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Is there anything more festive than a magnum? Apart from a double magnum perhaps, a magnificent magnum is the most generous way to celebrate a great day with friends and family. It also keeps better than a bottle, so squirrel one away.

Chicken and egg

Serves 2

Mark Avery: It demeans us when we let a species die

On 1 September 1914 a bird known as Martha died in a cage in Cincinnati Zoo and the passenger pigeon was extinct. Newspapers across the world marked the event but nearly 100 years later should we give Martha a moment's thought? Indeed, why should we care about extinctions?

Game for anything: Chefs are finding wonderful new ways with woodcock, grouse, partridge and pheasant

The rest of us may still be wallowing in berries and ice cream as we stretch out the very last of the summer evenings, but for British chefs autumn is here already. Grouse is on the menu and partridge and wild duck are hard on its heels, with pheasant and woodcock behind them.

Natural Wonders: Boating in the Norfolk Broads

In the third part of our Natural Wonders series, Susan Griffith relaxes in 'England's Everglades'

Ingrid Calame, Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

There is a story by the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges that describes an empire so obsessed with exact cartographic science that only a map in 1:1 scale will suffice: a map the same size as the world. I am sure that the Los Angeles-based Ingrid Calame has heard that tale a thousand times – she is an artist who gets down on the pavement and traces every mark over a given area.

Last chance saloon, but Ravi's glass is half full

His Test career has fluctuated between ducks and tons. Now it's time to prove he is the genuine article

The <i>IoS</i> guide to wild Britain (Part 1)

Summer holidays are here, and what better way to spend them than to enjoy some of our diverse wildlife? David Randall tells the story of the RSPB, the world's oldest conservation group, and its experts choose 40 of the best reserves to visit

Roganic, 19 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DH

One of the questions I'm most often asked, when I tell people I review restaurants, is, 'Where have you been lately that's really special?'. And it's a difficult one to answer. The truth is, there aren't many places out there that really are that special. For every Fat Duck, there's a lot of ugly ducklings.

Scotland: Out in the wild, wild Wester Ross

<b>Mike Unwin: </b>This Scottish wilderness lets you enjoy wildlife and pristine scenery in glorious solitude.

The wild west of Wales

Just off the Pembrokeshire coast lies Skokholm Island, where puffins, rabbits and myriad birds rule the roost. Emma Gregg pulls ashore at an unspoilt outpost

The Blagger's Guide To...Greatest holiday reads ever

'The best novels can make you shiver in the sun'

Cook and England back in swing thanks to pitch-perfect conditions

Sri Lanka 174 England 171-0 (England win by 10 wickets, D/L)

Supreme Court dismisses bail bid

The highest court in the land has dismissed a bid to suspend a controversial legal ruling on police bail which hampers investigations and overturns 25 years of police practice.

Government to bring in emergency bail legislation

Emergency legislation to reverse a controversial legal ruling on police bail will go through all stages in the Commons on Thursday, the leader of the House said.

Rocksalt, 4-5 Fishmarket, Folkestone, Kent

There's an almost fairy-tale quality to this week's story. Think of it as Local Hero with a side order of duck-fat chips. The cast: a philanthropic millionaire with a dream, and a brilliant young chef, escaping from the palace kitchens to start a new, simple life at the seaside.

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