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It’s a tough life at the House of Commons. Aperitifs are in short supply, the Cajun food is poor and there is a dearth of ‘fresh game’ on the lunchtime menu.

You say tomato, I say potato: the TomTato

The TomTato: Plant which produces both potatoes and tomatoes launched in UK

Plant can grow sweet cherry tomatoes while producing white potatoes

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013 winner: Apocalypse (My Boyfriend Doesn’t Care) (2013) by Slovakian artist Svetlana Fialova

Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013: The winning picture by Svetlana Fialova is a canny but misguided choice

Apocalypse (My Boyfriend Doesn’t Care) (2013) by Slovakian artist Svetlana Fialova, 28, has been announced as this year’s winner of the biggest drawing prize in the UK. It is a canny but misguided choice.

Tim Key: ‘I had bought provisions for my stay in the Lakes. Sausages and Hula Hoops’

This week I went to a little cottage in the Lake District. I went there on my own, partly to write, partly to breathe in air from the mountains and waterfalls and partly to see whether I could spend five days in complete isolation. No internet. No phone reception. No make-up. No nothing. Would I flourish? Or would I fold, destroy the cottage and then have a difficult conversation with my mum’s friend Barbara, who owns it?

Robicquet is a man with alcohol in his veins

My life in food: Jean-Sebastien Robicquet, founder, CîROC vodka

'I eat everything with four legs - apart from tables'

Use Mark's rapeseed farmers' potatoes as a base for a whole roasted fish such as a sea bream or bass

Rapeseed farmers' potatoes

Serves 8

Shake Shack, 24 Market Building, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2
Five Guys, 1-3 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2

People think this job is easy, but it's hard, I tell you, damned hard. My mission this week: to spend an entire day queuing for, and then eating, burgers. Like Morgan Spurlock in a hurry, I will be attempting my own Vine-length version of Super Size Me.

1976: A public information notice in Dorset

Heatwave Britain: What it was like during record-breaking 1976 scorcher

Martin King recalls the record-breaking drought's effect on his Warwickshire countryside

Keri Moss: 'I like to buy foods I've never come across and experiment'

My life in food: Keri Moss, chef

'I like to buy foods I've never come across and experiment'

Agenda: Hirata buns; Skins; Father's Day; Google Glass; John McEnroe; restaurant menus

Middle-class problems: Restaurant menus

My Life in Food: Nik Fordham, master distiller, Bombay Sapphire

Born in Wokingham, Fordham started out as a chemist, studying the subject with biology at Plymouth University, a discipline that helped him when he joined Beefeater Gin as distillery manager in 2008. He went on to receive a diploma in distilling and the picked up the Worshipful Company of Distillers scholarship award for excellence in 2011. Since March this year he has been master distiller at Bombay Sapphire. He will also be leading the Bombay Sapphire Ultimate G&T Studio Workshops at The Hoxton Hotel (Tuesday 18 and Tuesday 25 June 7pm – 8.30pm)

Fired Apprentice contestant Uzma Yakoob

You're fired Uzma Yakoob! Farm shop shake up turns sour for The Apprentices 2013

Apprentice reject Uzma Yakoob has said it was tougher being on the women's team than working with the men.

The Apprentice contestants get stuck in

An udder disaster? The Apprentice hopefuls cream off profit in milkshake task

Apprentice hopefuls are hoping to avoid an udder disaster as they try to cream off the biggest profit in their latest task.

Ink potatoes with sprouting broccoli and squid
John Williams: 'creamed potatoes with a stew – that, to me, is comfort. It’s a luxury dish'

My life in food: John Williams, executive chef, The Ritz

'Creamed potatoes with a stew – that, to me, is comfort. It's a luxury dish'

Jacob Kenedy: 'Bread is by far my favourite thing to make. Poor bread is, however, an insult to my humanity'

My life in food: Jacob Kenedy

'Bread is by far my favourite thing to make. Poor bread is, however, an insult to my humanity'

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

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Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

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Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

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Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

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US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

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'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

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How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

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Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital