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Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.

From solar-powered chalets to yurts with iPod docks a new breed of chic festival digs offer an alternative to the humble tent

Anybody who's spent a weekend in a field sipping warm lager and leaping about to The Verve will be only too familiar with the downside of festivals. The tent. If it's sunny outside, it's clammy inside. If it rains, leaks are guaranteed. Smears of mud, spilled bottles of Magners and and poisonous sleeping bags can turn the average nylon shelter into a no-go area.

Top of the pods: Mark Diacono reveals his passion for peas

Mark Diacono's enthusiasm for peas has already won over his neighbour Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. And now he's working his magic on Emma Townshend...

Pandora: Lammy takes a break from his brief

Pandora very much hopes that David Lammy – MP and Mastermind contestant extraordinaire – hasn't ruffled too many Foreign Office feathers with his recent article in support of London's Tamil protests.

Organic food sales fall in credit crunch

Shoppers bought fewer organic fruit and vegetables last year while the economy deteriorated, according to the Soil Association.

60 years old: happy birthday to the single

What was the first record you ever bought? As the 7-inch disc celebrates six decades, Jonathan Owen asks 60 celebrities for their musical memories

Fearnley-Whittingstall continues pecking at Tesco with new label

Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall continued to peck at Tesco today with a graphic new food label showing the plight of intensively farmed chickens.

When it comes to budgeting, the old ways are the best

Using up leftovers? Sewing our own clothes? The money-saving tips of the past are just as relevant today

Trade secrets: Top chefs reveal their guilty pleasures

What is Valentine Warner's guiltiest pleasure? What was Angela Hartnett's real-life kitchen nightmare? And what does Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall want for Christmas?

David Prosser's Outlook: Tesco makes its long-awaited move into India

There was a moment, back in June, when one just began to wonder whether Tesco's seemingly unstoppable forward momentum was finally starting to falter. A row with food writer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall over its chicken-rearing standards was unwelcome publicity. Calls from US presidential candidate Barack Obama for better labour practices in America were embarrassing too. And then there was a trading update suggesting Tesco's sales growth had slipped compared with several rival supermarket groups.

Questions Of Cash: With set-top TV boxes, Sky sets the limits...

Q. I have a Sky TV package, which gives me a second Sky set-top box for £10 extra a month – £45 in total – allowing me to watch Sky on two TVs in my house. A condition is that there must be two phone lines, with each set-top box permanently connected to a phone line. When I moved home, I arranged for two phone lines, and Sky engineers installed the two-box service. One phone line failed and Sky warned me I would be charged in full for two boxes if this continued. I had the phone connection repaired and performed Sky's on-screen system check, which gave me the message "line connected". I thought the problem was settled. I recently checked my bank statements and found that I had paid the full amount for two boxes for at least a year, which is more than £300 extra. I pay by direct debit and I have not received any bills by post. JC, Reading

Leading article: Tesco is a victim of its success – but it deserves some of the flak

It is not difficult to find reasons to criticise Tesco. The supermarket chain has become a sort of British Wal-Mart, not only in the sense of its dominance of the domestic retail sector, but as shorthand for corporate nastiness. Barely a week passes without it being accused of some crime or other, from bullying farmers, to crushing small traders, to polluting the environment.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall hits cash target to take on Tesco over chicken welfare

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, the chef and food campaigner, has raised the money he needs to put his concerns on animal welfare to Tesco's shareholders.

Cost of Living: Greenhouses

So, the summer is here, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is back on television and the green-fingered, or eco-minded, among us will be just itching to tear up the patio and plant a row of runner beans.

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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