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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.

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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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Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In my grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
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Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
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Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
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Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
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Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
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Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
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Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

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