Letter: The chase after that prized dinner table

RUNNING a restaurant is a delicate balancing act: a "high-risk, high-return" affair. One of the main reasons that dining out in London has improved so much over the past 10 years is that restaurateurs have become much more sophisticated business people: by keeping an eye on the bread and butter of finance, they are able to offer customers a better deal.

Lyric Sheets: Cool Britannia

Next year, the British Tourist Authority will publish The Rock and Pop Map of Great Britain. The map will contain thousands of entries and is part of a strategy to attract young visitors.

Plant of the moment: Michaelmas daisy

Michaelmas daisy

PROM Concertgebouw / Chailly

Royal Albert Hall, London

That'll be the dahlia

Mary Keen's Late Summer Flowers 1: Dahlias & Salvias; When summer peaks, many gardens lose their looks. In the first of a three- part series, Mary Keen finds flowers to keep the borders fresh

CLASSICAL MUSIC: Tippett Concert: RSNO / Armstrong; Usher Hall

Edinburgh Festival: International

The truth about: sun-beds

Anyone swapping woolly jumpers and tights for skimpy shorts and dresses will know all too well the perennial embarrassment of exposing death-white British skin to the world. No wonder many of us decide to circumvent the problem with a few sessions on a sunbed.

Letter: Socratic road to political wisdom

Socratic road to political wisdom

Outdoors: Weekend work

New growth is already well advanced on autumn perennials such as Michaelmas daisy and rudbeckia. Splitting and resetting congested clumps increases their flower power. It is a job that can be done in autumn or in spring.

Umpires in the dark over light

England A 453-4 dec and 173-8 dec; The Rest 350-6 dec and 9-0 Match drawn

Table Tennis: World in the grip of a 12-year-old

Andrew Baker meets Katy Parker, bred for a place at the top table

Augusta builds up the barricades

It would be fair to say that the members of Augusta National have a reputation for being more crusty than the greens have been this week. Fair, but not entirely accurate.

Gardening: Now for a French nursery tale

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Whither the English garden?

New trends in designing gardens from Europe may not be right for our green and pleasant land. Mary Keen reports

The root of 3: Three plants that look good together: Geranium psilostemon. Bergenia purpurascens. Acanthus spinosus.

This week a combination of varying foliage shape, colour and size, with dramatic and unusual flowers.
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