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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

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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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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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