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Search for the Northwest Passage pt1

The Meaning of Timothy McVeigh

Americans were fed the story of Timothy McVeigh’s trial and execution as a simple, unquestionable narrative: he was guilty, he was evil, and he acted largely alone. Gore Vidal’s 1998 Vanity Fair essay on the erosion of the U.S. Bill of Rights caused McVeigh to begin a three-year correspondence with …

Chilling history: the men who hunted the elusive Northwest Passage

From mythical maps to doomed expeditions and disputed cannibalism, a new exhibition chronicles man’s many attempts to find the Arctic channel<p>Equipped with ingenious contraptions such as the magnificent Boat-Cloak – an inflatable dinghy that doubled as a cloak, powered by a sail that could be used …

Sherlock recap: series three, episode one - The Empty Hearse

Sherlock lives! And we finally got an explanation – in fact, three explanations – as to how he did it Warning: contains spoilers<p>Well that was silly, wasn't it: moustaches, a game of Operation and a bomb made out of a tube train. But it was the reactions to Sherlock's death that were at the heart of …

What makes a winning travel piece? Guardian writers share their tips

To help you write a winning travel piece, here are some expert tips from the tutors of the Guardian Travel masterclass More useful travel writing tips Enter the 2013 travel writing competition: eight fantastic trips to be won<p>An important part of travel writing is coming up with an introduction that …

The geography of taste: how our food preferences are formed

We might think we love food from far-flung lands, but most of it is tailored to suit our tastes. If you could only ever eat one cuisine again, which would you choose?<p>Italian, then Indian, followed by Vietnamese? I've never been any good at picking favourites. I'm a mood-driven soul and having my …

How to make your own halloumi cheese

Making cheese is easier than you may think and this recipe should entertain your kids too. You can brine the halloumi and keep it for another day, or fry it when it's fresh<p>Making cheese with children is easy and loads of fun, striking a brilliant balance between a kind of whizz-bang chemistry and …

Pocket money tales: 'My son called me a disgrace for giving him only £5,000 on his 18th birthday'

Pocket money levels are returning to pre-financial crisis levels, Halifax said this week. So how much should you spend on your children? Donna Ferguson interviewed five very different families<p>Sarah, 42, and her husband, 47, work in the public sector and have a household income of £75,000. They have …

Tom and Beth Kerridge on a feisty, foodie marriage

A Michelin-starred chef and a sculptor admit that they're not afraid to speak their minds. To appear in this column, email meandyou@observer.co.uk<p>HIS STORY <i>Tom Kerridge, 40, chef-owner at the Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers</i><p>Beth's first sentence to me was: "Will you give me £3 for the stripper, …