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James’s ghost stories are almost like Hammer horror films in their status and predictability: we know too much now of the genre to be surprised by what happens in any of them, but that doesn’t lessen the pleasure of reading them.

Indyplus videos: Jack Johnson's hits

Folk-rock favourite Jack Johnson has a new album out but he’d still rather be surfing than in the studio.

Watch some of his most popular tracks in the music videos below:

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Spoiler alert: The Young Ones and Bottom actor Ade Edmondson has been crowned the winner of Celebrity MasterChef after serving up a "mindblowing" menu.

My life in food: Matt Gillan, Head chef, The Pass

'I love Nando's. Is that bad? It's so far away from what I do'

Greggs launches their own version of a 'cronut', the Greggsnut

Bakers say the launch is 'the most exciting thing since the birth of the sausage roll'

James Lawton: John Aldridge still shows the courage of his convictions

Many years ago John Aldridge, a Liverpool striker of formidable application, delivered a stunning riposte when it was suggested that he was wrong to question the value of playing football in the wake of the Hillsborough tragedy.

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My life in food: Keri Moss, chef

'I like to buy foods I've never come across and experiment'

Time Of My Life by Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

Theatre review: Time of My Life, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough

When Alan Ayckbourn’s 45th play transferred to the West End in 1993, the critics were a little underwhelmed and disappointed. It had done well in Scarborough but for some reason it failed to excite the passions of the metropolitan taste police.

Waitrose feasts on Eurovision boost

If you’re going to stay in for an evening of cheesy pop, camp presenters and political voting à la Eurovision, you may as well munch on the continent’s finest cuisine.

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Pop your colour: neon on the spring/summer catwalks courtesy of Simone Rocha for women

The brights on spring

There’s colour on the horizon for men and women this  season and fluorescent highlights are an easy way to bring a ray of sunshine to spring wardrobes

So what is an affenpinscher?

We've learnt a new word. Affenpinscher. Sounds great, right? It’s also nice to say, with a satisfying mouthfeel. But what on earth is it?

Grace Dent on TV: Ripper Street, BBC1

Sperm deposits, wombs in ribbons and ripped-out Fallopian tubes... Who enjoys this?

Premier extends licence for Cadbury cakes

Premier Foods yesterday extended its licence with Cadbury to continue making cakes under the chocolate company's brand through to 2017.

Ice cream pottery? The beguiling world of Charlie Harry Francis

Interview with an ice cream entrepreneur

Two cakes Cameron: the birthday boy and his favourite Caterpillar

Food: David Cameron's love affair with Colin (the caterpillar)

Taking to his new Twitter account, this week David Cameron uploaded a picture from the Tory party conference. "Thanks to my team for squeezing in a quick birthday celebration on this v hectic day," he wrote, alongside a photo of him behind two chocolate logs with candles.

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