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The 50 best picnic spots

From romantic riverside retreats to city parks and even London Zoo, Rhiannon Batten finds the perfect places to lay your blanket

Get out of the kitchen: How to turn a picnic into an alfresco feast

With a fire, a sturdy pot and a bit of creativity, it's amazing what you can cook outdoors.

Morrisons tops forecasts after holiday spending

First-quarter sales at Morrisons smashed City forecasts after it was boosted by the Royal Wedding and warm April weather. But the UK's fourth-biggest grocer warned it expects a "tough" year ahead as consumer confidence and spending remains depressed.

Album: Leisure Society, Into the Murky Water (Full Time Hobby)

Strange they should mention "murky" because the music within is as clear as Perrier.

Royal wedding and some sun helps Waitrose produce record sales figures

Waitrose announced record sales figures yesterday, with the supermarket given a boost by the sunny weather as well as preparations by its customers for this Friday's royal wedding.

The 10 best picnic hampers

If the forecasts are right, we're heading for a sunny spring. So get yourself to the park – with some provisions. Feast your eyes on these al fresco foodie sets.

Rediscovering the joy of the picnic

Wasps, rain, sand in the sandwiches... we use any excuse to avoid eating outdoors, says the National Trust. Now, it lists the 10 best places to dine <i>al fresco</i> in the UK

London 2012 may not allow mobile phones

Picnics and mobile phones may not be allowed into the London 2012 Olympics under security measures produced by the Games organisers.

The 10 best pork pies

Ideal as an afternoon snack and perfect for picnics, they're the ultimate British fast food. From miniature morsels to family-size pies, here are the finest.

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Seth Rogen: 'Losing weight is no picnic'

Seth Rogen believes larger people should "stay fat" because weight loss is hard.

The Big Six: Boutique hotels in Goa

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Rumer's smoky soul crowns her queen of easy listening, and who can resist such a guilty pleasure?
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