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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.

Obituary: Charlie Martin

CHARLIE MARTIN was a nuclear weapon designer whose reputation stood as high in the three United States nuclear weapon laboratories as at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, where he spent his career. Most of that career was devoted to pulsed power, an enabling technology crucial to weapon design and demonstration, and more recently to verifying the integrity of the atomic arsenal.

Rugby League: Smith clips Eagles' wings: Salford 16 Sheffield 6

THE CHALLENGE Cup holders crashed out of this year's competition as Salford exacted revenge for last season's semi-final defeat.

Quiet hard man

Ken Stott's latest role, as an Irish gangster, is the perfect part for an actor whose hallmark is ambiguity

Early bird is key to global warming

THE GOVERNMENT is to monitor the arrival of the first swallow in spring to check on the progress of global warming.

Ice hockey: Panthers find form

NOTTINGHAM PANTHERS will be looking to round off an encouraging month by making further inroads in their quest for Sekonda Superleague success.

People in Style: Cook's companions

A kitchenware and gadget company with a cult following? Yes, really, says Imogen Fox

Word of mouth: After caviare, it is back to Beds for the scholarship chef

Even if he doesn't leave Bedfordshire, the odds must now be on Patrick Thompson going far. This weekend, the 23-year-old chef returns to his stove at the Falcon in Bletsoe, after three months' training at Alain Senderens' Paris restaurant, Lucas Carton. This, plus pounds 1,500 cash, travel, accommodation and a weekly allowance was the prize for winning the 15th Roux Diners Club Scholarship.

Children's Books: Triffic laughs with bad girls

Reading aloud for children is an art, says Christina Hardyment

Bus driver shortlisted for Booker

First-time writer gives established novelists run for their money in big literary prize

What Every Teenager Should Be Reading

MICHELE ROBERTS, NOVELIST AND POET:

Country: Nature Note

IN THE past few days, swallows and house-martins have been lining up in rows on telephone cables - a sure sign that they are about to start their migration.

Are vegetables the new rock'n'roll?

Restaurants

Two weeks, three couples and six kids equals hell

Why do holidays with other people and their families have a fatal attraction?

Lord, forgive them

The Deborah Ross Interview; Martin (Lord Noel-Buxton to you) is an endangered species. He lost all his money, nearly drank himself to death and is a bit vague about Hague (`Who?'). For some odd reason, people want him out of Parliament (along with all the

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Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

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How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

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'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
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Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

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Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

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A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower