'Live mice in noodles' shuts Chinese takeaway

A Chinese takeaway was ordered to shut down after two live mice were found in a box of noodles.

Aid arrives for tsunami victims

Relief planes dropped boxes of dried noodles yesterday on to Indonesian islands ravaged by the tsunami which killed more than 400 people. Storms and a shortage of vessels had made helicopter and boat deliveries almost impossible.

Around the world in 80 dishes No.28: Greece

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Samarqand, 18 Thayer Street, London W1

There's a very funny press release for the Samarqand restaurant, possibly directed at Russian and Central Asian foodies living in London. It promises, in a kind of meerkat-speak, that this is "The restaurant we've ALL been waiting for!!! SIMPLE CONCEPT which makes the restaurant even more worth going – you SIMPLY feels: at HOME AWAY FROM HOME!!!"

Everything Everything, Scala, London

Everything Everything, for those outside the know, are one of the biggest bands of the now. Tipped to the gunnels and lavished with pre-emptory praise, their many press clippings have them talking up a good fight, making all the right noises about reclaiming Manchester music from the troglodytes. Their bluster, however commendably well-intentioned, is, I regret to say, just that.

Around the world in 80 dishes No.24: Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur curry laksa, by Rick Stein

Around the world in 80 dishes No.23: Mexico

Spicy crab noodles by Thomasina Miers

Around the world in 80 dishes No.20: Vietnam

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Around the world in 80 dishes No.18: Thailand

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

The daughter of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and English actress Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg seems to have the lot. A Cannes Best Actress award arrived last year for Antichrist.

Souped up: A whistle-stop tour of Tokyo's best ramen restaurants

More than 80,000 restaurants are dedicated to this noodle broth in Japan, but what is a simple lunch staple for the locals is an obsession for Michael Booth.

Salad days: Mark Hix serves up summer sensations

Forget the dismal cold-pasta combos you see in your average sandwich bar... Mark Hix creates summery, sophisticated alternatives.

Around the world in 80 dishes No.7: Japan

Japan: hake tempura by Hugo Arnold

David Beckham scores with new snack flavour

Injured football star David Beckham is to be honoured during the World Cup finals - with a new Pot Noodle flavour.

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