Uninspiring: Petit Mange is a split-level bistro with awful décor

Petit Mange, 29 Magdalen Road, St Leonard's, Exeter

Are the flavours big enough at Petit Mange, Exeter's new neighbourhood bistro?

Four O Nine, 409 Clapham Road, London SW9

They're not making it easy to get into Four O Nine. Is it worth it?

Album: Tinariwent, Tassili (V2)

Due to the uncertain political situation in their Malian home base of Tessalit, Tinariwen did what comes naturally to nomads, upping sticks and relocating to a tent in the Algerian desert to record Tassili.

The 10 best cookies

Crunchy or chewy? Studded with chocolate chips or stuffed full of oats? Whichever way your cookie crumbles, check our this scrumptious selection...

At last! Lyster the laggard is on his way

Britain's laziest bird has finally left the country. Lyster, one of five cuckoos fitted with satellite navigation trackers by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), departed from Norfolk on Sunday night and is now to be found resting up in central France.

The 10 best ice cream makers

With school holidays and summer sun (fingers crossed) just around the corner, we’ve got the scoop on the coolest way to make frozen desserts...

Bitter in the Mouth, By Monique Truong

The work of Asian-American writers is all too often described as "bittersweet", but in Truong's case this label is exactly right. The teen heroine of her second novel is different from the other girls in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.

Melon sorbet with mint crush

Serves 6

Sun, sandstorms and scorching heat

Jody Raynsford ran across the blistering Sahara desert in aid of rare kidney disease research

Bill's Pav

Serves 4-6

Album: Juju, In Trance (Realworld)

Juju is Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara, supported by a rhythm section of drummer Dave Smith and bassist Billy Fuller, the quartet recording the seven tracks of In Trance live in single-take sessions.

Gecko shock for Ebay belt shopper

A gallivanting gecko has turned up safe and well after hitching a 100-mile ride inside an envelope following an internet shopping mix-up.

Tests on immigrants 'miss most TB'

Screening procedures for tuberculosis in immigrants in the UK are missing the majority of cases, new research has revealed.

Call to cut VAT on ice cream

Ice-cream makers and sellers have called for a cut in VAT to boost sales.

Pomegranate ice-cream

I love ice-cream all year round, not just during summer. I have made the custard base here simply with milk, rather than a combination of milk and cream; the end result is lighter, cleaner and more refreshing – almost Middle Eastern in flavour.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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