A hidden trail to the silent valley

Emma Haughton finds a rare sense of tranquillity beyond the Dorset village of Powerstock

Restaurants: Bites - That's entertainment

From Wilma the singing waitress to the `deadly duo': more musical accompaniments

THE 50 BEST PLACES TO EAT OUT IN BRITAIN

Which are the best restaurants for gourmet food in London and around the country? Which are the best places to eat out on a budget? In association with The Good Food Guide, Britain's most respected restaurant guide, The Information unveils the foodies' 50 favourites

Diners urged to revolt over tips

THE MOMENT was approaching at last. On the table, by the drained cups of coffee and roll crumbs, lay a bill for pounds 72.68. In my hands was pounds 64 - all I was going to offer. I placed the money on the bill.

Football: Now it's a game for both halves

Trevor Haylett discusses how football can gain a bigger squad for its distaff side

Outlook: Ed Wallis pulls it off

THE ONLY nose out of joint after yesterday's East Midlands Electricity deal appears to be that of PowerGen's former managing director, Deryk King. He will not be slipping into Ed Wallis's chief executive shoes after all. Never mind: three months' gardening leave and a pounds 400,000 pay-off should soften the blow.

Cries & Whispers

ON MONDAY, I spent 40 minutes watching the video of summer blockbuster trailers that comes with this month's Empire magazine. Look, it was the Bank Holiday, and - what can I tell you? - I've always been a trailer fan. Handing over pounds 9 to peer at a screen not much larger than my TV probably has something to do with it, but up until now I've always felt cheated if I didn't get into the cinema auditorium as soon as the doors opened. Never mind the 20 minutes of irritations that awaited me: moving to let "latecomers" take their seats, enduring commercials I'd seen far too many times already. (Does anyone else scream when they hear the words "Reef Radio"? And who are those people who go to the cinema so rarely that they still laugh at the punchline, "Say bollocks to it, and enjoy the sunshine while you still can"?) The trailers made it all worthwhile. I could never tuck into the main course of the Feature Presentation without the hors d'oeuvres of the Coming Attractions.

Sheep rustlers' takeaway

Sheep rustlers' takeaway

Taking Control: Go on - think the unthinkable ...

For some, the idea of a Lonely Hearts column is beyond the pale. But in the third part of our series on getting a grip on life, Lynne Wallis, thirty-something and far-too-single, discovers the secret of changing things for the better by changing the way you think

Enjoy Sunday lunch at Mezzo for pounds 10

The Independent and Independent on Sunday are giving you the opportunity to enjoy Sunday lunch at Mezzo. From just pounds 10 you can enjoy a 2 course lunch, or for pounds 17.50 a 2 course dinner. Every Independent diner will also receive a complementary glass of Champagne.

Some of Britain's best Italians

Walnut Tree Inn, Llandewi Skirrid, Abergavenny (01873 852797) Almost everyone's favourite Italian. Mediterranean dishes sit happily on the menu alongside Oriental influences and Welsh Llanover salt duck. Main courses from pounds 7.

Bluff should get them off the bit

Racing

Eating Out: Simply Heathcotes - Up north and mad fer it

SIMPLY HEATHCOTES Jacksons Row, Manchester M2 5WD. Tel: 0161 835 3536. Open Mon-Sat 11.45am-2.30pm and 6-11pm. Sundays 11.45am-9pm. Set lunch, two courses pounds 10.50, three courses pounds 12.50. Average a la carte price, pounds 25. Major credit cards accepted

PASSED/FAILED: Jennifer Paterson

Jennifer Paterson rides the motorbike on the BBC2 mobile cookery programme `Two Fat Ladies'. She worked on `Candid Camera' for several years and has two sentences in the forthcoming movie `What Rats Won't Do'. Having cooked lunches at `The Spectator' she began writing its cookery column, a selection from which has been published as `Feast Days'. The next `Fat Ladies' series and book, both with co-cook Clarissa Dickson Wright, will be launched in October.

Good for starters, but we need the main course

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Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

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Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

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Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

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How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

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A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

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12 best children's shoes

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Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London