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

The hamper from Ampersand includes a savoury tartine, scones sentried by pots of jam and clotted cream, and a variety of sweet pastries
Shed of the Year 2013 winner

Solar-powered upside down boat shed is named Shed of the Year 2013

Welsh shed beats off stiff competition from 1,900 entries around the UK

Carmen Sheridan mixes summer punches at The Lido Cafe, Brockwell Lido, London

Packing a punch: The fruity drink is fun to make and perfect for sipping outside this summer

The blend of fruits, herbs, botanicals and booze is almost like cooking. Just with drinks instead of food, says Angela Clutton.

Mariano Rajoy, Spainish Prime Minister

‘There’s no money for school lunches, but there is some for gin and tonics’: Spanish MPs abolish subsidised alcoholic drinks in parliament bars after public outcry

Gin and tonics at €3.45 (£2.94), seven-year-old rum and coke at €6.85, and beer at 95 cents a glass might sound reminiscent of a happy hour price list. Spain’s MPs may be in search of some new watering holes, however, after the country’s main political parties put an abrupt end to most subsidised alcoholic drinks in the parliament’s nine different bars and cafeterias.

Two chefs at the RSC's Rooftop Restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon have devised a Titus Andronicus-themed pie

Revenge is a dish best served as a hot pie

Out of ideas for a dinner party? Why not serve up a dish made out of the heads of two children stewed in their own blood encased in a pie-crust of their ground down bones? Such is the notoriously grisly fare of Shakespeare's revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus and, in a cheeky nod to the play's nasty nosh, two chefs at the RSC's Rooftop Restaurant in Stratford-upon-Avon have devised a Titus Andronicus-themed pie with a steak and KIDney (boom boom) filling as a culinary accompaniment to the RSC's new production.

Whatever happened to our Stiff Upper Lip?

Eleanor Doughty wishes we could all just be that little bit more British

David Potts: 'Alcoholism is ugly and pernicious'

'Take a lesson from my book': David Potts, Private Eye 'Socialite of the Year' and councillor who laid bare his alcoholism, dies aged 30

Council leader pays tribute to 'immensely talented and highly educated young man'

Samuel Muston: On the Menu

This week i’ve been Drinking...Negroni

Make mine a mezcal (with worm and a slice)

The Mexican spirit is the new favourite spirit for mixologists. Samuel Muston can see why

Fancy a drink?

Online shopping and drinking – what could poshibly *hic* go wrong?

Do you fancy another one? Go on, just a small one. You don’t have to get up in the morning, after all.

Latitude 2013: Five minutes with... Moon Duo

Cosmic travellers Moon Duo aren't just wizards of trippy space rock - they're also the headliners of Latitude's iArena stage, sponsored by i. We caught up with them to ask a few key questions

Fever-Tree founders celebrate Lloyds deal

Two entrepreneurs who faced down a rocket launcher and armoury of AK47s in the Congo in their bid to make the perfect tonic water have sold part of their Fever-Tree drinks business in a deal which values it at £48m.

Health campaigners have been pressing for tougher action on alcohol abuse

Doctors dismayed over David Cameron's apparent U-turn on minimum price on alcohol

David Cameron failed to restate his faith in the minimum pricing of alcohol today, heightening fears among doctors that he has ditched the policy.

My life in food: Tom Nichol

Master distiller, Tanqueray

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there