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ELIZABETH DAVID: A BIOGRAPHY LISA CHANEY, MACMILLAN, pounds 20

THE CRITICS: PUBLIC VIEW 7: PUCK ROMEO

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I know a bank where the wild thyme blows ...

Cheap flights to Athens mean that a month from now you could go in search of the 'wood near Athens' where the action in Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' takes place. Moira O'Neill investigates

HAUTE CUISINE OUT OF A PIG'S EAR

MASTERS OF MODERN COOKERY; 2: RICHARD CORRIGAN

Eating out: A bed of wild thyme

The Cors; Newbridge Road, Laugharne, Nr Carmartharne SA31 4SH. Tel: 01994 427219. Open Thursday to Friday noon to 2.30pm and 7 to 9pm, with extended hours over summer. Average price pounds 23 per person. Credit cards accepted

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A LIFE-TIME IN PROVENCE

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Danny Boy heads for the City

He has done for Galway Bay and Danny Boy what Riverdance did for jigs and reels, or Val Doonican achieved with sweaters.

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