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

Temperatures set to soar

Temperatures in the week ahead are likely to soar to up to 10 degrees above the average for this time of year, a forecaster said today.

The open-air gourmet guide: How to cook outside this summer (weather conditions permitting)

From Italian pizza ovens to teppanyaki hotplates, Simon Usborne takes tips from the experts

Britain heading for warmest day of year

It is time to bring out the summer wardrobe as today is set to be the hottest day of the year so far, forecasters predicted.

Leading article: Now that April's here

We know there are parts of Scotland where snow is forecast and other parts of Scotland where the planes have been grounded by a new plume of volcanic ash from Iceland.

Facebook users to grill party leaders

The three main political party leaders are to answer questions from users of internet sites Facebook and YouTube, it was announced today.

Met Office abandons long-term forecasts

First it promised a "barbecue summer" that brought little but rain. Then came the "mild winter" which turned out to be one of the coldest in 31 years. Now the Met Office is simply scrapping its long-term seasonal forecasts.

The London stone 'just needs some love'

Mix two parts legend to one part myth, sprinkle some facts and grill for a few decades: the London Stone is London's enigmatic emblem, tightrope-walking over a sea of mystery and romance from its ersatz home on one of the city's busiest commercial streets.

Brompton Bar & Grill 243 Brompton Road, London SW3

Its predecessor was named after a restaurant reviewer. But is the Brompton Bar & Grill still beyond reproach?

Next year forecast to be hottest on record

Prediction contradicts sceptics' claim that warming stopped in 1998

How We Met: Joel Bernstein & Serena Rees

'Here she was in heels and a Vivienne Westwood dress, cloth in hand, helping us clean the shop'

The Life Kitchen: Haloumi in grilled vine leaves by Greg and Lucy Malouf

Ingredients to serve 4 as a starter

Cured pork cheek on toasted sourdough

Serves 6-8

Only 59 days until Christmas? It must be time for a barbecue

It was billed as the "barbecue summer" but in reality brought nothing but rain. After July's string of false promises, the Met Office has put its reputation back on the line, heralding this week as the "official Indian summer".

Awesome autumn: 10 fabulous fall foliage spots for leaf peeping

It’s official: summer is over, autumn has begun. But rather than pine for beach barbeques and balmy nights, why not embrace autumn instead?

Minor British Institutions: Peep Show

In one respect, Channel 4's Peep Show is simply a revival of Neil Simon's original (and brilliant) Odd Couple idea; slob lives with neat-and-tidy type giving rise to much hilarity. But the brilliance of Peep Show lies in taking that promising core and smothering it in rich new stuff: superb writing, innovative point-of-view filming, wonderful acting and the violent juxtaposition of the very contemporary and mundane world of JLB Finance with, say, a roast-dog barbecue.

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Power dressing is back

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He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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