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Will Dean is Editor of The Independent Magazine

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The best hair pomade: Start the new year with a new 'do

We're two weeks into the new year and it is time for a new start. You can keep your gym routine, though, and your snooze-inducing dry January, the new thing I am talking about is on top of your head.

Fight club: the Siege of Marlborough in the English Civil War was relived in ‘Weekend Warriors’

Weekend Warriors, TV review: A cheap way to make a battle documentary - turn up, press the sepia button, retreat to pub

Last night's television brought the past to life. We'll come back to The Restoration Man in a minute, but first an hour of silliness on on UKTV's history channel Yesterday in the form of Weekend Warriors.

The Restoration Man, TV review: A wrecked Grade II-listed cottage is transformed into a cosy (and expensive) family home

George Clarke, with his lovely Wearside lilt, was back for a new series of watching people turn follies into cosy family homes. Or just expensive follies.

Giles Clark, the star of Tigers About the House: What Happened Next

Tigers About the House: What Happened Next, BBC2, TV review: Not quite the new Steve Irwin

Tigers Spot and Spike are incredible creatures to watch

The Unluckiest People of the Year 2014 (and one very unlucky giraffe)

For our second annual Unluckiest People of the Year special, we praise the 13 unlucky subjects whose 2014s put the annus in horribilis
Didn’t he do well? Bruce Forsyth presenting ‘The Generation Game’

The Fight for Saturday Night, TV review: Top marks for Michael Grade's illuminating look at television's golden age

It's been a while since we looked back at the world of Seventies and Eighties light entertainment. One forgets why. Anyway, to remedy that, last night BBC4 devoted 90 minutes to the battle for Saturday night TV ratings since the birth of ITV. So far, so esoteric (this is BBC4, after all).

Jason Watkins as Christopher Jefferies

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote

It is sad that the stories of the men connected to this crime are told, while the female victim is largely ignored

At a stroke: ‘Liberty of London’ featured Lee Whittle (in blue shirt) the store’s general manager, here with the managing director, Ed Burstell (holding dog)

Liberty of London, TV review: It's fun to watch the follies of the rich, but haven't we had our fill of posh porn?

Posh people, as it's been noted elsewhere, are so hot right now. And not just because they've got back from a fortnight on the yacht. Though that helps.

Confessions of a Secretary, TV review: The "good old days" were in fact nothing of the kind

After doctors owning up to getting their mistresses off-the-books abortions and coppers to smashing skulls, it was time for Britain's secretaries to get things off their chests in Channel 4's rather good Confessions series.

Christmas 2014: 10 best gifts for babies and toddlers

Keep tootsies snuggly and little minds entertained with Will Dean's pick of presents for littluns

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War with Isis: Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria's capital

War with Isis

Iraq declares victory in the battle for Tikrit - but militants make make ominous advances in neighbouring Syria
Scientists develop mechanical spring-loaded leg brace to improve walking

A spring in your step?

Scientists develop mechanical leg brace to help take a load off
Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock: How London shaped the director's art and obsessions

Peter Ackroyd on Alfred Hitchcock

Ackroyd has devoted his literary career to chronicling the capital and its characters. He tells John Walsh why he chose the master of suspense as his latest subject
Ryan Reynolds interview: The actor is branching out with Nazi art-theft drama Woman in Gold

Ryan Reynolds branches out in Woman in Gold

For every box-office smash in Ryan Reynolds' Hollywood career, there's always been a misconceived let-down. It's time for a rethink and a reboot, the actor tells James Mottram
Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

Stars safeguard against morbid advertising

As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

Hack Circus: Technology, art and learning

Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
10 best compact cameras

A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

If your smartphone won’t quite cut it, it’s time to invest in a new portable gadget
Paul Scholes column: Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now

Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

The former player on how she is finding time to coach both Manchester Thunder in the Superleague and England in this year's World Cup
General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?