Rite of spring: Mark Hix creates a feast for Easter with these old-fashioned cuts of lamb

I've been cooking a lot of mutton over the winter months – so it makes a refreshing change when tender new-season lamb starts to reappear on the shelves. It's sometimes hard at this time of year to know whether you're buying new or old meat. One of the best indications can be the price – prime cuts of lamb sell for ridiculous prices around now. But as usual, I'm recommending avoiding the common cuts that everyone else buys. A shoulder of new-season lamb, for example, will give you flavour which is equal to that of a leg; and neck fillets are almost as tender as the best end.

How We Met: Simon Mayo & Mark Kermode

'The minute we met we fell to talking in a way some think sounds like a bickering married couple'

Why I Love: Scottish silence

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Deep fried sprats with wild garlic aioli

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BBC apology as radio guests swear about politician

Presenter Simon Mayo apologised to his BBC Radio 5 Live listeners after two guests swore while referring to far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

Claire Beale on Advertising: Once again, we're being called child snatchers

The Samsung Tobi comes in "sweet pink" and "loyal blue". It's cute. It's a camera, phone and music player. If you're under 12, you'll probably want one. If you're over 12 and overprotective, you'll probably seize on the Tobi as the latest example of the commercialisation of childhood.

48 Hours In: Buenos Aires

For tango, midnight dining and bargain prices, you can do no better than to soak up the southern summer in Argentina's beautiful capital

Salt cod 'Scotch eggs' with aioli

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Mobile companies face probe over customer service

Mobile phone companies face an official investigation into their treatment of the public, the Independent has learned.

Howard Jacobson: Once you reach a certain age, Confucius makes perfect sense

Among this philosophy's attractive elements is its insistence that respect be shown to elderly men

Simon Mayo, 5 Live

A bishop who's not a 'Simpsons' fan is hardly fit for purpose

Deborah Orr: In the weird world of these embittered men, rape is a crime that doesn't exist

Jill Saward, who gave up her right to anonymity in order publicly to discuss her experience of rape and its aftermath, is standing against David Davis in his diverting civil-liberties by-election. She will have done the nation a service even if she manages only to get across to people what "anonymity" in rape trials actually is.

Kiss goodbye to your sales, Stonewall tells 'homophobic' Heinz after advert is pulled

Gay rights supporters have been urged to boycott Heinz products, after the company dropped a mayonnaise advertisement that showed two men kissing.

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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

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