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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.

Quiz of the Decade

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Books: Kids need coffee tables

Brandon Robshaw reviews fiction aimed at pre-teens

Hunting with guns makes a comeback

ONLY two years after the Government's clampdown on firearms, Home Office figures show that hunting with guns is enjoying a revival.

The hazards of an irregular nature column

`I'd be reduced to telling people the swallows hadn't left yet, or the mushrooms were quite good this year'

BASKETBALL: DUNK TIME: HOW THE TEAMS LINE UP FOR THE NEW SEASON

THE championship is in two conferences, North and South, with the top four from each contesting play-offs to decide the champion and dispensing with a League format. Under new sponsors replacing Budweiser, the competition will rejoice in the name of the Dairylea Dunkers Championship. The three major moves saw Steve Bucknall return from the Continent to the Towers, Travis Conlan leave Sheffield for Manchester and John McCord join Edinburgh from Thames Valley. Other major ins and outs:

Football: Marcelo sticks the knife into Palace

Sheffield United 3 Marcelo 19, 45, Ford 73 Crystal Palace 1 Morrison 90 Half-time: 2-0 Attendance: 11,886

Books: The price of art and fame

Headlong by Michael Frayn Faber pounds 16.99

Outlook: Highland Distillers

WHAT BETTER day than the Glorious Twelfth for someone to take aim at the owner of Famous Grouse? The sharp rise in the share price of Highland Distillers on Thursday was duely followed by confirmation yesterday that the group had received an approach which may or may not lead to an offer.

Country: Nature Notes

THE SWALLOWS now nesting all over Britain have flown from Africa for their summer here. The original reason for their migration remains uncertain, but ornithologists believe they first came north in search of more space, better feeding grounds and longer daylight hours in which to hunt.

Obituary: Martin Lightfoot

MARTIN LIGHTFOOT was a brilliant and innovatory figure in the worlds of educational publishing and education who, by the time he was 30, was running Penguin Education, an outstanding educational publishing imprint of its day. Later he became a Deputy Education Officer in the ILEA, directed a ground-breaking project on relations between schools and industry for the Schools Council, and set up a police training project on race and community relations for the Home Office.

Obituary: Bob Peck

BOB PECK was an "unstarry" actor who brought a compelling integrity and authority to his many screen and stage roles. Even after reaching a wide audience in the highly praised television nuclear thriller Edge of Darkness, the Yorkshireman remained shy and glad to be low-profile, preferring to get on with performing rather than giving interviews.
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Isis in Syria: Influential tribal leaders hold secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over possibility of mobilising against militants

Tribal gathering

Influential clans in Syria have held secret talks with Western powers and Gulf states over the possibility of mobilising against Isis. But they are determined not to be pitted against each other
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

A growing population and a compromised and depleted aquifer leaves water in scarce supply for Palestinians
Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously

Illnesses, car crashes and suicides

Dozens of politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen linked to Indian bribery scandal die mysteriously
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Serve with ceremony on a tray chic carrier
Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
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What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

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Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?