Diamond Jubilee: 'There was Blitz spirit, we were laughing in the face of adversity'

"What do you expect? It's typical British weather. I think God forgot to put his 50p in the meter and it's run out," laughed Rashid Karolia.

Swiss confectioner Lindt & Sprüngli has produced gold-foiled and be-ribboned chocolate rabbits for the past 60 years

Lindt's trademark hopes felled by lawyers' rabbit punch

Lindt & Sprüngli, the Swiss confectioner that has produced gold-foiled and be-ribboned chocolate rabbits for the past 60 years, has been dealt a crushing blow by the European Union's Court of Justice.

Thierry Muret, Chocolatier: 'My family knows I'm stressed when I bake bread. It's calming'

My life in food: Thierry Muret, chocolatier

Godiva Chocolates, founded in Brussels in 1926, is known for its upmarket milk chocolate. Since 1988, Thierry Muret, a trained chemist as well as chocolatier, has been its development chef. The latest Godiva boutique opens today in Harrods in London.

Wine: Something for the weekend

Couch potato

Simon Amstell: Numb, Hexagon Theatre, Reading

A random spurt of smoke from a dry ice machine precedes Simon Amstell's appearance on the stage of the Reading Hexagon tonight. It's a mistake, of course. The wily charms of the 32 year old are not requiring of a pumped pomp, nor of any other obvious theatrics.

Clean up: The Novium is built over a bathhouse

Great British Escapes: The cities

Streets ahead of the competition

The white stuff: chef Raymond Blanc believes other varieties of milk can make puddings and sauces delicious

How to make the most of milk

Why stick to dairy, says Raymond Blanc, when other varieties from rice to coconut make puddings and sauces so delicious?

Felicity Loudon has sold Pusey House to finance her new firm

Selling off the family seat to enter chocolate war

When Kraft announced it wanted to buy Cadbury, the great-granddaughter of the confectioner's founder said the idea of selling off one of Britain's oldest and most cherished companies to an "American plastic cheese company" was a "horror story".

Felicity Loudon has sold Pusey House to finance her new firm

Cadbury heiress Felicity Loudon seeks sweet revenge on Kraft

Descendant of founder of British chocolate maker is to launch her own company to rival US giant

Subtle depth of flavour: Old Vines Carignan 2008
Maison Zenasni's cosy sitting room

North African hospitality meets Flemish history

An 18th-century townhouse has been turned into a warm and elegant residence by its Algerian owner, says William Cook

Demonstrators in San Francisco protest against the decision that saw a boarding school tied to Hershey’s refuse to admit a teenager because he was HIV positive

Hershey School faces lawsuit for turning away HIV-positive pupil

Picketers try to bite into candy firm's sales to fight 'discrimination and ignorance' at institution

'This nut bar contains nuts'

The Plain English Campaign has criticised Cadbury for warning that a chocolate called Nut Secret contains nuts.

Choc-o-pedia: The ultimate compendium of gooey facts

Caution: may contain nuts.

Apollonia Poilâne: 'For me, every crust and crumb is a balm for body and soul'

My Life In Food: Apollonia Poilâne

When both her parents died in a helicopter accident in 2003, Apollonia inherited her family's world-renowned bakery, Poilâne. She was just 19. Nine year's later, the company has a turnover measured in tens of millions of pounds and has most recently opened the cuisine de bar by Poilâne in London's Chelsea.

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Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links
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