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Many grapes have a day dedicated to them, but the Germans are – somewhat greedily – claiming the whole of July for their riesling grape. During the '31 Days of German Riesling' restaurants and independent retailers will be holding numerous tastings and events (see 31daysofgermanriesling.co.uk).

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Lost in Cricklewood: the immigrants who wound up living on the A5

Filmmaker Mark Isaacs describes the inspiration behind his latest BBC Four documentary The Road: A Story of Life and Death

Reunited Blur to play live radio gig

Blur are to play a live show for BBC radio ahead of their Hyde Park comeback and warm-up gigs.

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Nicholas Cowell: Brother who's also got the X Factor

The king of popular TV has a sibling who has achieved huge success of his own as a property developer and now owner of a luxury hotel. He tells Tim Walker about living in Simon's shadow

Headteacher's killer cleared of robbery

The killer of the headmaster Philip Lawrence in 1995 was cleared yesterday of using his notoriety to intimidate and rob a young man at a cash machine.

Leslie Phillips' wife driven to her death by depression

A former Bond girl who was the wife of comic actor Leslie Phillips died after drinking a drain cleaner containing 91 per cent sulphuric acid.

'Whistle Test' returns to the BBC

"Whispering" bob Harris is to host The Old Grey Whistle Test once again in a radio revival of the classic BBC music show.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers hospitalised after 'suspected suicide bid'

Jonathan Rhys Meyers was hospitalised after a suspected suicide attempt on Tuesday.

Men behaving proudly: Creating an airy masculine space without a beer can in sight

There are many clichés that spring to mind when you imagine a London bachelor pad – giant flat-screen televisions erupting from every surface, anonymous hotel room style and very complex music systems.

Lawrence killer back in prison

The killer of headmaster Philip Lawrence has been recalled to prison after he was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Headmaster's killer recalled to prison

The killer of headmaster Philip Lawrence has been recalled to prison after he was arrested on suspicion of robbery, a probation boss said today.

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Bowie, Prince, Chaplin &ndash; this brilliant R&B star draws on diverse influences to reconnect with the spirit of vintage soul

Prom 49: A Celebration of Rodgers and Hammerstein/The John Wilson Orchestra

It was as close as we get to being guests on the 20th Century Fox soundstages circa.1955. As the Main Title of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! glided effortlessly into “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” and the John Wilson Orchestra’s burnished trumpets poured on their sun-kissed vibrato the sound, the style, the feel of how this music in these arrangements should go was “right” – every sigh, every swoon, every refined inflection. It couldn’t have been “righter”.

Philip Lawrence's killer 'to be free in days'

Headteacher Philip Lawrence's killer is expected to be released within days after being granted parole, it was revealed today.

Terence Blacker: We won't be nagged any more

Half-close your eyes, apply a bit of imagination, and you will see a startling resemblance between Harriet Harman, acting leader of the Labour Party, and Mary Portas, the TV bossyboots who likes to be known as "Mary Queen of Shops". Both have brutalist hairstyles. Both have mouths which seem to have been shaped by years of saying the word "inappropriate" at regular intervals. Both convey, in their every word and gesture, the conviction that not only do they have the answer to life's problems but that it is their duty to persuade the rest of us to be like them. Both suddenly seem to belong to a dying age. It is the twilight of the nanny.

Jury out in &pound;40m jewel robbery trial

The jury trying seven men over a £40 million armed raid on a jeweller's retired today to begin its deliberations.

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The wars that come back to haunt us

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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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