Student

Having graduated last year, Helen Burch finds that student life is a little different from the other side of the fence

Food: Ladies who munch prefer prawns

Women prefer prawns - that was the clear message that emerged yesterday from a survey of lunchtime sandwich-eating habits.

English crayfish claws back from the edge

Humanity is helping the native English crayfish make its last stand on one of the country's finest chalk streams - having caused the crustacean to be almost wiped out in the first place.

Trouble at the fish farm: where diversification has spelt disaster

Slow business and increased competition in the fish farming world has had a disasterous effect on one wild species. British crayfish have come under threat since farmers, in a move to diversify, started to breed signal, or American, crayfish.

Ivory Towers

Extracting the urine from temporarily blinded lobsters

LETTER:Saving small fry

From Mr Roger Holmes

LETTER: Little lobsters

From Ms Georgina Hobhouse

LETTER:Humane lobster

From Mr F. M. M. Steiner

LETTER: That's no way to treat a lobster

From Dr Leonard Black

Fishing Lines: Twin dangers of the crays

HYPER was the most boring pet I ever had. All he did was lurk under a rock and try to bite my fingers when I fed him. In the end I decided that even slugs would be better company, so I evicted him from the aquarium and chucked him in the Thames.

American rivals threaten crayfish

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Cuttings: Trees at stake

MODERN thinking on the staking of trees suggests the stake should not be so tall as to stop entirely the movement of the tree. The theory - and it works - is that the movement of the crown is transmitted to the roots and encourages them to develop more quickly, in order to provide adequate support. A stake about knee-high works perfectly on slender, feathered trees up to 6ft or 7ft tall. They learn to fend for themselves very quickly.

Poltergeists, virgins and falling crabs: Roger Tredre goes to a birthday party where the guests display encyclopaedic knowledge of some very strange subjects

MY FRIEND Mike used to spend his summer holidays by Loch Ness, looking for the monster. He lived on a diet of fried spam and got very wet, but every summer he would be back, echo-sounder at the ready. Curious really, because when pushed, he would admit that he was virtually convinced the monster did not exist.
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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

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VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

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Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

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Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

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A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

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Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen