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Rising costs put third of Britain’s curry houses at risk of closure

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Tough new immigration restrictions on skilled chefs spark crisis talks in London this weekIt’s only midday on a grey Friday lunchtime, but from the kitchen tucked away in the back of the Prince of Bengal in the Suffolk market town of Saxmundham, a heady whiff of spices is already wafting through the peach-painted tandoori and balti restaurant. Related: Curry on cooking: how long will UK's adopted national dish survive? Continue reading...

Lawrence Osborne interview: how the novelist became the new Graham Greene

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Lawrence Osborne may be the best writer you haven’t heard of. Now 57, he’s seen as a successor to Graham Greene. Ed Cumming meets a louche novelist abroad finally fulfilling a breathtaking talentThey say you should start with the shoes, and the first thing I notice about Lawrence Osborne is a pair of two-tone brogues. Footwear is important to him: his characters often find their sturdy brown British leather on unfamiliar ground. “Shoes tell you a lot about someone,” he ... more

Gene editing could create medicines and self-fertilising crops. But are we facing another GM food-style furore?

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The technique could transform life for farmers and Parkinson’s sufferers. But critics insist it remains unproven – and the EU may end up blocking itOutside Norwich, in a refrigerated cupboard in the basement of the John Innes Centre, racks of glass tubes filled with bright green shoots have been arranged in neat, carefully labelled layers. They look like salad pots at a fast-food outlet.These young barley plants are special, however, and not for sale. They have been grown from seeds ... more

Bitter battle to save King Lear’s green valley from the developers

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A court ruling has backed Dover council’s decision to allow builders into an area of outstanding natural beautyConservationists and historians are digging in for a last-ditch defence of a sliver of “sacrosanct” ancient Kentish meadow and woods, protected in law but set to be the location for a large housing and leisure development.The fight for the Farthingloe valley, a long, narrow green strip that extends to the western outskirts of Dover, has been especially bitter. The valley is within the ... more

Shelter and the slums: capturing bleak Britain 50 years ago

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From 1968 to 1972, photographer Nick Hedges toured the country for Shelter. His work galvanised politicians – and now the charity wants to find out what happened to those he portrayedClick here for a gallery of his photographsAt first glance they seem to be the survivors of a besieged city. Standing in front of decrepit buildings that tower over streets absent of cars, they cut abject figures. Children in ragged clothes play on wasteland; a mother and her teenage daughter ... more