Arts and Entertainment Playing it by ear: Dan Skinner, Matt Berry, Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves in 'House of Fools'

Vic and Bob are back in BBC2's House of Fools. The duo explain why writing a sitcom was their biggest test yet

Six facts about elephant families

The large mammals have intricate social networks

Postcard from... Belgium

Boozy feral pig steals beer, gets drunk and starts fight with a cow

Belligerent porker went on bender after drinking three six-packs of beer

‘Doped’ cows trample rest of the field in controversy at Great Yorkshire Show

What do cyclist Lance Armstrong, the record-breaking sprinter Ben Johnson and the prize-winning dairy cows of Yorkshire have in common? The connection sounds unlikely, but they’ve all been accused of using banned substances to lay waste to the competition in their fields.

Bovine TB has risen dramatically over the past few decades and badgers have been implicated in the rapid spread of the disease

As well as cull, contraceptives lined up for badgers in battle against farm TB

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson pledged to eradicate disease from English cattle within 25 years

Cow rescued after falling into car inspection pit in Devon

A cow that managed to climb on to the roof of a garage before falling through has been rescued by firefighters - after spending 24 hours wedged in a car inspection pit.

The cow that was shot dead by police

Anger after 'aggressive' lost cow is shot dead by police marksmen in Lincolnshire primary school grounds after two-hour chase

The cow, which according to reports had charged at several members of the public, went on the run for three hours after escaping from its field

The 10 Best British cheeses

Whether you're hankering for some Stinking Bishop or partial to a slice of Cornish Yarg, home-grown varieties are causing a stink...

Horsemeat scandal: Beef products sold by Bird's Eye, Taco Bell and Brakes found to contain horse DNA

Ground beef sold in British branches of the US-owned Tex Mex restaurant chain Taco Bell has been found to contain horse DNA in the latest round of tests carried out since the start of the meat scandal.

Masterchef's Gregg Wallace has admitted he would like to try horse meat

'To beef or not to beef? That is the equestrian': Masterchef's Greg Wallace admits he would like to try horsemeat

As the nation examines its freezers to look for lasagnes which potentially contain horsemeat, Masterchef's Gregg Wallace has admitted he would like to try the controversial foodstuff.

Comedian Sarah Silverman at the Baftas last night

Review: Sarah Silverman, Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Trialling new jokes in front of a sell-out, international crowd is an act of supreme confidence

Findus horse meat scandal: a company whose reputation is changed forever

Founded in Sweden in 1905, the company may struggle to recover from the revelation that its 'beef' lasagne was largely horse meat

Ben Chu: European meal ticket

Outlook Jyrki Katainen must have been hungry today. The Finnish Prime Minister, when asked by journalists in Brussels about Britain's future in the European Union, couldn't stop reaching for food analogies. The EU without Britain, he said, would be like "fish without chips". However, Mr Katainen also warned us that Britannia can't expect to "pick the raisins from the bun" in negotiations with its European partners.

Vegetarianism is India's curse, it must be ditched

Societally enforced vegetarianism is neither good for India's people, nor her cattle

Jamie Oliver sued by factory worker over 'pink slime' slur

Beef Products Inc former employees sues Oliver and others after losing his job

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So the young risk their lives and run for it
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