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Boutique cinema chain Curzon Cinemas will almost double the number of its screens in the capital, from 12 to 20, as part of a £6 million expansion plan and design makeover.

Little Chef blamed the weak economy and branch locations for poor performance

Little Chef hits the hard shoulder

Little Chef is to close 67 of its 161 outlets in a move expected to lead to between 500 and 600 job cuts.

Little Chef to close 67 outlets

Roadside restaurant chain Little Chef is to close 67 of its 161 sites in a move expected to lead to the loss of between 500 and 600 jobs, it announced today.

Step white up: Narcissi are starting to raise their heads above the ground

Now's the time to bag a bargain at your nearest garden centre, says Emma Townshend

Tom Rosenthal: Child of Privilege, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

With starring roles in Channel 4's Friday Night Dinner ("You must have seen it, why else would you be here?") and in the Royal Court's production of Chicken Soup With Barley under his belt, Tom Rosenthal, 23, is a young man experiencing a purple patch.

World's top eaterie? A tiny café in Norfolk

That's according to Delia Smith, who has put her stamp of approval on the simple food at Wiveton Hall

Minor British Institutions: The Scotch egg

You know you have a British institution, minor or major, when its origins are lost in a sizzle of contradictions. The invention of the Scotch egg is claimed by and for, among others, Fortnum & Mason, India, and Sir Walter Scott.

The 10 best frying pans

It’s the quintessential British pan, but even if you’re more Heston services than Heston Blumenthal, a good fryer is a crucial bit of kitchen kit...

Kate Moss organises pre-wedding meal for families

Kate Moss is organising a pre-wedding meal for her and her fiance Jamie Hince's families.

Heston Blumenthal: An obsessive? Maybe, but only in the kitchen... and the lab... and the gym

The Michelin-starred chef has rejected scientific gastronomy in favour of traditional English fare for his first London restaurant. But his search for the perfect chip could continue in New York. Emily Dugan meets Heston Blumenthal

Seaweed grows on us as chefs add it to menus

We should all eat more nutritious algae, say its champions

Eric Lanlard: ‘People think a cake is like a stew: that you can add this or that’

My earliest food memory... Making fairy cakes or chocolate Rice Krispie cakes when I was about six or seven. My mum was a very good cook, as were most of my family, and I learnt a lot from them at a very early age.

The Ledbury, 127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ

An understated alternative to Gordon Ramsay

24-hour room service: L'Albereta & Restaurant Gualtiero Marchesi, Lombardy, Italy

As I lay there being pummelled by a silent Italian masseuse using micro-algae, white and green clay, essential oils and mother tinctures (mud, to you and me), I thought: "How very different this is to my own dear beauty therapist."

The MasterChef boom – why £400 gadgets are beating the slump

Britain may be in the depths of an economic slump but sales of expensive kitchen kit are rising like a well-made loaf. Demand for professional small appliances at John Lewis has soared a sizzling 233 per cent.

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...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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