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Farmers tempt endangered cranes back – by growing their favourite food

Several years ago, I counted more than 300 cranes in the wetlands near my rice field,” says farmer Khean Khoay, as he reminisces about the regal-looking eastern sarus crane. Khoay’s village, Koh Chamkar in Kampot province, lies on the outskirts of the Anlung Pring protected landscape in south-west Cambodia, in the fertile and biodiverse Mekong […]

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Breakfast with Nornie Bero: hot eggs – recipe

Nornie Bero’s Big Esso was slated to open in July of this year. “We only opened for four days, and then we were in lockdown for the rest,” Bero says. The restaurant and bar in Melbourne’s Federation Square is Bero’s second venue; her first, the Mabu Mabu tuck-shop in Yarraville, is part cafe and part […]

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Tea break? British shoppers turn their noses up at the traditional cuppa

It looks like time could be up for the traditional British cup of tea, with thirsty consumers increasingly opting for coffee, fancy herbal infusions and even kombucha as a pick-me-up. The latest blow to the national drink is Unilever’s decision this week to sell its famous black tea brands, which include Brooke Bond, PG Tips […]

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Boiling of live lobsters could be banned in UK under proposed legislation

Boiling lobsters alive could be banned if ministers act on a government-commissioned report that has found crustaceans have feelings. The study, conducted by experts from the London School of Economics (LSE) concluded there was “strong scientific evidence decapod crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs are sentient”. The finding follows a row over the animal welfare (sentience) bill, […]

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Benjamina Ebuehi’s recipe for ginger and treacle crinkle cookies gifts

My tin of treacle sits in my baking cupboard for most of the year, untouched until the smell of Christmas is in the air, and then I really put it to work, leaving it permanently sticky with syrupy fingerprints. A good glug goes into these cookies before they’re rolled in two types of sugar to […]

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Bottle it: the best drinks gifts for Christmas

Giving a bottle is a good way to get you off the Christmas present hook, but picking the right one can be a bit of a minefield. If it’s the same bottle you give every year, it might look as if you just couldn’t be bothered to think of something more imaginative – the booze […]