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Irritations of Modern Life

59. Earth Mothers

Network: Web Design - A quick trip in the iCab

Web Design; iCab'll be the first browser that truly takes advantage of the Mac's power

Racing: Pitman's souffle ready to serve

PRINCEFUL IS "like a souffle that is cooked and ready to be served", according to Jenny Pitman, his trainer. Unfortunately, the pudding-like ground at Ascot may prevent the dish of the day appearing on tomorrow's menu at the Berkshire course.

Words: Hostess

Children taken to parties used to be told to behave and to be sure to say a nice thank you to the hostess, most likely remembered as a stately dame with what the French would call beaucoup de monde au balcon. Later, hostesses presided (always the word) over the afternoon teacakes and scones, and were gracious. Modern hostesses of this sort have little in common with the wide-eyed 17-year-old "Soho hostess" who, according to reports, befriended the Tory MP Piers Merchant, apart from the name they share.

Don't junk it ... use it Personalised personal organisers from cereal packs

Forget Filofax: here's a way to make a child's (or eccentric adult's) personal notebook from discarded packets.

'Are We Nearly There?'

Drama-related events for children over the half-term

Books: Concrete and cakes in Cavan

THE BEND FOR HOME: A Memoir by Dermot Healy, Picador pounds 16

Letter: Sweet note

Michael Bateman's "New Zealand" national pudding, pavlova, is anything but ("The first fruits of Kiwi cuisine", Review, 30 June). Not only is kiwi fruit not "de rigueur as topping for pavlova" but this alien fruit hadn't been heard of when pavlova was invented. What is de rigueur for pavlova is passion-fruit pulp, which cuts through the sweetness of this confection. A confection which is a stranger to the ice-cream sandwiched between slabs of meringue illustrated. The true pavlova starts with a meringue case filled (not topped) with soft fruits, topped with cream and the passion fruit pulp.

Americans find the highway to hell is paved with pumpkin pie

WASHINGTON DAYS

Pimp, pool shark, conman - and the father of jazz. Roy Barthlomew looks at the life of Jelly Roll Morton

The New York Times hailed it as a show that "leaves you wanting more, more, more". British audiences will be able to judge for themselves when Jelly Roll! - a tribute to the jazz great Jelly Roll Morton - slides into Stratford East next week.

LETTER:Tough cookies

From Mr William Johnson

LEADING ARTICLE:Science and apple pie

For anyone who wants to know why Swedish women should be avoided on winter mornings, and what the connection is between the Viking Earl Sigurd and Albert Einstein, then Kirkwall Town Hall, in the Orkneys, is the place to find out. As one of more than 3,000 events taking place across the country during National Science Week (17 to 26 March), the Nordic version of relativity theory will be the focus for discussion in Kirkwall on Wednesday evening.

Baking a batch of life's lessons

On Excellence

Letter: Vocal opposition to Portillo over the causes of disquiet for the majority

Sir: I was pleased to see that Michael Portillo has said that the Conservative Party is for the quiet majority that plays its part in the community ('Portillo speech suggests play for leadership', 23 April). I live in a village populated by the quiet majority, a small rather unremarkable village in North Warwickshire.
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