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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".

Harriet Walker: Is a lesbian daughter worth $60m?

How much would you pay to make sure your kids turn out the way you want? Expensive school fees? Piano lessons? A gap year helping poor people in exotic climes, perhaps? Or why not just offer $60m to any man who will agree to wed your daughter? That's Hong Kong tycoon Cecil Chao Sze-Tsung's method anyway. He's hoping the amount will sway at least one willing suitor into the marriage bed of his daughter Gigi Chao.

Dieter Roth Diaries, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

To display the archival material collected by 20th century German artist Dieter Roth throughout his life, the Fruitmarket has transformed its upper floor into what appears to be the obsessively ordered library of an anally retentive architect.

My Edinburgh: Rhod Gilbert, Comedian

Wake up, avoid reviews, cold pizza, go see a show, get soaked...

Before a night out on the town, withdraw your spending money then leave your card at home

Clearing: A budget is key to your survival

A little self-restraint can go a long way when it comes to managing your money at university

Before a night out on the town, withdraw your spending money then leave your card at home

Student finance: A budget is key to your survival

A little self-restraint can go a long way when it comes to managing your money

Danny Kerry: 'I think women's hockey can be - and should be - the premier female team sport in the country'

Hockey: Team GB coach Danny Kerry believes Olympic bronze could spur on women's team

Great Britain coach Danny Kerry believes Olympic bronze should spur on the women's team to win a world-level event in the future.

Children's sleep being hushed up

Exhausted mothers and fathers lie about their child's sleeping habits due to pressure to be seen as perfect parents.

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B&B and Beyond: Oriel Milgi, Pembrokeshire

This old sea-captain's home is a great coastal getaway, whether you have four legs or two, says Rhiannon Batten

Five-minute memoir: Christopher Radmann recalls the night he faced an intruder

I wake up to a nightmare. An intruder is in the house.

London 2012: Women's judo silver medalist Gemma Gibbons will have to learn to deal with being a household name

After her sensational silver medal in the women's judo yesterday evening, Gemma Gibbons has a fresh challenge on her hands: Learning how to deal with with the new found fame that comes with becoming a household name overnight.

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Soldiers complain about London 2012 living conditions as Boris Johnson visits

Soldiers complained today about “horrible” living conditions, boredom and a lack of Olympics tickets as Boris Johnson visited their packed warehouse base in London.

Downpours lift Carpetright

Carpetright yesterday became one of the few retailers to praise the rain, saying it had brought in customers looking for flooring and a new bed.

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B&B And Beyond: Cerca do Sul, Alentejo, Portugal

This charming guesthouse is the perfect base for exploring the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, says Susannah Osborne

Gillian Orr: 'Grim' will be great. I should know...

When Nick (or Grim, as I call him; an unfortunate moniker that seems to have stuck) told me he was going to do the Radio 1 Breakfast show, I said, "But you hate mornings".

My Secret Life: Craig Charles, 47, DJ and actor

My parents were... My mother was Liverpool-Irish and my father was Guyanese and they met outside a boarding house in Liverpool that said, 'No Irish, no niggers, no dogs'. They left together hand-in-hand.

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