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MP quits sleaze watchdog role amid expenses probe

The MP in charge of the Commons sleaze watchdog stood down tonight pending an inquiry into his second home allowance claims.

Healthy Indian food: Curry's healing powers

Forget mouth-scorching takeaways. Simon Usborne learns to cook with the delicate flavours and health-giving ingredients of genuine Indian cuisine

McDefeat for food giant over curry restaurant

Fast food giant McDonald's today lost an eight-year trademark battle against a Malaysian curry restaurant after the country's highest court allowed the latter to use the prefix 'Mc'.

Rick Edwards, Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh

Perhaps the unusually sunny start to the Fringe is to blame but only a day in, one of the more half-baked shows has already happened as the personable T4 presenter Rick Edwards was given a folder of viewers' jokes to read for a one-off gig.

Observations: Caledonia Curry's slow boat to Venice

For those who didn't catch Caledonia Curry's (aka Swoon's) less than conventional entrance at this year's Venice Biennale in a fleet of ships, a trip to London's Black Rat Gallery this week was a chance to see her life-size figurative woodcuts, made of scrap wood and rubbish from skips, which usually inhabit her cityscape installations. Curry, 31, a multidisciplinary artist, rocked up to Venice with her 30-strong crew in a small fleet of boats, each 20ft high and wide, and crafted from bed sheets, car parts and scrap metal. Onlookers rubbed their eyes in disbelief as she emerged from the horizon quite unannounced.

The Clipper Blog: Setting sail - Our first casualty

We’ve suffered our first casualty. George, from Northumberland, has had to pull out of the training week because he’s not feeling well (it was the chicken curry cooked on board last night, he jokes). He says he’ll becoming back in a couple of weeks to do his part A training course. One fewer person on board means there’s a spare bunk on board.

The Clipper Blog: Setting sail: Our first casualty

We’ve suffered our first casualty. George, from Northumberland, has had to pull out of the training week because he’s not feeling well (it was the chicken curry cooked on board last night, he jokes). He says he’ll becoming back in a couple of weeks to do his part A training course. One fewer person on board means there’s a spare bunk on board.

Japan woman gets death for curry murder

Japan's Supreme Court sentenced a woman to death today for killing four and making more than 60 ill by poisoning a large pot of curry at a summer festival in 1998, a case widely covered in domestic media.

Pork satay

Ingredients to serve 2-4

Crab curry

Serves 2-4

Chicken curry for one

Ingredients to serve one

Can the Manning brothers add some Liverpudlian sparkle to their new, Wagamama-style noodle bar?

HoSt, 31 Hope Street, Liverpool, tel: 0151 708 5831

Questions of Cash: 'HSBC sold my 94-year-old father a six-year plan'

Q. My late father sought investment advice from the HSBC in 2006, when he was nearly 95 and in poor health. Yet the HSBC adviser recommended two six-year savings products from HSBC: a Guaranteed Capital Account and a Capital Protected ISA. My father took this advice. He died last year and my sister and I are executors of his estate.

Will Self: Joy Division and a Vesta curry

When I was 20 I tried to spend Christmas alone. It was a protest – of sorts – and also an actualisation of a deep and twisted disappointment in family, love, cosiness and cheer – all of which I held to be, in this the climactic period of my protracted adolescence, Yuletide lies and festering festive spirits.

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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

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London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

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