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To his cost, ex-Glencore trader Andrew Kearns has found being hungover a sackable offence, but the liquid lunch shaped many a day in days gone by, says a wistful John Walsh

UK chef creates world's most expensive ready meal - a fish pie costing £314

Charlie Bigham's said the Swish Pie would only be 'a drop in the ocean' to its customers

The conversation: Former England cricketer Ian Botham gets down to (beefy) business and assesses our chances at The Ashes

You're working with Beefeater at the moment as their 'Boss of Beef'. What does that involve?

Turn lobster shells into a clear broth and serve with noodles

Lobster broth with noodles

Serves 2-4

Home-grown mange tout paired with lobster fresh out of the sea gives this humble vegetable a nice lift

Lobster with mange tout and ginger

Serves 2

Use seasonal mushrooms or dried Chinese black fungus for colour in this lobster stew

Lobster and mushroom stew

Serves 2

Mark uses roe to make his lobster drop scones

Lobster drop scones

Serves 2

Crates of Rock Lobster are offloaded on the dock of Cape Town's Kalk Bay harbour, September 17, 2003. Image credit: Mike Hutchings/REUTERS

Rising water temperatures turn lobsters into cannibals

Lobster cannibalism in the wild has been caught on camera for the first time as water temperatures in Maine reach a century high

Man About Town: Lobster is everywhere and these crustaceans couldn't get any cooler

This mass-marketisation of one our most highly-prized foods is now in evidence

Dressed crab

Mark Hix

Pick & mix: The joy of great meals sprung from the garden

From viola flowers in the salad to gnocchi made from potatoes sown by the light of the moon...

Being modern: No-choice restaurants

When you are standing in the supermarket aisle confronted by 678 kinds of breakfast cereal, you could be forgiven for bemoaning the notion of free will. Stick a diner in front of a menu with just one or two things on it, however, and listen to them complain about rights being infringed.

Bruce Reynolds, leader of the 'Great Train Robbery' gang, outside Linslade Court, Buckinghamshire in 1968

Bruce Reynolds, mastermind behind Great Train Robbery, dies aged 81

Violent criminal reoffended after 10-year sentence for his part in a robbery that shook the world in 1963

The Salvador Dalí retrospective at the Pompidou Centre in Paris has now become the most popular exhibition in the Centre's history

Pompidou's Dali exhibition inspires artist's favourite hotel

Just look out for the lobster

New poncho cagoule from Folk, in a delicious lobster hue

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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