Arts and Entertainment Brace yourself: Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves in 'House of Fools'

Vic and Bob have done sketch shows (The Smell of Reeves and Mortimer), web series (Vic & Bob’s Afternoon Delights), comedy dramas (Catterick, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased)) and the greatest quiz show of all time (Shooting Stars), but until now they’ve never done a sitcom as sit-commy as this. Their new show, House of Fools (BBC2), is filmed in front of a live studio audience, and the duo play Odd Couple-style flatmates in a home filled with bizarre bric-à-brac and beset by unwelcome visitors.

Ready To Wear: The sight of so much scorched flesh put me off my KFC bucket

Last month in New York, an unidentified woman was seen strolling about the Bowery in a black A-line skirt and flip flops, handbag over one shoulder and as topless as the day she was born, as seen in the photograph above, taken by a (possibly astounded) passer-by.

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Green for go: Skye Gyngell has just the recipes to get us all eating cucumber again

It is the time of year for cucumbers – crisp, watery and clean they are lovely either in salads or gently cooked so they retain a slight bite and vibrant colour. My personal preference is the smaller variety, for they tend to be sweeter. Look, too, for cucumbers that are free of any bruises or blemishes and that are heavy for their size. Many herbs sit happily alongside cucumbers, including mint, basil, dill and parsley.

Pickled cucumber salad

Serves 4

Griff Rhys Jones: Be a local busybody. It's exactly what your city needs

Let's not leave it to the Mary Portases. It's not elitism or 'nimbyism' to bother about the casual vandalism that straitened times drive us to

Cucumber, tomato and bread soup

Serves 4

Summer lovin': Skye Gyngell serves up her favourite recipes for sunny days

From fresh seasonal savouries to chilled summer puddings...

Germany: Sprouts did cause deadly E. coli outbreak

German vegetable sprouts caused the E. coli outbreak that has killed 31 people and sickened more than 3,000, investigators announced Friday after tracking the bacteria from patients in hospital beds to restaurants and then farm fields.

Fall in number of new E.coli cases says Germany

The deadly E.coli outbreak appears to be on the decline, Germany's health minister said today.

Germany warned over food scares

Germany has been warned to take more care over its food safety announcements in the wake of the E.coli fiasco which caused panic across Europe.

E.coli outbreak remains a mystery

The source of Germany's lethal food poisoning outbreak became a mystery again today after experts said there was no evidence linking it to beansprouts.

Tests point to beansprouts grown in Germany as source of E.coli epidemic

German agriculture officials said yesterday that raw, locally grown beansprouts had been identified as a likely cause of the devastating E.coli epidemic which has killed 22 people and infected more than 2,000 since it began more than a fortnight ago.

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