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Top of the poops
Privatisation of water in the UK has resulted in soaring bills and sewage-filled rivers. How did we get here and how do we change course, asks Chris Moss.
Butterflied smoked herrings were once a cheap meal but almost disappeared from our plates. Now the kipper is making a comeback. Roger Ratcliffe reports.
Becoming Matt Cain
Matt Cain grew up in a macho environment in the North and it took until his 40s for him to realise his dream of becoming a published author. He tells Christian Lisseman how he’s lived a life in drag, despite not wearing a dress since he was a boy.
News, arts and entertainment, economist James Meadway, columnist Antonia Charlesworth, crossword, Sudoku and more.