BBC's move north to be audited

The National Audit Office (NAO) will carry out a value-for-money review of the BBC's move to Media City in Salford later this year.

Stars of India: A brass band at a wedding in New Delhi

Sport and the British, Radio 4, Monday-Friday
World Class Brass, Radio 2, Monday
Great Lives, Radio 4, Tuesday

No tickets for the Olympics? Time was, you could roll up and join in

Kristin Scott Thomas

No mystery why we've loved Kristin Scott Thomas for so long...

Kristin Scott Thomas's latest, wonderfully puzzling role is the perfect fit for this most enigmatic of actresses, says Kaleem Aftab

BBC 'value for money,' says executive

A BBC executive said the corporation was "delivering value for money" on the day it published expenses claims showing senior staff claimed thousands of pounds for taxi journeys and entertaining.

Tagliolini with smoked salmon and fennel

Tagliolini with smoked salmon and fennel

Serves 4

Smoked salmon tartare with avocado

Smoked salmon tartare with avocado

Serves 10 as canapés

Pan-fried smoked salmon with potato and horseradish salad
Pan-fried smoked salmon with potato and horseradish salad

Think pink: Mark Hix's simple smoked salmon recipes are perfect for Christmas Eve

I am now officially recognised as a salmon smoker – my Hix salmon is smoked up on the rooftop at Selfridges, believe it or not – so I thought I should devote a column to this luxurious treat. Apart from enjoying simple slices of smoked salmon, there are so many tasty snacks and meals to be made with it, especially if you buy a pack of pre-sliced salmon and realise that it's not quite good enough to eat on its own, or if perhaps you have bought a side which always yields a few bits that aren't serveable as portions, such as the tail and belly. In fact, even the skin, cut into strips and deep-fried, makes a delicious snack.

The Sketch: 'None of us really know what will happen' – not words you want to hear from the Guv'nor

Mervyn King was completely unruffled. That's the central talent of a central banker

Around the world in 80 dishes No. 58: Gnocchi with crayfish

Ingredients to serve 4

Salmon carpaccio with cherry tomatoes

Gino D'Acampo makes Carpaccio di Salmone e Pomodorini di Collina.

Secrets of migrating salmon unlocked by 'scale model'

The life history of a salmon is contained in its scales, scientists have discovered, just as the age of trees is betrayed by their rings.

Samphire with red chilli and olive oil

Serves 4

Wild salmon with salsa verde and samphire

Serves 4

Grilled salmon with pea and leek broth

Serves 4
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project