Life and Style Tom Kerridge is the chef/patron of The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Tom Kerridge is the chef/patron of The Hand and Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Britain's only two Michelin-starred pub.

My Life In Travel: Gary Rhodes, chef and broadcaster

'I found fresh gherkins in a market; it blew me away'

Business analysis: David Levin and the virtues of a hands-on approach

Many people in business talk about their passion for what they are doing. Few exhibit it - in words or deeds - to the extent that David Levin does.

All the fun of the fair – in the middle of the ocean

The biggest thrill on a cruise used to be a seat at the captain’s table. Not these days. Kate Simon reports on what’s new in 2010

The agony and the ecstasy: Why 'Dear Deidre' Sanders is still solving problems, 30 years on

I don't fancy three in a bed. He's wearing my knickers. I'm scared of flies. My boyfriend keeps prodding me with his fork... Being on the receiving end of 1,000 complaints every week – and finding the energy to answer them – requires patience and compassion beyond most of us. So what drives Deidre Sanders, agony aunt extraordinaire, to keep solving the nation's personal predicaments after 30 years in the job?

Celebrity chef Keith Floyd dies aged 65

Keith Floyd, the chef with a relaxed presentation style who brought the phrase "a little slurp" to television screens, has died aged 65.

Christopher Hamilton: I'm not the man I was

Unaware of the volcanic eruption of hurt and indignation at its core, you could easily approach Christopher Hamilton's book, Middle Age (Acumen Books, £9.99), as a mere essay about chaps of 50 buying Fender Stratocasters and wearing denim.

Chris Maume: Twinkle-toed Healey can fill Ramprakash's dancing shoes

View from the sofa: Strictly Come Dancing, BBC1 Saturday, 6.45pm

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: We Muslims who despair of terrorism

The admired Scots-Pakistani novelist Suhayl Saadi and his wife, Alina Mirza, who runs a Pakistani film festival in Glasgow, are dear friends. They got married at the Marriot in Islamabad, just bombed by Islamicist murderers who sent in a delivery of lethal explosives in a lorry, during Ramadan. Nice work, guys. Allah will surely reward you aplenty for the slaughter of the blameless, sent off with less ceremony than goats and chickens who, at least, are prayed for as their throats are cut. Ah but they only razed a temple of Western decadence, and many Muslims who worked or went there weren't "real" Muslims, only Shias and disobedient women, reprobates and sinners for sure.

Get your (green) wellies on, we're off for dinner in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds is not only one of the most beautiful parts of England, but it is also a culinary hot spot with some of the best dining in the country.

The Greenhouse, Hay’s Mews, London

Discreet charm

Four hurt in attack on British military base

Four soldiers were wounded in a mortar attack on a British military base in Iraq today, the Ministry of Defence said.

VALENTINE'S SPECIAL: CHECK-IN: Full steam ahead for `Arcadia'

After last month's problems with the MS Aurora, P&O Cruises is steaming ahead with completion of the largest cruise liner yet built for the UK market.

River rescue

One particularly rough night out in Manchester, Marco Pierre White saved Terry Durack's life.

Too late for last-minute shopping on the Internet

IT COULD already be too late to shop for Christmas presents via the Internet, some of the largest retail websites warned consumers yesterday.
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