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A SEARCH for two teenagers who vanished after they tried to swim ashore when their small boat capsized was called off yesterday after rescuers found no trace of them or their boat. Coastguards believe the boat may have tipped over as Stephen Smith, 18, and Nicholas Pelling, 17, of South Shields, tried to haul a fishing net or lobster pot to the surface.

Food & Drink: Bouquets behind barbed wire: Michael Bateman enters the reclusive world of flavour scientists, whose lobster stock acquires the whiff of St Tropez in the laboratory

WE THINK of the Oz Clarkes and Jilly Gouldens as being at the sharp edge of flavour recognition. On television they are frequently seen identifying a dozen flavours in a wine: spring flowers, leather harnesses, vanilla, raspberry jam, hay, oak, blackcurrants. Some people think it ludicrous that they can taste everything except grapes in the wine they sip.

Barrister tells court of wife's deadly sex trap: 'Lawnmower plot' husband relives alleged ordeal for second time after Appeal Court ruled first trial unfair

A BARRISTER who was at the centre of an alleged plot to murder him with a lawnmower told a court for the second time how he was lured into a trap by his wife and her lover.

Claws and the law: How safe is our seafood if Thorp gets the go-ahead? asks Nicholas Schoon

This Friday, in the High Court, Mr Justice Potts will make a judgment that could make or break British Nuclear Fuels' Thorp plant on the Cumbrian coast. Lobsters are on his mind.

Good Questions: Cracking the solution to the supermarket code

I was once told that the word 'peewit' was one of the oldest words in the dictionary. Is this correct? If not, what is the oldest English word currently in use? (John Reynolds of Taunton, Somerset).

Good Questions: Starting right at the bottom

WE RETURN after the seasonal disruptions to answer readers' queries concerning matters meteorological, kinetic, fiscal and, to begin with, rectal.

Affair with wealthy wife ended in marina suicide

AN UNEMPLOYED decorator who left his family for the wealthy wife of a businessman weighed himself down with bricks and jumped into a marina when the affair ended, an inquest was told yesterday.

BOOKS / The Dance: Among 20 works by women artists selected by women writers for a new show at the Tate was Paula Rego's 'The Dance': this story was written in response to it

JENNIFER was a mordant child. Her first memories were of biting and gnawing. Her teeth came unexpectedly early, 'before even the first snowdrops' said her mother, who was romantically inclined but passed her days fashioning loaves in the form of lobsters, crabs and indeterminate sea creatures armoured with crisp antennae. The broken antennae were kept for Jennifer and these were the secret of her precocious mandibles.

Sag Harbor Summer: Among the dirty linen, a tale unfolds

FOR JANE ZLOBEC, winter was always the most wonderful season in Sag Harbor, and there were snowstorms on her birthday every year.

TRAVEL / In Crusoe's footsteps: You don't have to be shipwrecked to visit the island in Defoe's story, says Tony Perrotet

TO REACH the Juan Fernandez islands with your nerves intact, it helps to have a religious nature. I learnt this early, at the small private airport in Santiago in Chile, where a twin-engine Cessna was about to take off directly over the Pacific. The only other passenger was a 15-year-old island girl, who took me by the arm, nodded towards our blond Italian-Chilean pilot and said: 'Don't worry about anything. I have absolute faith in Mario.'

Food and Drink: Good sauces and service; shame about the fish: Emily Green finds a dash of the bad old days in a seafood menu that makes a little stretch too far

A DAUNTING number of dishes are assembled on the menu of Walsh's, a new fish restaurant in Fitzrovia, central London: 21 hors-d'oeuvres, 37 main courses, two specials. It could be the offerings of a hotel dining room between the wars. It could be a Wheeler's. It is meant to look substantial and reassuring, but there is less to all this fish than meets the eye.

THEATRE / Absolute beginners: Paul Taylor reports from Dublin on the premiere of Brian Friel's new play

AFTER the worldwide success of his 1990 play Dancing at Lughnasa (recently translated into Japanese), the weight of expectation thrust upon the great Irish dramatist, Brian Friel, was bound to be enormous. As a hard act to follow, the multi-award-winning Lughnasa was up there with the Feeding of the Five Thousand, another feat of inspired mass- catering.

Why I'm relieved I was a spoilsport mother

THE WEEK has echoed to songs of dead children, none more haunting than that of the Dorset canoeists. The police inquiry will concentrate on the whys and wherefores of the delayed rescue, but the more fundamental question is why we ever let schools organise these adventure holidays at all.

Captain Moonlight's Notebook: As pink as two Lobsters

TO THE secret world again and disturbing news. Lobster, the anti-spy's bible, is about to split in half. Its founders Stephen Dorril, 37, and Robin Ramsay, 44, have fallen out. From next month we are likely to see two Lobsters - one from Hull (the Ramsay version) and one from Holmfirth (the Dorril one) - each weakened as a result of the clash between these two conspiracy theorists who gave us a memorable Who's Who of British spooks.

REVIEW / Here comes a jellyfish: Live reviews: B52's, Saw Doctors, Mary-Chapin Carpenter - Gigs - Charts Jim White is bombed into submission by the B52's at Hammersmith Apollo

A STAGE-SET so camp it made Graceland look like something from the pages of Elle Decoration set the tone for the evening. When five instrumentalists and three singers - each of them a testament to taste-free dressing - appeared on it and broke into a ridiculous dance routine, it became clear this would be an evening to savour: 30 seconds into a B52's concert you have been provided with more visual entertainment than some performers (Chris Rea, maybe) could offer in 30 hours.
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