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



To celebrate its 10th anniversry next month, Bloomsbury is publishing a set of ten 'Birthday Quids', each a story by a leading writer. Here, in full, is one of them A NEW STORY BY MARGARET ATWOOD
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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

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eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

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Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

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Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

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7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home