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It's hoped the way they adapt their foraging behavior will help to develop smarter robots

Andersen's English, Hampstead Theatre, London

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Big breakfast, Sydney style

There was only one place to be seen for breakfast in Sydney yesterday: 100 metres above the sparkling blue water on the Harbour Bridge. Gone were the eight lanes of traffic; in their place, a carpet of newly laid lush grass was dotted with tartan picnic rugs, food hampers and the odd cow.

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Raw sea bass with pickled samphire

Serves 4-6

Shore thing: Mark Hix's simple, sensational recipes will make your beach picnic go with a swing

Beach picnics can be fun if you make sure that you are reasonably organised about your preparation and packing – the first priority, of course, being a decent cool box with plenty of ice packs. Another good tip is to freeze down lots of soft drinks in advance, such as smoothies or fruit crushes in plastic bottles, and then pack them in among your picnic to keep other items cool – with the added benefit of having ice-cold drinks on hand, too.

Palin's resignation day arrives

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin steps down today giving few clues about her political future, which has been clouded by ethics probes, mounting legal bills and dwindling popularity.

Palin picnic in Alaska hometown draws big crowd

More than a thousand people showed up for former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's annual picnic held in her hometown of Wasilla.

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A breath of fresh air as Picnic by the Lake kicks off Feast!

This weekend's Feast! Picnic by the Lake in Manchester looks set to kick the festival season off nicely. The three-day event in Platt Fields Park has exciting new work from both the Ballet Boyz and Punchdrunk, who are fast becoming known for their innovative site-specific theatre pieces. Commissioned by Without Walls as part of the X.Trax showcase, which develops emerging street arts, both companies are premiering new work specifically meant to be performed outdoors.

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