Furniture better than property as a lucrative investment

Prices for old English tables and chairs are at an all-time high, representing a better return on your money than bricks and mortar

Antiques dealer denies kicking Guscott's car

AN ANTIQUES dealer yesterday denied kicking Jeremy Guscott's car and charging towards it with his arm raised, on the second day of the international rugby player's trial at Bristol Crown Court.

FREE TICKETS TO 20th CENTURY FAIR

The Independent and Independent on Sunday have teamed up with 20th Century at Olympia to give away 500 tickets to the second annual fair in London.

Britain runs out of antiques

BRITAIN'S MOST prestigious auction houses are closing sales rooms because of a dramatic fall in the number of antiques coming on to the market.

Connoisseur and his Fagin are jailed for pounds 2m art robberies

EVEN IN the bizarre world of crime they made a strange double act.

Real Homes: Money for old rope

... or rusty cans, chipped cups and anything else that might count as junk. With shabby chic, one man's dross is another's antique, says HESTER LACEY

Twister strikes antiques fair

A TORNADO caused havoc at an antiques fair in Kent yesterday as extreme weather conditions struck Britain during the hottest day of the year.

THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS: Kelly Hoppen

Winner of the Andrew Martin Interior Design Award, Kelly Hoppen has designed everything from the interior of a Lear jet to 112 Harley Street, the new concept hotel-cum-nursing home. Her homewares range is available at Debenhams and she will launch her Feng Shui Aromatics collection in the autumn.

Glass with class

What is cutting-edge glass art doing in a grand antique shop?

Design: Old tat or object of desire?

Don't look in the attic for treasure - your humble kitchen may contain its own design classics. By John Windsor

Real homes: Life's rich tapestry

Antique textiles, long confined to country estates, are suddenly appearing in Habitat houses. MARY ROSE THOMPSON reports

Theatre: One thing is certain: life isn't cheap

THE PRICE BRISTOL OLD VIC

Shopping: Single sheets with soul

Dutch silversmith Jan van Nouhuys is devoted to reinventing a near-forgotten art

Boyle is saved by Radio 4 recovery

THE FUTURE of James Boyle as Radio 4's controller will be bolstered this week by new listening figures showing that the station has recovered from its apparent reverses of earlier last year.

Antique dealers hammer Sotheby's online auction

PLANS BY Sotheby's to steal a march on rivals with the first major auctions in Britain through the Internet have angered art and antique dealers.
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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture