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.

The supermarket said its chickens may have eaten GM soya

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Review: Little Social, 5 Pollen Street, London W1

I hate to start a rave review with a criticism, but 'Little Social' isn't a great name. The jog-trot phonemes suggest something pinched and underfed, like one of those Dickens urchins called Jo or Smike. You might as well call an eating-house 'Vaguely Jolly'. And it's easy to confuse with all its half-brothers in the vicinity.

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Japanese asparagus and duck's egg omelette

Serves 2

Wheat-free chocolate and Guinness cake

Wheat-free chocolate and Guinness cake

Makes 1 medium cake

Mark's Easter egg is like a Scotch egg without the Scotch bit

Easter egg

Serves 4

James Hyslop from Christie's auction house holds a complete sub-fossilised elephant bird egg

Who will shell out for this pre-17th century fossilised bird egg?

A sub-fossilised egg belonging to an extinct Elephant Bird has been put up for auction today.

The Monarch butterfly

On a wing and without a prayer – the decline of the monarch butterfly

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The Three Horseshoes, High Street, Madingley, Cambridge

This tranquil former village pub is far from the madding Cambridge crowd.

Keith Allen: 'Litterers should be shot and killed'

I got knocked out a few times performing stand-up I did it early in my career as a way to express the punk attitude. [Allen fronted punk act the Atoms in the 1970s.] One night it would feel like I was sleeping with 127 virgins; the next night I'd get my arse kicked after making jokes about the Army. I got knocked out by soldiers twice. I'd get my own back by walking over seats and pissing on people.

Spelt, cheese and spring onion tatie scones

Spelt, cheese and spring onion tatie scones

Serves 4-6

Smoked haddock spelt arancini

Smoked haddock spelt arancini

Makes 15-20

Ray escalopes with fennel salad

Ray escalopes with fennel salad

Serves 4

Yorkshire pudding mix

Makes 4

Hedgerow garlic and Asian mushroom brik

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Serves 4

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