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Who’s the world’s biggest liar?

Martin Wainwright takes a seat at the bar to hear some very tall tales at the World’s Biggest Liar competition in the Lake District

Fact from fiction … was Tom Cruise at the World’s Biggest Liar competition, or wasn’t he? Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP

With Tom Cruise at one end of the bar and Tony and Cherie Blair at the other, the Bridge Inn in the heart of the Lake District was packed last week for the annual World’s Biggest Liar competition.

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You don’t have to be mad to camp in winter

… but you do have to be prepared. Guy Grieve, star of TV’s Wild Gourmets and wilderness survival expert, celebrates the joys of outdoor living whatever the weather, and gives his tips on keeping cosy under canvas

There is a great freedom that comes with being able to live comfortably outdoors at any time of year. One of my happiest memories is of setting out with my family for a weekend of winter camping on our home island of Mull. The weather was changeable so we chose our site carefully: set within a glen thickly wooded with Scots pine, it offered good shelter from the wind in all directions, as well as abundant supplies of firewood.

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