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There's still time to snap up a crafty gift for Christmas that will look great and keep little ones busy in the holidays

The Emperor's New Clothes (30/09/12)

Everyone loves cupcakes. Right? Not so fast. David Randall mourns the passing of a humble pleasure
A sponge cake in the shape of a heart? Yes, please. For £10, this cream and whole strawberry-filled treat is yours, along with as much tea as two people can drink, at Peyton & Byrne's café at London's Royal Academy, 3pm to 5pm every day. The perfect thing for a super-sweet first date – or a post- Summer Exhibition pick-me-up. Peytonandbyrne.co.uk
Her Majesty's meatballs: Pizza Hut's Jubilee tribute

Pizza watch: A Jubilee tie-in that's barely regal

It's back! Hot off the stone, our occasional look at crimes against pizza.

For whom the bell tolls: The London Eye's stunning views

Easter days out: Climbing the walls? There are other ways to keep busy, too

The Easter school holidays are almost here, which means you have at least 14 days of boredom-beaters to organise. Fortunately, there's plenty to occupy fractious youngsters across the country.

Fitzbillies, 51-52 Trumpington Street, Cambridge

I'm walking through Cambridge at twilight, and there's a touch of magic in the misty air. Lights twinkle distantly behind college windows. Students stream past on bicycles, heading back to their digs. Apart from the fact that most of them are talking on mobile phones, we might have slipped back into another century.

Mugabe blows £600,000 on birthday party

Who said Robert Mugabe doesn't have friends? The President of Zimbabwe might have few allies on the global stage but thousands of supporters turned out for the finale of the week-long party celebrating the leader's 88th birthday.

A Postcard from Angela Carter, By Susannah Clapp

Angela Carter liked to make an entrance. Susannah Clapp, now a drama critic, first saw her when she herself was working in a makeshift office in 1979-80, helping to launch the London Review of Books. She hoped to coax Carter into contributing. Carter strode in, wrapped in a big coat, her face free of make-up: "the first woman I knew," Clapp says, "who went grey without looking like a granny."

Will and I with my birthday cake. There wasn't room for 63 candles

Alice-Azania Jarvis: I've stirred up a treat – and I even saved some money

As you read this, I'm in Berlin (c/f last week on My First Ever Minibreak). But as I write it, I'm not. I leave tomorrow. My out-of-office is already enabled, my bag already packed. So much as I'd like to regale you with tales of affordable accommodation I can't. Yet.

'Tis the season to start baking

Making your own Christmas cake? The sooner you get going, the better it will be, says Alice-Azania Jarvis

The 10 best birthday cakes

Whether it’s personalised, pink or covered in pirates, the right cake will make your party go with a swing. Don’t forget the candles...

Around the world in 80 dishes No. 53: Norwegian spiced chocolate cake

Ingredients to serve 8-10
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On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
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From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
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The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

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Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination

Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

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Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report
LSD: Speaking to volunteer users of the drug as trials get underway to see if it cures depression and addiction

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German soldier who died fighting for UK in Battle of Waterloo should be removed from museum display and given dignified funeral, say historians

Saving Private Brandt

A Belgian museum's display of the skeleton of a soldier killed at Waterloo prompts calls for him to be given a dignified funeral