Jessica-Alice Castellino

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Fondue recipe: welcome back to a 1970s classic

1970s favourite fondue is often ridiculed, but melted cheese laced with white wine and besieged by cubes of bread is nothing to joke about<p>You don’t need to live in the Alps – or, indeed, the 1970s – to enjoy the fun of a fondue. “It’s a playful way to entertain,” says Australian foodie Viviane …

The one theology book all atheists really should read

One reason that modern-day debates between atheists and religious believers are so bad-tempered, tedious and infuriating is that neither side invests much effort in figuring out what the other actually means when they use the word 'God'. This is an embarrassing oversight, especially for the atheist …

We Scots have a clear moral duty this year – to stay British

When, after 10 years as prime minister, Tony Blair gave his resignation speech at Trimdon Labour Club in 2007, he described Britain as "the greatest nation on earth". This was met with a horrified gasp from the country's opinion formers. What was this guy on? What was this flag-in-the-front-yard …

China doctor gets suspended death sentence for trafficking newborn babies | Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Tuesday handed down a suspended death sentence on a doctor who sold seven newborn babies to human traffickers, a case that sparked widespread anger in a country where child trafficking is rampant.<p>Zhang Shuxia, an obstetrician involved in baby trafficking, …

South Sudan president declares state of emergency ahead of talks | Reuters

JUBA/ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - South Sudanese President Salva Kiir declared a state of emergency in two states on Wednesday as his negotiators prepared for peace talks with rebels to end more than two weeks of violence that has pushed the country towards civil war.<p>A South Sudan army soldier stands …

5 Intense Bacon Dishes to Make For New Year's

For your hangover-curing needs (as if you even needed another excuse)<p><b>Whether you think of New Year's Eve</b> as the pinnacle of partying or just a garish and depressing spectacle, chances are that one way or another you are going to get bombed. And when you wake up the next morning, whether in the …

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New Year's Eve: delicious three-course dinner party menu

Keep things simple but stunning this New Year's Eve with these three elegant classic courses<p>I cook a lot of what most people would consider “special occasion” food in my restaurant all the time, so it can be hard to work out what to cook when I want to make something special at home. Food that is …

The Volgograd bombs are a warning over Olympic excess

The bomb blasts in the southern Russian city of Volgograd remind us that modern Olympiads are nationalist stunts first, and sports events second. Each one is more expensive and more politicised than the last, therefore becoming a magnet for enemies of the relevant state.<p>Vladimir Putin's February …

I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on

Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions. I'd start with: "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?" And: "How many men have you seen crawl …