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Caribbean cuisine

AN EXOTIC blend of fresh fruit, local root crops, fresh seafood, local spices and goat, West Indian food is one of the major pleasures of a Caribbean holiday. To make the most of the West Indian and Creole (a fusion of French and West Indian flavours) menus, here are a few pointers from the Lonely Planet Guide to the Eastern Caribbean (pounds 11.99):

Wildlife thieves strip woodland of rare caterpillars

THE GIANT caterpillars of one of Britain's most spectacular insects, the rare goat moth, have been stolen from a woodland nature reserve by specialist wildlife thieves.

Why MPs insist that Acts of Parliament still need the slaughter of Norwegian goats

WHO WILL stand up for the goat? Even this animal rights-conscious Parliament, prepared to risk the wrath of the Countryside Alliance over hunting foxes, is determined to cover its library in goatskin.

Prehistoric iceman liked to eat goats

THE PREHISTORIC iceman found in the Alps in 1991 was a meat- eater and not a vegan, as previous research suggested.

Advert provokes storm in a Y-front

A STORM has broken out over an advertisement for Scotland's unofficial national drink, Irn-Bru, which shows a woman nibbling at a pair of Y-fronts.

Country Matters: The Duke's lesson on reality

When the Duke of Buccleuch entertains schoolchildren and their teachers to open days on one of his estates in southern Scotland, he does it in true ducal style. On the morning I went to Drumlanrig, his castle on the Queensberry Estate, north of Dumfries, more than 600 children came pouring in by coach from far and wide, and nearly 1,000 were expected on the morrow. Apart from their transport, for which they had to pay, the schools got their outings free; but the two days cost the estate some pounds 10,000 in lost working time, the provision of vehicles, the setting up of tents and so on.

Word of mouth: The big cheese

Caroline Stacey meets cheesemaker Mary Holbrook

Goats suffer in submarine tests

HUNDREDS OF goats are being subjected to "excruciating" pain by military scientists experimenting to see what could happen to sailors trapped in a sunken submarine.

COMPETITION: LITERALLY LOST NUMBER 56

THIS EXCERPT is taken from a work of travel literature. Readers are invited to tell us: a) where the action is taking place, and b) who is the author? Blackwell's Bookshops will award pounds 30 worth of book tokens to the first correct answer pulled out of the hat. Answers on a postcard, please, to: Literally Lost, Independent on Sunday, 1 Canada Square, London E14 5DL. Usual competition rules apply. Entries to arrive by this Thursday.

The Sketch: Ron the non-confessor speaks a lot but says nothing

THE LAST time Ron Davies spoke in the Commons it was on the Bill establishing a Welsh Assembly, including a contentious Government amendment requiring the Welsh Executive to sign the Official Secrets Act. Mr Davies commended this amendment to the House and there have been several times in the past few days when his tight-lipped manner suggested that he had promulgated a private extension of this legislation to cover his own misadventures on Clapham Common.

Food & Drink: A match made in Auvergne

Drinking Champagne with cheese is a divine indulgence, says Anthony Rose

Evolutionary Notes: We are apes, whether we like it or not

CHARLES DARWIN shocked Victorian society by, as they thought, suggesting that "man is descended from the apes". What he really suggested, of course, is that humans and the hairy apes (the chimpanzee and gorilla) share a common ancestor, a creature more "ape-like" than "man-like". But now the argument has been turned on its head.

Why men fall for mother's lookalike

A MAN is more likely to fall in love with women who look like his mother, according to a study showing for the first time that the Oedipus complex has some scientific basis.

Letter: Cruelty to goats

Sir: Your article, "Goats used by MoD in submarine experiments" (3 August) says, "A minority of the experiments was conducted on animals that had not been anaesthetised." What is so terrible about today's experiments is that an increasing number are psychological tests which have to be done on conscious animals to gauge their mental and physical endurance of pain and deprivation.

Goats used by MoD in submarine experiments

THERE HAS been a huge increase in the number of animals killed or subjected to horrific injuries in painful and sometimes bizarre research projects carried out by the Ministry of Defence.
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