Attempt to tidy up following prank from local children ends in disaster

Summer at the marina

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The Villa

Pavarotti's summer residence, Villa Giulia, near Pesaro in Le Marche, is to be opened to paying guests.

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Harriet Walker: 'In warm weather, the city comes to life and food is at its core'

Living in London during the summer is something like living in the souks but with none of the exotic, spicy charm. About seven million of us crammed in higgledy-piggledy, in such close proximity to one another that no man's dinner remains unique, thanks to the person frying garlic on the ground floor. Even the rice pudding tastes of it.

Consumer squeeze hits Argos sales

Argos suffered a shock fall in sales after conditions on the high street proved "more difficult and volatile" than its parent company Home Retail had expected, as shoppers turned their backs on electronic goods.

The 10 best barbecue tools

Summertime, and the scent of sizzling sausages fills the air. But outdoor cooks need helpful accessories to ensure the food is tasty and safe. Here is our pick.

Veal meatballs with morels and leeks

Serves 4

The Bargain Hunter: A fine wine festival

Tesco's 2011 Wine Festival began last week with up to 50 per cent off over 50 wines from around the world. Top offers are on Berberana Rioja Reserva 75cl, down to £5.21 a bottle, The Post Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 75cl, reduced to £5 a bottle, and First Cape Selection Shiraz Rose down to £4.74 a bottle. Tesco's Finest wines are also included in the sale, although these are limited to a 25 per cent discount. For a full list and a well-informed guide on each bottle, visit

Met Office head faced 'Climategate' threats

The head of the Met Office has said that he received death threats from climate-change sceptics. John Hirst, chief executive of the organisation, said the threats were made after the "Climategate" data-fixing controversy and the much derided "barbecue summer" prediction made by the Met Office in 2009.

Britons enjoy weekend of sunshine

The Spring sunshine is set to drench the majority of the UK again today with more warm weather bringing a fine end to Britain's glorious "barbecue weekend".

Prince William visits Australian cyclone-hit towns

Prince William has visited towns in northeastern Australia that were hit by a cyclone earlier this year.

Cooper Brown: Charlie Sheen

I was thinking back to my Charlie Sheen encounters in LA. When I worked for Dennis Hopper as his assistant for a while, Charlie was a regular visitor to the compound. One day we were watching Dennis do his barbecue trick with a flamethrower he had purloined from some movie.

Dylan Jones: 'The best meal you’ll eat this week will be in a museum'

The best meal you'll eat this week won't be in a bistro, a brasserie or a grill room, it will be in a museum. The Restaurant at the Royal Academy finally opened last month, and it's a hit. It was opened by Oliver Peyton, who also looks after the restaurants in the National Gallery, the Wallace Collection and Kew Gardens, as well as running Inn the Park (in St James's Park) and the Peyton and Byrne bakery.

Public warning of big freeze deliberately delayed to spare Met Office 'embarrassment'

The Met Office warned the Government that the start of this winter would be "exceptionally cold" but did not immediately inform the public.

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