Eats, writes about it. Ponces about on telly. Has big hair.

Berber & Q: restaurant review — Josh Katz cooks in Technicolor. His food has the bash and enthusiasm that other menus have the words for but not the flavours. Given it's in Hackney, in a reconditioned railway arch, that there are no reservations and that there are railway sleepers involved - given that, on paper, it's a hipster restaurant checklist as compiled by - this is remarkable.

Rules for a happy life: never look under a teenager’s bed and never clear out your kitchen cupboard — Recently, the Yorkshire based herb-and-spice company Steenbergs held a competition to find the oldest unused packet of spices in anybody's cupboard. The winner: a pot of Sainsbury's pickling spices bought in 1975 for 19p. Clearly we should celebrate such Olympic standard procrastination.

Flat Three: restaurant review — Flat Three, 120-122 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 (020 7792 8987). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £100 Halfway through my first driving test I knew I had failed, even without being certain as to why. As a callow 17-year-old I simply understood that I had been tested and found wanting.

Percy & Founders: restaurant review — 1 Pearson Square, London W1 (020 3761 0200). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £110 With some restaurants you have to ask the most basic questions. You have to ask why. Why did they bother? Why did they invest all this money? What, exactly, were they thinking?

Jinjuu: restaurant review — 15 Kingly Street, London W1 (020 8181 8887). Meal for two, including drinks and service, £110 A damp winter's night in January, and waiting for me by the door as I leave Jinjuu, a new glossy Korean restaurant behind London's Regent Street, is the chef. Oh God.

Keith Vaz helped kill a 90s probe into the Greville Janner claims: why is he silent now? — Keith Vaz, prospective parliamentary candidate for Leicester East, is a keen user of Twitter. On any given day, the veteran MP, who has held the constituency for the Labour party since 1987, can tweet half a dozen times or more, spraying a mix of feeble self-promotion and blunt political rhetoric.

Chef's Table is another slice of 'cool culinary' myth-making — In the feverish world of modern food media, it was only a matter of time before those tasked with profiling chefs would turn to the pages of Marvel Comics for inspiration. Naturally, the chef as Superman must have its very own origin myth. With Spider-Man it was the bite of a radioactive spider.

There’s one photograph all politicians fear: the one of them eating — Short of being photographed as one of those curving toilet doors on a Virgin Train slides gently open, revealing a mess of bare knees and shirt tails, there is one photograph that the modern politician fears more than any other: the eating shot.

Peace and loaf: restaurant review — 217 Jesmond Road, Newcastle (01912 815 222). Meal for two, including drinks and service, £110 Let's start at the very end, with a petit four of bubblegum-flavoured marshmallow dyed the shade of blue that meat inspectors use to mark carcasses as unfit for human consumption.

I saw up close how an establishment closed ranks over the Janner affair — A little over 24 years ago, as a young freelance journalist on the Independent on Sunday, I telephoned the Leicester office of Raymonds News Agency and arranged for a reporter to cover an imminent pre-trial hearing at the city's magistrates court. It was the sort of mundane hearing that would not normally trouble the media.
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May 28, 2015

Have just tweeted a little update on the Janner @Keith_Vaz business in the form of a screengrab. Hope it's readable.

May 28, 2015

An update on my questions to Keith Vaz MP re his 1991 support for Greville Janner .(See image)…

May 28, 2015

George Galloway has just announced he's standing for mayor of London. Sadly, cos he's blocked half the electorate, we can't tweet the news.

May 28, 2015

@deesharma2992 email me at the address at the end of my reviews. need to know more. no promises

May 28, 2015

@LaurieHills feel free to email at the address at the end of my reviews with what you're after (though no promises. Time is ltd)

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