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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.

Journalist hits back at 'arrogant narcissist' Gordon Ramsay

They've never been friends. He's an "arrogant narcissist" and a bully. And no, she's not gay.

Australian PM lays into 'lowlife' Ramsay

The Australian Prime Minister described Gordon Ramsay as a "new form of lowlife" today in the wake of comments the celebrity chef allegedly made about a television presenter down under.

Battle of the chefs as Ramsay opens new Pétrus

Latest restaurant is only a short walk from original – owned by bitter rival

The Independent Film Forum: 16 - Drag Me To Hell

Our Film Forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on director Sam Raimi's latest horror movie

The F word...is food, at least to the Michelin inspectors. But is Gordon Ramsay still a name you can swear by?

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Pandora: Ramsay begs Mills PR to end the nightmares

Ever since November, when a red-top newspaper accused Gordon Ramsay of liaising with so-called "professional mistress" Sarah Symonds – a one-time favourite of Jeffrey Archer – the chef has been faced with a veritable parade of negative headlines.

Ramsay defends 'meals on wheels'

Chef under fire after revelation that gastro-pub food is prepared off-site

Indian woman blazes through chili-eating feat

The "ghost chili," the world's spiciest chili, seems to suit her palate.

White's American TV debut gets the chop

Prime-time reality show pulled by NBC after scathing reviews and 'embarrassing' ratings

Chris Maume: Healey brings light to the Barbarians

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Sbragia vents frustrations as Sunderland blow advantage

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Double helping of chefs in trouble

Blumenthal losing £10,000 a day as Fat Duck investigation goes on

By Martin Hickman

Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck restaurant could be closed for weeks while scientists try to trace the source of an outbreak which has struck down diners.

Janet Street-Porter: A good tantrum can be better than diplomacy

Losing your temper in a blind tantrum, Victor Meldrew-style, has long been held up as a bad idea. I've lost count of the number of employment experts and business consultants who have claimed that, once you start shouting, you've lost the argument and revealed far too much about your own weaknesses to your enemies in the process.

Stay the night: The London West, Hollywood

LA is currently a little bit in love with Britain – or at least with some of our glossier exports – and tonight, Oscar night, this is where you’ll find many of our A-listers in attendance.

Could the clampdown on the F word preserve it for posterity?

The F word is a powerful weapon in the armoury of television, and one that should be used sparingly
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
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Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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Bill Granger's winter salads

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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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