Life and Style

Feeling the effects of an over-indulgent festive season?

Buttering up: The popularity of artisan butters has forced the big makers of other spreads to change their products

Butter is back: Margarine giant admits defeat in the battle of the spreads

Margarine makers have an unusual response to  our renewed taste for butter

The Business Matrix: Saturday 25 January 2014

Charles Stanley hits £20bn on books

Robert Burns, 1759 to 1796. Scottish Poet

Page 3 Profile: Robert Burns, Scottish Poet

Ah, Scotland’s favourite son.

Cranachan with Rhubarb is a dead simple dessert to make and it's full of flavour

Mark Hix recipe: Cranachan with rhubarb

Serves 4

Roast rack of deer with leek and potato stovies
A man has allegedly been offering women money to watch him pleasure himself using cheese

Philadelphia police search for 'Swiss Cheese Pervert' who offers women money to watch him touch himself with cheese

The man allegedly also set up a profile on an internet dating site to advertise his fetish

Book review: 'Boxer Handsome' by Anna Whitwham

Anna Whitwham’s debut novel doesn’t pull its punches. It opens with a fight on a canal path between two amateur boxers scrapping over a girl, and one ends up bottling the other. So much for the Corinthian spirit – this is more like potato spirit in a jam jar.

Home by cheese boat to a brave new waterworld

We landed at Heathrow from Hong Kong at the very anti-social time of 4.30am. I'd been scouring the online news for anywhere in the UK that was still above water. Our best bet was probably to swim to Windsor, and then try to get a boat down through the old land areas of Reading and Swindon then hope to beach somewhere in the mid-Cotswolds. Once there, we would have a chance of finding a friendly local tribe to give us safe passage back to our valley. But who might be running the valley now? While we'd been away in Asia the great waters had come, and old social orders had been reversed.

The Business Matrix: Friday 10 January 2014

Serco to run Boris bikes in London

Will this 78-year-old vegan bodybuilder make you reconsider your diet?

Former bodybuilding champion Jim Morris still has an amazing physique, which he credits to his veganism

Danone to sue New Zealand's Fonterra over baby milk scare

An investigation found Fonterra’s bacteria warning was a false alarm

Mary Berry was a guest on Piers Morgan's Life Stories, set to air on Friday

Mary Berry opens up to Piers Morgan about the car crash that killed her 19-year-old son

The TV cook and Bake-Off host also admitted to smacking her children

The Spurs striker Shaquile Coulthirst joined us on loan

The O Zone: The threat of falling floodlight bulbs put paid to our hopes of a big New Year’s Day beano

Life behind the scenes at Leyton Orient: What we lack in numbers, we make up for with character

Arla Foods expands UK farmer network on growing demand for milk across emerging markets

Growing demand for milk in Africa and China has led the producer of the Cravendale to almost double the number of British famers who are stakeholders in the business, it was announced today.

Seven arrested for 'injecting dirty pond water into meat' in new Chinese food scandal

Chinese authorities have arrested seven people for allegedly injecting dirty pond water into lamb meat to increase its weight and raise its price in the latest food scandal to hit the country.

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