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You may also worry you're not conversant enough in current design lingo to get much out of new BBC2 series The Great Interior Design Challenge. Fear not. The only vocab you needed to enjoy last night's episode was "upcycle". It's a verb meaning "to take a perfectly decent piece of furniture and ruin it by the addition of some old tat you bought at a car boot sale".

Bolton pensioner suffers stroke during burglary ordeal

The 87-year-old man was attacked after being woken by the intruder

Sleep easy: A cosy bedroom

Room Service: This little piggy went upmarket

The Angel & Blue Pig, Lymington

Trident: Does Britain need a submarine-based nuclear missile system that will cost £100 billion?

Ministers argue that having nuclear submarines permanently patrolling our waters has “served us well”

Homeless man sentenced to ‘house arrest’ in Milan

A serial offender has been sentenced to house arrest by a Milan court – even though he is homeless.

Regular bedtimes for children 'help brain power'

Inconsistent bedtimes associated with lower reading, maths and spatial awareness scores in study of three year olds

A M Homes combines delicious black humour and sharp characterisation

Paperback review: May We Be Forgiven, By A M Homes

America, but with humour and panache

Designer digs: One of the Four Rooms

B&B and Beyond: Four rooms, Porto - Discreet elegance in Portugal’s lovely second city

This converted townhouse offers design fans a serene and stylish stay in Porto’s old fishermen’s district, says Katie Monk

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Andy Murray admits there is 'a lot riding on Wimbledon'

The Scot is among the favourites to win the tournament

Bercows 'did not put Parliamentary security at risk' when Speaker's wife Sally sold furniture from apartment on eBay before McAlpine court battle

There were concerns when Mrs Bercow invited winning bidders to collect items from their Westminster flat

The five-minute memoir: Rupert Christiansen recalls an intruder in Clapham

First, a sausage was left in his bedroom. Then, says Rupert Christiansen, things got even stranger.

Sunday, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

Sundays are brilliant, and there's nothing you could do to make them better

Sofas entrepreneur set for a comfortable £20m

A Midlands entrepreneur could be in line for a £20m-plus windfall after putting his 104-year-old sofa business up for sale.

Researchers estimate that 40 per cent of the 300 cot death cases in the UK each year could be prevented if parents only brought children into their beds for comfort and feeding, but not sleeping.

Cot Death: Doctors and scientists should be clear when official advice changes

They told us that a child on its back could choke on its own vomit and die - scary stuff, so we did as we were told, even though babies have slept on their backs for millennia

Parents warned sharing bed with babies increases risk of cot death

Around 120 baby deaths could be prevented in the UK every year if  parents stopped sharing beds with their children, research suggests.

James Lohan of Mr & Mrs Smith

Interiors insider: James Lohan of Mr & Mrs Smith

Since co-founding the travel website Mr & Mrs Smith (with his wife Tam), James Lohan has become a connoisseur in interior design. Last month, the father-of-two launched Smithandfamily.co.uk, a collection of parent-approved hotels for families who want style – and happy children. He talks to Annie Deakin about unusual interiors and common decorating mistakes.

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