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Attempt to tidy up following prank from local children ends in disaster

Former SFO chief Richard Alderman to be questioned by MPs

Richard Alderman's tenure as head of the Serious Fraud Office will fall under the spotlight this week when he appears before the Public Accounts Committee.

The sizzling secrets of a good steak

Know your cuts and your meat will be a treat, says Simon Usborne

Welsh MP, Elfyn Llawyd, stokes anger by calling town 'depressing'

Residents of a Welsh seaside resort are furious after it was labelled “depressing” by their own MP. Elfyn Llwyd, the Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd in the north-west, said rows of empty houses reduced the area's appeal during the winter.

Swedish Lapland Reindeer: 'neither like chicken, nor as gamey as I had imagined – there were hints, but only that'

On The Menu: Swedish Lapland reindeer; Llama snacks; Time Out's Eating & Drinking Awards; Qcumber; Vinoteca

This week I've been eating... Swedish Lapland reindeer

Last night's viewing - Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life, More4

Richard Chell, dying of motor neurone disease, thinks that not believing in life after death is like only having "half a meal", it leaves the human appetite dissatisfied. Richard Dawkins, dying of life in general (like all of us), thinks that appetite doesn't have anything to do with it: "The existence of hunger doesn't mean there's food," he countered last night in Sex, Death and the Meaning of Life.

New Zealand Games hospitality house Kiwi House

London 2012: Up to 700 evacuated from blaze at New Zealand Games hospitality house

Around 700 people have been evacuated from Kiwi House, New Zealand's Games hospitality site after a fire broke out.

Barbecue warning after girl's Good Friday campsite death

Police today warned of the dangers of leaving barbecues in tents after a six-year-old girl died from carbon monoxide poisoning while camping with her family.

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The 10 Best barbecues

The perfect way to cook when the sun's out

Obama has learnt to talk British

Diary: The US Visit

Album: Wendy Rene, After Laughter Comes Rain (Light in the Attic)

Teenaged singer Wendy Rene signed for Stax in 1964 and retired in 1967. This tiny window produced a handful of supreme garage-soul songs, with "After Laughter" later sampled by Wu-Tang Clan and covered by Alicia Keys.

Steak is that unusual thing, a food that needs no adornment

On The Menu: Longhorn rump steak; Neige Apple Ice Wine; No No flatbreads; G'nosh dips; Drambuie

This week I've been eating...Longhorn rump steak

Although I was born Jewish, I have made a pledge: I am giving up meat for lent.

Simon Kelner: For 40 days and 40 nights, fish will be my new religion

I am not religious. I am not a militant secularist. I think Richard Dawkins talks a lot of sense, but then when I hear the Archbishop of York sermonise, I find it easy to get behind him, too. I even find myself in vigorous agreement with the speaker on "Thought for the Day", wishing that I could be similarly beatific. (Although when I fail to locate my glasses and I'm already late for work, and the dog still needs walking, I discover that I'm some distance from Godliness.)

The 10 Best Grills

1. Gordon Ramsay's Health Infusion Grill

A delicious surprise: the varied flavours of Afghan cuisine are gaining a following in Britain

Culinary crossroads: Afghan cuisine blends its neighbours' flavours but has a charm of its own

Afghan food features Turkish, Middle Eastern and Indian flavours. Now, its diverse dishes can be enjoyed here, as Charlotte McDonald-Gibson discovers.

Constellations, Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court, London

Not since Mike Bartlett's Cock, so to speak, have I been so exhilarated by a new play premiered at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs. 

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas