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Coma recovery woman Alexandra Singer's book released

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Arifa Akbar: The day I went for tea with Britain's public enemy No. 1

Sheikh Abu Qatada let me into his home because I was a fellow Muslim. I spoke to his wife, saying Salaam a'laikum to her from the other side of the door of their slightly shabby terraced house in Acton. A few moments later a man led me into a sitting room with the curtains firmly drawn against the street outside, which was teeming with reporters and cameramen.

Harriet Walker: 'February is the best month to detox'

If you're a normal person, and I like to think that most of our readers are (although I can vouch for a few of you not being, I must say – Man Who Once Sent Me a Lewd Cartoon, I'm looking at you here), then you've probably reached the point in the year when your good post-Christmas intentions have melted away and faded to nothing, just as the brandy butter did when you slathered it over your steaming-hot pudding all those many weeks ago.

Tea drinking becoming a mug's game

Retailers have warned that the cornerstone of British social manners, the teapot, is dying out.

Lucy Rose - When she jams, the results are definitely worth keeping

Lucy Rose sells preserves and tea at her gigs. But the lauded singer-songwriter is also bottling music, for her debut album, she tells Alexia Loundras

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Each post on the addictive blog of designer Abigail Ahern reads like a love letter to your home. And her trademark style – in a nutshell, "elegant cocoon" – is particularly enticing on these short, chilly days when we're all too skint to go out. Here are her tips for cosying up...

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