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

New England: Guess what we're having for dinner

Maine is not a good place to be a lobster. But it is an extremely good place to be if you happen to enjoy eating the king of the crustaceans

Letter: Hunting the lobster

Sir: I have just picked up a second-hand copy of Boosey and Hawkes' New National Song Book, revised edition 1958. It was in use at a primary school in Surrey in the 1960s. How times they are a-changin'.

Letter: Foxes and lobsters

Sir: I am getting very worried. I catch flies using a sticky fly paper, and I know they die very slowly. Do you think Mr Blair will ban this method of "fly culling"?

Food: Come out of your shell

When it comes to cooking with lobsters, crabs and other native crustaceans, it's high time the British lost their traditional reserve, says Simon Hopkinson

Russia In Crisis: `That old man's got a brain like baby food'

I WAS lounging in the corridor, waiting to go into the steam bath, when a fat lobster-coloured figure in a towel lumbered past, cursing: "That ye, BN Ye."

Don't ask 'why', ask 'how'

Richard Deacon's sculptures elude identification - but is a return to mystery in modern art such a bad thing? By Tom Lubbock

Food: Happy new year, again

What could be better than good food that also brings you good luck?

Restaurants: Out to brunch

Joe Allen

Eating out: Taste of things to come- Hot, happening and opening soon

Belgo, the Belgian-themed group specialising in moules, frites and 101 different beers, has opened its first branch outside the capital. Belgo Bristol (0117 905 8000) is in a 19th-century granary in the old docks area, but inside the design is futuristic, with metal stairs and loos, spot-lighting, communal tables and benches. And the waiters are dressed as Trappist monks, as usual. It may sound off-the-wall, but the London branches are packed nightly.

Eating Out: Of princesses and pees

FLORIANA

Opening Lines: Buyers and cellars

The column: On a tastebud-tickling journey through the wine country south of Melbourne, Howard Jacobson remembers dims gone by

The knack: How to become a spy

"The best way to become an SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) officer is to go to a public school and thence to Oxford or Cambridge. If you're at Oxbridge it's assumed that you already subscribe to the cultural concepts on which SIS is built - Queen and country. All the colleges there have `talent spotters', academics who recruit promising students. You will be asked if you have ever thought of working for the Foreign Office, and then invited to an interview in London, at which the true meaning of `Foreign Office' will be revealed - if they like the look of you.

Mystery of Maine lobsters dying in thousands

A MYSTERY plague has struck the lobster population off the coast of Maine in the northeastern United States, baffling marine researchers and spreading fear among lobstermen that their multimillion-dollar industry may be on the brink of disaster.

Obituary: Richard Denning

ONCE DESCRIBED as having "one of the most photogenically perfect male faces in movies", the affable and athletic, blond and blue-eyed Richard Denning was never a major Hollywood star but was popular as a likeable second-league player in the late Thirties. He had one major starring role - with Dorothy Lamour in Beyond The Blue Horizon - prior to war service, after which he starred in B thrillers and westerns (he was married to one of the great B-movie heroines, Evelyn Ankers).

Letter: Shellfish abuse

Sir: The Shellfish network was formed four years ago to campaign peacefully against cruelty to these animals ("Think shrimp", Magazine, 29 August). Standard cooking methods are to boil, steam, grill or cut up while they are alive and fully conscious. It is a much-neglected subject compared with other issues of animal abuse. Though relatively "humane" techniques for stunning crabs and lobsters before cooking have been put forward by animal welfare organisations these are not required by law in Britain.
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