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"A little bit of this, a little bit of that, but just your plain old summer," forecasted netweather.tv. Perhaps a little more of that than we bargained for. Scarcely into July and I've already dusted the barbie down three times this year, once in March, once during the sunny pre-Jubilee week and once before flaming June flickered and died. I have the empty rosé bottles to prove it. Since this weekend marks the end of Wimbledon fortnight, the chances are that we may yet be in for a fourth short-lived summer and that can only mean that it's time to chill down and bring out the rosé again.

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The New York Metropolitan Opera pioneered the cinema shows

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Artistic director of English National Opera rails against popular medium

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Raspberries with yogurt and honeycomb

Serves 4

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Awoman's bag and its contents, arranged by Feldmann, who bought the lot from its owner

Hans-Peter Feldmann, Sepentine Gallery, London

A German artist who arranges found objects claims that he is merely an archivist, but the stuff doesn't just fall out this way

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