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Squash curry

Serves 4-6

New chilli could take world record, say producers

The "monster of chillies" could set a new world record, its British producer said today.

DVD: It's a Wonderful Afterlife, For retail & rental (Icon)

Gurinda (Bend it Like Beckham) Chadha's latest comedy is a mind-numbingly pointless melange of romance, ghosts and curry-related serial-killing.

Four-leafed clover found on crash survivor's back

Medical staff found a four-leaf clover stuck to the back of a young driver who survived a crash which left him speared through the chest by a fence post, it was revealed today.

Lobster curry

Serves 4

Curry night fans warned over salt intake

A bought curry with all the extras could include almost three-and-a-half times the maximum recommended daily intake of salt, according to a study.

Katy Guest: All this ash is bunging up my moral compass

Now that the volcanic ash is finally settling on the surreal week that will forever be known (because we can't pronounce the alternative) as the crazy Icelandic volcano fiasco, we can begin to identify the Eyjafjallajökull winners and losers. Unfortunately for those of us who prefer a steady moral compass, all the good guys turn out to be baddies, and the bad guys are suddenly heroes.

Errors and Omissions: Not the way to spice up a story, as any Geordie will tell you

When you use a well-known phrase or saying, you had better remember what it means. In Wednesday's paper a familiar piece of folk-wisdom was misapplied.

It's a Wonderful Afterlife (12A)

From the director of Bend It Like Beckham, a painfully misjudged serial-killer comedy: Indian mother can't find husband for supposedly obese daughter, starts murdering people with food.

'Nobody is going to be left behind,' says Naval Commander

With a diverse list of 710 passengers – soldiers returning from Afghanistan, families with young children and the elderly, including the father of London mayor Boris Johnson – the amphibious assault ship, HMS Albion, set sail yesterday from northern Spain to England in the first rescue by the Government of Britons marooned abroad by Iceland's volcano eruption.

What can Britain teach India about curry? Quite a lot, apparently

In the great tradition of taking coals to Newcastle, a group of British chefs have travelled to India to cook curry for the locals.

Pea and potato curry

Serves 4

Kaleem Aftab: Gurinder and me

When the Bride and Prejudice director agreed to give The Independent's Kaleem Aftab a role in her new movie, it was an offer he couldn't refuse

The truth is out there: 13/03/2010

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Chicken katsu curry

Ingredients to serve 4
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It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

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