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Schoolteacher William Buchman was arrested after officers found over 300 living and dead snakes inside his property

Harriet Walker: I am Christmas personified

A strange transformation has taken hold of me this festive season: I'm actually looking forward to it.

Cinderella: the Midnight Princess, Rose Theatre, Kingston

A massive clock with a complicated system of whirring cogs dominates Ruari Murchison's fetching, resourceful set. It betokens how time is of the essence in Charles Way's inventive, charming, if slightly stuffy, reworking of the Cinderella story at the Rose Theatre in Kingston.

St Lucia: Sweet luxury in a tropical hideaway

Room Service: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort Saint Lucia

Cuddington, Cheshire

A four-bedroom house with spectacular panoramic views across the Cheshire countryside. £485,000

Not just clutter: 'Between the Ears' on Radio 3 looked at downsizing

The Week in Radio: Moved by the memories of those who can't let go

"This is my life, I can't just throw it away," said an elderly woman in Radio 3's Between the Ears, the panic rising in her voice. She was in process of moving into sheltered housing, and the prospect of reducing her worldly goods was making her ill. She had, she explained, just spent three days in hospital.

Average cost of upsizing to a 4 bedroom house is more than £145,000

The additional cost of moving from a three to four bed property varies from £60,500 in Hull to £1.59m in Kensington and Chelsea

Jersey House is £39.95m

Property: What can you get for £52m?

He has spent 12 years making RightMove the country's top website for househunters and the property-porn obsessed, but Ed Williams, who co-founded the site in 2000, has decided it's time to cash in his chips and spend more time with his £52m fortune.

Take a shine to metal

Don't go over the top with this season's latest shiny trend. Subtly is king when is comes to metallics, says Trish Lorenz

Kristel in 'Emmanuelle': 'I thought I knew it all and I was going to conquer the world,' she said

Sylvia Kristel: Actress who became typecast by her role in the erotic classic 'Emmanuelle'

When she auditioned for the part of Emmanuelle, a young diplomat's wife who embarks on a series of ever more daring sexual adventures during a trip to Thailand, the Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel didn't expect the eponymous erotic film directed by Just Jaeckin to ever get finished or be passed by censors in France or anywhere else.

Your chance to buy an island in Fiji

It's not often that private islands come up for sale in Fiji so if you have about £6 million going spare, you could buy the pleasantly titled Nananu-i-Cake and Mabua Islands.

Grayson Perry plans to build his house on a site in picturesque Wrabness

Grayson Perry's vision for Essex

'Gingerbread house' has ruffled feathers. By Charlie Cooper

Grayson Perry plans to build his house on a site in picturesque Wrabness

Grayson Perry has a vision for Essex... but the village of Wrabness doesn't like it

The Turner Prize-winner's latest work is a holiday cottage on the coast - complete with statue on the roof

A Monster Calls, By Patrick Ness

Children's writer Siobhan Dowd died when she only had the idea for this fifth book; Ness has taken that idea and made of it both a classic tale and a tribute to her. Young Conor's mother is ill with cancer, and he is having nightmares regularly.

Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy Seals last May

Navy Seal's book rewrites story of Bin Laden's death

Account that al-Qa'ida leader was unarmed when assassinated contradicts official line

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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