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Shot And A Ghost, by James Willstrop

Something funny has happened on the way to the squash court in the past couple of decades. For reasons difficult to divine, the game somehow slipped off the mainstream sporting radar.

<b>Rebecca Adlington</b>
<br />This, the first British swimmer to win two
Olympic gold medals in 100 years, is the eversmiling
face of the athletes who will, we're
confident, make us all proud at London 2012

The IoS Happy List 2012 - the celebrities who inspire

Rebecca Adlington

This, the first British swimmer to win two Olympic gold medals in 100 years, is the ever-smiling face of the athletes who will, we're confident, make us all proud at London 2012.

Beastly Things, By Donna Leon

I went off Donna Leon several books ago – not enough plot, too much pasta, too much family stuff, above all, an excess of the tiresomely perfect Signorina Elettra, paragon of the Venetian cop-shop. But this is a return to form. Commissario Brunetti exerts himself with a lot more policing, plus the book is written with that depth of thought about crime and humanity that characterises the best of Leon's work.

Meat People, 4-6 Essex Road, London N1

With cathedrals to the carnivorous urge opening all around, does Meat People make the cut?

Lee Paton and pheasants at his studio in Islington

The latest accessory for fashionistas: a stuffed animal

Inspired by a surge in interest in taxidermy, Genevieve Roberts learns to stuff a mouse called Derek... to wear as a brooch

Everything but the pips: Arc Café is pioneering the vegetarian version of zero-waste cooking

Samuel Muston discovers why we should think twice before we throw away those peelings.

Morgan M, 50 Long Lane, London EC1

Will City workers lap up the classic French cuisine at Morgan M's new Smithfields asset?

Fresh meat tops the list for the amount of carbon emissions

Meat trade emissions equal to half of all Britain's cars

Meat and cheese top the list of foodstuffs that have a negative impact on the environment, according to research

Michael Mansfield : Abolishing meat is an ethical issue that requires everyone's attention

As a barrister, I seek justice for people and defend their rights. As a vegetarian, I like to think that I take a stand against injustice for those who happen not to have been born human and so are confined and killed for their flesh.

A production that doesn't live up to its promise: 'The French Detective and the Blue Dog'

The French Detective and the Blue Dog, Theatre Royal, Bath

In a small town "somewhere between Brussels and Bruges" a trapeze artist disguised as a laundry worker has been murdered. So opens Hattie Naylor's new musical, The French Detective and the Blue Dog, at Theatre Royal Bath's children's theatre, the egg. But this is a production that could have done with a bit longer in the incubator.

Bits on the side: good vegetables can make a Christmas meal

Festive vegetables that are worth sprouting about

Use these hints to give your parsnips some zip and turn even die-hard Brussels haters into fans, says Alice-Azania Jarvis

Nick Wilson: 'There isn't a market sector we are not in'

The Business Interview: Despite a tough year, the managing director of Hewlett-Packard UK remains positive

The Radleys, By Matt Haig

These days vampires are a high-profile lot, but Matt Haig's family of blood-suckers try to remain below the radar at all times.

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