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The dying art of owning a decent pen

Why you should never leave home without one

Okayama Castle, which was completed in 1597. Its black exterior has earned it the nickname ‘Crow Castle’

Towering Tokyo draws your gaze endlessly upwards

The 38-storey Aman Tokyo is the perfect base from which to explore this stunning city’s high life

John Broadley’s drawings serve up a taste of saucy old Soho

The illustrations for Quo Vadis conjure the glory days of life just outside its doors

Pasta is the solution to the vegetable crisis

The veg crisis is the perfect opportunity to ditch the courgetti and fall back in love with proper pasta

How I discovered the fine art of foraging

The Edible City: A Year of Wild Food is the foodie book of the year

Donald Trump’s presidency will be fuelled by junk food

As he showed on the campaign trail, the president-elect favours KFC over haute cuisine

The Pumpkin Spice Latte is an insult to a noble fruit

Starbucks’ seasonal special is a Halloween horror

For the ultimate posh picnic, the sky’s the limit

Silver napkin rings £350, basket with bike attached £33,659… or come back down to earth with classy tin plates for £5.95

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It’s so sad the way they spoiled Selfridges

In my childhood it was a place of enchantment. Today it’s just another garish shopping mall