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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.

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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