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Handyman kidnapped 'to do repair'

A man and a woman were arrested in San Jose, California  for allegedly abducting a local handyman and forcing him to repair their dishwasher.

Charles Dickens' London home to reopen to the public after £3.1 million revamp

The Bloomsbury-based property has been stripped of as many modern features as possible and filled with the writer's possessions

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Zig Ziglar was a motivational speaker whose "Success Rallies" and "Born to Win" seminars, more than 25 self-help books and countless audiotapes attracted millions of followers with advice on career advancement and moral uplift. He won over crowds with his faith-filled proverbs and earnest metaphors about setting goals and facing adversity. "If you're going to have to swallow a frog," he would say, "you don't want to have to look at that sucker too long!" Or: "You can get everything in life you want if you will just help other people get what they want!"

Hartnett says: 'You don't cook for your ego, you cook for your guests. People want more relaxed dining experiences these days.'

Angela Hartnett: 'People assume all kitchens are manic. Half of them aren't that mad'

The secret of good Italian food is to keep it simple I used to help my gran cook supper when I was a kid, making things like aubergine Parmigiana. She always told me never to overcomplicate, to keep it seasonal and to buy the best quality you could afford.

Harriet Walker: Winter food should be snuggly

I very nearly ordered a veal's head in Paris last weekend. I couldn't help it – I've been conditioned by so many trendy new London openings into thinking that eating out should be an experience akin to going to a theme park, with the point of ordering like the slow ascent up the initial climb, and the presentation of the dishes that heady, brief pause before you whoosh into the om-nom-nomming of stuffing your face, as if your mouth were bagged open on the descent by G-force.

My Life In Food: Lily Vanilli, baker

'I've got a bit of a savoury tooth – I snack on anything from crisps to calamari'

Security is tightened ahead of China's transition of leadership

With a friendly face, China tightens security

China's authoritarianism has many faces, but rarely does it appear in the friendly, grandmotherly guise it has taken over the past week, as thousands of older women have shown up on the streets of the capital, their vigilant eyes eager to ferret out the smallest signs of trouble.

Yotam Ottolenghi: 'I loved the pizza but Hassam had a massive cat I was terrified of'

My earliest food memory… When I was about five I remember going to a bakery in the Old City in Jerusalem run by a big man called Hassam. He used to bring us sesame-crusted pizzas from a hole-in-the-wall oven. I loved the pizza but he had a massive cat that I was absolutely terrified of.

Pass the parcels: filo treats on offer in the test kitchen

Stephen Wood: Fine dining hits the heady heights

The man who skis all day

Rules 'missing' for new school kitchens

Campaigners have raised concerns that school dinners are at risk after the Government failed to introduce rules for proper kitchens and canteens.

The Weekend's Television: Servants: the True Story of Life Below Stairs, Fri BBC2 / Downton Abbey, Sun ITV1

When the producers of Channel 4's 2002 reality series The Edwardian Country House advertised for volunteers for their reconstruction of upstairs-downstairs life, they were surprised by an imbalance in the responses.

Kitchen confidential: Fay Maschler

'Octopus gets my vote for the protein of the future'
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I love Nigella's naughty twinkle, but I'm not sure I'll get away with serving my friends a meatzza

The 10 Best saucepans

From hi-tech to non-stick – and even one that can go in the microwave – check out our pick of the pans

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