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City Island (12A)

The titular island, north of the Bronx, is home to 5,000 fisher-folk and, it seems, America's most dysfunctional family.

Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms, By John Ayto

This fascinating book reminds us how much of English is a sort of code. Ayto points out, "There is no way you could guess that 'kick the bucket' means 'to die'." A chilling derivation is the "pail on which a person committing suicide might stand".

New Zealand's premier offends Maori tribe by cracking cannibal joke

The Prime Minister of New Zealand apologised yesterday for joking that he would have been part of the meal had he attended a dinner with a Maori tribe whose history includes cannibalism.

Allure of the Masters not lost on Nicklaus

A one-time snarling bear will add another piece to US Masters golfing history this week.

Michael Savage: So what did Brown talk about over dinner?

Europe’s leaders took their latest chance to catch up over dinner last night, a traditional do at the start of a European Council Summit.

Henry James: Letters to Isabella Stewart Gardner, ed Rosella Mamoli Zorzi

Such gossipy, effusive letters as these from Henry James to the wealthy American art collector Isabella Stewart Gardner, full of apologies for broken appointments (usually by James, on account of double-booking), let us see just why James was such a sought-after dinner-party guest: he knew everybody, he was indiscreet but never vulgar or crude, he knew when to strike an intimate tone and when to keep his distance, and he was always full of feeling ("Was there ever anything so tragical – so melting? But I can't write of it or talk of it...").

The ten best dinner plates

Chosen by Rhiannon Bury

Simon Carr: I thought that inquiries were meant to enquire

The Sketch: Maybe it was ungentlemanly to quiz about something that had been dishonourably acquired

Sacked dinner lady to appeal to tribunal

A primary school dinner lady sacked after telling a parent that his seven-year-old daughter had been bullied is likely to challenge her dismissal at an employment tribunal, union officials say.

Couple boast on Facebook after gatecrashing White House dinner

The US Secret Service launched an urgent investigation into its own security procedures after a couple gatecrashed a glittering White House state dinner for the Indian prime minister and posted the pictures on Facebook.

Win a 'dinner in the sky'

If the idea of sipping wine while dining 200ft up in the air appeals, then read on.

Dinner in the Sky may sound outlandish but it's gathered quite a following and, in a collaboration with California-based wine producers Ravenswood, it's in the UK on Saturday dangling from a crane above London's South Bank.

The non-correlation between arrogance and ability

I had drinks last night with a clever political correspondent from a particular world-renowned magazine. As happens, drinks turned to dinner, small talk turned to deep conversation, and before I knew it, my desperately needed early to bed plan was forsaken for a very (erm…) enlightening conversation about the correlation between arrogance and ability.

Fireman burns down own station

A blaze broke out at a fire station in Japan this week after a firefighter left a cooking stove burning as crew members left the station to respond to emergency calls.

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