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In the middle of the night, hidden beneath the covers, I start laughing at the idea of anyone else finding out what I'm Googling. No, I'm not funding the dark web, I'm not streaming illegal stuff of any kind, I'm not even shopping for kittens; I'm soothing my troubled insomniac brow on frenchclick.co.uk, gazing at things formerly only purchasable in French supermarkets, now brought all the way across the Channel to my London front door – with no delivery charge on orders of more than £35. (More than £35? Pah. I can spend over £35 on biscuits alone in a French supermarket.)

John Salt, 131 Upper Street, London N1

It's easy, when reporting on restaurants rather than, say, politics, to get a false perspective on what makes a big story. Apart from the adventures of a few telly chefs, our 'news' seems fairly parochial stuff to the wider world. A restaurateur poaching a prized site from under a rival's nose won't generally push global events off the front page, though it might just make it if a chef were to cut off a rival's nose and poach it.

Fascinating: Janina Fialkowska

Janina Fialkowska, Royal Philharmonic, Gabel
Cadogan Hall, London

Since the Polish-Canadian pianist Janina Fialkowska returned to the stage three years ago after a long time out, her story has earned her legendary status.

Paperback review: Calories and Corsets: A History of Dieting over 2,000 years, By Louise Foxcroft

There aren't too many surprises in Foxcroft's otherwise entertaining and accessible history, as she begins with the Greeks (our word "diet" comes from the Greek "diaita"), through Christian philosophers who linked gluttony with lust, to 19th-century George Cheyne who connected over-eating with nervous disorders.

Reach out: yoga eases ski-weary limbs

Do the après-ski stretch

Leslie Woit discovers the benefits of a yoga workout on a ski holiday in the Dolomites

Cold comfort: Michelin-starred expertise

The dolomites: Star quality

Liz Harper enjoys a mini Michelin menu on an Italian ski break

Business week in review

In profit...

Scot and Michelle Young

Property tycoon is jailed for contempt in divorce row over his ‘missing’ £400m fortune

‘Penniless’ businessman goes from party to party quaffing champagne, court is told

Mark Zuckerberg speaking at the Facebook headquarters in California

Introducing 'Graph Search': Facebook unveils its super-efficient new tool

It is expected to be a customisable recommendation tool to compete with the likes of Yelp and TripAdvisor

Visas – an expensive and time-consuming necessity for a trip to Moscow

Q. On a whim I booked two cheap flights to Moscow in June for me and my 11-year-old daughter. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but since booking I have looked into obtaining visas and it seems like a minefield of red tape. Can you help? Matt Denby, West Yorkshire

Bo London, 4 Mill Street, London W1

It's all gone a bit Eyes Wide Shut. I'm sitting, head tipped back, with a porcelain speculum angled into my mouth, from which a pale, foamy liquid is supposed to be flowing. A small, intent group of men in black have gathered round to urge me on. Gripping my silver beaker by its tiny handles, I tip it even higher, like a clumsy toddler with a sucky cup. Just when it seems the whole lot will pour out over my chin, a thin flow of liquid drizzles out and the watching men sigh and smile and move away. Welcome to the whisky sour, served Alvin Leung-style. And to the fun and games of Bo London, the most exciting restaurant you'll probably never go to.

Postcard from... Paris

One of the greatest, unsolved mysteries of European culture has been tackled in a public debate in Brussels. And left unsolved… did the French invent chips? Or was it the Belgians?

The Big Six: Swiss ski retreats

Cordée des Alpes, Verbier

This exclusive escape opened this season in the heart of Verbier. It offers two types of accommodation wrapped up into one: the Hôtel (composed of 34 rooms and suites) and the Résidence (home to 14 private apartments). There’s a free shuttle bus to the lifts for all guests, a spa with sauna and hammam, a pool and hot tub on top with mountain views. Owner Marcus Bratter has opted for traditional Alpine architecture on the outside, but the look within is polished and decidedly modern.

Cordée des Alpes, Route du Centre Sportif 24, Verbier (00 41 79 468 21 10; cdaverbier.ch). Doubles from Sfr370 (£249), room only.

The newly renovated Parlour just north of London’s Notting Hill

On The Menu: Parlour; Opera Tavern; Dude Foods; Sous Chef; Roti Chai

This week I've been eating...fun foods

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And it will trigger more war in future
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Poldark star Heida Reed

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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

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Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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