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Middle-class problems: Christmas presents

Christmas gift ideas 2013: best drinks bottles

Do judge these bottles by their labels…

Review: Little Social, 5 Pollen Street, London W1

I hate to start a rave review with a criticism, but 'Little Social' isn't a great name. The jog-trot phonemes suggest something pinched and underfed, like one of those Dickens urchins called Jo or Smike. You might as well call an eating-house 'Vaguely Jolly'. And it's easy to confuse with all its half-brothers in the vicinity.

Mark Hix's Halloween black and black

Black and black

Serves 4

Black magic: Mark Hix's devilishly good Halloween recipes

It's nearly trick or treat time again, and to celebrate, our resident chef goes over to the dark side...

Remy Cointreau in whisky talks

The French spirits group Remy Cointreau is in exclusive talks to buy the Scottish whisky maker Bruichladdich Distillery as it looks to tap booming demand for premium whisky from emerging markets in Asia.

Russia head coach Dick Advocaat

Dick Advocaat says Russia could be Euro 2012 dark horses

Russia face the Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 Group A opener tonight with coach Dick Advocaat believing they are dark horses to win the tournament.

Diageo drink sales decline in UK

Drinks giant Diageo today said sales in the UK were falling behind its continental neighbours - although Britons are still lapping up vodka and Baileys.

Tiramisu

Serves 4-6

Advocaat confirmed as Russia coach

Dick Advocaat is to replace fellow Dutchman Guus Hiddink as Russia coach, the Russian federation (RFS) confirmed today.

Rhubarb and Kings Ginger fool

Serves 4

The King's Jewels

Serves 4

Sambuca attack tourist 'feared for life'

A tourist allegedly set on fire by a Greek woman during a holiday night out flew home to the UK because he feared for his life, his father said.

Zenit St Petersburg sack Advocaat

Zenit St Petersburg have sacked the club's Dutch coach Dick Advocaat because of a run of poor form since he announced he was going to become Belgium's national coach next year, the club said today.

How to enjoy life's little pleasures

Are we really so busy that we have to buy ready-roasted chickens? Why do we scurry to the gym when a brisk walk can keep us fit and enrich our daily existence? The latest Consumer Prices Index is an indictment of our frenetic, throwaway society. But it doesn't have to be that way...
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The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss