Food: Lets party

Lorna Wing's mini fish and chips served in tiny cones made from newspaper changed the face of party food, as favourite dishes were downsized to Lilliputian portions. Here, she shares her secrets for the perfect celebration

European Times Vienna: Cafe society - with fries

IT COULD be a scene anywhere in one of central Europe's famous cafes: those homes from home for generations of writers, artists and philosophers discussing life, love and politics over a lengthy coffee, cigarette in hand.

A people renowned for kisses, knickers, fries and letters

Like me, Bill studied French. Unlike me, he thought he had got the French sussed out

Ramsden's buys local chippies

HARRY RAMSDEN'S, the chain of fish and chip super stores, is reinventing itself as...er...a chain of street corner chippies.

Going Higher: Cheap as chips - or a Bradford curry

Mushy peas and stotties are not the only thing on the cut-price menu. There is well-placed accommodation, good public transport and the cheapest beer in the UK

Fast food a haven for bacteria says survey

FAST-FOOD LOVERS could be munching something nasty when they tuck into a kebab, burger or pizza, according to a new report.

The last resort

The sensual pleasures of the Mediterranean are still lost on some Britons - fortunately for many of our seaside towns. And though good weather is promised for this weekend the breezes of Skegness remain forever bracing

Rugby Union: Chapman looks for the silver lining

Chris Hewett hears a debutant tourist is determined to learn from a sour summer

Rugby Union: Chapman concentrates on the silver lining

Chris Hewett hears a debutant tourist is determined to learn from a sour summer

Right time for fish and chips

HARRY RAMSDEN'S, the fish-and-chip restaurant business, yesterday predicted it will be one of few companies to benefit from an economic slowdown as customers trade down to cheaper restaurants.

On Air: Wackos, jocks and naked lies

Jasper Rees examines the American obsession with self-examination

Cricket diary: England's Golden Boots...with spikes on

IN the nick of time, the England football team have realised that to have any realistic hope in the World Cup they need a centre-forward who plays cricket. This seems to be the only explanation for the appearance in pristine whites of Alan Shearer in a new television advertisement for a certain hamburger chain (you know, the establishment with the same name as one of the two great Australian fast bowlers who put the frighteners on England in 1921, but not Jack Gregory).

Theatre review: Family reunion

Saturday, Sunday... and

Diary of a fast-food junkie

We spend three years of our lives eating, so could a diet of take- aways free up valuable time? Tim Hulse put the theory (and his stomach) to the test

Cooking with attitude: The veal thing

Open any 1960s cookbook and you'll notice... veal. Whether you had it escaloped, in a pie or roasted, veal was hip and groovy. Since those heady days, the veal vogue has faded, and it has become politically incorrect to eat. This is mainly because most intensive continental rearing methods, principally the "crating" of young steers, is regarded as suspect and inhumane.
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project