• Image of Issue 1280: April 1-7

Drawn to scales:
Once it was ancient mariners who were irresistibly drawn to mermaids but now it’s more likely to be fashion-conscious millennials, conservation types or simply those who love being underwater. Antonia Charlesworth dives into the ever deeper mermaid phenomenon.

New diet:
Completely nuts The EAT-Lancet diet suggests we drastically reduce the amount of meat we consume, upping our consumption of nuts and pulses to make ourselves healthier and save the planet in the process. But its authors have links to the processed food industry and its nutritional value has been questioned. Roger Ratcliffe reports.

Roar talent:
Bradford’s fresh-faced comedian Jack Carroll and director Jason Wingard from Manchester tell Simon Bland about the representation of disability in arts and entertainment and in their new Blackpool-set comedy Eaten by Lions.

Plus Arts and entertainment
Including a round-up of the best comic talent playing across the region – actor Ralph Fiennes’ letter to his younger self, crossword, Sudoku and more.

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