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Vic and Bob are back in BBC2's House of Fools. The duo explain why writing a sitcom was their biggest test yet

Nostalgia is in the pink: The return of Funny Feet ice-creams

It was the pink foot on a stick that the Eighties forgot, but now Funny Feet, the cult children's ice-cream, is making a comeback.

Canapés with blueberries and mascarpone

Canapés with blueberries and mascarpone

Makes 20

Album review: Franz Ferdinand, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (Domino)

Right Thoughts... restores some of the spirit dissipated by 2009's Tonight. But in a year already host to some brilliant albums, it seems tired and dated: the strutting "Love Illumination" recalls Electric Six; and the best track here, "Evil Eye", offers a thinly-disguised retread of INXS's "Need You Tonight".

Wicked game: Mark Hix prepares a supper for the grouse season

The arrival of grouse in our kitchens is a perfect moment to try varied recipes for a great meal, says our chef

The arm of the crane rips apart the roof

Cleveland kidnapping: Victim watches and spectators applaud as Ariel Castro 'house of horrors' torn down

House was torn down as part of deal that spared him a possible death sentence

Castro pleaded guilty last week to hundreds of criminal charges to avoid the possibility of the death penalty

Ariel Castro sentenced to life plus 1,000 years in prison for abduction of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

Judge insists on consecutive sentences for hundreds of counts, including kidnapping, rape and assault

A Grizzly bear mother and her cub in the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming

Grizzly Bears resurgent in Yellowstone National Park after return of wolves

The wolves have controlled the number of elk, which were eating all-important berries

Blueberry recipes

Blueberry sales are on the rise and with that in mind, click the links below to see recipes from Martin Hix that involve the fruit.

The blueberry has become Britain’s fastest-growing fruit

Britain's blueberry boom: When it comes to berries, we've got the blues

We can't get enough of the 'superfood' that's catching the strawberry at the top of the market

Ariel Castro faces 977 counts, including kidnapping and rape

Castro gets life plus 1,000 years as he cuts deal to avoid the chair

Victims ‘relieved’ after Cleveland kidnapper pleads guilty to 937 charges against him

Maria Sharapova

Wimbledon 2013: Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams' verbal volleys over tennis player topping the lust league - Grigor Dimitrov

The Bulgarian pin-up is at the centre of a Wimbledon love feud.  Charlotte Philby finds out if he has anything to get off his chest

Paperback review: Edith Wharton, By Hermione Lee

Stick to the facts, not fairy stories

Simple and summery: Mark's strawberry Bellini

Strawberry Bellini

Serves 4

Video: Wonderful film locations

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Ed Balls interview

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