Voices

To buy a ticket for a hotly tipped play, within seconds of booking opening, requires perseverance and nerve as websites falter, payments vanish and a confirmation finally limps through. The goal is to see a top cast, whose fluency and fluidity is testament to years of determination – getting to drama school, being noticed at the end-of-year shows, getting an audition, getting a part and nailing it.  

Aid crisis as children face starvation

Aid groups say they are nearly $200m short of the money needed to fight a growing hunger crisis threatening more than a million children across western and central Africa.

Thrust of the argument: Fans can now tell the players what they think of them directly on Twitter, like the thumbs-up, thumbs-down for Roman gladiators

David Flatman: Don't push it, gladiators might just decide to attack the trolls

From the Front Row: They write off someone's career, press send and nip off for a cup of tea

Okra with mustard seeds

Okra with mustard seeds

Serves 4

Okra with mustard seeds

Kick start: Mark Hix gets creative with mustard

Don't just spoon it on to the side of your plate, says our chef – use mustard to create delicious sauces and accompaniments to meat and fish dishes.

Terraces above 166 Bank Street, West Village, Manhattan

On top of the world: Aerial photographer Alex MacLean uncovers the secrets of New York's skyline

Organic farms, swimming pools, even a vintage plane – New York's skyline has hidden delights, as aerial photographer Alex MacLean discovered.

Meat People, 4-6 Essex Road, London N1

With cathedrals to the carnivorous urge opening all around, does Meat People make the cut?

Man About Town: Turning a morning after into a full-on day rarely makes for happy endings

Tuesday morning is an ambitious time to invite anyone for cocktails. You run the risk that entirely the wrong sort of guest will turn up – the under-employed and overly thirsty. Not the sort with whom you necessarily want to spend your weekday mornings.

Going solo: Charlotte McDonald-Gibson at Spuntino in Soho, where lone diners are welcomed

A table for one, please: Why dining alone has never been easier

The trend for no-reservation restaurants has a happy side-effect, says Charlotte McDonald-Gibson.

A table for one, please

The trend for no-reservation restaurants has a happy side-effect: dining alone has never been easier, says Charlotte McDonald-Gibson

Katy Guest: Rant & Rave (01/04/12)

Rant

Five thousand people were chosen at random to take part in the National Lottery Olympic Park Run

Cheers for 5,000 Olympic amateurs, the first to finish

A Slice of Britain: It's not Usain Bolt but Tommy Davies, a 26-year-old administrator, who makes sporting history by winning a five-mile trial run round the Olympic Park and into the stadium that will host Games events this summer

Braised hearts with creamed leeks and wild garlic

My Life In Travel: Joanna Lumley, actress and broadcaster

'You could hear lions in the garden at night'

Finsbury hopes Heston will boost sales

Finsbury Food is hoping Heston Blumenthal's Earl Grey and Mandarin Hot Cross Buns and Peppa Pig cakes will help it to continue its strong sales growth this Easter.

Invisible Ink: No 116 - British Library Invisibles

A bit of a departure this week, to celebrate the British Library's championing of forgotten authors. The jewel in their crown is the republication of the world's first detective novel, The Notting Hill Mystery by Charles Warren Adams, which had been serialised in the magazine Once A Week between 1862 and 1863.

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

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Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
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Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

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Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen