Life and Style

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

Fisherman's spelt

Serves 4

Strike it rich: Skye Gyngell's lusciously satisfying dishes

Lobster pasta, slow-cooked veal, creamy panna cotta – whether you like your food robust or delicate, Skye Gyngell has some lusciously satisfying dishes

Surf and turf salad

Serves 4

Well dressed: Mark Hix's sensational, substantial, summery salads

It is now the season when main-course summery salads really come into their own. There are so many interesting leaves and vegetables around at this time of the year and it's dead-easy to impress your lunch or dinner guests with a simple, sophisticated main-course salad instead of a predictable main-course meat or fish dish. You may be sceptical about whether or not your guests are going to be happy with salad as a main course, but it's all about getting the balance right – so, for example, you could start your dinner party with a risotto or pasta dish and then it would be perfect to follow with one of these salads.

Don't go for the burn: the fine art of the barbecue

As supermarkets sell bangers by the million, Christopher Hirst discovers how to avoid the perils and become king of the grill

Fishermen's bodies found off Irish coast

The bodies of two fishermen who have been missing for over a week have been recovered off the Irish coast.

Wanted to deliver hundreds of babies – volunteer divers

A lobster hatchery in the fishing village of Padstow in Cornwall says it has a novel scheme to re-populate seas of the south-west with thousands of the threatened crustaceans – but needs the help of willing divers.

Lobster pancakes

Serves 4

Letters: Get real about climate change

Neither wood-burning nor nuclear power generation is as terrible as your correspondents aver (letters, 21 and 27 October). But both massively underestimate the impact of climate change, by far humanity's greatest man-made threat. To take our eye off that ball for the sake of well-meaning concerns over carcinogens in woodsmoke or the "dangers" of nuclear waste is to fiddle with purist hobby-horses while civilisation burns.

Tom Aikens: In the heat of the kitchen, a knife is the quickest solution

The Crustastun sounds like another gadget that's going to get broken and relegated to the back of a kitchen cupboard.

Leading article: Short, sharp shock

There is no shortage of old wives' tales about the most humane way to kill a lobster. And the convenient thing, until now, has been that the chef has been able to choose a method of execution that fits with his or her outlook on life.

Divers work to free whale caught by line

Expert divers were yesterday trying to free a humpback whale which has become entangled in rope near the bay of Orra Wick on the north-east side of Shetland.

Alamar (U)

This slight and picturesque faux-documentary is like a family photo album brought to life.

Roasted shellfish platter

Serves 2-4
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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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