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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 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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