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David Eyre is executive chef of Iberian restaurant Eyre Brothers in London

David Eyre: 'I often eat standing in front of the fridge late at night'

My earliest food memory...My most formative memory was when I was about 11. I grew up in Mozambique, but went to school in Rhodesia, and getting there involved a two- or three-day journey. On this one occasion, we were travelling through the forest and called into one of the many sawmills along the way, where the wife of the sawmill owner was running something of a truck-stop restaurant. I remember her saying, "You're a bit late for lunch, but we've got some roast pork," and in fact, it was this wonderful suckling peri-peri pork with fried potatoes and a stack of bread, which I ate greedily with my fingers. That was the same day I discovered the joys of cold beer, because that's all they had on offer to drink: if I was to choose a last supper, it would definitely involve those two things.

Robert Mugabe flew back from Asia to Harare yesterday, seemingly in good health

Mugabe dispels death rumours as he returns 'fit and well' to Zimbabwe

Looking hale and hearty as he shook the hands of dignitaries at Harare airport, President Robert Mugabe put an end to rumours that he was gravely ill when he returned to Zimbabwe yesterday morning.

'Healthy' Robert Mugabe back in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe arrived home from Asia this morning as his party denied reports he had suffered a health emergency.

Phil Mustard says Durham should be reaching T20 finals day

Cutting the Mustard as a Twenty20 specialist

Durham's captain is just one of many county pros playing the shortest form of game all over world. He talks to Jon Culley

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe

Rumours of Robert Mugabe's failing health gather pace as he misses cabinet meeting

Rumours that Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is gravely ill are intensifying after he missed last week's cabinet meeting and the one due today was cancelled.

Andreas Derleth of New Zealand with his trophies during the grand finale of the Mr. Gay World 2012 competition, in Johannesburg yesterday

New Zealander declared Mr Gay World

New Zealand's Andreas Derleth has been crowned Mr Gay World, after a contest in Johannesburg that organisers said aimed to challenge homophobia throughout Africa.

Professor John Rex: Noted scholar of race relations

Professor John Rex was a leading figure in British sociology, chairing departments at various universities and founding two, at Durham and Warwick. A leading scholar in the field of race or ethnic relations in the UK, he participated in comparative and collaborative studies on the topic in Europe and elsewhere and was well-known internationally for his work in this area, and as a theorist of social conflict.

Donald Jr holds the severed tail of an elephant. Donald Sr, right, has questioned why his sons enjoy hunting so much

Donald Trump's sons in line of fire over African hunting trip

Tycoon father joins chorus of disapproval after photos emerge of pair with dead leopard and elephant

Mugabe blows £600,000 on birthday party

Who said Robert Mugabe doesn't have friends? The President of Zimbabwe might have few allies on the global stage but thousands of supporters turned out for the finale of the week-long party celebrating the leader's 88th birthday.

Move to disqualify Mugabe denied

A panel of MPs in charge of rewriting Zimbabwe's constitution says it it has not reached any conclusions about imposing an age limit for the presidency.

Market Report: Zimbabwe threat puts Aquarius in a nosedive

Does Aquarius Platinum have a future in Zimbabwe?

Haye and Chisora wrestle

David Haye trainer Adam Booth rules out fight with Dereck Chisora

David Haye's trainer Adam Booth says the former world champion has no intention of meeting Dereck Chisora in the ring despite the pair's brawl in Munich.

Chinese men arrested on animal cruelty charges

Four Chinese men face deportation from Zimbabwe after they were arrested on charges of cruelty to tortoises, according to local media.

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