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Cooper Brown: The A-lister

The A-lister has come and gone. He turned up an hour-and-a-half late for dinner and the sushi chef was going crazy. I told him to cool it as it was hardly going to go cold. One of the givens of being an A-Lister is that you are late. If you turn up on time you are a loser.

Cooper Brown: Dinner with Bercow

It’s showtime – the Hollywood A-lister is coming round tonight and I’m still hung over from an amazing night out with Sally Bercow – the new Tory pin-up.

Cooper Brown: Brown-nosing

Great excitement in the Brown household – we have a very important US VIP coming round for dinner later this week. I would love to tell you who it is but I would have to kill you and that would involve costly legal protection for me, and nobody wants that.

Thrown open: the dark side of sumo wrestling

Japan's ancient sport is being investigated amid claims of match-fixing, drug-taking and gangland ties

Davos: The mountain resort where money talks

As the global business elite prepare for their annual gathering, Sean O'Grady and Poornuima Subrammaniam offer a guide to what Davos is really all aboutpresent a guide to the global summit

My life In Travel: Stephen Tompkinson, actor

'Hot-air ballooning over Africa was spectacular'

Dylan Jones: 'Why not have a pop-up restaurant in a dry-cleaner’s, a cheese shop, a garage or even in a gym?'

There used to be an old-fashioned working man's caff in Shepherd's Bush that, in the evening, would be magically transformed into a rather smart bohemian restaurant for slumming west Londoners. I also remember various places in New York in the Eighties that would be one thing in the daytime – shop, coffee bar, café, etc – and another at night (usually a pop-up restaurant or a nightclub). But up until last week I'd never eaten in a fishmonger's.

Eat Italian, angry eateries tell xenophobe politician

Restaurateurs in the north Italian town of Padua have written to regional governor Luca Zaia, of the xenophobic Northern League, claiming he's spending too much time in cheap Chinese restaurants.

See sales in the Seychelles

Don't just fly and flop. Head for the market in bustling Victoria, says Cass Chapman

Hawksmoor Seven Dials, 11 Langley Street, London WC2

As if it wasn't already hard enough to keep up, in today's Fifty-Things-To-Do-Before culture, a new pressure has emerged. Now you don't just need to own this season's must-have bag – you must also have tried the latest must-eat restaurant dish.

The Week Ahead: Mitchells & Butlers hope shift to food pays off

It has been nearly eight months since Mitchells & Butlers announced that it was going to reshape its business model, and tomorrow's full-year results are a chance for investors to see how the changes are coming along.

Consuming Issues: Let's be fair to Fairtrade - it can reduce poverty

Even buying tea and coffee poses a dilemma these days: do you pick up the virtuous but more expensive Fairtrade packs which promise to help poor foreign farmers, or do you quietly pocket the cash and buy a normal product? This week some national newspapers may have given the impression that you needn't bother buying Fairtrade.

Simon Calder: Icelandair is the best foodie flier. The worst? It no longer exists...

The very worst airline meals – grey, reconstituted "cutlets", served with luminous fizzy drinks for which a Geiger counter was more useful than a straw – went out with the old Soviet Union. But even under capitalism, passengers choose airlines on price and convenience, rather than the quality of the inflight cuisine.

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