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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.)

Graphic novel meets cook book in comic tribute to Alain Passard's L'Arpège

Acclaimed comic artist Christophe Blain goes through the swing doors to paint a lively portrait of the magical world of L'Arpège, the three Michelin-starred restaurant of Alain Passard, writes Luke Blackall

Restaurant review: The Green Room, 138 Victoria Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

'I was lured into the restaurant by a pot of lemon posset'

Gordon Ramsay and David Beckham watch the NBA play-off between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 2011

Book it like Beckham: Footballer’s restaurant is a sellout

His venture with Gordon Ramsay heralds an unprecedented wave of new venue openings in London

10 things I wish I'd known before starting university

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Chef’s table: Casa Marcelo in Santiago de Compostela

Food Miles: Let top chefs guide you to Europe’s culinary delights

If you’re thinking about taking a culinary-focused European autumn break, searching out the gastronomic treasures of France or Italy will no doubt spring to mind. But following in the footsteps of some of Europe’s top chefs can help you unearth less obvious destinations.

Room Service: Hotel B, Peru

Art and glamour by the sea in Lima

Queen's swan 'barbecued and left to rot' near to Windsor Castle

It is believed the bird was butchered and stripped of its flesh at some point over the weekend

Baking hot: Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

The Great British Bake Off is BBC's recipe for success as ratings double year-on-year

Our appetite for The Great British Bake Off is bigger than ever, it seems, after last night's series was watched by almost double the audience which greeted the previous series launch.

Cash incentives for able students? That's the wrong way to go about higher education

Eleanor Doughty is dismayed at the news that some universities and colleges are offering rewards like fee reductions or laptops to students with good grades

Try not to be sick: Rentokil launches pop-up 'pestaurant' with pigeon, worms and ants on the menu

It all got a bit too much for one nine-year old, who had to run off to vomit after devouring 'delicacies'' such as crickets, ants and pigeon burgers.

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Summer holidays have gone on so long I've run out of stuff to do...

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The critical reaction to Only God Forgives proves it once and for all - star ratings are useless

Star rating is a crude shorthand for evaluating art and now it's ruining our cultural life

Sophie Ellis Bextor is confirmed to appear in this year's Strictly Come Dancing

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Singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is confirmed to appear on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

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The comedy producer and QI founder John Lloyd does exactly what he sets out to do with this show - at least according to the blurb on his flyer: to take the audience on a journey via The Meaning of Liff (the spoof lexicon he co-wrote with Douglas Adams) and his constant search for quite interesting facts.

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