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FOOD & DRINK / How a button became a big cheese: At the first ever British Cheese Awards, the overall winner was the smallest entry - the tiny Innes Button, produced by some very cultured goats. Michael Bateman reports

HUGH LILLINGSTON loves his herd of 200 Saanen and Toggenburg goats. He takes the view that they are sensitive and intelligent beasts who respond best to tender loving care. When it's cold and wet he brings them in from the paddock. But they soon get bored indoors, so he plays them classical music, Monteverdi and Mozart. They absolutely love it.

Food & Drink: Flocks develop the herd instinct: With a wealth of goats' cheeses at her French holiday home, our cookery writer decided to make the most of them

In this area of France, the Bas-Vendomois (the part of Loir-et-Cher that stretches from the town of Vendome west to the border with the Sarthe), goat's cheese takes precedence over all other cheeses. True, our most local cheese, the pleasant but unremarkable Petit Troo, is made from cow's milk, but it is an exception. Canny fermiers and fermieres have taken to raising goats and working their milk in the old farmyard dairies.

Where shall we meet: Annabel's Patisserie

There's patisserie and patisserie, and Annabel's serves the real McCoy. At the back of the narrow front premises is an airy room with a conservatory skylight covered in painted roses, dark pictures of farm animals, which look as though they are suffering from pastry overdoses, huge ferny things in pots and some of the ugliest off-the-peg display cabinets known to man.

Letter: A twist in the narwhal's tail

Sir: Ken Mantel (letter, 17 June) nicely illustrates, but omits comment on, the most exciting peculiarity of the narwhal's tusk. The old Kearsly print which you reproduce shows that when, exceptionally, a right tusk is developed as well as a left, both surprisingly spiral in the same direction. Contrast the symmetrical twisting and coiling of antelope, sheep and goat horns on opposite sides of the head.

BOOK REVIEW / Tragic exile in Ireland: A goat's song - Dermot Healy: Harvill pounds 14.99

A PENINSULA is an island hedging its bets, a place of uncertainty, given neither to land nor sea. Certainly, stretched from the westernmost hem of wild coast in Europe, Ireland's Mullet Peninsula seems well cast as the twilight abode of this ambivalent tragedy.

Story of the Year Contest: From golden goats to bungling burglars: Princesses and witches are joined by some odd characters in the 20 top tales

THERE were some 2,500 entries, of a very high standard, in our children's short story competition. Congratulations to those on the shortlist below. The judges will select the three prize- winners and the top 10 for The Story of the Year 2 anthology on 9 June, so watch this space for the winning story soon after.

Sweet sour stench of death fills Rwanda: Richard Dowden in Rusumo finds only flies, goats and chickens remain in villages emptied of all humanity by weeks of devastating tribal bloodshed

I DO NOT want to write what I saw. In 10 years of reporting from this continent, nothing I have seen or heard matches the horror of Rwanda.

Food and Drink: I smell the first cheese of summer

This is about that time of year when I begin restlessly stirring. With each year that goes by, the winters seem longer, summers more desirable. This shows in all sorts of dotty ways: the swinging of clubs and bats in hallways, a tendency to play salon pieces rather than Bach, a sweep-out of the social calendar - 'No I will not go to another charity dinner for 1,500 honouring the Young Chinese-American Woman Executive of the Year' - and a soft yearning for hard cheese.

Go home to Mum for Christmas? No way]: Camilla Berens travels to deepest Wiltshire to spend the longest night with the Space Goats and other assorted pagans. There isn't a turkey in sight

Look out for King Arthur, said Fraggle. 'He's sure to be somewhere far out and cosmic on solstice night.' According to Fraggle, a member of the Dongas tribe, King Arthur is alive and well and living in Portsmouth. 'He really thinks he's him. He wears all the clothes, everything,' said Fraggle. On the Longest Night, as pagans call the winter solstice, King Arthur could pop up anywhere.

Coales' Notes: Time gentleman, please: Voices unite: Gordon Coales organises an unlikely Christmas collaboration

TUESDAY: Head down, I have decided, for the time being (putting aside all other problems) to devote myself to getting this one project through. It's looking very good on paper:
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