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.
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Tuesday 23 September 2008
It is said that sooner or later the small volcano that is John McCain will blow. The presidential candidate has a famously short temper. At some point, during a long and rough electoral campaign, the wrong question will be asked at the wrong time, and the real McCain, red-faced and intemperate, will blast off.
Tuesday 09 September 2008
When Mohammad Tayyab heard about the sale of the cafe where he breakfasted daily on tea and toast before beginning work in a sweatshop in London's East End, the recently-arrived migrant seized the opportunity to do something about his yearning for the food of his native Pakistan.
Saturday 06 September 2008
There's something pleasingly head-girlish about Angela Hartnett: she radiates good sense, enterprise and unsinkability. She didn't become a kitchen slave in her teens, but took a history degree instead. She learnt home cooking from her Essex-Italian granny. It says much about her strength of character that she has worked for Gordon Ramsay since 1994, without ever being driven to plunge a Sabatier carver between his shoulder blades. When she opened her own restaurant, Angela Hartnett at the Connaught, six years ago, she picked up a Michelin star inside a year.
Thursday 28 August 2008
For more than a decade, Marcus Wareing was Gordon Ramsay's publicity-shy "shadow", toiling over the stove for up to 18 hours a day to meet the exacting kitchen standards set by his motormouth boss.
Thursday 28 August 2008
There's something Oedipal, even Shakespearean, about Marcus Wareing's eclipsing of his former mentor and boss, Gordon Ramsay, in the hierarchy of top London restaurants. It's part of a syndrome in which a former protégé rises to match, then overtake, his beloved master. It happened with Gordon Ramsay who, after enduring years of training, abuse and belittling by Marco Pierre White, left him to go it alone, and comprehensively outclassed him in stars and media recognition.
Wednesday 20 August 2008
More bad news for Pete Doherty, as we hear that his band is to be barred from performing at the Moonfest music festival this Friday.
Wednesday 13 August 2008
Saturday 02 August 2008
So here I am in The Connaught, sitting down to dinner with an Independent-reading couple I have never met before. We're saying our hellos, and ...
Saturday 02 August 2008
Tuesday 29 July 2008
Gordon Ramsay was best man at his wedding, but the celebrity chef's friendship with his most successful protégé, Marcus Wareing, is definitely over.
Monday 30 June 2008
Thursday 19 June 2008
An Australian Senate inquiry into bad language used on the country's TV by British chef Gordon Ramsay has rejected calls for a ban on certain swear words.
Tuesday 10 June 2008
He's done the hype and the star-studded celebrity opening party. Now Gordon Ramsay is experiencing the seemingly inevitable downside to one of his overseas restaurant openings: a critical backlash.
Monday 19 May 2008
Crack open a can of Tyskie, show some hairy builder's rear cleavage and shout "Na zdrowie" (cheers). The UK's Polish handymen migrants are to finally get their mother-language edition of The Sun, as revealed here seven months ago. Despite denials then, the red-top is to publish the Polish versions during June's Euro 2008, which the England team will miss owing to ineptitude. "Tits and bumskis for the plumbers" at last. The Sun axed hostile coverage of this key growth sector of the white working class and now praises Poles as "such hard-working people that Britain wouldn't be the same without them".
Monday 12 May 2008
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Sickness and disability benefits could be reduced by £30 a week as part of £12bn welfare cuts
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