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McDermott tears hair out at plans to mess with Cup

As the meddlers at the FA ponder methods in which to spice up their flagship competition, the FA Cup, they should perhaps take a trip to Berkshire to take a sounding from Brian McDermott. Yet they will receive a sharp response from the Reading manager: "Leave it well alone."

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 66

There's a slim chance that a couple of people reading this may have missed the hoo-ha surrounding the opening of Heston Blumenthal's new restaurant, Dinner, at the beginning of last week. Booking lines were swamped, tables booked up until some time in the next millennium, journalists stole in for sneak previews before the official launch, and overnight reviews were splashed by several newspapers– including this one.

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On the agenda: Richard Hambleton; Encounters Short Film Festival; Fred

After a quiet two decades, the godfather of street art, Richard Hambleton, returned to the public scene with a splash last year with a hugely successful exhibition in New York. On Friday, he’s coming to London for his first major UK exhibition, with 38 works, half of which have never been seen before. Twice featured on the cover of Life, he is most famous for his Shadowman series and his “crime scenes” of the 1980s, when he painted “chalk” outlines around volunteer victims, then splashed red paint on the outline. His recent exhibit in Moscow drew the city’s biggest ever art crowd – so expect a packed gallery. To 3 December, The Dairy, 7 Wakefield Street, London WC1

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.