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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.

Queenies with radishes and ponzu

Queenies with radishes and ponzu

Serves 4

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Villa park: Vilacampina’s Moorish-style exterior

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Wines of the week: Terry Kirby selects the best bottles for Easter Day

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The Mussel Feast, By Birgit Vanderbeke. Peirene Press, £10

In a Berlin apartment, a woman scrubs four kilos of mussels and places them in a heavy pot to cook as she and her two teenagers wait for the father to return. The meal is his favourite, and she has prepared it to celebrate his expected promotion. Written in 1989 as East Germany's communist dictatorship was unravelling, Birgit Vanderbeke's novella was first published the following year. Capturing the national mood, it won the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, and is now a school text.

A fishmonger weighs a squid at the farmers market in Quezon City, in the Philippines

Chinese fishmonger discovers live bomb inside a squid

Police were surprised it hadn't already detonated

Primary school pupil turns up to show and tell with 300m-year-old fossil

A youngster wowed his teachers when it emerged the piece of shale he brought with him to a show-and-tell was in fact a 300 million-year-old fossil.

Christianity is not the problem. The Bible is.

Despite the Church of England receiving so much criticism in recent months, the issue of the Bible's relevance to the modern world is yet to be addressed

Uncomfortable: Vanderbeke’s darkly comic tale succeeds as an allegory for political tyranny

Review: The Mussel Feast, By Birgit Vanderbeke (trs Jamie Bulloch)

Dinner time for daddy makes your flesh creep

Seafood pancakes are great, old-fashioned, establishment pancakes

Seafood pancakes

Serves 4

Hokkaido University captured images of squid gliding through the air, calculated at speeds of up to 11.2 metres a second

Revealed: the secret that makes flying squid faster than Usain Bolt

The squid can eject water through a nozzle nea  its head as a form of jet propulsion

Donald McCain: Musselburgh has met the trainer’s request for a race to suit Overturn

Musselburgh trials lure star turn

Musselburgh trials day does not quite have the same ring to it as Cheltenham trials day, but racing is nevertheless most grateful to the enterprise shown at the Scottish racecourse and those at other venues responsible for keeping the jumping show properly on the road over the next few days.

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