Ranavirus: It's a frog's life

As a new virus cuts a swathe through their numbers, Gillian Orr discovers that we are only starting to unlock the secrets of these alluring amphibians

Superfood: Soaking the middle-classes

Credit card scams which seek to take advantage of the lifestyle aspiration of Britain's more affluent consumers are a growing threat. More than 250 online suppliers were shut down last year after customers complained of trickery

A berry nice vintage: It's time to rediscover the ancient art of

Town dwellers are apt to think that wine-making is only for country people," wrote Isabella Beeton in the section on "home-made wines" in her Book of Household Management, "but wines can be made equally well in town, and the fruits or flowers picked on a day's excursion into the country can, with a little trouble, be turned into wine for future enjoyment."

Thousands queue to see corpse of Padre Pio

Twenty thousand pilgrims queued for hours for a glimpse of the body of St Pio of Pietrelcina, better known as Padre Pio, with a mask ordered from the company that supplies Madame Tussauds covering the skull.