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Madoff wine sale to raise funds for victims

His monogrammed underpants have already been put on the market, and now it's the turn of Bernard Madoff's extensive wine cellar.

St Giles: The psychogeography of London's Rookery

An exhibition of new works and artefacts charting the history of the notorious St Giles slum opens tomorrow

Readers' digest: How to recreate the great literary dishes

Whose mouth doesn't water while reading about Proust's madeleines, or Ratty's picnic in The Wind in the Willows? Stop daydreaming, says Christopher Hirst – it's easy to recreate the great literary dishes

The Bargain Hunter: Grab yourself a gazebo

It's May, the sun's out and summer is well and truly on the way. Make sure you're prepared for the warmer weather by stocking up on outdoor furniture. Gardeners World is offering a host of discounts across their range. Get yourself a gazebo – was £199, now £99. Or how about a pine bench, down from £155 to £79? All are available at www.gardeners-world.net.

Gilbert and George – and the night they drank the Tate dry

The artists Gilbert and George spent nearly a tenth of the Tate Gallery's annual entertainment budget during a single boozy 1970s lunch with curators, archive material shows. The curators' excuse? It was research.

All things bright and edible: Fancy some black garlic, blue potatoes or red cake?

Meg Carter explores the power of culinary colour

Duck braised in sloe gin with rhubarb

Serves 4

Make a splash: Mark Hix shows how a little drop of alcohol can really enhance your cooking

Alcohol plays an integral part in many great dishes and it has all sorts of uses which go far beyond the notion of just slopping a bit of leftover corked vino into your cooking. Whether it be cognac, cider brandy or beer, the careful addition of a little drop of booze can really enhance the flavours of a dish.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Lovers of TV's Mad Men will feel very much at home amid the styling and fashions of this excellent Northern Stage and Sheffield Theatres co-production of Edward Albee's early 1960s American-dream-about-to-turn-sour classic.

Mark Evans: 'Is it healthy for rugby to rely on a handful of rich men?'

As Quins' outspoken chief executive Mark Evans steps down, he tells Chris Hewett that a money-dominated Premiership will bring ruin

Stay the night: The feathers, Woodstock

The Feathers trades on history, but its refurbished style will suit modern tastes, says Adrian Mourby

In a glass of our own: Britain's troubled relationship with alcohol

Sober January might be a recent invention, but binge drinking isn't.

The ten best vodkas

Whether you’re fixing yourself a classic Martini, creating an extravagant cocktail or simply serving over ice, we’ve got the top tipples – shaken, not stirred.

Matthew Bell: Why can't Le Freak be chic in Blighty?

Don't wait til you're 70 to get into the groove
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