For all the cuddly Thomas the Tank Engine nostalgia that surrounds Britain's railway history, it should never be forgotten that this was the story of capitalism in the raw. In the 19th century, fortunes were made but more typically lost and the winners were only too keen to signal their grand ambitions to the world.
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Thursday 01 August 2013
'Mixing cultures appeals to me – I love Asian fusion'
Mallorca sick of tourists vomiting in the streets - and other destinations in need of an image makeover
Friday 26 July 2013
Mallorca is keen to change its image as a boozy holiday destination.
On The Menu: Posh picnics; award-winning cocktails; Neapolitan cookies; Divertimenti and Daunt Books Culinary Salon; Caorunn Gin
Thursday 11 July 2013
This week I've been eating... posh picnics
Sunday 07 July 2013
Out of America: As summers get hotter we will see more blazes like the one that killed 19 firefighters last week
Saturday 06 July 2013
Ivy-clad exteriors, private paths and mountain-facing rooms
Sunday 30 June 2013
My earliest food memory Racing large brown crabs across the kitchen floor with my dad. We'd buy them from our local fishmonger, MacCallums of Troon, in Glasgow. And the winning crab would get cooked first – and made into a Singapore chilli crab dish. Afterwards, my dad and I would take the inner claws from them, clean them and use them as devil horns come Halloween.
Saturday 22 June 2013
Thursday 20 June 2013
Contenders for the Diageo World Class Bartender contest had an added challenge this year: to shake up a drink that still tasted good in mid-air. Samuel Muston joined them on board.
Tuesday 18 June 2013
Postcard from... Lisbon
Thursday 13 June 2013
Born in Wokingham, Fordham started out as a chemist, studying the subject with biology at Plymouth University, a discipline that helped him when he joined Beefeater Gin as distillery manager in 2008. He went on to receive a diploma in distilling and the picked up the Worshipful Company of Distillers scholarship award for excellence in 2011. Since March this year he has been master distiller at Bombay Sapphire. He will also be leading the Bombay Sapphire Ultimate G&T Studio Workshops at The Hoxton Hotel (Tuesday 18 and Tuesday 25 June 7pm – 8.30pm)
Sunday 02 June 2013
The hat/make up
Friday 31 May 2013
Out of ideas for a dinner party? Why not serve up a dish made out of the heads of two children stewed in their own blood encased in a pie-crust of their ground down bones? Such is the notoriously grisly fare of Shakespeare's revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus and, in a cheeky nod to the play's nasty nosh, two chefs at the RSC's Rooftop Restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon have devised a Titus Andronicus-themed pie with a steak and KIDney (boom boom) filling as a culinary accompaniment to the RSC's new production.
Thursday 02 May 2013
Battersea Arts Centre has a fine track record for picking out fresh talents, nurturing them and then letting them bloom in the nooks and crannies of its magnificent building. Jerry Springer the Opera started life at a scratch night here. And in 2007, a young company called Punchdrunk famously filled the place with their Masque of the Red Death.
Monday 29 April 2013
The popularity of rum cocktails has pushed vodka from the top spot for the first time since the 1960s, according to supermarkets and drinks firms.
Saturday 20 April 2013
Some things are a gift. Like the sign above the Duke of York's – where Dexys are playing an unprecedented nine nights – for Peter Nichols's black comedy Passion Play. Dexys are an act, after all, who called their 1981 tour The Projected Passion Revue, and the two elements that implies – heightened emotion and calculated theatricality – are still key to a Dexys live show.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
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- 3 Crystal Palace next manager latest: Palace consider Ally McCoist - EXCLUSIVE
- 4 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
- 5 Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'