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Q: How many cows does it take to build a Zeppelin? A: 250,000

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Edinburgh 2013: Waist - A well observed combination of the fantastical and prosaic

Nat comes home, drunk, to be sick in the shower; she goes back out again to take pills and have a dance. Her morbid, death-obsessed boyfriend Robert and his friend Simon, who helpfully spent the day cleaning ground-up bones out of a cremulator, stay in, sniffing glue and poppers (“mainly headaches”).

Queen's swan 'barbecued and left to rot' near to Windsor Castle

It is believed the bird was butchered and stripped of its flesh at some point over the weekend

One Leicester Street

On the Menu: Sweetbreads at One Leicester Street; hummus; Quintessentially vodka; East End Feast; Urban Night Feast

This week I've been eating...sweetbreads at One Leicester Street

Jeff Galvin of the Galvin chain of restaurants

My life in food: Jeff Galvin, chef and restaurant owner

"Bread is my guilty pleasure - a classic French baguette is my favourite"

Ben Chu: The weather is kind when it's raining excuses

Outlook Isn't the British weather wonderful? It saved England from defeat against the resurgent Australians and it's also been putting a rocket under retail sales.

The mystery businessman who bankrolled the creation of the world's first lab-grown burger has been revealed as Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

'Close to meat': Foodies underwhelmed by first synthetic beef burger to be eaten in public

The research has been funded by Google co-founder Sergey Brin

For the first time since it was built in the early 1500s, the Tour Saint Jacques is opening to the public this summer

Tower at heart of Paris opens to the public for the first time

Gothic edifice that has inspired writers and scientists alike has just undergone a restoration

The carnivore: So, would you eat a test-tube burger?

Eating meat has always been a question of stomach overruling head for me. I am a voracious carnivore, raised on a diet of full English breakfasts, hearty lasagnes and my mother's Sunday roast.

The vegetarian: So, would you eat a test-tube burger?

I've been a veggie since I was seven years old – and I'm cautiously optimistic about the idea of test-tube burgers.

Tom Hodgkinson: They were expecting a carefree soul; instead they found a man with a furrowed brow

To paraphrase Mick Jones, my indecision's bugging me. I am tormented by choice. Twelve years after my semi-retirement to a remote village on Exmoor, I find myself contemplating a move back to London. There are various practical benefits. Victoria and I could spend more time working on the Idler Academy, our shop and school. After all, its physical HQ is located in west London, and the 200-mile commute has presented certain challenges over the past three years. Our children could go to the exciting schools of Shepherd's Bush and Hammersmith. We reckon that life would be made easier in some ways. We'd also be nearer our old friends and our parents. There would be less driving.

A demonstration shows how the iKnife can slice through animal muscle

Surgical 'smart' knife that detects tumours could curb spread of cancer

A surgical knife that can detect when it is cutting through cancerous tissue is being tested in hospitals, raising hopes that the spread of cancer left behind after surgery could soon be curbed more successfully.

Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain Jamie’s Italian was judged to have the healthiest children’s menu

High-street restaurant chains fail health test for hungry youngsters

Meals aimed at children are still dominated by unhealthy options such as chicken nuggets, burgers and sausages

Anne McIntosh: Committee chairman said some practices were ‘illegal’ and ‘fraudulent

Horsemeat scandal report: Force supermarkets to do DNA tests on meat, say MPs

Regular checks could help avoid another scandal over horse  in ‘beef’ products

Lake escape: Yew Tree Farm was once owned by the writer Beatrix Potter but is now a cosy rental, sleeping six

Stay the Night: Yew Tree Farm, Cumbria

A farm with literary connections near Coniston Water has been converted into a self-catering let

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