Sport Retired queen of the track Victoria “Sponge” Pendleton

If anyone can complete a 127-mile cycle race through the Pyrenees called the “Bone Breaker”, having done no exercise for years, surely it would be a doctor. They might not have quite the depth of medical knowledge that Lance Armstrong possesses, but surely they can merrily prescribe themselves an assortment of finest pharamceuticals to get themselves over the hump.

Champions League: Jose Mourinho describes his Chelsea team as 'beautiful young eggs' that 'need a mum' ahead of meeting with Basle

The Blues manager trash talks last season's Europa League victory - but takes a little credit for their Champions League win

The 10 Best kitchen scissors

From pruning herbs to cutting pizza and cracking shellfish, we look at the best ways to cut through everyday culinary tasks

Restaurant Review: Upstairs at Baileys, 2 Hungate, Beccles, Suffolk

Each of these dishes told a story, as the best meals should do

Thousands of Californian hens escape being gassed thanks to mystery $50,000 benefactor

A charter jet will fly the birds to New York, from where they will be distributed to sanctuaries on the east coast

Chessington World of Adventures hires 'Birds and the Bees' Consultant, Lisa Britton, following a recent baby boom at the park

Zoo enlists ‘birds and bees’ expert to answer children's questions about mating animals

An animal baby boom prompted a move to answer an age-old dilemma: what are those monkeys doing?

The crispness of the savoury-battered flower is great with a duck egg, creating a simple but luxurious breakfast offering

Fried duck's egg with courgette flowers

Serves 4

Blue heaven: Mark Hix cooks with berries

Have them raw or cooked, for dessert, dinner or cocktails – the uses for blueberries are limitless

Cricket? That's only a bonus - I came for the junk food and the beer

A seat for the Ashes reminded me of the primary difference between football and cricket

The 10 Best frying pans

Whether it's for a full English or something more sophisticated, here's a piece of kit you can't live without

Branching out: Mark Hix gets creative with olives

People now have a great choice of olives in all sizes and brines for snacking on and cooking with. Long may it last, says our chef...

Olive drop scones make delicious snacks or can be used as the basis for a light bite, by topping them off with a soft goats' cheese or ricotta

Olive drop scones

Serves 4

Salmon fingers with pea mayonnaise

Salmon fingers with pea mayonnaise

Serves 4

Gluten-free gooseberry, saffron and rapeseed oil cake

Gluten-free gooseberry, saffron and rapeseed oil cake

Makes 1 medium cake

Free range: A barn interior

Stay the Night: Barsham Barns, Norfolk

Five 19th-century outbuildings have been transformed into impressive rental properties, says Mary Novakovich

The handwritten compendium of recipes, which traverses the years 1690 to 1830, was re-discovered by Judith Finnamore

Cookbook of Unknown Ladies: Historian discovers 300-year-old recipe collection - now, roast sheep’s head, anyone?

If the maxim “know us through our food” still holds water, then not many would care to be on nodding terms with the authors of the Cookbook of Unknown Ladies, given that it’s long on recipes using sheep heads and cow heel and short on things like summer salads or posh burgers. But, then again, we ought to make exceptions, it being 300 years old and all.

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?