Guerilla Burgers, 35 James Street, London W1

Even fitness freaks give in to the odd craving. But is there room for another contender in the posh-burger market?

Conspirator: Lenin in Exile, By Helen Rappaport

Rightly compared to Sebag Montefiore's Young Stalin, this highly readable work recounts Lenin's 17 years of exile prior to the Russian Revolution in 1917. The account of his stay in London from 1902 is particularly enjoyable. The revolutionary enjoyed fish and chips and even attended the "Aba Daba Music Hall" on Gray's Inn Road, though Rappaport notes his appreciation ("there is... a certain satirical attitude towards the conventional") was "hamstrung by the clumsy, dead hand of jargon that infected all his work".

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Ruby's Spoon, By Anna Lawrence Pietroni

Anna Lawrence Pietroni's debut novel takes place in the summer of 1933 in a small industrial town in the Black Country. Cradle Cross and its canal-bound environs provide a realistic backdrop to the florid melodrama of this tale about "three women, one witch, one mermaid and one missing". The 13-year-old Ruby lives with her grandmother. Her mother is dead and her father a recluse who never leaves his boatyard. Her real father figure is Captin, a cuddly bear of a man who runs the fish-and-chip shop where Ruby works and dreams of escaping to the sea, a fantasy piqued by the arrival of a strange woman in a deep crimson cloak: Isa Fly, with one white eye and, though young, a mane of snow-white hair.

Crabshakk, 1114 Argyle Street, Glasgow<br />Dining Room, 104 Bath Street, Glasgow

Twenty-four hours in Glasgow. My mission: to find the best venues in town for lunch, dinner and – God willing – breakfast. My guide: Muriel Gray, who has been forcing her opinions down my throat for the best part of 25 years, just occasionally pausing in her ranting long enough to force a small amount of food down her own.

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This city is given over in spirit to the tedium of archiving and administration

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Waiters who know their onions but sense when to hold off, simple decor and a good bread basket...

Le Relais de Venise 120 Marylebone Lane, London W1

Once you&rsquo;re in, it won&rsquo;t take long to order at Le Relais &ndash; it&rsquo;s steak or nothing. But is it worth queueing up for?

Business Diary: Walsh asks staff to sign up for battle

British Airways boss Willie Walsh pulls no punches in a column in the company's staff magazine, accusing the Unite union of trying to "destroy us" with industrial action. Walsh has also had a large whiteboard "graffiti wall" installed at BA's Waterside headquarters where staff can leave messages of support for the campaign against the strikers.

David Flatman: Fish, chips and Ireland add to the joy of Six

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Happy birthday, fish & chips! Celebrating 150 years of a great Great British institution

The perennial favourite takeaway dish has survived many fads, famine and wars to keep its place firmly in the nation's heart

11-year-old interviewer finds a new 'homeboy'

Schoolboy reporter adds Obama to his list of powerful contacts

Pandora: Hannan's American health-care tour

Whoops! Looks like Daniel Hannan has gone off-message again. The Conservatives' performing monkey – a Pandora regular thanks to his flamboyant haranguing of the Prime Minister – ran into trouble several months ago after launching a stinging attack on the NHS for "making people iller".

And the bride ate chips: How the wedding feast became a fashion statement

I've been to two weddings already this year and can't actually recall what I ate at either of them," says bride-to-be Melissa Williams. "I think it might have been chicken or it could have been fish. All I know is, it was a bit dry, a bit cold and instantly forgettable."

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