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Eating: The tyranny of tradition

WHEN THE Italians get something wrong, they do it quite spectacularly. Look at - well, their government. But more importantly, take their antipasto. It's an inspired way of eating that transforms raw and cooked vegetables, seafood and simple cured meats into something irresistible.

Letter: French do talk

Sir: As an American living in England, and for several weeks each year in France, I assure Sue Arnold (Comment, 24 April) that the French do talk to me often and at length. In fact, they talk to me more than I have ever experienced from either British or American neighbours. The 35,000 English-speaking expatriates living in South-western France find that their French neighbours are receptive, friendly and civilised. If Sue Arnold prefers Italian food, Indian mythology and Irish friends that is fine, but she need not indulge in French-bashing.

Words: presliced, adj.

RAJ SHARMA of Leicester's Sharma store laments: "Sometimes it's a lonely business. But with The Grocer you feel you've got someone on your side." In Jane Kelly's "Focus on Pizza", Green Isle Foods' managing director Michael Dwyer lauds "the next generation main meal pizza" which, says Ms Kelly, is Feast of Flavours "presliced with sharing in mind".

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Letter: Pizza with principle

Sir: From David Usborne's article "Lifting the lid on the pizza man", Tom Monaghan comes across as an "ultra-conservative", eccentric, right-wing, fanatical and dogmatic Catholic. Few details of all this are given, but in particular his extremism is typified by his opposition to abortion.

A tasty pasta snack for PizzaExpress at pounds 6m

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Restaurants: Best cellar

Valvona & Crolla is a long-established Edinburgh landmark. The palatial Elm Row delicatessen and wine shop has been wafting out the scents of focaccia, prosciutto and Parmesan on to the capital's streets since the 1930s.

Letter: The perfect pizza

Sir: Aoife O'Riordain's article on pizza was most interesting (Fast Track, 28 May). I lived at one time with a Sicilian pizzaiolo. Whilst staying with his sister I was able to eat the real thing, and wonderful it was . The base was thick (certainly not thin and crispy) and the topping was sparse, although local herbs were added, and naturally she had the traditional oven. One of the things that sorts out the proper pizzas from the others is that the dough should be made the day before.

Fastfood

Think you know all about pizza? Well, think again. What you're being fobbed off with is utterly alien to the real thing - crisp, expertly baked and topped with the finest fresh ingredients

K is for Kool Aid at a different kind of club

That old devil Piers Adam (proprietor of Hanover Grand and SW1) is at it again, reports Xenia Gregoriadis. Only now he's 33 he's grown out of strobe lighting and alcopops and wants somewhere a bit more salubrious to hang out. Welcome to his world...

Youths lured pizza men to deaths ambush

Franklin, New Jersey - Two teenagers "looking for a victim" lured two pizza delivery men to an abandoned house and killed them in a hail of gunfire.

Queensborough in the black after 13 years

Queensborough Holdings, the leisure group in effect controlled by Kevin Leech, the biotechnology multi-millionaire, yesterday moved to damp expectations that it was ready to bid for a restaurant chain as it announced its first dividend and profit for 13 years.

Pizza man in paper chase

Luke Johnson, whizzkid financier and chairman of Pizza Express, is to provide a financial lifeline to Sunday Business, the struggling Sunday newspaper founded by Tom Rubython.
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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

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Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada