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New cap 'could contain Gulf leak by Monday'

The BP oil leak could be completely contained as early as Monday if a new, tighter cap can be fitted over the blown-out well, the US government official in charge of the crisis said.

Taking care with recruitment

Employers should be digging deeper into job applicants’ psyches to make sure they are right for the role

Farmers in oyster disease protest

Oyster producers from all over France demonstrated in Paris yesterday to draw attention to a mystery virus which threatens to wipe out a large part of their industry.

Make a splash on a shimmering shore, Hérault’s impressive Etang de Thau is a lagoon unlike any other

There’s a kaleidoscope of life and cultures around the Etang de Thau. About 21km long and 8km wide, this shimmering stretch of water is one of the largest lagoons on the Mediterranean shores. The area is variously a haven of great seafood, safe adventure, serious health treatments, charming villages and wonderfully colourful traditions. Of course, given that this is the Languedoc region, there are plenty of very productive vineyards, too.

At the western end of the lagoon, you can literally get a taste of the area, for here you can visit an oyster farm and also sample the famous Noilly Prat vermouth.

All hands to the pump: Cockermouth's historic Jennings brewery is back in business

Roger Protz hears how staff picked up the pieces after the brewery was devastated by floods – and kept the beer flowing

Oyster po' boy

Serves 2

Oyster and cucumber ceviche

Serves 2

Oysters with bacon and spinach

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Oysters with chorizo

Serves 4

Fancy oysters with your Shakespeare?

Archaeologists discover that theatregoers liked to snack on seafood during performances in Tudor times

Earth – Art of a Changing World, Royal Academy of Arts, London

Timely, but not earth-shattering

Oyster cards extended to main line trains

More commuters will be able to use Oyster pay-as-you-go travelcards on London main line rail services from January, it was announced today.

The Joy of Eating: The Virago Book of Food, Edited by Jill Foulston

Sampling this banquet of all-female food writing – the sorority is justified by the editor on rather curious grounds, "in the most basic sense, women are food for their offspring" – the reader may be surprised to discover a meagre serving from the stars of literary gastronomy. Jane Grigson, Alice B. Toklas, Alice Waters and Elizabeth David are represented by a single dollop, though the latter's contribution is one of her wisest paragraphs: "If I had my way, my Christmas Day eating and drinking would consist of... a smoked salmon sandwich and a glass of champagne on a tray in bed."

Oysters return to the Firth of Forth

An "extinct" animal has been found alive and well in the Firth of Forth in Scotland. Oysters were thought to have died out in the area decades ago but specimens were found at a secret location.

Something fishy: How to eat seafood safely

The norovirus outbreak at the Fat Duck will have left restaurant-goers more wary of eating shellfish
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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

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