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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?

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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

Golf: Martin on a ride into dreamland

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Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk