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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

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".

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.

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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The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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