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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

THE JOYS OF EATING AL-TRESCO

DINNER DESTINATIONS; No1: THE ISLAND HOTEL, TRESCO In the first of two journeys to the furthest ends of Britain, Michael Bateman travels to the Scilly Isles to sample the summery delights of the archipelago's cuisine

Travel: On the Richter scale of urban angst, Gotland scores a neat zero

I'M ON A small Swedish island in the middle of the Baltic. It's called Gotland and it is nothing to do with escapism. But I'll tell you this: you wouldn't mind living here. I've walked round the main town, Visby, in search of litter and haven't yet found any. All I found were cobbled streets and grassy meadow-like verges. The immaculate houses looked like they had been painted and re-roofed yesterday. On the Richter scale of urban angst, this place scored a zero.

Sailing: Smith's crew foresee an upset

By Stuart Alexander in Annapolis, Maryland

Britain's radioactive lobsters upset Norway

NUCLEAR waste from Sellafield is polluting Scandinavian lobsters, shrimps and mussels 500 miles away, Nordic ministers have told the British government.

Lobsterman steamed up about one that got away

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Obituary: Tommy Cecil

Thomas John Cecil, ferryman: born Rathlin Island, Co Antrim 25 May 1946; married (three sons, four daughters); died off Islay 21 September 1997.

Sailing: Smith finds pace to race

Andrew Preece discovers the British round-the-world team are ready for action

Sailing: Smith waylaid by lobsters

America's lead in the Admiral's Cup was under intense pressure from Italy in the Fastnet Race finale last night as Grant Dalton, skipper of Merit Cup, was celebrating victory in what was the first major test of the Whitbread fleet.

Spanish anchorage

The tiny island of Menorca is perfect for families and sea monsters, writes Louise Levene

The root of 3

Three plants that look good together: Agave americana Lotus maculatus Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve'

Trust me, I'm an honest hack

If You ever wanted to know what a real press trip was like I'm now going to spill the beans, because I've just been on one (to the Seychelles).

The Weasel: Faced by a vast brown stain on the dining-room ceiling, caused by a corroded radiator, I recognised that something had to be done

Things have not been going so well at Weasel Villas recently. Following last week's paranormal infestation, our latest disaster has taken a rather more palpable form. Faced by a vast brown stain on the dining-room ceiling, caused by a corroded radiator, I recognised that something had to be done. Even so, I was slightly surprised to discover Mrs Weasel, who is a bit of an old hippie at heart, poring over a hefty volume called The Complete Illustrated Guide to Feng Shui, by Lillian Too (just to be on the safe side, I rang for a plumber as well). It seems that this ancient oriental art of arranging one's home or office to "harness auspicious energy lines" has become all the rage, though with mixed results for such prominent adherents as the deflated balloonist Richard Branson or the skint dietician Sarah, Duchess of York.

CLASSICAL MUSIC McBurney premiere / BCMG Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham

Thanks to some dogged promotion and the group's sheer zest and quality of delivery, BCMG's concerts are, as conductor Mark Elder commented at the start of Sunday night's, as much "occasions" or "events" ("gigs", one wag aptly piped up). Birmingham audiences have clocked some of the fervour of Sixties exploration and taken it up (at this somewhat acoustically- challenged, Conservatoire-based new venue) with the kind of refreshing enthusiasm one expects to find at the RNCM, the Royal Scottish Academy or Huddersfield.

Letter: Cooking lobsters without torture

Sir: Annie Bell's article (Magazine, 16 November) on ways of dispatching live lobsters rightly condemns the barbaric practice of plunging them into boiling water. Among the few alternative methods she considered there was no mention of the one advocated by Philip Harben (The Grammar of Cookery, 1965).
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