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Slimming: Eat, drink and be skinny

Cuddly comedian Michael McIntyre is paying £60 a  day to have diet meals delivered to his door. But is this  take-away approach healthy? Simon Usborne weighs in

The man who made Wagner mad

The Royal Opera House is staging Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable for the first time in a century. It's a welcome focus on a much maligned composer

Newsnight scandal review is delayed

The Pollard review, which is examining a shelved Newsnight report into the Jimmy Savile abuse allegations, is to take about a month longer to report than expected.

Red Velvet, Tricycle Theatre, London

Nicolas Kent is a hard act to follow at the Tricycle but Indhu Rubasingham kicks off her tenure as the new artistic director in striking style now with this fascinating, if flawed, new play by Lolita Chakrabarti.

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Restaurants: Waiter, I can't hear myself eat

Restaurant critics routinely award points for "ambience," which can mean anything from parquet flooring to the number of yummy mummies in the room. Human chatter almost always makes for good ambience, an index of conviviality the patron has somehow contrived. But when does restaurant buzz become unacceptable noise?

A new serif in town

You might not notice them, but the fonts used on signs and shops can define a city, discovers Simon Usborne

A new serif in town: The fonts used on London's signs and shops have

It's the dots that do it, on the "i's". Except that they're not dots at all, but diamonds. The adornments on an otherwise beautifully simple typeface are an identifying quirk of Johnston Sans, a font that is as synonymous with London as Big Ben. It has become known as the "handwriting" of the city, but can you identify it? Did you even know its name?