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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

Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde! Sadler's Wells, London

Is that a naked dancer on your lap, or are you just pleased to see me?

Minor British Institutions: The corner shop

The corner shop struggles against larger organisations and outlets. But who could not admire its spirited independence and eclectic approach?

Trendy tea parties with Ella Doran

How Ella Doran’s 93-year-old Granny inspired Habitat’s new collection, says Annie Deakin

Why William and Kate's choice of cake-maker is causing a stir

It may be the centrepiece of the big day – but Prince William and Kate Middleton's choice of wedding cake has raised eyebrows in fashionable baking quarters. The couple have opted for a multi-tiered fruit cake for the wedding breakfast, decorated with symbolic flowers. The design, in which Ms Middleton is said to have taken a keen interest, will be baked by Leicestershire-based Fiona Cairns, whose cakes are sold in Harrods, Selfridges and Waitrose.

Squashed chocolate cake

Makes 10 slices

Mary Dejevsky: How class war cut the Christmas cake

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Chocolate cake with cream-cheese icing

Makes 8–10 slices

City Slicker: Vienna - From Habsburg forts to chocolate tortes

Austria's capital is at its best in the run-up to Christmas. Rhiannon Batten offers some top ideas for new and returning visitors

Bite into the world's first 18+ cake shop

Staffed by zombies and serving 666 edible Halloween creations each day, the world’s first 18+ cake shop opened in London today.

Business Diary: Having your cake and eating it

Our congratulations to Matthew Kraeger, a BlackRock investment manager, who has just got hitched. In particular, he deserves a slap on the back for not being jilted at the altar. Why? Well, after organising a wedding cake in the shape of a Bloomberg computer terminal, complete with Post-it Notes, one could have forgiven his new wife for walking out before the start of the honeymoon. It's one thing being devoted to your work, but she might take this as a warning that he certainly intends to bring his professional life home from the office.

Who is mad enough to lead Ukip?

The party of 'fruitcakes' is in need of direction. Andrew Johnson and Matt Chorley assess who is one slice short of a serious leadership bid

How to make American pies

Muffins, cookies, cupcakes: classic US-style baking is everywhere. Why are we obsessed – and how easy is it to do at home? Alice-Azania Jarvis takes a lesson
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Homeless Veterans charity auction: Cook with Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick at Merchants Tavern
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Amir Khan is engaged in a broader battle than attempting to win a fight with Floyd Mayweather
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J Jefferson Farjeon at home in 1953
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Stacey Dooley was the only woman to be nominated in last month’s Grierson awards
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Twitchers see things differently, depending on their gender
scienceNew study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
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Joseph Kynaston Reeves arguing with Russell Brand outside the RBS’s London offices on Friday
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

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?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick