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Live-streams of meals can attract viewers of thousands night after night - with audiences donating enough money for the host to live on

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John Prescott 'spent lavishly' on office comforts

John Prescott's office authorised spending hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on "indoor plant landscaping" and "silver service" waiters when he was Deputy Prime Minister.

The Hacker: No luck for Jeff in the Crisps. It might be time to packet in

We have two main swindles at our club, the Chips and the Crisps. For the uninitiated, swindles are what golfers call the unofficial competitions that take place during the week at every club.

Fairy tales: Disney didn't tell it this way...

As a film revives the original 'Snow White', Andy McSmith revisits old tales where they all suffer horribly ever after

WIN! A two-night break for two in Tipperary

We've teamed up with Hotels.com – the world's leading hotel booking website – to offer a two-night break for two in Co Tipperary, Ireland.

Alamar (U)

This slight and picturesque faux-documentary is like a family photo album brought to life.

Immigration centre detainees on hunger strike

More than 100 people in an immigration centre were on hunger strike today.

The Last Supper: A Summer in Italy, By Rachel Cusk

I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Rachel Cusk's work: it takes me a while to get used to her hierarchical use of detail, which at first can seem like preciousness, or even snobbery. For example: "It strikes me that Contatti! has something about it of Debrett's book of social etiquette ... people are helpful and kind in Contatti!, but they are untouched by passion or by failure: they do not scream or cry or love." It's just a language textbook, I want to scream, it's not War and Peace! And Cusk does the same with The Cat in the Hat, where "the Cat is the mother's antithesis, anarchic and free, available, unscheduled". It's just The Cat in the Hat! I find myself screaming once again.

The world's weirdest dining experiences

Once upon a time it was enough that restaurants served up mouth-watering delicacies. But as the number of restaurants grows, establishments are seeking ever more unusual ways to draw in the punters and differentiate themselves from the competition.

'Nobody is going to be left behind,' says Naval Commander

With a diverse list of 710 passengers – soldiers returning from Afghanistan, families with young children and the elderly, including the father of London mayor Boris Johnson – the amphibious assault ship, HMS Albion, set sail yesterday from northern Spain to England in the first rescue by the Government of Britons marooned abroad by Iceland's volcano eruption.

MPs are allowed to keep their families on the payroll

Employment of relatives allowed but payments will be cut by almost a third

No second homes allowance under new MPs' expenses regime

MPs will be barred from claiming expenses for second homes and will be limited to employing no more than one family member, under new rules unveiled today.

Man held over 'soup poisoning plot' at Stowe school

Police investigating a kitchen porter accused of poisoning soup at a top public school said today there was no apparent grudge or grievance that would suggest a motive for the act.

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UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

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Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

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The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
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