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My life in travel: Lennie James

'I first went to New Zealand with my daughter. It was our big adventure'

Branching out: Mark Hix gets creative with olives

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The 'How to Meet Women!!' app offers valuable insights such as 'women tend to be more chatty than men'

Never downloaded, never used: The deathly rise of the lurking ‘zombie app’

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Pour it on: It's even possible for a watering can to embrace chintz. Wild & Wolf watering can, £34.95, wildandwolf.com

iStyle: Chintz charming

Laura Ashley is celebrating its 60th birthday by looking back to the 1970s. It couldn’t have come at a better time. Patterns, florals and faux Victoriana are big again, says Trish Lorenz

Whiting with orange and dill

Whiting with orange and dill

Serves 4

Iain Banks says it looks like 'The Quarry' will be his last novel following his cancer diagnosis

The statement with which Iain Banks revealed his cancer diagnosis is testament to his writing talent

It's a brave, painful, deeply affecting, yet curiously life-affirming piece of writing, and as a former cancer patient, it struck many chords with me

How to put on a show in your garden for Halloween

It can be quite a glum time of year in the garden– but it’s easy enough to turn it glam with a little Halloween hocus-pocus, says Emma Townshend.

Colbert, 50-52 Sloane Square, London SW1

Chris Corbin and Jeremy King are on a roll. In the past 10 months, they've opened three major restaurants in central London. The Delaunay flung its doors wide in the Aldwych in early December; its black marble pillars, station clock and calorific cake trolley shouted Vienna in its heyday.

The 10 Best men's fragrances

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Carrot and cumin salad is perfect for a mezze-type buffet or
with meat or fish like red mullet

Carrot and cumin salad

Serves 4-6

Scientists create new orange superjuice to help beat heart disease

A sweet Spanish orange that contains the health-giving red pigments of the Sicilian blood orange has been created by scientists who believe the fruit will produce a "superjuice" that helps to combat a range of medical disorders, from obesity and heart disease to irritable bowel syndrome.

Wine: Something for the weekend

Couch potato

Orange pickers: 'We're not criminals, I am working and the farmers are exploiting us... this is colonisation, silent slavery'

The migrants typically earn €25 a day and are recruited by gangmasters working for farm owners
Some doctors claim conditions faced by the migrants are worse than living in a war zone

The hard labour behind soft drinks

Coca-Cola is being urged to help end exploitation in Italian orange groves

Abel & Cole comes on to the market with £30m tag

Abel & Cole, the online organic food grocer, is preparing its second attempt to sell the business – with an estimated price tag of more than £30m – following a stalled sale process last year.

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