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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.

Heston Blumenthal: A kitchen without pots and pans? No way

Had I known at the beginning just what I was letting myself in for, I wouldn't have had the guts to do it.

Bites: The joy of cupcakes on ice

There's more than skating on offer at the annual Somerset House Ice Rink which opens on Wednesday: Tate Catering's rinkside café has a locally sourced, comfort food menu including Neal's Yard Dairy cheeses, while the chic Tiffany Tuck Shop will sell gingerbread men and cupcakes.

The credit munch: The history of the hamburger

In these straitened times, the burger business is booming – not surprising, perhaps, for a food stuff made famous by America's Great Depression. Christopher Hirst reveals its history and searches for the perfect patty

Arsene Wenger: Success - I make it, I won't buy it

In a rare interview, the Arsenal manager explains his footballing philosophy, recalls the values inherited from his parents – and tells Glenn Moore about the promise he made his wife five years ago

Cooking up a storm: Heston Blumenthal's first masterclass

His appliance of science has revolutionised gastronomy. So does Heston Blumenthal have any tricks for amateur chefs? Rebecca Armstrong takes his first ever masterclass

Purnell's, Cornwall Street, Birmingham

Yummy brummie

Cranford dominates Bafta nominations

The BBC drama Cranford and its star Dame Judi Dench dominated the Bafta TV award nominations today.

Eat fish, but make sure it's sustainable, says FSA

Official healthy eating advice to consume at least two portions of fish a week is under review in light of the collapse of ocean stocks, the Food Standards Agency announced yesterday.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 18

Despite the copious blood and guts, Tim Burton's musical is a strangely moral tale

Sport on TV: Downhill all the way in winter melting pot of slush

One of this paper's many campaigns (we do try, you know) has been against excessive packaging. We meant in shops, supermarkets, that kind of thing. But would it too much of a reach to extend it to the telly? In this digital wonderland of our making, surely it's not too much to ask to have a facility that edits out the padding.

Last Night's TV: Home truths make for unsettling viewing

Evicted Update, BBC1; The Secret Millionaire, Channel 4

Icebergs, by Rebecca Johns

The lost heroes of America

Audiences defy critics and flock to 'Da Vinci Code'

Senior movie industry executives went on the offensive yesterday in defence of The Da Vinci Code after its mauling by the critics at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Wells, Hampstead

This has always been one of London's most comfortable quarters. But only now does it have a restaurant to do it justice, says Richard Johnson
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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album