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

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

Geest cashes in on decadence: The Investment Column

Now Geest has stopped slipping up on banana skins it is turning into rather an interesting company. Underlying growth of 69 per cent in profits from the continuing chilled foods operations showed what a fantastic niche it finds itself in and, having finally found itself a new executive chairman, it is well placed to add to those businesses by using the pounds 28m that remains in the balance sheet since Fyffes took the banana business off its hands in January.

Drunk on success

The new pub millionaires are refreshing the drinkers that the big breweries want to reach

Books: The Woodlanders (1887) by Thomas Hardy

All you need to know about the books you meant to read

Rowing out to win after a quiet winter with the lettuces

The Ann Glanville sets out to sea in one of the toughest and fastest- growing sports in the world - pilot-gig racing.

Questionable performance by the Diva from Hell

This is a story of a row. Not a row as in fight or struggle - but a row of seats. To be precise the third row up, below the gangway on the government side of the Chamber. And it's a story of the men who sit there.

FOOD & DRINK; TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF

Lollo rosso and radicchio are passe. Chefs are turning instead to jaba, mizuna, tatsai and gold orach. Michael Bateman on a greens revolution

The family plot

Springtime for fruit and vegetables. Anna Pavord, The Independent's gardening writer, says their decorative uses are undervalued

Bites: Bruno's book

Kitchen French gains a new dimension with the publication of Bruno Loubet's first cookbook, Bistrot Bruno, Cooking from L'Odeon (Macmillan, pounds 20). Allow me to deconstruct the title. Mr Loubet is the former chef of the Four Seasons hotel, who several years ago sacrificed his Michelin star to open Bistrot Bruno in Soho. L'Odeon is the new restaurant, set in the former offices of British Airways overlooking Regent Street, that Bruno is opening with his partner, Pierre Condou.

Warning shots from Lloyds

THE INVESTMWENT COLUMN

Lettuce link to US inflation rate

The price of lettuces in the US more than doubled in April, making one of the biggest contributions to an unexpectedly big increase in consumer prices.

By any other Name

LETTERS FROM LONDON:1990-1995 by Julian Barnes, Picador £6.99

Comedy: Maria Falzone

Maria Falzone (below) is from the East Coast of America - and doesn't she like to tell you about it. Imagine a "broad'' in a bar in GoodFellas, and double the volume.

Over the fells to foie gras: Eating out

Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9RP. Tel: 05394 35496

How I came to love the chicory family

Endives are good in salads, but they are pretty damn fantastic when coo ked, says Simon Hopkinson

Cold? It's freezing

What can you grow in an unheated greenhouse in winter? In her Workshop series, Anna Pavord advises the Smiths from Scotland My vision of them happily cropping vegetables all winter shattered
News
The guide, since withdrawn, used illustrations and text to help people understand the court process (Getty)
newsMinistry of Justice gets law 'terribly wrong' in its guide to courts
News
Bobbi Kristina Brown with her mother Whitney Houston in 2011
people
News
Starting the day with a three-egg omelette could make people more charitable, according to new research
scienceFeed someone a big omelette, and they may give twice as much, thanks to a compound in the eggs
News
Top Gun actor Val Kilmer lost his small claims court battle in Van Nuys with the landlord of his Malibu mansion to get back his deposit after wallpapering over the kitchen cabinets
people
News
The actress Geraldine McEwan was perhaps best known for playing Agatha Christie's detective, Miss Marple (Rex)
peopleShe won a Bafta in 1991 for her role in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
News
newsPatrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
News
Robert Fraser, aka Groovy Bob
peopleA new show honours Robert Fraser, one of the era's forgotten players
Life and Style
Torsten Sherwood's Noook is a simple construction toy for creating mini-architecture
tech
Sport
David Silva celebrates with Sergio Aguero after equalising against Chelsea
footballChelsea 1 Manchester City 1
News
i100
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
Prices correct as of 30 January 2015
As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links