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Cooking in particular has got ever more competitive

Marco Pierre White to retire from the kitchen

MARCO PIERRE WHITE, the original enfant terrible of British cooking, announced yesterday that he would be hanging up his chef's hat at the end of the year.

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ENTERTAINMENT at recent street parties has included impromptu performances by a bagpiper, Scottish dancers and a fire juggler. You are normally asked to bring your own food and drink - plus some for friends. If you want to hold your own street party, here's how to do it in fin de siecle style:

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Restaurants: Where shall we meet in Piccadilly?

The Meridien, Piccadilly, which is already doing quite nicely food-wise with Marco Pierre White's Oak Room, has declared its intended dominance of the hotel-food market by opening another splendid restaurant on the same premises.

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REMEMBER THOSE days when you went to a restaurant for a chat, a drink and a decent bit of wholesome, unpretentious grub? Going out for a meal used to be one of those things you just did, an act that was almost rustic in its simplicity.

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Wood is dead - long live shag pile

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Who's Suing Whom: Computer boys battle for the rights to Lara Croft

LARA CROFT, the pixillated beauty of the Tomb Raider computer game, is at the centre of a tug of love between two computer companies. A subsidiary of the software group Eidos is suing Doncaster-based Fire International in connection with a device that allows players to cheat at the game.

Marco's Titanic: lawyers and PRs first

IN KEEPING with its name and its owner's reputation, the opening of the Titanic restaurant was never going to go smoothly. Marco Pierre White's latest venture is already at the centre of a storm that has been brewing for the last month.

Why are they famous? Marco Pierre White

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