Use your noodle: Chinese takeways with Hix

It’s easy to pick up the phone and order a Chinese takeaway. But you’d be surprised how simple it is to cook your own soups, hot pots and more, says Mark Hix. Photographs by Jason Lowe

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Fishing Lines: Fancy a bite?Try catfish with noodles in the Deep South

The giveaway was Davey's stumpy index finger. Missing body parts are one of those things you don't like to ask about, but as soon as westarted talking about catfish, Davey was happy enough to tell me why his trigger digit was only an ind, not an index, finger.

Claire Beale's Best in Show: Pot Noodle (AKQA)

Once it was known as the "slag of all snacks". Now, for the princely sum of £29.95 you can buy a "Poulet et champignon" Pot Noodle in Harrods. All proceeds go to Action Against Hunger. It's the only reason I can possibly think of for eating the stuff. Well, that and a stunning new viral for the brand by AKQA.

The Sketch: They came to praise the treaty, not bury it

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David Shrigley tells Chris Mugan how an album sleeve he designed finally became a record

At 75, Bridget Riley is still in the pink with colourful new works

Though she won fame in the psychedelic Sixties, the artist Bridget Riley is best known for working in simple black and white. But there is nothing monochrome about her latest works, which go on display for the first time this week.

Michael McCarthy: Forgotten creatures that maintain the fabric of life

Everyone knows about the giant panda. Everyone knows about the tiger and the polar bear and how they are threatened with extinction. For creatures like these, in the words of some rather cynical zoologists, are "charismatic megafauna" - big beasts with loads of photogenic personality.

England 'must not be afraid' to win World Cup, says Alberto

Two members of Brazil's legendary 1970 World Cup-winning side, Carlos Alberto and Jairzinho, believe England have not had a better chance of winning the competition since 1966.

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