Rachel Roddy’s recipe for potato, pumpkin, sage and gorgonzola | Food

“I didn’t know which type you wanted, so I bought both,” is a wonderful sentence. Vincenzo put two neat, white packets on the counter, along with the…

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Sudoku 5,559 easy

Click here to access the print version. Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3×3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. Continue…

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Why do major and minor chords in music affect us the way they do? | Life and style

Why does music played in major chords and keys tend to be more uplifting, whereas minor chords are more poignant and sad? Is this an innate reaction?…

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Tales of two cities: a twin-city break to Lisbon and Porto | Portugal holidays

Lisbon We usually love cities for the attractions they offer, but the city of Lisbon is more of an attraction in itself. There are exquisite museums and…

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When the biscuit tin is empty, try these chocolate bars | Chocolate

We have developed a small ritual in our house, which consists of the fire being lit at 4pm, so it has been roaring for a good 30…

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Observer sudoku

Click here to access the print version. Fill the grid using the numbers 1 to 9. Each number must appear just once in every row, column and…

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Embroidered sculptures of woodland treasures – in pictures | Art and design

Every day, Amanda Cobbett walks her dog in the Surrey Hills and observes the minute changes in the woodland around her. The embroidery artist takes note of…

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David Gandy: ‘I’ve done my share of underwear shoots’ | Life and style

My childhood, in Essex, was run-of-the-mill. My parents were grafters, starting businesses from home, and they were both very present in my life while also deeply committed…

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Varnishing act: the only nail polishes I’ll ever need | Nail varnish

I was on a photoshoot earlier this month and while we were discussing possible lacquers, the on-set manicurist said she was tempted to carry only a bottle…

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Sudoku 5,556 expert

Click here to access the print version. Fill the grid so that every row, every column and every 3×3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. Continue…

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