Environment A baby northern gannet stands next to one of its parents

The first “world championship” for eating pickled baby gannets, known as “guga”, has sparked new calls for a total ban on the Hebridean tradition of hunting chicks by clubbing  them with sticks.

Pandora: Diplomatic Dave to heal rift with Israelis

All it took was the prospect of a few canapés – or, perhaps, a few trays of Ferrero Rocher.

Ramsey's wife is crowned 'Mum of the Year'

The wife of television chef Gordon Ramsay was crowned celebrity mum of the year today and said "patience" was the most important virtue for a parent.

Business Diary: Will M&S weather the storm like Primark?

Retailers from Asda to the DIY market leader B&Q have recently cited the near-Arctic conditions in January for a temporary dip in their performance. There was no such excuse needed from Associated British Foods-owned Primark yesterday, as the discount fashion chain posted another stunning set of numbers. ABF's finance chief, John Bason, said he could only conclude that the snow had only had a "limited impact". Given this, Diary will be most interested to see what M&S, right, says about the weather's impact on its sales, given chairman Sir Stuart Rose's famous assertion in 2006 that "weather is for wimps".

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Channel 4's Indian Winter is an insult to Asians

It’s all too typical of British television, from panel games to detective dramas

Outside the Box: Pulis and Beattie go head to head in Hell's Kitchen

Sparks should fly in Hell's Kitchen at the Britannia Stadium on 10 March, when Tony Pulis and James Beattie, last weekend's combatants after the Arsenal-Stoke game, are the advertised star guests in a cooking event with Marco Pierre White, who these days has to be preceded by the moniker "TV chef".

Heat of the kitchen proves too much for Ramsay

The chef reveals his plans to spend more time in front of the television cameras and even less time in his restaurant empire.

Pandora: Gormley and Wallinger to get a spot at the altar?

Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael: all have had their wares displayed before faithful congregations. Now we hear that two of the UK's most cutting-edge artists – Turner Prize winners Mark Wallinger and Antony Gormley are competing to create a less traditional spiritual masterpiece – to be displayed in Chichester Cathedral.

Hit & Run: The brazen invasion

The British are coming, and they're smug, swaggering, middle-aged authority figures. How is it that the faces our nation presents to the world have come to be those of Simon Cowell, Jeremy Clarkson, Gordon Ramsay and Piers Morgan? And why is the world – or America, at the very least – so keen on them?

Into the Storm, BBC2<br/>Spooks, BBC1<br/>The F-Word, Channel 4

Winston, Harry, Gordon; the old boys we can't help but watch as they save the country &ndash; or the kitchen

Gordon Ramsay takes cosmetic work on the chin

Gordon Ramsay has told how he underwent a painful beauty treatment to have the deep grooves on his chin filled in, on the advice of Simon Cowell.

Pandora: Symonds gets up close and personal

Bunker time at Ramsay HQ. Sarah Symonds is stretching her legs.

Channel 4 signs deal with YouTube

Channel 4 has signed a pioneering deal with video-sharing site YouTube to make hundreds of its homegrown shows available on demand.

Turandot, Puccini, English National Opera, London Coliseum

Anyone thinking of ordering Chinese takeaway some time soon might consider doing so before seeing Rupert Goold's audacious new staging of Puccini's Turandot. Visits to one's local Red Dragon might never be the same again. Imagine an episode of Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" crossed with Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill and you’re thinking along the right lines.

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