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Words: formication, n.

NOT A misprint but a remark in Kyril Bonfiglioli's posthumous novel The Great Mortdecai Moustache Mystery (1999). Malt whisky is rich in rare minerals, congeners and esters good for the brain. "I became aware of a prickling, formicating kind of sensation inside my skull."

Scott `ignored food warning in Antarctic'

CAPTAIN ROBERT Scott might have survived his expedition to the South Pole had he heeded advice on food parcels from a fellow explorer.

Learn your ABCs

Do you actually need all those vitamins you're popping, or are they a con? HELEN FOSTER reports

The big squeezy

Home juicers: Spinners, pulpers, classic or hi-tech ... how to transform fruit and veg into state-of-the-art health drinks.

Astronautical Notes: Rip Van Winkle with compound interest

OF ALL tales of folklore remembered in future ages, the best known will be the story of Rip Van Winkle. It tells of a man who aged only one night while the rest of the world aged 20 years. And it will be remembered because it is going to come true.

Betjeman's `pleasant acres' in danger

"HOW LONG before the pleasant acres ... are rolled across by limestone breakers", asked John Betjeman in his poem Matlock Bath.

French bid for China Clays

SHARES IN English China Clays jumped by 50 per cent to 240.5p yesterday after the struggling clay and speciality chemicals group found itself on the receiving end of a hostile pounds 680m cash bid from the larger and more diversified French building materials and minerals group Imetal.

McAlpine hits at Brown over house sales

ALFRED MCALPINE, one of the UK's largest construction groups, yesterday accused the government of causing a slowdown in the housing market.

ECC in pounds 100m share buy-back plan

ENGLISH CHINA Clays (ECC), the chemicals and minerals group, is planning a return of cash to shareholders of around pounds 100m through a share buyback in a bid to prop up its ailing share price.

Have you heard? History is not over after all

Docusoaps and cookery programmes won't tell us much about the likely economic upheavals of the next century. So let's keep News at Ten

Asbestos cancer widow wins pounds 110,000

THE WIDOW of a factory worker who died of asbestos-related cancer three years ago has won pounds 110,000 from his employers after contracting the same disease.

Health: Vitamin B6: the debate goes on

Three million people take it. Nutritionists recommend it. But the Government won't make a decision over safe levels. Why are so many well-informed people arguing?

Quarrying in beauty spots to end

THREE OF Britain's top five quarrying companies are this morning publicly renouncing their rights to extract stone from nine sensitive sites in the National Parks.

Green attack for quarry support

THE GOVERNMENT is backing a campaign to promote the minerals extraction industry, despite serious damage to the countryside from quarrying, green lobby groups have claimed.

The good versus the bad and ugly

The quarry industry is going on the offensive to establish its green credentials, but Michael McCarthy unearths a deeper strategy
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London is not bedlam or a cradle of vice

In fact it, as much as anywhere, deserves independence
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Vivienne Westwood 'didn’t want' relationship with McLaren

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Apple still the coolest brand

Despite PR disaster of free U2 album
Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
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Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

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'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

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New leading ladies of dance fight back

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