News A live frog intended to be eaten, in a Singapore market.

The unnamed New Yorker found the amphibian sprawled in her lunch.

Police defend 'lettuce-head' e-fit of burglar

Police today defended their decision to issue an e-fit of a burglary suspect who looked as though he had a lettuce on his head.

Jolly green giants: Anna Pavord's first attempt at growing greenhouse cucumbers has resulted in a bumper crop

The cucumber harvest has been sensational. Millie (my granddaughter, aged 11), took advantage of the fact that I was laid out in Plymouth hospital with a broken leg to raid our new greenhouse for a charity stall she was running with a friend. In one swoop, she gathered 30 cucumbers. They sold straight away, she said. So that's good.

'Lettuce lady' turns over a new leaf

An animal rights activist has caused a stir in Jordan's capital by covering herself in lettuce in a quirky attempt to persuade meat lovers to go vegetarian.

Outside Edge (25/07/10)

Colourful golfer John Daly, fresh from his appearance at The Open in outfits which made Ian Poulter look like a Young Fogey, has released his second country album, ominously entitled 'I Only Know One Way'.

Pet of the week: The Hermann's tortoise

Who's hiding in here? Testudo hermanni, or Hermann's tortoise, sometimes referred to as a Mediterranean tortoise. He's quite little, for a tortoise, growing to just eight inches, which is smaller than a giant African land snail, for crying out loud.

Chicory tips: Sowing salad crops will give you quick returns and huge satisfaction

You've pulled the first young radishes, nibbled on a few leaves of baby spinach and said goodbye to asparagus for this season (spears should not be cut after mid-June). But there are still five months of food-growing potential ahead. What can you sow or plant now to keep the crops coming in? Plants of winter greens such as Brussels sprouts, sprouting broccoli, various kinds of cabbage and curly kale should all go in this month, set quite deep and well stamped in.

Oliver James: It's all about you

The ultimate question of parenting: how to ensure your baby has a happy childhood. And the answer the flamboyant psychologist Oliver James has come up with? Selfishly enough, it's working out what you want to get out of the experience...

Make light of the shade: The crops that thrive on the cusp of darkness

It came up as a status update on Facebook: "Shady patch in corner of garden where nothing will grow. Someone said try onions. Is that right?" Facebook may not seem the obvious place for smallholder discussion, yet in the past year I've seen posts on chicken incubation, tomato blight and blossom end rot, plus several proud updates concerning the year's first asparagus. Janet Street-Porter talks about the evils of social networking, but there is a gentler side...

Blood orange and puntarelle salad

Serves 6

Album: John Donaldson's Unity, Nearer Awakening (Laughing Lettuce)

American-in-Brighton pianist Donaldson and his quartet pay tribute to the music of the late, great expatriate South African Bheki Mseleku, reminding you what fantastic blowing-vehicles his compositions make.

When Hix met Hoppy

They may come from opposite ends of Britain, but the food writers (and chefs) Simon Hopkinson and Mark Hix are united by a love of great grub, quality ingredients – and honest cooking. They talk turnips with John Walsh

Smuggler hid millions of cigarettes under rotten lettuce

A lorry driver who smuggled six million cigarettes and half a ton of hand rolling tobacco hidden under rotting lettuce has been jailed for three years in Northern Ireland.

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