Student Cans of energy drinks are displayed in a store in California. The kick from caffeine has a growing number of consumers jumping into energy drinks-soft drinks spiked with nutritional aids and stimulants despite warnings from health professionals.

They're gross, says Eleanor Doughty, and they make you feel bad

Obituary: Morris Cox

IN 1965 Morris Cox, then aged 62, designed, made and printed at his private press, the Gogmagog Press, in Stratford, east London, a small book printed on and bound in Japanese papers. An Impression of Winter: a landscape panorama, in an edition of 100 copies, sold through the specialist bookseller Bertram Rota's catalogue for pounds 2. Three further seasons followed within a year. The set of four is now usually priced at pounds 1,250.

Fastfood: Hard day at the office? Bit peckish? Fancy some company? Get some posh grub down the pub

You're home for work, haven't had a chance to nip to Sainsbury's and the prospect of another night in front of the television munching beans on toast is less than alluring. What to do? Take yourself down to your local. In case you hadn't noticed, that smoky Earl-of-something on the corner, habituated by old men clutching their pints, has either already had its boozer-to-gastropub makeover, or is shrouded in scaffolding awaiting its metamorphosis.

A new deal for ceramics

Collect to invest

Property: Happiness is the 7.30 to town

What is it about the city? As soon as people are in, they want to get out. By Fiona Brandhorst

Where the riverbank is wallpaper

If it's peace you're after, consider the village of Kelmscott, in the upper reaches of the Thames.

Restaurant: Anything but the kitchen Zinc

Can the Conran brand stand another diffusion? Tracey MacLeod calls in expert advice to investigate

There's a lot more to title deeds than pretty pieces of parchment. John Windsor reads between the lines

Title deeds - those big sheets of parchment covered with meticulous calligraphy - are the most abundant historical documents and one of the most neglected collectables.

Merrill sites pounds 300m HQ in the City

Merrill Lynch, the giant American investment bank, will announce today that it will build a pounds 300m head office on the site of the old Royal Mail sorting office in King Edward Street, London.

New Government! New Guardian! Alan Rusbridger is shaking up his staff with Blairite conviction

"Youth! Youth! There is absolutely nothing in the world but youth!"

The raving youngsters' groovy parties

Clubs are standing candidates to get the youth vote, says Alister Morgan

Street wise

Sales of the Big Issue are booming on the streets of London. The founding editor has an MBE. Even the vendors have degrees. Text and photographs by Colin McKillop

Unmasked: survivor of King's Cross fire goes before judge to claim damages for scars that will never heal

He was the man in the mask, the King's Cross fire survivor so badly burnt that his face needed a shield against the world in order to heal.

London's front gate in a brewer's backyard

THE SUNDAY WALK; To find old London it is sometimes necessary to leave London. The little- known village of Bulls Cross in Enfield is the starting point for a Hertfordshi re stroll

A closer encounter of the third kind

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
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The 12 ways of Christmas

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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