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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".

1975 Mirage (Jammer) by Rauschenberg

Robert Rauschenberg, Jammers, Gagosian Gallery, London

There is a photograph of American artist Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) relaxing on a lilo in the swimming-pool of the Villa de Madame Sarabhai in Ahmedabad, India. The year is 1975.

Athlete Oscar Pistorius weeps in court in Pretoria at his bail hearing in the murder case of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Bloodied cricket bat found at Oscar Pistorius' home is key evidence in murder case, newspaper claims

South African newspapers report series of new details about the case but police deny leaking information

The breakfast room at Côté Carmes

B&B and Beyond: Côté Carmes, Toulouse, France

A restored 16th-century house brings up-cycled style to the heart of south-west France, as Laura Holt discovers

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Lee Clark 'disgusted' after Nicola Zigic gives 'the worst training session ever'

Birmingham manager angered by striker's attitude in training

Needles at the ready

Forget loo-roll covers and tea cosies, the latest woolly wonders have made knitting cool again, says Trish Lorenz

The newly-discovered canvas may put a face to Courbet's masterpiece The Origin of the World

The £35m find that puts a face to Courbet's masterpiece

Unknown section of scandalous painting bought for just £1,200

Interiors insider: Charlie Marshall of Loaf

Founder of Loaf Charlie Marshall shares top tips on what to look for when buying a bed and his favourite interior shops in London.

Great Works: Mars, c 1638, by Diego Velázquez

Prado, Madrid

Carpetright’s revamp powers a lift in sales

Floor covering retailer Carpetright’s store refurbishment programme helped drive an uplift in UK sales in its latest quarter but it suffered torrid trading in the Netherlands.

Press darling: Smart interiors at The Printworks

B & B and Beyond: The Printworks, Hastings

The Victorian offices of a south-coast newspaper now house a stylish and spacious B&B

8. Shelving is a great way to get organised and you can add to this if you need to. From £87, thelollipopshoppe.co.uk

The store wars

From vertical wine racks to nifty storage boxes, Trish Lorenz has everything you need to store all that post-Christmas junk

PHOTOS: Children's bedrooms around the world

The premise of James Mollison's photo book Where Children Sleep was a simple one: Not every child around the world has their own bedroom - or even close.

Warm welcome: one of 15 Glasgow's comfy beds

B&B and Beyond: 15 Glasgow, Scotland

You don't need to travel far for luxury, culture and comfort, says Holly Williams – Glasgow has it covered

BOING!, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London

“If you want Santa to come, you have to go to sleep,” Joêl and Wilkie solemnly tell each other in BOING!. Easier said than done. In this brilliantly child-friendly show, the excitement of Christmas Eve is too much for them, leading them into games, quarrels and delightful invention.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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