Could do batter

He said fish and chips are a national disgrace. You said, 'get out of town'. Well, super-fry guy Terry Durack has done just that. He's travelled Britain rating famed chip shops (including Rick Stein's). This is what he found...

Scarborough on trail of the rich and famous

The potential visit of Chelsea in the Cup has given the minnows reason to achieve

Second helpings: Other up-market fish and chips

Allports Y Maes, Pwllheli - Fishbar, London - Rudland Stubbs, London

Government makes a homework howler

THERE SEEMS to be something about the Government and howlers in maths. First we had Stephen Byers, when he was Schools Standards Minister, telling us that seven eights was fifty-four (only two out) - now an error has been spotted in a homework leaflet due to be sent to thousands of parents.

Namesakes: Putting on the Ritz

How would you like to eat at the Bluebird, Savoy, River Cafe, Criterion and other leading London names for around a fiver? It is possible - but you may have to get on a bus to Acton. Caroline Stacey samples namesakes of the famous

Americans eat less fat than ever - so why are they so obese?

IT IS RARE indeed to find an American recommending to his fellow countrymen that they should become more like the French. But Professor Paul Rozin of the University of Pennsylvania came perilously close last week when he told an assembly of several hundred dieticians, nutritionists and others that the American attitude towards food as it had developed over the past 10 years gave serious cause for concern, and should be addressed urgently.

Children risk exam grades for more part-time work

CHILDREN AS young as 14 are spending up to 20 hours a week working in part-time jobs, according to research to be published later this year.

Eating & drinking: Forking for business

THERE THEY sit, as if they haven't risen from their polished mahogany dining chairs in years. In a way, they haven't. The cholesterolosaurus, bloated and bullish in a Rumpole-ish sort of way, dressed in what was once a nice piece of chalk-striped Savile Row handiwork, is making low, guttural sounds, an elbow propped on the white clothed table, an eyebrow cocked for effect.

The Joys of Modern Life: 58 - Family-friendly restaurants

58: FAMILY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS BY MARINA BAKER

Pop: Boys and their toys

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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Power dressing is back

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
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Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
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We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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