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Album: Yaaba Funk, Afrobeast (Yaabaphone)

This London 10-piece get the whole Afrobeat/hi-life mix just about right with a loose, natural sound driven by a fluid yet intense rhythm section, bursts of on-the-nail brass, and plenty of light and shade in the vocals, which are shared by Richmond Kessie and Helen McDonald.

Green socialite gambles on a blue victory

Multi-millionaire environmentalist Zac Goldsmith is fighting to snatch Richmond Park from Liberal Susan Kramer. Janet Street-Porter on a contest where the political is getting personal

The Bingham Restaurant, 61-63 Petersham Road, Richmond, Surrey

When it's freezing out and the Snow Queen seems to have parked a shard of ice in your heart, it's not the ideal time to consider the loveliness of the river terrace at the Bingham Hotel, Richmond. You try to imagine the scene in June, as you sit outside, drinking seabreezes in the sunshine surrounded by hair-flicking Surrey dreamboats, but, in mid-January, it's hard. Still, you had to come here because the place has just picked up its first Michelin star.

A-Z of Courses: Glass-blowing

Glass-blowing is the process used to shape glass. It quite literally involves blowing with your mouth through a blowpipe at the end of which is molten glass – a combination of limestone, sand, potash and soda ash that has been heated to more than 1,000C. Today's glass-blowing courses combine traditional skills with contemporary techniques for both beginners and those with some previous experience. Students learn how to use a blowpipe to form a bubble with molten glass, shape glass with a marver and special glass-blowing tweezers, and use the punty, paddles, jacks, and shears to add to the design and shape. These skills are then used to design, produce and decorate all kinds of glass objects from scientific equipment to ornaments, tableware, mirrors and works of art. While the temptation is there to make jokes about people in glass houses, it's a deadly serious subject – the high temperatures mean there's a huge emphasis on health and safety.

Sir John Hill: Scientist-administrator at the heart of the nuclear

John Hill was the dominant figure in the British nuclear industry through the 1970s. His career coincided with the era when Britain, at great cost, tried and ultimately failed to create its own home-grown nuclear power technology. Lauded and vilified in equal measure, Hill came to embody that period.