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Comment: A seasonal discussion with the wordlywise

IT WOULD have been sad to end the year without another visitation from Dr Wordsmith, our peripatetic expert on the way we speak today, so I am delighted to say that this unpredictable linguist has just blown into the office on his way from one Christmas-tide party to another. He has expressed his willingness to tackle your end-of-the-year queries and to raise a glass to you all, so over to you, Dr Wordsmith!

Fitness regime that cannot be delayed any longer

EVERY MORNING outside our children's school, at about the time 400-or-so children are jumping out of cars and people carriers and forgetting their bags and leaving the doors open and pulling each other's hats off and stepping deliberately into puddles and running when they should be walking and shouting and getting shouted at and dropping things and picking up things they shouldn't, at round about that time a lone jogger of advanced years makes his way down the road.

Crisis in East Timor: In the city of the vanished disappeared

IAN MARTIN'S mind is elsewhere when General Kiki Shahnakri of the Indonesian Army, the TNI, opens his briefing to ambassadors of the UN Security Council on the situation in Dili. The tall, balding Briton in charge of the besieged Unamet compound here is tucking in.

The Trader:I'm getting shirty

`There are plus points. No one can accuse us of rushing things'

Conran summer food: Fish

If the depths of winter call for calorie-rich comfort food, summer demands lightness, speed and convenience. This is when seafood comes into its own. Consider the range, from lobster and Dover sole to more modestly priced salmon and mussels. In the first of a two-part series, we publish some of the best fish recipes chosen by

Eating In: Table manners

There are too many chefs throwing tantrums these days, says Michael Bateman. Happily Philip Howard isn't one of them. His style may be unassuming, but the results are exceptional

Restaurants: A night in uberburbia

FOR THOSE of us who smugly divide our time between what we regard as the real town and the real country, there is an unfortunate middle zone which we look on, quite without compromise, as Hell on Earth. I'm not talking about suburbia. We like suburbia. We may joke about its privet hedges, net curtains, and well-polished Ford Probes, but it is unchanging, unthreatening, and above all untempting.

Food And Drink: Packed like Sardinians

Word of mouth From dealing in Porsches to prosciutto crudo: Sybil Kapoor meets Stefano Vallebona, supplier of smart Sardinian food. Photograph by Nicola Levinsky

Eating Out: Taste of things to come

Hot, happening and opening soon

City Life: Tokyo - Where Japan's fat fish are sold to the fat cats

IT'S QUARTER to six in the morning, a few degrees above freezing, and I am standing in a dim shed on the edge of a murky quayside where a unique scene is being enacted.

Leading article: Warn, yes; scare, no

IN THE old days millenarians were worried about the end of the world. Now we are worried about whether the fridges will work when the date hits a big round number. The Government is caught on the horns of a classic dilemma: it wants us to be worried, but not too worried.

EU agrees drift-net ban

EUROPEAN UNION fisheries ministers agreed to ban drift-et or "wall of death" fishing last night in an attempt to protect dwindling stocks of dolphin.

Food: Salt of the earth

Sometimes all you need is bottarga and fresh potatoes, says Annie Bell

Taking Control: The power in a tuna sandwich

Stealth, denial, determination. These are the tools of a true control freak. Most people know at least one. In fact most people are related to at least one. I am no exception and, as Exhibit A, I would like to present the battle of the sandwiches.

O'Reilly steps down as Heinz chief executive

Tony O'Reilly yesterday stepped down as chief executive of the US group HJ Heinz, turning over day-to-day control of the company to his leading lieutenant.
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