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British rhubarb is having a revival, as more chefs discover that it doesn't just go with custard, but adds a pleasing tartness to meat and fish, too

Anthony Rose: Since the long hot summer of 2003, rosé wines have taken off and never looked back

I knew that rosé had finally arrived during the long, hot summer of 2003, as my overheated car and I limped wearily into Bordeaux.

Album: Napoleon, The Bohemians...(Ruffa lane records)

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Robert Fisk’s World: Wherever I go in the world, the power of Marmite follows me

I never really discovered why this horrible-looking stuff was so addictive

£14,510 for pic 'n' mix? 100 eBayers bid for last bag of legendary Woolworths confectionery

The last bag of Woolworths pic’n’mix in the country went under the hammer yesterday, fetching £14,510 for less than a kilo of multicoloured, sticky sweetness.

Ray Lamontagne, Barbican, London

It's a shame about Ray's reticence

Anthony Rose: It won't come as any great surprise that the French have their share of amorously named wines

According to my contacts in the PR world, today is the day for romance. I'm not quite sure how they think we're supposed to fill the remaining 364 days of the year, but amid all the encouragement to ply my love with champagne and say it with flowers and chocolates, one wine PR had the honesty to preface its brazen plug with the words, "Even for those who consider Valentine's Day to be a cheesy, opportunistic marketing ploy, it's still a good excuse to pop open the pink".

Robson's Vegemite preference earns admiration in Oz

Some Australians would like to claim Laura Robson as one of their own. The junior Wimbledon champion, who has just celebrated her 15th birthday, was born here but considers herself as British as strawberries and cream, her family having left Australia when she was 18 months old.

Wine: Scents and sensibility

Proof that New Zealand is not just all about sauvignon blanc comes in the form of pinot noir. Its rise in popularity has been so rapid over barely more than a decade that it's not fanciful to imagine that within a generation, we'll be talking about Kiwi pinot in the same breath as we now speak of Burgundy's fabled red wine villages of Nuits Saint Georges, Gevrey Chambertin and Clos Vougeot. Without the protective ring-fence of a tried and tested appellation contrôlée system, the Kiwi outline may still be a little hazy compared to its centuries-old burgundian counterpart. But as the vines and their human masters mature, a critical mass of pinot noir plantings has started to shape an identity and with it an expectation of premier cru quality today, grand cru tomorrow.

Can you dig it? The easy alternative to clearing an overgrown allotment

I am a black-plastic convert. It's been a slow process. When I first took over my allotment last autumn I had very different ideas: walking around for the first time with Jane, my new allotment chief, I was proudly shown how she had covered her entire plot in black polypropylene sheeting. "You can buy it from the garden centre up on the A40," she enthused.

17, By Bill Drummond

We can all agree that the music business is dying. But is avant garde choral music really the answer?

Sweet pickings: Skye Gyngell's berry desserts

The great British berry harvest is in full swing – and with little effort, says Skye Gyngell, the fruits of our forests become the taste of the summer

Strawberry sundae

Serves 4

Nicole Mowbray: Why I still love Woolies

How do I love thee Woolies? Let me count the ways. The branch in my home town of Worthing was the place my Nan took me to buy my first ever seven- inch single ("Pump Up The Volume" by MARRS). Some years later, when I began to be allowed into town with friends, Woolworths was where we'd loiter after a McDonalds Value Meal. There – rather naughtily – three of us would take a large bag of strawberry bootlaces into the Photo-Me booth to scoff them all. Could you get done for shoplifting, we wondered, if you'd eaten the evidence?

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