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Town Bar and Grill, 21 Kildare Street, Dublin

There was a time, a dozen years ago, when the only place you'd find a decent meal in Dublin was in a hotel. You could traipse through Grafton Street, Dame Street, O'Connell Street and their lateral offshoots, looking in vain for an eating house that wasn't part of a burger chain. Now, after more than a decade in the jaws of the Celtic Tiger economy, the Irish capital has been transformed by oodles of cash, imagination and confidence. Around St Stephen's Green, along the quays, even on the still-grotty north side off Parnell Street, classy restaurants are busting out all over.

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Foreign plants and animals cause havoc on waterways

Invasive animals and plants which have been released or seed themselves into the wild are causing havoc on the UK's rivers and canals, according to British Waterways.

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August's low tides bring a chance to see sea anemones, crabs and even starfish up close

British hermits: the growing lure of the solitary life

By the time Sue Woodcock came to retire from her career as a policewoman, she'd had enough of Hampshire, where she was based and longed for a more traditional and natural way of life – one where she could "live by [her] own rules". In her old life, back in what she calls "that England", she had become disillusioned by politics, by society as a whole. So she moved north to become a crofter in the Yorkshire Dales.

The future of fish

We all know by now that cod and haddock have had their chips. But what exactly are these strange new fish we're told we should be eating? And what on earth do they taste like?

The compassionate guide to catching a crab

The timeless summer pursuit of dangling a hook laced with morsels of bacon over the harbour side in the hope of luring a hungry crab has been a rite of passage for generations of children visiting Norfolk's celebrated seaside villages.

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