News Lucky to survive: Constant updates on Michael Schumacher’s condition over-rode most other news

The seven-time Formula one world champion is fighting for his life after suffering serious head injuries, with a helmet camera he was wearing hoping to reveal more information about the accident

Historical Notes: United family of Benetton

BY THE beginning of the 20th century, the family business was at its height as driver and beneficiary of national economics around the world.

Real Bodies: THE TIES THAT BIND

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Fashion: On the street - Time for a change

Four women were photographed before and after a make-over at London's Cover Girls salon. Hannah Hunter heard their stories

Rugby Union: Ntamack assumes the Blanco role

EMILE NTAMACK has been labouring under the weight of the "new Serge Blanco" tag ever since he made his international debut against Wales five years ago.

Meanings of Christmas: The seasonal silence of a blank greeting

Meanings of Christmas: The modern Church has abandoned the ambiguity of the image and taken refuge in the dull safety of words. It is time to revert to ancient instincts

Shops stage black protest over Kurds

THE UNITED colours of Benetton have all turned black in Turkey. Only black clothing is on display in the shopfronts of Benetton's 171 outlets in the country. Some have festooned their windows with black ribbon. The only splash of colour permitted is the red Turkish flag.

Fashion: 5 Ways to wear - Wool

Adapt the bohemian look for winter by piling on layers of clashing colours and fabrics: try lime with burgundy, satin with boiled wool. The happiest dressers this season will be those who can revert to childhood and, like 10-year-old girls plundering their mothers' wardrobes, pull vests over jumpers, high heels over long socks. Just be playful, a little silly, and have fun

Hundreds protest at death of hamster in jeans advert

PROVING THE old adage that the best way to offend the British public is to do something unpleasant to a small animal, television watchdogs have been swamped with complaints about an advert that apparently shows a dead hamster.

Shopping: What the best-dressed walls are wearing this season

When is magnolia not magnolia? When it's a heritage white. From clothes retailers to the National Trust, designer paint ranges are all the rage.

Bennetton pays lip service to conflict

AFTER snogging nuns, copulating horses and dying Aids victims, the latest Benetton catalogue is expected to arouse its usual level of controversy.

Imports pound UK companies

WHEN Italy's Benetton Group chose London for its flagship megastore in September 1996, it was persuaded by the same reasons that prompted Newsweek to call London "The World's Coolest City" in November that year.

Motor racing: Benetton in tyre switch to Bridgestone

Benetton unveiled their new car yesterday and announced they were switching to Bridgestone tyres for the forthcoming season.

Rugby Union: Italy show themselves worthy of inclusion

Italy 37 Ireland 22

FADANGO

If you have a little doggy and you want to give him an extra-special treat this Chrimble, look no further. Harrods Pet Shop has the perfect gift. If you have pounds 12,500 to spare - which I'm sure the majority of us do, of course - then this neo-classical dog kennel is for you. It is based on a design from Count Alarico Palmieri's home (the Count and I go back years), who is a passionate collector of antique dog paintings and sculptures. The "meticulously crafted kennel" is finished in gold leaf, with front and back entrances and luxury velvet cushion for doggy dog to moult and slobber over - great. Still, if you don't want to waste such a ludicrous amount of money on your doggy, you could always opt for these alternatives - a jewelled dog collar, making your beloved pooch the perfect target for muggers, or a simple, shiny, silver, jewelled dog bowl. I'm sure my dog would prefer a long walk in the park and a job lot of Chappie. If I had a dog, that is.

THE PROMOTER OF PEACE (AND T-SHIRTS)

Oliviero Toscani is photographing his latest campaign for Benetton in the Middle East. What does high-street fashion's most notorious creative director think he's up to?
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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
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Pompeii, Capri and the Bay of Naples - seven nights from £799pp
Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?