Rocket and speck pizza

Serves 4

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Jamie Lidell, Koko, London

Jamie Lidell is used to being a soloist, by nature as well as by name. His performances once consisted simply of himself and his unique, symbiotic sound-desk set-up, which allowed him to layer his beat-boxing and remarkable soul vocal into complete tracks without the interference of anything so old-fashioned as a band.

Urban gardener: Currying flavour

If I was only allowed to grow one vegetable at the allotment this year it would be tinda, a small round gourd some 5-8cm in diameter and a native to India. Tinda, which is Punjabi for "Indian Baby Pumpkin", is not too dissimilar to a small apple or green tomato and makes the most delicious curry. I was introduced to it last year by Davinder Singh, our guide during a visit to Simla in the Himalayas. He was the only other vegetarian in our group and had the uncanny knack of sniffing out tinda anywhere, be it in a restaurant or a private residence. If it wasn't on the menu, a quiet word in the waiter's ear was all that was necessary, the extra wait a small price to pay for this gastronomic bonanza. The taste, lighter and sharper than the squash we normally grow, had a freshness about it, the piquancy providing a welcome change to the curries we were used to.

Anna Pavord - Bit of a squash: Homegrown produce

If you fancy growing your own veg this year, now’s the time to get those seeds potted up, says Anna Pavord. With a bit of luck, there’ll be homegrown produce on your plate come spring

Allan Cook: The early bird gets the best deal... and a game of squash

A Day in the Life: The chief executive of defence giant Cobham talks to James Moore about the $416m Sparta deal and getting by on four hours' sleep

Urban gardener: The plot thickens

So I'm lying there, right, and my osteopath says to me, "What's the best way of clearing a new allotment ... you know, one that has been neglected for several years with waist-high grass and weeds?" It turns out that the so-called "new" allotment was actually acquired a year ago but is yet to be tamed.

Pumpkin' it up

There are many things to do with a pumpkin: make a Halloween lamp, bake a pie... or indulge in a fierce and obsessive competition to grow a monster. Emma Townshend investigates

No-entry plan for cars on Rodeo Drive splits Beverly Hills

In spite of its name, it has been a very long time since there were hitching posts on Rodeo Drive, the four-block mecca of luxury shopping in Beverly Hills. Where horses may have clip-clopped up and down it 99 years ago - the street was first laid out in 1907 - today there is only the pretentious purr of Bentleys, Porsches and Ferraris.

Hilliard, Nicholas: Portrait of an Unknown Man Clasping a Hand from a Cloud (1588)

Images are mostly not for looking at. They are for being there and having around. Take family photos. A grandmother, say, sits in her sitting room, surrounded by framed pictures that are set up on shelves and mantelpiece. They show the various members of her family, living and dead and newly born. They show children at different stages of their growing up. They show family occasions.

Squash: British Open steps back from the brink as new format focuses on game's revival

Threatened by dwindling numbers of players and spectators, the biggest tournament in squash has taken a turn for the better, says Mike Rowbottom

The first sips of autumn

Squash: Beachill, Britain's miracle man of the court

A broken back stopped him playing for only three months, so Olympic mission should be easy for world No 1.

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