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Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr has joined forces with two foodie entrepreneurs to grow herbs and vegetables 100ft below the ground 

Melissa Kite: Auditioning for love can be savage

So many. Oh so many terrible first dates. The guy who took me to a conceptual art exhibition, then a David Hare play. Straight after, I tell you, without even so much as a double vodka in between.

Mary Dejevsky: The blurred fringe of the Big Society

It was heart-warming to see the good folk of Clapham, Hackney and the rest mobilise themselves for a mass clear-up, using the same social media that had summoned the urban pillagers less than 24 hours before. Raising their brooms and dustpans aloft, they appeared the very model of David Cameron's Big Society. Whoever would have forecast that it would be looting mobs in London that would give it birth?

The night that rioters ruled and police lost control of the streets of London

After two nights of violence, the capital was braced for more on Monday – but not on the scale that transpired. Cahal Milmo recounts the extraordinary events

Where have you been, ask shopkeepers as Boris joins clean-up

As he fought to be heard, there were cries of 'How was your holiday?' and 'Why are you here three days late?'

Residents vent anger at Boris Johnson

London mayor Boris Johnson faced a barrage of criticism from angry residents as he toured the devastation in riot-hit Clapham with Home Secretary Theresa May.

Ford is first to pull its advertising as furious consumers demand a boycott

Until yesterday, the phone-hacking row had failed to cause serious damage to the News of the World. Yet allegations that the newspaper hacked the phone of a murdered teenager have provoked outrage across the UK, prompting campaigns to hit the paper where it hurts: in the pocket.

Huhne son's mobile seized

Chris Huhne's former marital home has been raided as part of a police investigation into allegations he persuaded his wife to take responsibility for a speeding offence that he had committed so he could avoid a driving ban.

David Cairns: Roman Catholic priest who became MP for Inverclyde and a rising star of the Labour Party

David Cairns, Labour Member of Parliament for Inverclyde, has died at the age of 44. He was a rising star in Labour's Westminster ranks and had he lived it would have been inconceivable that he would not have been a leading member of any future Labour Government.

Now it's the tenant's turn to get gazumped

The practice that destroyed so many house purchases has invaded the rental sector as demand outstrips supply. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

Secret diary of a nomad searching for latest club

Rohan Ricketts' blog is a must-read as he plies his trade at far-flung outposts

Father Dominic O'Toole: I was a business consultant, then I saw the light

I decided to make a change when I was about 30. I'd spent my working life in retail as a buyer for head office before moving into consultancy work for small companies. I was really driven by work and it defined much of my personality. But I came to the realisation that something was missing. I had this nagging feeling that I should be doing something different with my life – more importantly that I should be devoting my life to God through a religious order.

Nando's to buy Real Greek chain for £30m

Clapham House Group, the company that owns the Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Real Greek restaurant chains, is set to be bought by its high-street rival Nando's for £30.4m.

Honest, Assembly Rooms

Is honesty always the best policy? For Dave, the angry young man protagonist of DC Moore’s searing - and searingly funny - playlet, it’s the only policy.

Immigration centre detainees on hunger strike

More than 100 people in an immigration centre were on hunger strike today.

Conform or close, head of food agency tells dirty cafés

Restaurants with poor hygiene standards face rigorous repeat inspections
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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
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'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
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