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Steve Bell on Ed Miliband 'sick and tired of being a weed' at Labour party conference - video

Steve Bell explains how he took inspiration from an old Charles Atlas ad in comic books for his Guardian cartoon of Ed Miliband's conference speech in Brighton, in which he was transformed from weed to muscle-man. He describes Miliband's performance during his 'make or break speech' in which he …

Gardens: five ways with ground cover

Fill a cottage garden border<p>Leave bare soil in your borders and you may as well put up a sign saying, "Weeds welcome." The best ground cover plants are the ones that never overreach their boundaries (or, if they do, are easily tamed). <i>Geranium</i> 'Rozanne' is one of these. Equally at home in a mixed …

What’s behind the rise in c-sections?

The author argues that fear of malpractice lawsuits is leading to a dangerous rise in the procedure<p>Theresa Morris<p>September 22, 2013 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from Cut It Out<p><b>Document Everything: The Best Solution in the Case of a Bad Outcome</b><p>A common response to liability anxiety of maternity …

Grasses for autumn gardens

The garden is taller than it will ever be, before the nights get too cool and the days too short to sustain the growth. I like the feeling that everything has exerted itself as much as it can before retreating, and I will avoid that desire to rein things back. Sunflowers poking over walls and …

Disaster texts: what would the government's warnings be like?

Ever worried no one will tell you about the zombie apocalypse until it's too late? Well snap out of it, because zombies don't exist. And anyway, if they did, Britain's National Security Council's new emergency warning plan – which sends text messages to every phone in a disaster area – might just …

Sow now for sweet pea success

There's no time like the present to get next year's sweet peas in, says Graham Rice.<p>The advantages accruing from sowing <b>sweet peas</b> in the autumn are so real and substantial that there should be no need for argument," wrote the renowned <i>Amateur Gardening</i> editor A J Macself back in 1933. Sweet pea …

Lisa Oz's Lentils with Chia Seeds Recipe

Aromatics and herbs transform vegetables from simple to spectacular.<p><b>Serves 4</b><p>Ingredients<p><i>Note: Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids and have a</i> …

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Bulgur Wheat Pilaf Recipe

<b>Serves 4-5</b><p>Ingredients<p>1/4 cup onions, chopped finely<br>• 2 Tbsp. butter or oil<br>• 1 cup organic bulgur<br>• 1/2 cup sliced almonds (optional)<br>• 2 cups water<br>• 1/8 tsp. …

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Richard the Lionheart: battle addict who spent much of his life in France

Let me own up right away: I knew very little about Richard the Lionheart when I decided to write a novel about him. I can't now remember what inspired me, but in my head was the phrase "men in green tights". I find that as the time approaches to think about a new novel, ideas begin to form, as …

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How to make the perfect bean burgers

Bean burgers are one of those meat-free dishes, like Glamorgan sausages or nut roasts, which suffer unfairly from comparison with what us omnivores like to term "the real thing".<p>While I'm not wild about the idea of mock meat, these are all foods that don't need to piggyback on any better-known …

Football manager in coma responds to news of his team's victory

A football manager in an induced coma following a car crash opened his eyes when he heard his team had won their opening game.<p>Wayne Thorne, 33, had just started his second season in charge of Larkhall Athletic, when he was involved in a head-on collision. He spent a week unconscious after suffering …

Alys Fowler: time to grow those winter greens

There is a moment in any food garden when you have to destroy the picture. All spring and early summer you work to create something abundant and then you go and ruin it by eating it.<p>Whole beds and pots lie bare where there were once potatoes, onions, broad beans and garlic. Still, despite August …

The 10 best yoghurt recipes

Sesame yoghurt pasta salad (above)<p>This simple recipe works with fresh stuffed or dried pasta – but try to stick with flavours that will go along with the spices in the sauce. You can even make the sauce a day or two ahead and precook the vegetables and pasta too. Just keep them separate and toss …

Make your own iced coconut chai

I first tried chai at a rave in Goa many years ago. My memory of the evening is disjointed, but vivid. I get flashbacks.<p>The first thing to do was to find a party. In the strip leading down to Calangute beach, cab drivers lined up to whisk you off to oblivion. "No party, no pay!"<p>You roared along the …

The best Scottish gardens to visit - Telegraph

Blueberry Dumplings The Star Of Lasting Summer Memories

When blueberries are in season, you don't need to turn on the oven to make a delicious dessert. Valerie Erwin says it takes just 15 minutes to make one of her favorite summer dishes, Blueberry Dumplings. She shared the recipe for <i>All Things Considered</i>'s Found Recipes series.<p>Erwin is the chef and …

Daft Punk Stands Up Colbert, Hilarity Ensues

Daft Punk was supposed to be the guest on <i>The Colbert Report</i> last night, but pulled out of the engagement.<p>Instead Stephen found out a few days before …

How To Make Master French Chocolatier Jacques Torres' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that's why they call him Mr. Chocolate!<p>These are a chocolate chip cookie of another …

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How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Creative Performance

Are you a certified organizational ninja? It’s okay, nobody is–so steal this idea from career kickstarter Amber Rae, who shares her “Work, Play, Fit, Push” framework for getting things done while staying inspired.<p>About four years ago I started working for myself. I wanted the freedom and …

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The 10 best picnic recipes

Honey lemonade with grapefruit and fresh mint<p>This is the perfect balance of sharp and sweet. If you're not serving the lemonade straight away, leave …

Paris with kids: a family-friendly city break

My six-year-old and I wandered the steep back streets of Montmartre for an hour before reaching Place du Tertre. We stopped on Place Emile Goudeau to …

A to Z of Wagner: H is for Hitler

<b>H</b> has, unfortunately, to be for <b>Hitler</b>. No programme note about a Wagner performance is complete without an analysis of the question of whether he was …

Nigel Slater's herb recipes

Monty Don was insistent. The herb bed must be near the kitchen. He explained, calmly, that you don't only cook when the sun is shining. Sometimes you …