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The Friary Newsletter: We mustn't cure too many, we need the money

For budgetary reasons, we've decided to turf out all the Y2K clients early on the morning of 1 January

Letter: Incomplete recipe

AS A RETIRED doctor whose work embraced treatment for infertility, I am interested in Carolyn Neill's frozen eggs ("Perfection or two gay dads", 19 December). As a parent I am interested in whose sperm it is hoped to use to fertilise the eggs. To date I have not read or heard anything about a putative father. Nor have I learnt anything about the outlook for Carolyn Neill's cancer.

Woman awarded pounds 468,000 damages for stroke after Pill

A WOMAN who suffered a stroke five weeks after she started taking the contraceptive pill was awarded pounds 468,750 agreed damages yesterday in the High Court.

Accused terrorist sells recipes to pay legal bills

AN AMERICAN woman who is accused of being a former revolutionary is selling a cookery book to raise money to defend herself against charges of attempted murder.

Letter: Reluctant cook

Sir: Nicholas Lezard derides Delia Smith's "infallibility" (Profile, 11 December). He thinks an uncertain outcome to a recipe lends the process a certain "sexiness". He inhabits a different planet. I, like so many, cook to feed, loathe the whole business and follow Delia to the letter because my grudging efforts are guaranteed a good result. Delia knows how we tick - hence her enormous success.

Food & drink: Cook Book of the Week

CHOCOLATE: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE

Play the mandolin like Louis de Bernieres

`This book is not a new one; it previously appeared as `Play the Mandolin like Benito Mussolini!''

Books for Christmas: Cookery - Aardvark and other starters

The only minus about The Oxford Companion to Food by Alan Davidson (OUP, pounds 40) is that it is a tad pricey as a Christmas gift. So you'll just have to treat yourself. It is simply indispensable, not so much in the kitchen (Davidson imposed a strict rule against recipes) but for feeding the mind. From Aardvark ("commonly described as tasting like pork"), via Elevenses, Grigson and Shipworm ("may be pickled in vinegar or fried and eaten with eggs"), to Zucchini, it contains over 2,600 entries. All are authoritative, many wonderfully recondite and quite a few hugely amusing. Twenty years in the making, this titanic achievement is a great big raspberry in response to the prejudice that the British are indifferent to food.

Words: aftermath, n.

AS PEOPLE wheezily explain that a cough is the aftermath of a cold, they do not ponder such paradoxical usage of the word.

Food and Drink: Cookbook of the Week

SALLY CLARKE'S BOOK: RECIPES FROM A RESTAURANT, SHOP & BAKERY Macmillan, pounds 25, 310pp

Food & Drink: Food Writer's Competition

ARE YOU passionate about food and desperate for the chance to write about it? Last week we launched a this competition to celebrate the writing of Jeremy Round, The Independent's first food writer. This is your chance to write your recipe for success!

THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS: ANNABEL KARMEL

Annabel has sold more than a million copies of her cookery books worldwide. Her recipes offer parents quick, tasty, child-friendly food, specially designed to tempt fussy eaters and have become bibles for many a worried parent.

Family Travel: Three of the Best: Skin Savers

SOLE MATES

Cook Book of the Week: Cook At Home With Peter Gordon Hodder and Stoughton, pounds 25, 208pp

LITERARY AGENTS are very fond of dropping pearls of wisdom to their authors. One favourite gem for food writers is that "the second book is the hardest to write".
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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?