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Not everything requires hours of slaving over a hot stove, says our resident man in the kitchen – some dishes are best served cold.
It's not often you can walk from a high street into the heart of an ancient woodland. One minute I am in a bustling Yorkshire market town, takeaway cappuccino in hand, the next I am ducking down stone steps to Eller Beck, a strip of canal and river that runs through a steep-sided gorge fringed with ash, oak, sycamore and pine. The buzzing repartee of stall owners is soon replaced by the songs of robins and chaffinches, shop awnings for a weeping willow in bud.
Thousands of Pashmina goats, the source of famed shawls and blankets and a mainstay of the local Himalayan economy, have perished in northern India in the some of the heaviest snowfall in decades.
The premiere of the eagerly anticipated blockbuster The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will also be met with angry protests from animal rights activists after a series of animals died during filming.
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Herbal remedies and massage oils containing ground tiger claws, poisonous plants and cow urine have been seized by border officials at a UK port.
Did you think that gentleman's-club dining – Brown Windsor soup, game-heavy main courses, "savoury puddings" like Welsh rarebit, a "roast" that's carved, table-side, from a carcass on a silver trolley by a chap who expects a tip – had gone the way of the bowler hat and the maiden aunt? You'd be wrong. While Jeremy King and Chris Corbin are reintroducing the Mitteleuropean grand café concept to London (with the Wolseley, the Delaunay and now Brasserie Zédel) others – from Mike Robinson to Mark Hix – are breathing life into traditional club grub.
How do you persuade an energetic infant monkey to pause long enough for a photograph? You don't. "I put the camera in front of him, let him do whatever he wanted and tried to capture his natural charm," says Sharon Montrose. "Of course, you do need a lot of patience for that."
DM: For general cooking, there's Booths which is a Northern supermarket chain. It supports local suppliers and it has a great butchery. Also, a friend of mine called Tuk has a brilliant Thai food stall in Barrow-in-Furness, where I live. She'll go up to Manchester once a week for fresh Thai vegetables, and she'll get all my Japanese bits and pieces for me as well.
He wasn't rattled; instead, George W Bush was attempting to project an aura of calm as he mulled over news that terrorists had flown hijacked aeroplanes into the World Trade Centre in New York.
Fashion designer Savannah Miller has rejected the A-list lifestyle of her film-star sister, Sienna. Instead she's turning her Gloucestershire farmhouse into a eco-chic retreat.
Brie or stilton? Cheddar or comté? British or French? Few foods arouse such fierce tribalism. Tim Walker reports from the cutting edge of the fromage affray
Genghis Khan's favourite sport is huge in Afghanistan, and if its fans have their way could soon be coming to Britain
Will it be the Boat Race, or the goat race? A walk in the wild, or a close encounter with robots? There are hundreds of fantastic activities around Britain to keep the family entertained. Here's our selection of spring delights