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In the realm of Sicily's fisher king

For a few weeks each year, visitors pack the Egadi islands off Sicily's west coast. They come to see a bloody tuna slaughter directed by the 'rais', or leader of men. Lee Marshall reports

They're playing our tuna

Newlyn's fishermen rely on tuna catches to survive. But they fear new clashes with the Spanish fleet as the season begins.

I take it hotter, spicier and exceedingly saucy

For the past several weeks,since a foul rheum with accompanying catarrh made my life miserable (you try cooking for 12 guests with no ability whatever to smell or taste what you are doing), I have been spicing up nearly everything I eat. Nothing has seemed quite hot enough, pepperwise.

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Mad and Her Dad Lyric Studio, London W6

Food & Drink: Socking great flavours of the bistro: The Whites are back in business, the customers back in droves. Emily Green revels in the well-made, classic food she loves

NEAR the castle in Newark, Nottinghamshire, dinky placards advertising local businesses protrude from a civic flowerbed. Strung from the first- floor window of Gannets Bistrot 94, right next to the castle, a rather silly white banner announces the arrival of 'top-rated chef Colin White'. I cannot speak for the veracity of the messages in the flowerbed, but the one about Mr White is true.

Zoe Heller in America: Of moving apartments, obscure objects and desires

SOME TIME ago, I was having a conversation with my friend Claudia about how good the chicken sandwiches at the Time Cafe are, and she said, 'You got a real voolly for those sandwiches.' 'Voolly', it turns out, is an Italian-American corruption of the verb volere - to desire. To have a voolly for something is to have a crush on it, or an as yet unsatisfied craving. I am completely enchanted with this word and have been trying to slip it casually into conversations ever since: 'That woman certainly has a voolly for Hershey bars . . .' and so on. Right now, I have a big, big voolly for my new apartment.

TELEVISION (Review): Muscling in on lives of quiet desperation

SHORT STORIES (C4) began with a nice image of decline. There, in an empty husk of a Strathclyde steel mill, stood some bloke posing away, flexing his biceps. Now that the work has gone, the labour force of Coatbridge has turned to body-building: the muscles that built the empire now reduced to an oiled-up prop in the pursuit of narcissism.

Capital gains: Munching after midnight

It's deep into Friday night/Saturday morning and Capital Radio is spilling forth from a pair of speakers at the 24-hour Ridley Road Bagel Bakery & Patisserie. While London sleeps, this place is as loud as it is alive.

Captain Moonlight: In case you are grilled on tuna

AT LAST. You have deeply pondered and lengthily discussed pole-and-line, net lengths, net stretching, purse seining, territorial limits and dolphin escape nets. But how much thought have you given to the tuna itself? Worry no more. Read The Captain's Top Ten Tuna Titbits and never again need you feel embarrassed when the topic of tuna comes up, as come up again it surely will:

Canoeist mystery

CORNISH fishermen hunting tuna in the Bay of Biscay encountered a mystery canoeist 400 miles west of Brest paddling furiously for land. The man, calling himself Matthew Moran, claimed to have been at sea for three months crossing the Atlantic.

Navy defends role in 'tuna wars'

A ROYAL NAVY party boarded another Cornish trawler in the Bay of Biscay yesterday to check her tuna nets.

Cornish fishermen carry shotguns in tuna war

BRITISH tuna fishermen are arming themselves with guns before heading for the Bay of Biscay, the skipper of a Cornish fishing boat claimed yesterday.

Tuna War: Lords say ban on drift net fishing cannot be justified - European Commission plan to outlaw nets 'is unbalanced'

AN ALL-PARTY Lords committee on drift net fishing has attacked a proposal by the European Commission that the use of the nets be banned by 1997.

Tuna fishermen get protection: Second Navy ship sent to patrol Bay of Biscay as Waldegrave issues warning to Spanish

THE GOVERNMENT yesterday demonstrated its resolve to protect British fishermen embroiled in the tuna dispute with their Spanish counterparts.

Battle against odds for small fleet: Cuts in quotas of traditional catches are forcing the fishing industry to diversify. Ian MacKinnon reports

THE 'tuna war' might be better characterised as the 'tuna skirmish', so small is the embryonic British fleet that sails mostly out of Newlyn in Cornwall.
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