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Kempton lose Lanzarote Hurdle as cold snap bites hard

Racing on turf is unlikely to return until Friday, with Kelso in the Scottish Borders the current, somewhat unlikely, favourite to stage the next National Hunt racing on grass.

Acidic seas threaten coral and mussels

Impact of rising carbon dioxide levels far worse than previously thought

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/eat-mussels--a.html">Eat: Mussels - a myth debunked</a>

Apparently Jane Grigson said it first, in her 1973 book Jane Grigson's Fish Cookery. After cooking, "throw away any mussels that refuse to open".

Moules marini&egrave;res

Serves 4-6

Michael McCarthy: Mussels land man in hot water

Nature notebook

Knoydart Peninsula: New kid on the lock

High in the remote reaches of Scotland's Knoydart peninsula, Rob Cowan experiences the ultimate in wild camping - fortified by local mussels and the odd dram of whisky

Essex seafood salad

Serves 4

Miles Kington Remembered: The traditional mussel fair with not a mussel in sight

When the Irish grow up, they give up step dancing, and go over to step drinking, a skilful activity which involves walking across a crowded bar holding pints of stout

Invasion of the giant oysters

Since its introduction in the 1970s, the Pacific oyster has spread like a plague, killing mussels, threatening birds and now even tourism. Tony Paterson reports from Germany on another worrying sign of global warming

Here's to you, old bean: Skye Gyngell's Tuscan feast

To celebrate a visit from an acclaimed Tuscan food writer, Skye Gyngell created a simple, robust feast to make her guests feel right at home

Long bans for father and son in 'ringer' case

Richard Tierney, the conditional rider, found himself both a winner and a loser yesterday in grimly bizarre circumstances. A few hours after being warned off for two years because of his involvement in the running of a ringer at a point-to-point in 2006, he scored at Musselburgh on hurdler Amazing King.

Mussel, spinach and bacon gratin

Serves 4 as a main course or 6 as a starter

Germany Stalling: Former winners haunted by ghosts of past

The hosts have reached seven finals in the World Cup and won three of them, but most of their fans do not believe a fourth title awaits - even on home turf

Brian Viner: Logan's run at Lynam take-off misses the mark

It was billed as a confrontation not between two teams, but between two great individual performers at the top of their respective games: between the relentless trickery of one, and the marvellous sure-footedness of the other.

The eider duck: Fishermen's enemy number one

Thousands of the birds descend on the mussel beds of the Wash, wrecking a traditional trade
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