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Serves 4-6

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Cheese and celery

Serves 10

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Jambonette of chicken with celery

Jambonette of chicken with celery

Serves 4

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A plate of autumn vegetables

A plate of autumn vegetables

Serves 4

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Dame Vivienne Westwood has ended speculation about the ill health of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, following her visit to him at the Ecuadorian embassy last week.

Restaurant Michael Nadra, 42 Gloucester Avenue, London NW1

This week's review comes with its own soundtrack – the bass-driven "I Shoulda Loved Ya", Narada Michael Walden's 1979 disco hit. Damn, that song is catchy. From the moment I booked a table at Restaurant Michael Nadra in Primrose Hill, it lodged as an earworm; I was still humming it while I waited for my guest in the restaurant's Martini bar.

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Spanish-style roast chicken by Sophie Wright

Spanish-style roast chicken

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MasterChef presenter Gregg Wallace has been fined more than £1,001 for speeding at 82mph in a 50mph zone, a safety camera partnership said.

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