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Grilled courgettes with cuttlefish and capers

Grilled courgettes with cuttlefish and capers

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The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Bolshoi (ballet companies).

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Martin Freeman

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We love: Scandi style - The retro Swedish footwear brand Hasbeen has a pop-up in Brick Lane for the summer so get your feet down there and step out with confidence. Tootsies rejoice. 12 Dray Walk, The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6RF until 14 August

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Tim Walker: Mixed-up casting has lost the plot

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Dabbous feels like a huge industrial warehouse, with gridiron installations, exposed copper pipes and giant air vents craning their way around the ceiling

Dabbous, 39 Whitfield Street, London W1

You won't forget this taste of Dabbous. Just get there before the Michelin men do...

DVD: Holy Flying Circus (15)

Tony Roche 's silly and often funny re-imagining of the furore that surrounded the release of Monty Python's Life of Brian received a bit of panning when shown on BBC4 last year.

Alice Dryden: Spelling matters, as any fule kno

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The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Vaudeville Theatre, London

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