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Reap what you sow: It's not as difficult as you think to grow peas and

One warm, still evening in mid-July I picked the first peas, the first cucumber and the first courgette. My husband was away sailing in the Shetlands. The booty was mine, all mine. I made fat batons of the cucumber and ate them, dipped in hummus, as I sat outside shelling the peas. In the fading light, the rooks sailed in overhead, hundreds of them, chattering, clattering, making for their roost in the alder trees below the house.

DVD: The Fighter, For retail & rental (Momentum)

Christian Bale won an Oscar for his motormouthed performance (and extreme weight loss) as Dicky Eklund, a crack-addicted boxing coach who both helps and hinders his half-brother, Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg).

Double DVD giveaway this weekend

On Saturday The Independent is giving away a free DVD of 'The Machinist', starring Christian Bale. It's a stark, disturbing tale of a man who hasn't slept for a year, and charts his seeming descent into madness - or is he trying to ruin his life for no good reason?

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The Dark Knight (12A)

Long gone are the camp portrayals of Batman and his various enemies – Heath Ledger's terrifying Joker is way too dark for the kids