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Modern London is a city in turbulence, a cosmopolitan cauldron in which more things change than stay the same, where all the world comes to throw a tantrum, get rich through property and complain about schools. Its restaurant scene has generally kept up.

Not to be scoffed at: Competitve eating is the world's fastest-growing hobby

What compels a person to swallow 65 hard-boiled eggs in six minutes? The money? The danger? The adoration of fans?

Hazelnut ice cream with chestnut honey

Serves 6 - 8

Market Report: Bid talk bubbles up around Mitchells & Butlers

As blood sprayed across the markets, flowing from the flanks of the flailing retailers, traders not running for cover had to be content with reheating a few classic bid stories.

The Laughter Of Mothers, by Paul Durcan

A son's compassionate, poetic and surreal tribute to his mother

How to dress for Christmas

You've basted the turkey, mulled the wine, pretended to like your presents, and the guests are on their way... But what on earth should you wear? Glenn Waldron deconstructs the festive fashion code

Liquid assets: winter soups

All you need for a warming bowl of winter soup is a dash of imagination and some spare vegetables, says Mark Hix. Photographs by Jason Lowe

Winter wonders: Anna Pavord visits a Sussex garden so full of life that not even a flood can put it off its stride.

February can be a treacherous month, but each year it produces at least one day when the wind drops, the sky clears and the temperature nervously hauls itself up into double figures. Gardeners have learnt not to trust this apparent truce, this first glimpse of spring's white flag, but we can at least enjoy it while it lasts.

Rupert Cornwell: Roles are reversed as 'George and Tony' show nears its end

It was supposed to be, as the Downing Street and White House jargon has it, a "forward-leaning" meeting, dwelling on the future of Iraq and Iran and the irresistible march of freedom and democracy to the darkest recesses of the planet. In the event, the joint press conference of George Bush and Tony Blair was a rather sorry affair, less sunlit uplands of the future than the dark valleys of the past. Just like their respective intelligence communities, these two leaders have a credibility problem, reflected in their abysmal opinion poll ratings. On Thursday evening, it showed.

Chestnuts are not just for Christmas

It's chestnut season. But, while we just save them for the Christmas turkey, our French neighbours use them to create tasty salads and puddings, discovers Simon Beckett

Miles Kington: The hazards of Chestnut Horror

Children no longer bothered with conkers, marbles, spinning tops or the old simple pleasures

Quinn: The woman who loved, spun and won

But at what cost? As Kimberly Quinn, the woman who helped bring down a Home Secretary, escaped Britain yesterday for a holiday from the headlines, Francis Elliott investigates her extraordinary rise to power and fall from grace

'Fathers need time to spend bonding with their child'

Richie Barnett spends his lunch hour acting as a "taxi service" between a nursery and relatives' houses to ensure his three-year-old son Fynley's childcare needs are met.

Racing: Hennessy rider Dunsdon defies doubters

There are some famous riders competing in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury on Saturday and there is also David Dunsdon.

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