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The odds are stacked against the Wright Brothers. First of all, their latest restaurant is in Spitalfields Market, which nobody aged 30 or over should ever be seen near. Second, this is a seafood place, and I've just come back from Italy and Cornwall, where I had so much fish that the thought of another crustacean makes me ill. Third, this restaurant is out and proud about its crustacea – which means you have the dubious pleasure of seeing them fighting in huge tanks barely two metres from the seating area. Fourth, this opening is part of a chain (the third of its kind in the capital, following openings in Soho and Borough market), and your correspondent demands higher standards from chains. Fifth, I am in an extremely foul mood, had you not twigged, having just had my latest in a series of contretemps with a fellow journalist.

Ed Miliband’s Labour
Party and Nick Clegg’s
Lib Dems need to
network before the
next general election,
according to Peter Hain

The next coalition? Why Ed Miliband needs to get Nick Clegg's number

Former minister Peter Hain – a close ally of the Labour leader – tells Andrew Grice that his party must start making overtures to the Lib Dems

The News Matrix: Friday 17 May 2013

Google is ‘evil’ for its approach to taxation

A WWII Lancaster bomber sits on the runway before take off at RAF Scampton in Lincoln. Ladybower and Derwent reservoirs were used by the RAF's 617 Squadron in 1943 to test Sir Barnes Wallis' bouncing bomb before their mission to destroy dams in Germany's Ruhr Valley.

Bomber marks 70th anniversary of historic World War II Dambusters raid with Derwent dam flypast

Derwent dam, in the Hope Valley in Derbyshire, was one of the sites used by airmen for practice runs ahead their mission

The News Matrix: Thursday 16 May 2013

More people choose to donate organs

Wigan goalkeepers Joel Robles (left) and Ali Al-Habsi are dejected after their team’s relegation

Out of gas and out of luck, Wigan still tried their best but could not avoid relegation from the Premier League

It was easy to see which team last played 10 days before this game

Cooking the books: John Whaite Bakes

Week number two of this column and The Great British Bake Off rears its head. I know, how did it take so long, you're thinking, given the way the baking-contest-cum-lifestyle-phenomenon has colonised our schedules, supplements and national psyche.

Dambuster crew members with a Lancaster bomber, pictured at a reunion in 1967

Dambusters remembered, 70 years on: Celebrations this week will mark the famed wartime mission

The Dambusters squadron, whose daring and audacious raid during the Second World War is often held up as an example of bravery and ingenuity, will be celebrated around Britain this week which marks the 70th anniversary of the May 1943 mission, codenamed "Operation Chastise".

Postcard from... Moscow

Newly uncovered footage emerges of Hindenburg airship, emblazoned with Nazi swastikas, flying over New York just hours before giant fireball killed 35 people

The huge German airship exploded above a New Jersey airfield on May 6 1937 – with newsreel footage of its burning wreckage forming one of the 20th Century’s most iconic images

Floyd Mayweather celebrates another victory on Saturday

Kevin Garside: Is there room for Mayweather at the top table of boxing's greats?

A career littered with the carcasses of fighters caught at the right time

Sicily scenes: Lampedusa at the Palazzo Lampedusa in the late 1930s

Exclusive: Final fragments of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa

Published here, from a new collection, is ‘The Turret’ by the acclaimed author of ‘The Leopard’

Jonathan Brown on the Denton service

All aboard the ‘ghost train’: the service used by just 30 passengers a year

The Denton to Stalybridge line is one of the least used services in Britain, but its passengers would hate to see it go

Investment Column: Leave something for the next man and book a gain

It does something that's very much in vogue on the high street right now: it sells its wares cheap
Givenchy s/s 13

iStyle: Sheer delights

Filmy fabrics are all about showing just a hint of skin. Emma Akbareian shows you how to get this season’s revealing new look just right

'Reservoirs of disease': Private school pupils 'at much greater risk' of getting measles than those in state sector, says leading doctor John Ashton

Children at private schools face the greatest risk from the measles outbreak and could pose a health threat to the rest of the population, a leading doctor has warned.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links