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The province of Lopburi, 150km north-east of Bangkok, is famous for the hundreds of crab-eating macaques that overrun its Old Town – including the 13th-century temple of Phra Prang Sam Yot.

The great carve-up can wait: Skye Gyngell whips up Christmas canapés to tide you over till the big feast

My guests start arriving around 2pm, says Skye Gyngell – but that's far too early to start the feast. Which is why I prefer to whet their appetites...

Bacon cubons and crab apple sauce

Serves 10

Oh, go on then... there'll be plenty of room for one of Mark Hix's festive canapés

It's that time of year again – the time when we all start planning our festive get togethers. Preparing snacks for drinks parties can be tricky; you need to keep things simple as you don't want to spend all your time in the kitchen.

Yeongpyong Islanders: 'Once our home town was paradise. Now it's hell'

Donald Kirk meets the refugees fleeing from the island devastated by North Korea

Dylan Jones: 'Robert Duvall is similar to Clint Eastwood in as much as he isn’t afraid to speak his mind'

Lonesome Dove is the 1985 Pulitzer Prize-winning Western novel written by Larry McMurtry. It is an epic story about two former Texas rangers who decide to move cattle from the south to Montana. Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call run into many problems on the way, and the journey ends with numerous casualties. Four years later it was made into a four-part TV mini-series, which won seven Emmy Awards and was nominated for 12 others. And what a wonderful thing it is.

Lobster supper without the lobster suffering

It is a dilemma faced by every discerning diner – how to reconcile the delicious taste of a freshly-cooked lobster with the barbaric manner in which the creature met its end in the chef's pot?

Media Lunch: Richard Huntington, director of strategy, Saatchi & Saatchi

The venue: Charlotte Street, where Saatchi & Saatchi is, has tons of great restaurants on it, but Roka is my absolute favourite. I keep it for special occasions.

Around the world in 80 dishes No.25: Croatia

Fish stew, by Ino Kuvacic and Maeve O'Meara

Nicholas Lezard: How not to greet a little green man

I would not necessarily assume that the first human being an alien will want to speak to is an astrophysicist

Around the world in 80 dishes No.23: Mexico

Spicy crab noodles by Thomasina Miers

Polpetto, Upstairs at The French House, 49 Dean Street, London W1

Polpo, the no-reservations Italian tapas bar that opened in Soho a year ago, has been a big success. The dark, slightly dingy bar area always seems to be crammed with sneerily trendy chaps and amazingly pretty girls from the Regent Street shops and magazine HQs, even though the wine list is tiny and the food rather routine. It's so achingly on-trend that my eldest daughter asked to be taken there for her 23rd birthday.

Somerset blackberry and apple sour

Serves 4

Album: Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom, Duppy Writer (Big Dada)

The Tony McDermott cover arouses welcome memories of albums by Scientist and Mad Professor, entirely apt for this dub reconstruction of selected titles from the Roots Manuva catalogue.

What's the catch?: Skye Gyngell gets to grips with the freshest fish

Fresh fish and the right blend of herbs and vegetables – nothing could be easier and nothing tastes better right now

Crab salad with fennel

Serves 4
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