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When we moved house recently, we took a gamble. The builders hadn't finished a couple of crucial renovations – but they were quite certain it would take only a couple of weeks. They are charming and plausible men. So determined were they to finish, they said they'd live on the premises until the final lightbulb was enscrewed.

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Britain's Sir John Gurdon wins Nobel prize in medicine for his pioneering work in cloning and stem cells

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Once we grew all our own vegetables, now I hang my head in shame at the weeds…

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Serves 6-8

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