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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.)

The return of the Whopper: Burger King makes comeback in France

The firm is planning to open up to 400 restaurants in the next few years

Tom Hiddleston (Coriolanus) in 'Coriolanus' at the Donmar

Coriolanus, theatre review: 'Tom Hiddleston has blazing stellar power'

Donmar Warehouse, London

Paul Ainsworth at No 6: Restaurant review - Domestic bliss

Eating at No 6 feels like entering Paul Ainsworth’s living-room – but this is no home cooking

What is the hardest job everyone thinks they can do?

Chef A chef, by definition, is not a cook. Our job involves quite a few qualities that, in the days of “the power of introverts” books, have fallen a little out of fashion.

James Bond's excessive drinking put him at 'high risk' of a series of alcohol-related diseases, according to experts

Licence to swill: James Bond's alcohol consumption puts him at 'high risk' of cirrhosis, liver disease, tremors... and impotence

BMJ takes a light-hearted look at 007's drinking habits for its Christmas edition

Steven Edwards has been crowned champion of MasterChef: The Professionals 2013

MasterChef: The Professionals 2013 - Steven Edwards crowned winner

The head chef beat Adam Handling and Scott Davies to the coveted title

Dear Life, By Alice Munro - Paperbacks of the Year review

I’m refusing to believe that Munro has retired from writing, more in hope than in expectation, as, Lorrie Moore excepted, she really is the short story writer to beat.

Glasgow helicopter crash: Mourners gather for pilot Captain David Traill's funeral

Friend describes pilot as 'the greatest friend a man could hope for. A steady, loyal brother in arms'

Cosy, warm, cheery: Gay Hussar in Soho

Samuel Muston: Cosy and cheery - I see why Gay Hussar regulars are in a stew

When it was announced that the Gay Hussar restaurant in Soho was to be closed up and sold by its owners, Corus Hotels, its dedicated clientele were disconsolate. How, they asked in various newspapers and magazine columns, could this monument to Hungarian food and late 20th-century Labour politics be lost to the property spivs?

Despite being home to half the world's pigs – and the largest consumers of pork in the world - the authorities in Beijing are concerned about the quality of their stock

Britain to export pig semen to China in £45m trade deal

Plan is for UK boars to improve Chinese pigs' genetic make-up

We are all dangerously in thrall to the mirage of that perfect life which Nigella Lawson seemed to embody

Too many people think others have idyllic lifestyles, bodies, relationships, sex

Pressed pigs' ears - as close as it gets to turning a sow's ear into a silk purse

Mark Hix recipe: Pressed pigs' ears

Serves 8-10

Hot stuff! Profits double at Nando's

Nando’s, the restaurant chain whose flame-grilled peri-peri chicken is a favourite of celebrities and sports stars, has seen profits more than double.

Manny Pacquiao v Brandon Rios: Macau is Sin City of the East – but without the sin

Macau’s tourist board has been going to great lengths in recent years to try and show the town is more than simply the Las Vegas of the east.

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'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
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Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine