Stink over cancelled cheese race

The ancient sport of cheese-rolling is in a pickle. Fans were so incensed by plans to charge spectators £20 that organisers have cancelled the competition for the second year running.

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One's book of a lifetime should become a total obsession – a work that leaves you seeing the world through different eyes. For me, it's the unexpurgated 'Diary of Samuel Pepys'. Completing the 11-volume set challenges even the most dedicated, but the entries are so vivid and comprehensive that the readers feel almost as if we're living a parallel life.

Cheese firms in bid to protect names

Two scottish cheese companies are attempting legally to protect the names of their produce to stop other firms cashing in on their brands.

In pictures: Dieter Roth's Reykjavik Slides

Dieter Roth is probably most famous for his artist’s books and the sculptures he fashioned from chocolate, cheese and other organic matter. But his career as an artist, composer and poet took many forms, some more conventional than others.

Figs in red wine

At the restaurant, we serve these soft, boozy figs with cheese. For me they work best alongside semi-hard cheeses such as pecorino or wedges of aged and crystallised Parmesan. Once in a while I also like to serve them alongside a soft and creamy Gorgonzola dolce.

Cooper Brown: The hairbrush

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James Blunt's family ambition

James Blunt's "greatest ambition" is to have a family.

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Pizzette with Taleggio and girolles

Serves 4

Cauliflower cheese soup

Serves 4-6

Toasted Taleggio and sage sandwiches

Makes 6 little sandwiches

Berkswell and pickled walnuts

Serves 10

Irish to get free 'Christmas cheese'

Free cheese is to be offered to people on the breadline in Ireland as part of scheme to help the needy funded by the European Union.

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