Life and Style

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.

Racing: Stretarez a snip for Williams

VENETIA WILLIAMS is the leading National Hunt trainer according to percentages, with a winning strike-rate of 28 per cent. She now occupies a similar position in the Flat table and the ratio is even better - 100 per cent.

Three To View: Going nuts in november...

Nut Tree Cottage in Warnborough, Oxfordshire is a listed cottage sitting behind a white picket fence on the village green, next to the cricket field. The black and white 17th century cottage looks like most of the others in the old village, which has a store, Post Office, school and three pubs. The three/four-bedroom cottage has been recently refurbished. Knight Frank is asking pounds 265,000 (01865 790077).

Trees: A tree-planting guide

Anna Pavord provides a step-by-step guide to planting and caring for trees.

Trees: How to be a tree nationalist

The prevailing argument over planting trees native to Britain is a very modern debate, as Stephen Goodwin, Heritage Correspondent, explains.

BUNHILL: Nike gets a head start on its rivals

Marketing intrudes into every corner of our lives nowadays - but I'd never quite grasped the enormity of its power until a few weeks ago on an excursion with Bunhill the Younger to the park. There I saw a boy, eight years old at most, who'd had his head shaved at the back to leave an island of hair in the shape of the Nike logo. And just when I thought it was safe to go back in the paddling pool ...

Theatre: Playboys of the Emerald Isle

From Martin McDonagh to Conor McPherson, Irish theatre is clearly alive and well - in London. But at home, the battle for audiences between Dublin's Abbey and Gate theatres tells a different story. By Mic Moroney

Toller's form evokes stardust memories

When the pixies went round sprinkling their magic dust the sack broke at Majors Farm stables, Whitsbury. This report was almost made impossible following your correspondent's visit to the tiny Hampshire yard in the early 1990s. That day the only sprinkling that seemed to be needed was salt and pepper as one inmate appeared to believe the protrusion from this writer's cuff was not a bunch of fives but rather a bunch of carrots.

Off the goat track

Michael Hanlon beats a path to the secret, secluded world of western Crete

Letter: Bogus interpretation of Queen Mary

Sir: I see that "Planners go to war against the Queen of Scots" (11 June).

Major must be in a fix if it's political correctness again

Adoption is not so much a political football as a tiddlywink. Or maybe just a chestnut. Whenever the Government is short of something to say, they brief lobby correspondents with frighteners about "politically correct social workers". Was it supposed to be a distraction from yesterday's Hogg debate?

dear diary, this time i really mean it ...

So this year you'll give up drinking, swim every day and become fluent in French and Japanese. Yeah, and John Major will marry a Spice Girl, says Hester Lacey

'twas the nightmare before xmas ...

Haunted by the ghost of Christmas past? Hester Lacey hears of one woman's frightful festivities, and asks the experts how she can make this a merry one

HORSES FOR COURSES AT BALLINSLOE

English, French, German and even Cossack horse dealers, as well as Ireland's own travelling people, come to buy and sell at this traditional Irish fair. Peter Cunningham joined the throng of 1,500 horses, and as many people

You may well scoff

HUNGRY FOR YOU From Cannibalism to Seduction: A Book of Food by Joan Smith, Chatto pounds 17.99

Secret life of knobs and pillys

Philip Hoare does a little muck-raking on our plant life; Flora Britannica by Richard Mabey, Sinclair Stevenson, pounds 30
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Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
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Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

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Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
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Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

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Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

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Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

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Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there