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New year, new start? Us too. Daisy Wyatt rounds up the best healthy snacks from popcorn and seeds to dried fruit

Totally off the wall: Helen Monks and Alex Davies in 'Raised by Wolves'

Raised by Wolves: TV review - Working-class heroes from Wolves are a howling success

Well, this was brilliant. Raised by Wolves was a half-hour sitcom pilot written by Caitlin Moran and her sister Caroline Moran. It was set in the modern day, but based on their own childhood growing up as two of eight, home-schooled, in a three-bed council house in Wolverhampton.

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, has said he isn't 'playing a jammie dodger' over his department's biscuit budget

Eric Pickles: ‘I didn’t spend £10,000 extra on biscuits’

Tory MP defends his department’s refreshments record

Cate Blanchett stars in Blue Jasmine

Film Review: Blue Jasmine - Cate Blanchett delivers astounding performance as fallen Park Avenue princess

A miracle of a movie, given Woody Allen's recent film-making history

Devil's in the detail: model wears Edie black tunic dress £155, blondeandginger.com

iStyle: Blonde Ambition

Exclusivity without the expense - Blonde + Ginger is one to add to your shopping list, says Emma Akbareian

By turns monstrous and pitiable: Cate Blanchett in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine

Film review: Blue Jasmine - Magnificent and monstrous Cate Blanchett helps Woody Allen blossom again

Late period Woody Allen movies have tended to arrive on the understanding that, though they may offer flashes of the wit, pathos and psychological acuity of his early work, they’ll never match up to Manhattan or Annie Hall. Blue Jasmine is proof that Allen’s powers are merely fluctuating, not in terminal decline: it’s his most assured, affecting work in years.

An Italian TV journalist reports from outside St Mary's Hospital in London, England

Royal baby in numbers: The pomp, protocol and pregnancy

Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, is in labour and as the world’s media decamps outside the hospital, here is the royal birth in numbers.

Fragrant watermelon soup could be served as a starter or dessert

Fragrant watermelon soup

Serves 4-6

Courgette (or zucchini) flowers

On the menu: Courgette flowers; The King's Ginger; Hendrick's; Kusmi tea; Lindt chocolates

This week I've been eating... courgette flowers

Great taste without guilt: Rare steak tataki

Rare steak tataki

Serves 4

Four held after man found dead in North Shields

Detectives are questioning four people on suspicion of murdering a Lithuanian man whose body was found in a flat.

Zadie Smith's long-awaited fourth novel, NW, is out next month

Between the Covers 21/04/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on in the world of books

Killer on the run after escaping while on day release

A prisoner serving a life sentence for murder is on the run after he disappeared while on day release.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Ginger & Rosa (12)

Sally Potter DVD/Blu-ray (90mins)

Previous research in America has suggested that redheads are more susceptible to pain

Why should redheads have to endure this vile bullying from so much of the modern media?

Whether we call them 'redhead' or 'ginger', there seems to be little these people can do to protect themselves from persecution in the public domain

Graham Wylie, co-owner of Prince de Beauchene and On His Own

Wylie pair head 84 entries for Grand National

Just for a moment, all eyes are trained on Aintree instead of the Cheltenham Festival with the publication of the John Smith's Grand National entries.

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Former helicopter pilot Major Tim Peake will become the first UK astronaut in space for over 20 years
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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own