Feeling peckish? Skye Gyngell presents her light, summer lunch dishes

From juicy grilled poussins to chilli-infused baked ricotta, they can still pack in the flavour

Sloane Crosley: ‘I've tried everything to quit biting my nails'

How do you bite your nails? Personally, I like to go in from the side. In cartoons, when characters bite their nails, they move from left to right as if nervously eating corn. I guess they have differently structured teeth to the rest of us because, as anyone who has experienced a molar issue knows, eating with one's incisors has little impact on the mastication of food and great impact on one's respect for rabbits.

The ten best shampoos

From the refreshing tingle of peppermint to the soothing powers of sunflower oil and lavender, we get in a lather to help you decide what to take into the shower.

William and Kate coin baffles buyers

The design for a Royal Mint coin commemorating the union of Prince William and Kate Middleton has received a lukewarm reception, because the couple are barely recognisable.

Secret diary of a nomad searching for latest club

Rohan Ricketts' blog is a must-read as he plies his trade at far-flung outposts

Travel Agenda: Dom Pedro Laguna; Mint Hotel; Center Parcs

Today

The first guests are waking up at the new five-star Dom Pedro Laguna on the Aquiraz Riviera near Fortaleza in Brazil (dompedro.com), while in Switzerland The Grand Hotel Park Gstaad is reopening on its 100th birthday after a multimillion euro renovation (grandhotelpark.ch). In Paris, the Shangri-La finally arrives (shangri-la.com).

Christopher Hirst: A square seen in the best circles

Forty years on, the After Eight continues to exert a strange power

The City Diary: A case of us and them

Much anger among the creditors of Mint Equities – the interdealer broker that was bought out of a pre-pack administration by rival BGC Partners in August.

The Wild West on Five Bits A Day, By Joan Tapper

A snippety guide that pretends to have been written in 1880 may sound eminently avoidable, but Joan Tapper tells you more about the Wild West than many books in the vast library on the topic.

Personal memories from Battle of Britain veterans

Seventy years after dogfights raged over England in the summer and autumn of 1940, the experiences of five Battle of Britain air force pilots have been recorded in a new 12-minute video celebrating the contribution made by The Few.

Birmingham named undated 20p coins hotspot

People living in Birmingham have been the luckiest at finding undated 20p coins which are worth hundreds of times their face value, research indicated today.

Picture of the Day: Mint croc dip

Rarely are photographers met with subjects that are just as snap-happy as themselves, but they met their match in northern Colombia on Saturday when 800 baby alligators – that adds up to an awful lot of teeth – were released into the wild.

Meatballs with yoghurt, capers and mint

Serves 4

Newton and the Counterfeiter, By Thomas Levenson

By 1695, Isaac Newton was increasingly obsessed with odd theology but the towering genius was called on to solve a national crisis. Due to coin-clipping and forgery, His Majesty's coinage was increasingly debased.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

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Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

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Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

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Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

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