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Running shoes, check. Lycra leggings, check. Snazzy top, check. But have you got an armband to keep your valuables safe and dry?

The 10 Best microwave ovens

Forget reheating coffee and nuking cold pasta. These hi-tech gadgets can do everything from stews to roast chicken...

A model with an Eastpak bag

A knapsack on my back

Eastpak is known for choosing eclectic collaborators. A young menswear designer is the latest to redesign its classic backpacks, says Gemma Hayward

Jerome Dreyfuss is the toast of French fashion

Jerome Dreyfuss: bags of simple Gallic chic

Designer Jerome Dreyfuss is the toast of French fashion for his understated leather goods and accessories. Now he's launched a range for men, he tells Harriet Walker

We love... Back to the future
A nod to all things Nineties is popping up at Browns Focus, as the boutique is highlighting the best and brightest of its exclusive new-season buys. Expect neon beanies, slogan jumpers and bold accessories. Until end of March, 38-39 South Molton Street, London W1. brownsfashion.com
Some smokers will have to puff away in their own time

The trials and tribulations of January exam season

The local Tesco is all out of Red Bull, strawberry laces and instant coffee. There’s a queue at the library help desk (this has never happened), and Facebook is nearing breakdown with a spike of activity. Welcome, exam season.

Burberry sales take on a new look thanks to festive sprees

Christmas shopping sprees delivered a welcome boost for Burberry today as the luxury brand announced forecast-beating sales, sending its shares to the top of the FTSE 100 index.

Snake, rattle and roll: Reptilian print is back and slithering down the catwalk

Forget what you thought you knew about the reptilian print – designers this season have given it a modern makeover. Get a wriggle on, says Gemma Hayward

Fifty Shades of Grey proved popular this year, as did the haircut with 'short back and sides, long on top'

Hot Stuff! The trends of 2012

Dancing to a South Korean pop song while pretending to be a horse was one of the more unusual, or rather, inexplicable hits of the past 12 months. Matthew Bell looks back over the year's crazes – from Gangnam Style to onesies, meggings, and filthy shades of grey...

Christmas fashion gift guide for him and her

Stuck for ideas this Christmas? All out of steam in the shops? Let The Independent's fashion team help out. Gemma Hayward and Lee Holmes select the best buys for budgets big and small

Alanis Morissette, 02 Arena, London

Her nasal soprano bellows out into the 20,000-strong throng, rising up and up to reach the gravelly top notes of “I Remain”. But where’s Alanis? The crowd can’t see her. There’s a full band but no sign. We crane our necks to double check that the bass player with long hair isn’t her (it's a big venue).

The initial sketch of the likely suspect that the police released, and Salvatore Perrone, who was arrested in New York earlier this month

Police photo-fit of killer nothing like the man arrested

When police in New York arrested Salvatore Perrone earlier this month on charges of shooting three Brooklyn shopkeepers to death, the focus was on the grisly murders of the merchants as they worked in their clothing stores. But now attention has turned to the police and, in particular, its initial sketch of the likely suspect.

The best Christmas gifts for the sharp-dressed man

Main image: skull umbrella, £185, Liberty

The best Christmas gifts for the gent

Main image: eclectic bronze shoe door stop by Tom Dixon, £145, Selfridges; selection of frames, from £5, John Lewis

Halfords expands as Brits get on their bikes

Halfords will massively expand its cycling clothing and accessories offer next year to capitalise on the interest in the sport which was inspired by the success of the Olympic medallists Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton.

A model tries out the look, the range in full; all ACNE, mrporter.com

Smarten up for the party season

Swedish label ACNE has teamed up with Mr Porter to produce a tuxedo collection to see you into the New Year in style, says Rebecca Gonsalves

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee