Life and Style Buttering up: The popularity of artisan butters has forced the big makers of other spreads to change their products

Margarine makers have an unusual response to  our renewed taste for butter

Heston Blumenthal's latest Waitrose offering
Grouse with blaeberries

Grouse with blaeberries

Serves 4

'Health benefits' of cereal bars are nothing but a myth, says study

The image of cereal bars as a healthy snack is a myth, according to a study that found many contain high levels of fat and sugar. All but one of the 30 bars tested were high in sugar, with 16 containing levels above 30 per cent, the consumer group Which? found.

Fish oil does not aid memory loss

Omega-3 supplements do not appear to prevent mental decline in old age, a study review has shown.

Dieting craze blamed for cholesterol surge in Sweden

A dieting craze in Sweden has been blamed for a surprise surge in cholesterol levels that may be putting people at increased risk of heart disease.

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Davines cleansing nectar oil shampoo for hair and body, £9.81, tel: 020 3301 5449

How To Be Beautiful: Cleansing with oils

The way we do our hair or make-up alters regularly, but it's unlikely that the stuff in our make-up bag mutates so conspicuously. Cosmetic colours vary, formulas improve, but – generically speaking – the products themselves remain the same.

Brandy snaps are perfect with ice-cream

Brandy snaps

Makes about 10-15

Album: Accentus, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Mendelssohn: Christus; Cantates Chorales (Naïve)

Salvaged from an unfinished three-part oratorio originally titled "Earth, Heaven & Hell", the two sections of Mendelssohn's "Christus" deal with the Nativity and the Passion, jumping abruptly from birth to betrayal with no intervening exposition.

Video: Annabel Karmel talks about olive oil

Super Foods: Annabel Karmel talk s about Olive Oil

High saturated fat intake 'damages' sperm

Men who eat a lot of saturated fat could be damaging their sperm, new research suggests.

Mackerel with peas and orange

Serves 4

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Veal T-bone with roasted shallots and rosemary

Serves 2
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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn