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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.

Taste the difference: How our genes, gender and even hormones affect the way we eat

Do you often loathe the foods that others love? Then maybe you're a 'supertaster'

Heston Blumenthal: 'For my next trick, a toast sandwich...'

The Monday Interview: The innovative chef's new London restaurant, Dinner, will serve historic British fare. Martin Hickman is given a flavour

Science finds the plane truth about in-flight meals

The inexplicable blandness of airline food has been pondered at 30,000 feet by generations of travellers. Now an explanation has been offered in the form of research showing that people lose their sense of taste when listening to the sort of "white noise" heard inside an aircraft's cabin.

Foodie 'spectacular' pushes boundary between cooking and art

In the quest to push the boundary between cooking and art, the Experimental Food Society will be showcasing some of the best creations from the world of alternative dining at its annual "Spectacular" exhibition on Saturday.

Warning as John Lewis profits surge

A World Cup boost for sales of televisions and an advertising campaign featuring cooks Delia Smith and Heston Blumenthal helped John Lewis Partnership drive a 28% surge in profits, the retailer said today.

GQ awards: Simon Kelner is Editor of the Year

Simon Kelner, the editor-in-chief of The Independent, has been named Newspaper Editor of the Year at GQ magazine's Men of the Year awards.

The weird and wonderful world of wallpaper

In his latest book, At Home: A Short History of Private Life, Bill Bryson takes his reader on a tour of private life through the ages, revealing as he does that, historically, our home life has been at best unimaginably uncomfortable, and at worst a death-trap. Wallpaper, he tells us, played its role in this, being laden with arsenic until the late 19th century and often smelling of garlic when damp. Meanwhile, green wallpaper was said to stop bed-bugs.

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Heston's Hinds Head is a gorgeous pub – just make sure you don't go quietly if you're called to the upper level

TVs and lemons lift John Lewis

John Lewis thanked World Cup fever for a 20 per cent jump in sales last week as it saw more customers splash out on new flat-screen televisions ahead of the football tournament.

'Maradona doesn't have a clue what he is doing'

Lee Dixon tells Robin Scott-Elliot that Brazil have lost their flair, why he fears for England and that Argentina will fall short

Art of the Antarctic

The works of a painter who joined Captain Scott's fateful voyage to the South Pole are to go on sale

Business Diary: Work Foundation has problems with tenant

The election is causing headaches at The Work Foundation. Having rented out meeting rooms to the Lib Dems' election team, the economic think-tank has been forced to issue a public statement making it clear it has no political allegiances at all and that the arrangement with the party is purely commercial.

Editor-At-Large: It's poverty, not polygamy, that kills

I've never met Sally Bercow, but my nickname for this self-important female is an abbreviation of her surname. The Speaker's wife is proof that the twittersphere is a la-la land nurtured by the mindless musings of individuals you wouldn't let through the front door, let alone into your email. As we live in a democracy, it's up to voters whether to stick a cross by Sally Bercow's name when she stands for Labour in the local elections on 6 May. Frankly, I'd rather spend the day eating dog poo.

El Bulli restaurant set to close for two years

Chef Ferran Adria dishes up disappointment for fans of world's best restaurant
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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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