the firm revealed today.

Barbecue surprise for woman with snake phobia

A woman with a phobia of snakes was horrified to open her barbecue and find one curled up inside.

Lions happiness essential for success says McGeechan

The British and Irish Lions have developed into rugby's hottest franchise but Ian McGeechan, who has been at the heart of that growth for 35 years, says the core values of touring still apply.

Grilled red mullet with saffron aioli

Serves 4

First Person: 'I help women escape the favelas'

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On The Road: Lava rocks - the most natural of barbecues

Geology got interesting today, really interesting. Today I got to the business end of the cinder and pumice slopes of Pacaya volcano in Guatemala. Oozing gnarly orange lumps from weak spots like an old, metal toothpaste tube, the red-hot lava smashed and bounced down the slopes, spinning shrapnel firebombs off at frightening speed.

One Minute With: Pauline McLynn

Album: Hot Leg, Red Light Fever, (Barbecue Rock)

Anyone expecting the post-rehab Justin Hawkins to be apologetic, acoustic, introspective and toned down is in for a shock.

One Click Wonder: John "Mitch" Mitchell

John "Mitch" Mitchell died last week at the age 61. A drumming virtuoso, he shot to fame in the Jimi Hendrix Experience and went on to work with some of the most famous names in rock. Here we celebrate his life in video

Tina C's Election Night BBQ Special, Radio 4 <br>US Election Special, Radio 5 Live

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Cost Of Living :Building a patio

While decking and lawns both require regular maintenance a patio – if properly built – will last, untended, for decades. What may appear to be a daunting task, better left to professionals, is not in fact beyond the realm of mere mortals. And if you are perturbed by the size of the job just think of the money, time and tea you'll save.

Barbecued mixed vegetables

Serves 6

The 50 Best Camping Essentials - Cooking

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Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

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