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Waterproofing your wardrobe with practical, yet luxurious, purchases is a wise investment, says Emma Akbareian

Brush with fame: Pollyanna in her studio

Tiger mother: Wildlife artist Pollyanna Pickering meets Deborah Ross

In last year's Independent Christmas Charity Auction, Pickering won the chance to be interviewed by Deborah Ross. So how would she fare with our fearless interrogator?

Can anyone pull off artily artless dishevelment better than Emma Thompson?

Man stabbed to death

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was knifed to death today.

Boyd Tonkin: Jewels in Rupert'starnished crown

The week in books

Boyd Tonkin: Overdue: a shot of the public spirit

The week in books

Video: 7/7 survivor on inquest

Professor Tim Coulson describes meeting the wife of a man who died in his arms after the Edgware Road suicide bomb.

Five teenagers arrested over M1 blaze

Five teenagers have been arrested in connection with the blaze that closed the M1 in both directions for six days.

Five youths held in M1 blaze investigation

Five teenagers have been arrested in connection with a blaze which closed the M1 motorway in both directions, Scotland Yard said today.

Goode's guile gives Saracens authentic look of champions

Saracens 35 Gloucester 12

Notts County name Martin Allen as manager

Notts County have named Martin Allen as their new manager less than a month after he joined Barnet.

Paul Newman: 'Mad Dog' Allen puts much-needed bite into Barnet's fight

The Football League Column: With a ground capacity of just over 5,000 and a catchment area dominated by support for Arsenal and Tottenham, Barnet have become accustomed to defying the odds

Martin 'Mad Dog' Allen appointed by Barnet

Martin Allen is back in management as the new boss of League Two strugglers Barnet.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

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
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all