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'Tis the season to start baking

Making your own Christmas cake? The sooner you get going, the better it will be, says Alice-Azania Jarvis

Dilys Breese medal for McCarthy

Michael McCarthy, The Independent's Environment Editor, has been awarded the Dilys Breese Medal of the British Trust for Ornithology.

Diwali: A festival for the taste buds

The Indian celebration for Diwali features rich savoury and sweet dishes. Enjoli Liston gets ready for the feast

Avian flu's back, warns UN – and new strain is resistant to vaccines

Fears of a fresh outbreak of bird flu this winter have been raised by the United Nations, after an increase in the number of deaths and, crucially, the emergence of a new, mutated strain of the disease.

Donald Barnes: Church of England priest and prominent supporter of the ordination of women

One of the endearing characteristics of the Church of England, in times of tranquility and trauma, has been the virtuosity and variety in its parish priests. Donald Barnes, who gave nearly 60 years of service across north-west London, was a vibrant and much-loved example of the genre. But he was also someone who, in his sweeping interests and commitments, was prophetic in espousing the progressive movements – above all the movement for the ordination of women – which have revitalised Anglicanism even as they have challenged it. Barnes was ahead of that curve at a time when it was still a very brave stance to take.

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Tales From The Water Cooler: Aliens, share your eco-friendly tricks

News broke yesterday of a report by Shawn Domogal-Goldman, a scientist from Nasa's Planetary Science Division, which suggests that aliens from outer space may wipe us all out because they're mad at us about climate change.

Sun, sand and style: Welcome to Turkey&rsquo;s jet-set destination

The sophisticated Cesme Peninsula &ndash; for years the preserve of well-heeled locals &ndash; has begun to lure British travellers with the promise of a very different kind of Turkish beach holiday

Rapid decline could make curlew extinct in Ireland in decade

The curlew, the wetland wader with the decurved bill and haunting call, has almost vanished from Ireland in a mere 20 years, in one of the most dramatic declines ever recorded for a bird in the British Isles.

Warning over drug-resistant salmonella superbug

A potentially deadly drug-resistant form of salmonella is spreading across the world and has already infected hundreds of people in Britain, scientists have warned.

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They take take almost an hour to boil and need soldiers the size of baguettes but ostrich eggs are flying off shelves at supermarkets as foodies bid to impress guests with the giant delicacy.

John Walsh: Hey - that's Eric Idle at the next table

I'm just back from Los Angeles, where they make up their own rules about reality. Where your lovely hostess asks if, being British, you'd like a proper full English breakfast and you find that the bacon you're eating is Turkey Bacon, (with, according to the label, "50 per cent less fat than pork bacon") and the strangely sweet sausage is, duh, Chicken Apple Sausage (equally less fat-bearing than that awful pork stuff) and the salt you grind over your eggs isn't any old sea salt, it's Trader Joe's Himalayan Pink Salt Crystals (product of Pakistan).

At last! Lyster the laggard is on his way

Britain's laziest bird has finally left the country. Lyster, one of five cuckoos fitted with satellite navigation trackers by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), departed from Norfolk on Sunday night and is now to be found resting up in central France.

Man blinded while trying to help bird

A man has been blinded in one eye after an injured bird he went to assist pecked his eyeball out of its socket.

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