Check it out: In its own spot survey, The IoS found supermarket eye contact was at a premium

How to mind your frozen peas in queues

Or, is it just plain rude to chat on a phone while at a shop till? Matthew Bell consults the public

England coach Jason Lee

British Olympic coach Jason Lee hoping to guide women side through World League semi-finals and qualify for next year's World Cup

Having led the men's side at London 2012, Lee is now focused on seeing the women's team progress to the 2014 World Cup in Holland

Margot Fonteyn rehearsing with David Wall, principal dancer with the Royal Ballet Touring Company, in 1968. Wall died of cancer yesterday aged 67.

David Wall: Dancer who became the Royal Ballet's Principal at the age of 21

David Wall, who has died of cancer at the age of 67, was a ballet dancer who became the youngest Principal in the history of the Royal Ballet, at the age of only 21. He had joined the company in 1963 and rose to Principal three years later. As Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary in Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling, first produced in 1978, he played what is widely regarded as the most challenging role in classical ballet and the one for which he will be best remembered.

Hit me with your lyrics, dad

What's it like having a Seventies/Eighties pop star dad whose songs include, “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll”? Jemima Dury, 43, has unearthed piles of lyrics, photographs, demo tapes, band memorabilia, scrawled notes and T-shirts, belonging to her dad, Ian Dury, which she has pieced together for a book. 'Hallo Sausages' – The Lyrics of Ian Dury, which is published in hardback next month, comes with a free CD of unreleased material.

Food blogger wins coveted Michelin star in his first year

A food blogger has been awarded a Michelin star barely a year after opening his first restaurant.

Critic opens own restaurant – then wins a Michelin star

It's a perfect case of poacher turned gamekeeper. A food blogger who offered dining recommendations on his website has been awarded a coveted Michelin star barely a year after opening his first restaurant.

The Lawn Bistro, 67 High Street, London SW19

The actual tennis of Wimbledon is played in Southfields, two Tube stops away from the famous suburb, but that doesn't stop the world and his tennis partner from descending on the Village like the Assyrians on Jerusalem. What they find to eat when they arrive can be uninspiring. For every good, reliable restaurant (such as San Lorenzo Fuoriporto at the bottom of the hill), there are too many yawn-making gastropubs, chains and iffy spice houses.

David Cameron praises UK-Norway energy link-up

A new energy partnership between the United Kingdom and Norway will help create more than 1,600 jobs and could secure affordable power supplies for decades.

Worker's remorse over death of baby

A workman who cut the base of a lamp post that later fell, fatally injuring a baby, wishes he had died instead, an inquest heard today.

Matthew Bell: Rant & Rave (08/04/12)

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Metro in US embassy deal

Metro Bank has won the pitch to become the US embassy in London's official bank, processing its transactions in the UK. Metro Bank has been expanding in the capital since its launch in 2010.

Vietnamese noodle soup (pho)

On The Menu: Pho; Eat London; Romeo Jones; Heinz

This week I've been eating...pho

Union Jacks' music, décor, drinks and tableware are suitably witty and pretty but the food is dire

Union Jacks, 4 Central St Giles Piazza, London WC2

At Union Jacks, Jamie Oliver is reimagining the pizza. But did he really need to?

The Blagger's Guide To...Feminist Writing

'The angry housewife in me was not alone'
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee