FOOD & DRINK: THE FULL NORI

What's green and slimy and gets stuck between your toes? Michael Bateman on the latest in haute cuisine

A trickle runs through it

Simon Cain would rather be a trout bum, but he's busy helping our chalk streams to heal themselves. By Andrew Brown. Photographs by George Wright

Fishing lines: Greatest catch of all for Hughes

My wife has never forgiven me for making her carry my rods on our honeymoon. Seemed perfectly reasonable to me. After all, I was carrying the suitcases. But the sticking point was what I was doing with four rods and a bundle of tackle among my luggage in the first place. Mysterious, the ways of women, huh?

Thursday's Books: Kurt Vonnegut, `Timequake', Jonathan Cape, pounds 15. 99

Kurt Vonnegut, `Timequake', Jonathan Cape, pounds 15.99

Way beyond the slaughterhouse

TIMEQUAKE by Kurt Vonnegut, Cape pounds 15.99

Food & Drink: Rich picklings

Skibo Castle - a Gothic pile built by Andrew Carnegie and now an exclusive club - yields up Scottish delights and a few of its secrets to Michael Bateman

Sellafield chemical leak kills fish

Thousands of young fish and eels were killed by a chemical leak from British Nuclear Fuels' Sellafield plant in Cumbria yesterday.

Fishing: Mayflies but wind doesn't

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Drought drives fish from Test

The river that reputedly tempted the Prince of Wales on his wedding night is in trouble.

fishing lines: Thames, they are a changin'

Not A lot of people know this, but the Thames was once the best water in Britain for catching big trout. The premier Thames trout fisher, A Edwards Hobbs, accounted for 878 trout over 3lb between 1890 and 1945 (which may explain why there are not a lot around now).

On the trail of the grayling; fishing lines

Walking along the banks of Derbyshire's river Dove, it's easy to see why Izaak Walton thought: "I could get a book out of this." With a rare flash of good taste, the Peak District authorities have refused to allow a plethora of cafes, ice cream vans, picnic spots and souvenir shops. If Walton came back tomorrow, apart from looking bloody silly in those baggy trousers, he would find that the Dove and surrounding countryside have changed little. Even the grayling are still big.

Doing that fish thing she does

Last week Vanessa-Mae - she of the electric white violin and even more electrifying wet-look T-shirt - was left high and dry just before embarking upon her latest national concert tour when her Slovak pick-up band were refused UK work permits. Ian Pillow was there when the emergency call went out to a fellow member of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

There'll be no high fives in Europe

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A new Russian revolution

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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Standing my ground

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

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Jokes on Hollywood

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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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