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Bestsellers Top 10 reptiles at the International Pet Centre

The International Pet Centre, 360 Edgware Road, is London's oldest pet shop. It has a particularly good reptile collection, most of them bought by serious herpetologists. Costs escalate once you've bought the tank and the heating system (minimum pounds 95 for both). Beginners are recommended to start with a tree frog.

1 Corn snakes ...............................................pounds 35

2 California king snake..................................pounds 65

3 Leopard gecko.............................................pounds 25

4 Horned frog.................................................pounds 35

5 Garter snake...............................................pounds 25

6 Whites tree frog...........................................pounds 25

7 Green iguana...............................................pounds 65

8 Horned frog.................................................pounds 35

9 Boa constrictor..........................................pounds 125

10 Carpet python............................................pounds 165

Crown tea cosy, pounds 14.95

This year we've had crown candlesticks, crown air fresheners, now a crown tea cosy. This would jolly up your breakfast table (along with the matching egg cosies, pounds 3.95), or alternatively you could wear it is a warm winter hat. From the National Portrait Gallery's mail-order catalogue, full of things like Elizabeth 1 Fruit Bonbons, and Lord Byron fridge magnets. To order, telephone: 0171-306 0055, extension 280 during work hours

Shaving Fun Ken, pounds 10

We've had all those years of girl dolls that cry, vomit and wet themselves, now a boy doll that does something. Ken comes with shaving foam and razor; just spread the foam on his chin, wield the razor, and watch the beard disappear. Leave him at room temperature, and back it sprouts. Hours of fun for everyone except Ken. From good toyshops, or call Mattel for stockists (01724 798822)

Suddenly there is a rush of Christmas fairs and sales, offering presents seriously more fun than those found in John Lewis sock department. Over the next weeks, Bazaar will list some of the best

This weekend:

ALNWICK, NORTHUMBERLAND Crafts at Christmas All sorts of crafty gifts for sale at Alnwick Castle, today and tomorrow, 10.30am-5pm. Admission pounds 1.50.

WHICHFORD, WARWICKS The Whichford Pottery is holding a special sale of its splendid terracotta pots. With daily demonstrations, and refreshments at weekends. At Whichford, near Shipston-on-Stour (01608 684416). Today to 3 December, 9am-5pm.

DITCHLING, SUSSEX A show of locally made pots, silverware, etchings, jewellery, quilts, kites, dolls and more. At Ditchling Village Hall and St Margaret's School, on the Lewes Road. Today and tomorrow, 10am-5pm. Admission 50p. Refreshments, too.

LONDON Dazzle Slightly more pricey work by 80 European jewellery designers, watchmakers, fabric designers, etc, costing from pounds 20-pounds 2,000. At the Royal National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1. From today to 6 January.

From Tuesday

LONDON Christmas at St Christopher's Escape the Oxford Street crowds and choose from papier-mache sculptures, pottery, wood carvings, designer knitwear, hand-woven cushions, etc. At 30-31 St Christopher's Place, London W1. From 21 Nov to 23 December, 10.15am-6pm, Mon-Sun. Till 7pm on Thursdays.

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