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The comic's aggressive style does not match his true self, finds Gerard Gilbert

Robert Fisk’s World: In praise of tea, the brew that powered Britain for centuries

Before tea, needless to say, millions of Brits warmed themselves with alcohol

Safety rules aim to tame the perils of the Palio

Whips banned in attempt to reduce injury toll for riders and horses

Alex James: Woodland is a luxury, pure and simple

Rural Notebook

The Hacker: For once the chips are down as gin proves the perfect tonic

Admittedly, it wasn't the best chip shot you've ever seen but it certainly didn't deserve the scorn that has been heaped on it over the past few days at Turnberry.

Brian Viner: 'Pass the parcel has become pass the alcopop at my children's parties'

From teenagers consuming too much alcohol to grown-ups not consuming enough, our garden has seen it all lately. The fun started with my daughter Eleanor's 16th birthday party, which she shared with her best friend TJ. There were 80 people on the guest list, ranging in age from 15 to 18, and 80 concerns in my mind, ranging from under-age drinking to the well-being of the flowerbeds to the prospect of us ending up on the front page of The Hereford Times – "Birthday Party Turns Into Rave: Three Thousand People Turn Up From As Far Afield As Kentucky: Bewildered Parents Blame Facebook."

Cocktails remixed: Exotic molecular mixology

They've come a long way since Tom Cruise's heyday – more molecular mixology than happy hour. Claire Soares learns how to shake and stir with Britain's best bartender

The perfect summer G&T Guide

Win yourself the essential ingredient for the perfect gin and tonic, just by answering a simple question...

Premium vodkas become cult hit

Premium and super-premium vodkas marketed on their heritage, provenance and style have become a cult hit with brand-conscious drinkers, at up £140 a litre.

British women choose beauty over the bottle, new research shows

Vanity and health concerns are convincing many to stick to recommended limits

Drink in the sun: Fruity concoctions that will make those hot summer afternoons fly by

Next time you pick up a bottle, pick up a punnet too and you'll have the perfect ingredients for an afternoon spent unwinding in the summer sun, says drinks expert Victoria Moore

Forgotten authors No.32: William Haggard

At the height of Bond mania in the mid-1960s, a number of other espionage writers emerged, some as good or better than 007's creator. One of these, described rather damningly by the Sunday Express as "the adult's Ian Fleming", was William Haggard, the pseudonym of Richard Clayton. He produced some 33 novels, 25 of which featured Col Charles Russell of the (fictional) British Security Executive.

Sophie Morris: Confessions of a binge-drinker

For me, alcohol is as normal a part of everyday life as making a cup of tea

Susie Rushton: Vienna's cakes take the biscuit

Urban Notebook

Life Support: How to be cheerful

Essential skills for the modern world

For sale: Billionaire puts Raffles on the market as his wealth plummets

Saudi Arabian prince hoping Singapore hotel's mythical status will force a quick sale – even at $450m
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Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

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BBC heads to the Californian coast

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Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

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Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future