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As drug fiends usually know, peyote is a Mexican cactus with hallucinogenic properties; the visions it conjures are so strong that a religious cult once sprang up to worship it. And a pretty hefty restaurant cult has appeared in the UK that worships simple Mexican cuisine.

The butterfly only visible at 1,500ft

Michael McCarthy travels to the Lake District in the latest stage of our Great British Butterfly Hunt

After eight years and 385 reviews for the IoS, Terry Durack signs off with a restaurant built to last

The Glasshouse, 14 Station Parade, Kew, London TW9, tel: 020 8940 6777

Call of the wild: 'Springwatch' presenter Martin Hughes-Games gets up close and personal with Britain's wildlife

I'm not ashamed to say that I've always done it, and anyone who does it knows just how enjoyable it can be. Mixing a UK holiday with wildlife watching has never been an easier or more accessible option.

The swallow that flew to South Africa - and into the record books

It is 100 years since bird-ringing began. Michael McCarthy recalls the historic journey that revolutionised our understanding of winged migration

A Single Swallow, By Horatio Clare<br/>Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo, By Michael McCarthy

If migrant birds could talk, what tales they could tell - though the late Miriam Rothschild insisted they would only complain about their parasites. Cuckoos and swallows are the true heralds of summer. The swallow arrives, scything through the air, belly-dipping over the grass, often during the first truly warm days of the year. The cuckoo is more of a "wandering voice", often heard, less often seen; its appearance used to be announced on The Times letters page. Both birds excite and uplift us with their promise of easy-living summer days.

Money spinner: Martin Amis and his hip coterie of young British novelists were at the heart of the 80s fiction boom

Twenty-five years ago, Martin Amis and his fellow young British novelists hit the commercial bull's-eye &ndash; and we've been reading the results ever since

Ospreys say sorry over gouging row

Club apologise to Julian White as hooker is cleared to join England training party

Ospreys withdraw White gouging claim

The Ospreys have apologised for accusing England and Leicester prop Julian White of gouging one of their players during Saturday's Heineken Cup match.

Independent Appeal: Trading places and changing the world

This year's <i>Independent</i> Christmas Appeal is supporting VSO. Once a gap-year student's staple, now it attracts an altogether different kind of volunteer. Paul Vallely reports

Barnsley survive fightback

Barnsley 3 Burnley 2

La traviata, Theatre Royal, Glasgow <br>Klang, Queen Elizabeth Hall/Purcell Room, London

Carmen Giannattasio is ravishing as Verdi's tragic heroine Violetta in a hedonistic production

Sarah Cracknell: Living the good life

Moving to the country means that singer Sarah Cracknell can raise her children &ndash; and her chickens &ndash; in style

A real catch: The man who is bringing local fish to the capital's tables

Few Londoners know that cod, plaice, bass and even oysters can all be caught in the River Thames

A bridge too far? Trouble on paradise island

The Ile de Ré is one of France's more exclusive summer retreats &ndash; thanks in part to the toll on the bridge. But regulars are worried that the end of the charge will open the floodgates
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Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent