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Word of mouth: Homosexuality

A Hampshire curate has set off another row over homosexuality after he refused to baptise a child because it had a gay godfather. At the same time the Islamic wing of the Anti-Nancy League was marching to Trafalgar Square to condemn the ungodly faggots. Clearly the friends of Dorothy still have plenty of enemies.

We'll meet again on the design front

The women who had their knees up and their hems down on VE Day would not be too surprised at the styles being paraded on today's catwalks - but they might reel at the prices. Tony Glenville and Marion Hume take a trip back in time

Bringing animation to life

Animation is one of those things that computer people say computers can do better. What, draw all those fiddly frames in between? This machine will do it for you in seconds! Which is all, as duck-haters say, perfect mallards. Craft is an essential part of this art as of any other - walk round the animation section of MOMI, for instance, and see if you don't laugh in wonderment at 60-year-old Starewicz films.

It's time to free Aunt Jemima

You remember the story of Aunt Jemima. She was a slave on the Higbee plantation in Louisiana. In 1864, at the height of the Civil War, a Confederate general became separated from his troops and stumbled across Aunt Jemima's cabin as she was making pancakes. She sat the general down in her warm but humble kitchen and fed him his first square meal for three days. After that, Aunt Jemima was mentioned in rebel dispatches as a fine cook 'who was known all ovah the South fo' huh cookin' skill, specially fo' huh pancakes'.

A Memory for D-Day: The terror and the pity

Edward was 25, a husband and a father when he was called to play his part in Operation Overlord. He had no enthusiasm for soldiering; his father died on the Somme. A captain in a tank regiment, he had formed a close bond with a brother officer, Adam - 'Facing this bloody business, if you had someone close to you it was a great help,' he remembers. At first their part in the campaign was dull and frustrating, but Edward's first taste

Driver's escape

Avan driver escaped when a 38-ton juggernaut fell on to his cab, reducing it to an 11-inch high 'pancake'. Nick Collins, 35, leapt into the back of his Transit as he saw the lorry's wheels lifting from the ground at traffic lights in Southampton.

Food and Drink: On a cook's tour of country kitchens - For a Channel 4 series starting next week, our cookery writer and her husband went to extremes to taste the variety of European cuisine

Hungarian food and paprika go hand in hand - that is what we are always led to believe. But is it true? And why was Hungary the country that took paprika (it means fresh, sweet peppers and the dried spice) to its heart?

Ritual Britain: Pancake tradition defies snow and ice: A Buckinghamshire town keeps alive a centuries-old tradition. Marianne Macdonald reports

IT WAS touch and go whether Britain's most famous pancake race would take place yesterday. Three inches of snow had carpeted the town of Olney, Buckinghamshire, and there were worried brows among the respected members of Olney Pancake Race Committee.

FOOD & DRINK / A better bit of batter: Except on Shrove Tuesday, British pancake culture is ailing. Elsewhere there are more celebrated varieties, says Michael Bateman

WE HAVE been celebrating Pancake Tuesday for around 500 years. Yet considering that the pancake is such an important part of our food mythology, isn't it strange that we don't eat out in pancake houses? The French have creperies in every town, but we don't have pancakeries.

Food and Drink: Rich beyond the dreams of epicures - Why stop at pancakes? Shrove Tuesday is a traditional excuse to plunder the larder for goodies

Why is it traditional to gorge ourselves on pancakes on Shrove Tuesday? The usual explanation is that, in the days when religious fasting was taken rather more seriously, it was a way of using up all the good things in the larder before the beginning of Lent. In other parts of Europe the traditional foods might be omelettes or doughnuts, but the principle is said to be much the same.

Chess: Mestel solves the big problem

JONATHAN MESTEL retained his title at the British Chess Solving Championships at the weekend, edging ahead of John Nunn by the smallest possible margin. As usual in this competition, the player- problemists easily outpointed the specialist problem solvers with the grandmasters Mestel, Nunn and Colin McNab the highest placed of the British contestants.

MUSIC / Free spirits: Choked by CDs, Meredith Oakes makes the case for the live experience

There were about 35 CDs in the Tallis Scholars brochure at their Tuesday concert in St John's, Smith Square. On Sunday morning at the Wigmore Hall, the Quatuor Mosaques paused in its weekend Haydn-Boccherini Festival to be presented with the 1993 Gramophone Award for Chamber Music, while people ran around carrying CDs stacked like pancakes. Twenty new live CDs of Indian music were advertised at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on Monday night, when Ustad Amjad Ali Khan was recorded live in concert. How many CDs can the world absorb?

Food & Drink: Bake a red hot chilli waffle: Recipe

THE LAST of our corn recipes, for sweetcorn waffles with chilli butter, comes from Linda Moss of Chatham, Kent. She found it in a book called The Flavour of California by Marlena Spieler. It calls for chilli powder, but if you have fresh chillies, do (judiciously) use them instead.

Sag Harbor Summer: Among the dirty linen, a tale unfolds

FOR JANE ZLOBEC, winter was always the most wonderful season in Sag Harbor, and there were snowstorms on her birthday every year.

ROCK / The crowd goes bananas: Here we go again: Giles Smith met the members of the Velvet Underground and watched their first show for 25 years

At the end of the Velvet Underground's show in Edinburgh, after the encores ('Waiting for the Man' and 'Heroin'), the audience thunders its approval and the band, none of whom are wearing shades, gathers stage-centre. John Cale gives Lou Reed an awkward, one-armed hug. Sterling Morrison pats Maureen Tucker on the head. Everybody bows. They did it: an entire show without splitting up.
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