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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

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Oyster and cucumber ceviche

Serves 2

Oysters with bacon and spinach

>Serves 2

Oysters with chorizo

Serves 4

Oyster po' boy

Serves 2

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.

Christina Patterson: Let's ditch this gold-diggers' free-for-all

I've always felt a bit sorry for Mrs Bennet. It was all very well for Mr Bennet to cast his eyes to heaven, and sigh and sneer over her fluttering, and her whittering, and her desperate, all-consuming, excruciating desire to get her daughters married off. But what was she meant to do? She had five daughters and no money. Their market value was waning by the day. And he wasn't offering any helpful solutions.

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