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Pizza and spotlit terracotta; crepes suzettes and burgundy velour; ratatouille and check tablecloths. A food moment, writes Stephen Bayley, is always a design moment

Dance event of the week: Dracula

Wed to 27 Mar Sadler's Wells, London EC1

Words: Garlic, n.

AWOL, ANTHONY Burgess's A Mouthful Of Air surfaced in my box of cookery books and opened at page 185: "we still have the Germanic gar in `garlic'."

Eating In: The cutting edge

Does half your Parmesan end up trapped in the grater? Michael Bateman has found the solution - a revolutionary planer that even the gadget-phobic Elizabeth David might have welcomed

Food: Strong stuff

Past your salad days? Indulge in the bitter pleasures of endive (for adults only). Photograph by Jason Lowe

Derek Nimmo dies aged 68

THE ACTOR Derek Nimmo died of pneumonia yesterday, aged 68. He had been in hospital for nearly three months after injuring himself in a fall.

Green tea and garlic keep the ulcers away

IT MIGHT taste a bit strange, but think of the benefits: drinking tea and eating garlic should prevent you from getting an ulcer, according to two teams of scientists.

What's On This Weekend

IT'S GARLIC a-go-go this weekend on the Isle of Wight. Tuck into a garlic ice-cream followed by a pint of garlic beer or a piece of garlic fudge as you marvel at the amazing exploits of an escapologist, cowboys and Indians, fire-eaters and magicians - just a few of the exciting performers at the annual Garlic Festival in the village of Newchurch. Visit the Garlic Marquee and discover more about this versatile plant, said to prevent gangrene, ward off evil spirits and cure bronchitis. The festival includes more than 20 events and more than 250 stallholders.

What your name means - if it sounds funny and made up

TODAY I am glad to welcome back Dr Vernon Monicker, the man who knows more about the origin of names than anyone. He's here today to answer your queries about where your name comes from, or where someone else's name comes from, if your name is too boring to ask questions about. All yours, Vernon !

Outdoors: Nature Nite

Over the past few days the forest floor has swiftly changed from grey- brown to brilliant green, with the annual eruption of wild garlic. Properly known as ransoms - or in some parts of the country as ramps - Allium ursinum pushes up its fleshy, spear-shaped leaves at an astonishing rate, until they are 8in or 10in tall. Also astonishing is the smell, which, on chilly mornings, sweeps down out of the woods in great waves.

Black beasts take a rain check in the ball park of today

Dear Dr Wordsmith, Why, oh why do people insist on using foreign expressions like "de nos jours"? Why not just say "the Dr Johnson of today"?

Nature walk; Swampy writes

Literary agents have the reputation of leaving no lunch unturned when it comes to wooing a new star, but rarely can an agent have displayed such determination as Luigi Bonomi, writes Suzie Feay.

Bailiffs kept at bay by protester in noose

Officials trying to evict victim protesters from the site of the planned Manchester second runway were delayed yesterday by a woman demonstrator with a makeshift noose around her neck.

Spaghetti functions

Pasta should be a dish in its own right, not just an accompaniment

Chicken feed

So who says that pounds 30 isn't a fair price for a top-quality bird?; On this particular visit, I bought the gilt-edged chook, flax oil, some beautiful round floppy lettuces, colon cleanser and a shoulder piece of wondrously fatted Gloucester Old Spot pork Photograph by Jason Lowe
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