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YOUR HOLIDAY ROMANCE

For Gareth Lloyd the girl with a jack hammer laugh made Calcutta a city of lasting love

A bran muffin the size of a buffalo dropping? Not for me, thanks

No one would deny the majesty of the Grand Canyon or the Rockies; few could not be moved by Manhattan's art deco skyscrapers or dazzling shop window displays; but at the table my high expectations of the American way have been completely thrown off balance.

Asparagus tips; Ther's a lot of nonsense about cooking asparagus

I hope that by the time you read this English asparagus will be at its sprightly best. But if the rains have not come, I fear disaster. Let's hope for a few inches at least.

Satellite data proves stars are younger than Universe

Astronomers can breathe easy: the stars really are younger than the universe. It turns out that a key "ruler" used to measure interstellar distances - and hence, by inference, the age of stars and galaxies - has been wrong by between 10 and 15 per cent. According to Neill Reid at the California Institute of Technology, data from the European Space Agency's Hipparcos satellite leads to the conclusion that the oldest stars in the universe are actually 11 to 13 billion years old, rather than 16 to 18 billion years old, as had been thought.

angel or devil

Bored with the fresh and wholesome look? Then turn the page to get in t ouch with your dark side. Styling by Sophia Neophitou. Photographs by Christoph Sillem

The whole world is partying. Meanwhile we toss pancakes and muddy balls around

The goals are three miles apart. Play starts at 2pm and goes on till 10pm, much of it in the river itself. Is this fun?

Golden wonders

Indian pancakes to add spice to Shrove Tuesday; I was awe-struck when my `paper dosa' arrived, standing upright like a peacock's fan - the sort of napkin-folding skills you expect to find in a THF hotel

People & Business: Treasury's forecasts are more of a flashback

There's nothing quite like red faces in Whitehall to cheer you up. You will no doubt recall that Ken Clarke and his merry Treasury men established a target of 2.5 per cent for inflation by the end of 1997. In his November Budget our Ken said he would meet that target. Ken also forecast GDP would grow by 3.5 per cent. Not according to his own department, however.

a turkey, with dread sauce on the side

Tis the season of goodwill ... and the feared office meal. As millions pull crackers with colleagues, Eleanor Bailey finds hate lurking 'neath the paper hats

Crimplene headscarves and high street grotesques

Charlotte Cory's tale of small-town greed doesn't hit the jackpot for E.Jane Dickson; The Guest by Charlotte Cory Faber, pounds 15.99

Steam up, then chill out

detox treatment

If only it could be half-term every week ...

You may be wondering why so many men came to work early this morning. That's right, it is half- term. A wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your beloved offspring - so important in this era of commuting career women and overworked dads.

SIX WAYS TO EAT PANCAKES

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Cabaret; MICHAEL FEINSTEIN Comedy Theatre, London

At the start of his latest album, Such Sweet Sorrow, Michael Feinstein wings in on the middle eight of "Let's Face the Music and Dance", sounding for all the world like this time it's got to be Hollywood or bust. Drama, romance, glamour, satiny strings, shapely horns and saxes - too, too fabulous. But that's not his style. Life is a cabaret, old chum - as if we could ever forget. We like him just the way he is, sweet and low down, coaxing, crooning, swinging, indulging his and our passion for those national treasures of the American popular songbook. And if these weren't for the most part theatre songs, we'd all feel more at home in some fancy lounge bar or supper club, just him and us and no proscenium to come between us. We would, wouldn't we?

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Spells like teen spirit

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Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

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Licence to offend in the land of the free

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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

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Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

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Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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