Life and Style Shaken, not stirred: a pre-dinner martini

The aperitif is back, the aperitif is in. At Simon Rogan's joint in the Midland Hotel, Manchester, a guy in a bomber jacket breaks off a conversation with his date, "I'll have Just a Splash – that cocktail with Aperol and Prosecco," he says to the barman.

Ajmol Alom, pictured here at belfast Airport during a school trip to Northern Ireland, was killed in a knife attack

Murdered teenager who wanted to be a doctor excelled in GCSEs

A would-be doctor murdered in an apparently unprovoked stabbing achieved top grades in his GCSEs, his headteacher has revealed.

The pacu fish - or,

Men in Sweden warned after sighting of testicle-eating fish

A small piranha-like fish with a fierce reputation has been found in European waters for the first time

‘This is our area - we have a right to live here’: Southall Black Sisters unite against ‘racial profiling’ with spontaneous protest

In Southall, women take on border agency officers in a show of defiance

Schools are under pressure to boost performance

Schools ask pupils to sit GCSE maths exams twice to boost league table scores, warns Ofqual

Thousands of teenagers are being put in for multiple GCSE maths exams in the hope they will get crucial C grade passes in at least one of them.

Five-minute memoir: Rupert Thomson recalls the moment his first child was born - and he was struck down by flu

I described my symptoms. 'Get the baby out of the house,' the nurse said.

Authorities set to investigate Nazi-themed café in Indonesia, which features images of Hitler

Café features a wall of Nazi-related memorabilia including images of Hitler, a flag bearing a swastika and Nazi propaganda

Video frame grab of U.S. President George W. Bush (L) ducking from a shoe during a news conference in Baghdad December 14, 2008. REUTERS/Reuters TV

Bush, Anarchism and Muhammad: The most fought-over Wikipedia articles revealed

New research shows how 'edit wars' erupt over controversial subjects

Doctors say severe amnesia has disrupted Michael Boatwright's short-term memory

Mystery of American who woke up speaking Swedish is solved - by a medieval re-enactment society

Society for Creative Anachronism knew him as Strongbow from the group's jousting team

They come over here, speak good English, get good jobs... Immigrants get better jobs than native Britons, figures reveal

Census data reveals full picture of role that foreign nationals play in British society

The most abandoned book was J K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy

Fifty Shades of Grey and JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy are all too putdownable

Just over 15 per cent abandon a book before 50 pages

Hapag-Lloyd Kreuzfahrten hopes to attract more British passengers with its Europa 2

Germans launch ‘you’ boat to lure English speakers on luxury cruise

Every cabin on the ship has a mini-bar dispensing unlimited Konig Pilsener, free of charge

Few had seen him play before France met England in the European Championship at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk. Debuchy was excellent

Newcastle's Mathieu Debuchy not going anywhere amid rumours of France return

Defender admits difficult start to life in England, but he has grown to love the country and playing in the Premier League

The Chancellor George Osborne takes his seat after his Spending Review address in which he introduced benefit restrictions designed to save £4bn a year

The Wonga coup: Chancellor George Osborne's 'gift to the payday lenders' in Government Spending Review

Chancellor unveiled unexpected £365m package of further welfare cuts

A row over the naming of Princes Street, the main thoroughfare in Edinburgh’s city centre, has flushed out two shadowy organisations dedicated to the airborne comma

Grammar: The plucky punctuators fighting against apostrophe catastrophes

Ten years ago, Lynne Truss published Eats, Shoots and Leaves: the Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation. It was doctrinaire about commas, semi-colons, dashes and other diacritical marks, and it seemed to signal the end of the line for the Grocer’s Apostrophe – you know the kind of thing: “Apple’s and Pear’s 75p a pound!”, “King Edwards Potatoe’s £1.99 a kilo”.

Almost all the top 50 most popular girl’s names are made up of 'small' vowel sounds

Parents influenced by evolutionary tendency when naming children

Parents' choice of baby names is influenced by an evolutionary tendency to make boys sound large and girls sound small, thus improving their chances of procreating, scientists have claimed.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee