On the rocks, with a slosh of tonic or as part of perfect martini, gin is the ideal summer drink. Here are our top tipples
When it's too hot to walk as far as the corner shop for a beverage, there's only one thing to do: make it yourself at home.
This week I've been eating... posh picnics
Welsh shed beats off stiff competition from 1,900 entries around the UK
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.
Eleanor Doughty wishes we could all just be that little bit more British
Council leader pays tribute to 'immensely talented and highly educated young man'
This week i’ve been Drinking...Negroni
David Cameron failed to restate his faith in the minimum pricing of alcohol today, heightening fears among doctors that he has ditched the policy.
Master distiller, Tanqueray
Bob Levenson was considered by his peers as one of the best ever advertising copywriters, if not the best, one of the original "Mad Men" who launched the creative revolution on Manhattan's Madison Avenue in the 1960s and tossed conventional ideas out of the window. During more than a quarter of a century at Doyle Dane Bernbach (DDB) – said to have been the model for the Mad Men TV series – Levenson created many of the ads which changed the face of advertising, in the cinema and in the rocketing new phenomenon that was commercial television. He won every award in the business, several times over, was elected in 1972 to the Copywriters' Hall of Fame (now known as the Creative Hall of Fame) and was often described as "the writer's writer".
Sales of new black beer disappoint in Ireland and US
A few months ago, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a cover story for the Atlantic - "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" - that caused a major rumpus. Mostly, it seemed at the time, because she stated the obvious in an elegant way. Now she has returned to the issue for the Atlantic - sort of. This time she's looking at men. But mostly she's soliciting views on whether men feel they are afflicted by the same struggles.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn's travails show we no longer apply different moral standards to those with power
Feast your eyes on part one of our ultimate Christmas gift guide: this week, terrific toys for boys and girls, foodie treats, addictive gadgets, literary treasures and much more…
We don't really grow quince in this country on a commercial scale, so it's always nice to get a call from friends who have quince trees and want to see the fruit go to a good home.