<i>IoS</i> letters, emails and online postings (26/07/2009)

In response to the debate about space travel (19 July), sooner or later the world will run out of resources. No matter how carefully you recycle or reuse materials, no matter how cleverly you seek new ways of living, we will use up energy supplies, minerals, and resources. Current green thinking will just delay the inevitable.

The bee business: An amateur apiary revolution

Colonies are being destroyed by disease, but a new wave of hobbyists with hives in their gardens could hold the key to restocking the population. Jonathan Owen reports

Jewel of the Med: Skye Gyngell reveals how figs can add perfumed subtlety to sweet and savoury dishes

Plump, soft and delectable, figs have grown around the Mediterranean for 10,000 years. Their honeyed, perfumed flavour combines beautifully with almost all the other ingredients to be found in southern Europe.

Figs with warm honey

Serves 4

Sweet Honey, Bitter Lemons, By Matthew Fort

In 1973, Fort ate a plate of sausages in Sicily. There were only two, but "they tasted more of sausage than any sausage I have ever eaten, firm, juicy, salty and sweet."

Royal Family latest to be stung by bee raiders

In normal criminal circles it wouldn't create much of a buzz, but in the world of beekeeping the theft of eight hives in Scotland represents the latest and most high profile sting on an industry beset by thefts and disease.

Album: Stile Antico, Song Of Songs (Harmonia Mundi)

The Song Of Songs, King Solomon's poetic meditation on love, has become choral music's soul equivalent, poised on the cusp of sacred and secular interpretations of the nature of Solomon's desire.

Nicholas Lezard: Where's the wild, straggling beard?

You can't appoint a 'hermit' and then let him have online conversations

Bee rustlers cash in on honey shortage

Rival keepers blamed for crime wave after dramatic decline

Guinness-baked ham hock

Serves 2-4

Yoghurt with pistachios, honey and pomegranate

Serves 4

Snow Patrol - a band of brothers

Most rock stars hate being cooped up on the tour bus. But for Snow Patrol it's all fun and games, as Elisa Bray finds out

Claire Beale on Advertising: Send the Martians home, it's time for change

You could be forgiven for thinking that adland has run dry, that like the rest of us it's bankrupt. How else to explain the rampage of nostalgia swarming across our TV screens in 30-second bites?

Cold cures 'don't work on children'

Parents will be told that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines do not work on children under 12, and can even cause side-effects like hallucinations.

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