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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

Evans plans City float of media firm

DISC JOCKEY Chris Evans is expected to become more than pounds 80m richer as a result of plans to float his production company on the stock market.

Racing: Walsh back on the winning trail

DAVID WALSH capped his return to race-riding with a winner at Worcester yesterday, two years after quitting the sport following a positive drugs test. The Irishman, aged 24, partnered the Ginger McCain-trained Eben Al Habeeb to a four-length victory.

Drink: Pulling power

This weekend Bishop's Castle in the Welsh Borders will be awash with serious drinkers, there for the annual ale festival. The Three Tuns, on the edge of this ancient, hilly little town, is one of the country's original home-brew pubs, with a history that goes back to the 17th century, its own listed Victorian brewery and a reputation that still draws beer buffs from all over. Although they will be in the ascendant today, the rest of the time the beamed saloon and public bars attract a rather more diverse range of customers, from local regulars, who include the actor Pete Postlethwaite, to weekenders from London.

The artist formerly known as Ginger

Geri hoped a documentary would showcase her new image - but then she changed her mind. Director Molly Dineen talks candidly to EMMA COOK

Network: Typography - a language in its own right

The right type helps to get your message across on the Web

Media: Can Evans do a Star turn?

Chris Evans has to persuade Ginger's shareholders that he can work his magic in newspapers.

Eating In: The cutting edge

Does half your Parmesan end up trapped in the grater? Michael Bateman has found the solution - a revolutionary planer that even the gadget-phobic Elizabeth David might have welcomed

The mission: Can smoothy Nicholas Barber grow a real beard - or is he doomed to reproduce his father's ginger caterpillar?

ay one: on holiday at my parents' house (first rule of beard-growing: never start the process when you're going into the office every day). I don't shave in the morning. Face is itchy by mid-afternoon. Twice I reach for the twin-blade before remembering that it's out of bounds.

The Aitken affair: Glittering prizes out of grasp

The wilderness years

Athletics: Day I discovered De Coubertin was wrong

EVEN BEFORE I lined up, I realised I had made a bad mistake. The Watford and District schools athletics meeting had attracted a large number of attractive girls to the Woodside Stadium, and as they chattered in the main stand or glanced towards the track on which I stood, I thought to myself how interesting girls from schools other than your own always were.

The evidence: The cocktail waiter's workstation

Jamie Terrell is head barman at Mash, the restaurant in central London

Biscuit dunking perfected

A TECHNIQUE for eating biscuits is likely to send ripples of pleasure through the tea parlours of middle England, courtesy of scientists who have developed the perfect dunk.

Tried & Tested: Take the cake

Sugar and spice and all things nice? Our panel weighs up the seasonal mix of mail-order cakes

Core! Focus on this sample of key policy group garbage

Tony Blair believes that if you say you are doing a thing enough, people will think you've done it
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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence