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Take your pick in Courchevel, Chamonix, Sainte-Foy, Megève, and Val Thorens

OUTLOOK: Finished product not quite at Taste the Difference standard

Outlook For all that management style, and “style” is very much the Justin King way, what about the substance?

Jose Mourinho gestures during the FA Cup match between Chelsea and Stoke

Chelsea v West Ham: Jose Mourinho offers a champagne reception, but will the Blues be tasting success at the end of the season

Mourinho fulfilled a promise in supplying champagne for his pre-match press conference in celebration of his 51st birthday

Current Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Jerome Champagne confirms intention to stand for Fifa presidency - but only if Sepp Blatter doesn't

The vote will be held next year, with current president Sepp Blatter yet to decide whether to go for another term

Champagne would also like to see more use of television inside the stadium, ending the situation where TV viewers see more of the play through action replays than paying fans

Jérôme Champagne set to challenge Sepp Blatter and run for the Fifa presidency

Champagne looks to burst the bubble of the long-serving Fifa overlord in next year’s presidential elections

A reveller writes '2014' with sparklers ahead of New Year's Eve, in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

The internet's top tips for ensuring your New Year's Eve isn't a total disaster

We're getting closer by the second to that most important minute of 2013, the last one. It's a time you want to be in peak social and/or romantic condition - and thankfully, the internet is offering plenty of advice for how to make sure you're not mumbling the countdown alone in a toilet as the clock strikes midnight. Here's our top 5:

The 10 best Champagnes

See in the new year in style with a bottle of bubbles. Sam Muston rounds up France's finest and best-value fizz for the perfect celebration

Wines of the week: The best festive bottles

As New Year's Eve approaches, there are vast swathes of sparkling on offer in the high street, so here are three celebration bottles where quality and price match up…

How is the New Year celebrated in your culture?

In Japan, New Year's Eve itself is called oh-misoka, and is a day to spend quietly at home for most people. It is not a day for fireworks at all in Japan (fireworks are reserved for summertime). You reflect on the old year, watch some year-ending entertainment programmes on TV such as Kohaku Uta Gassen (a long-running singing contest show), and perhaps go to the local temple at midnight, while hearing the 108 rings of the bell to ring away the evils of the old year. People looking for a party on New Year's Eve are often disappointed.

Sales of champagne – especially in Britain – have slumped for the second year in succession

France is drowning in champagne as Britain loses taste for bubbly

Sales fall flat under pressure from cheaper alternatives

8 best last-minute Christmas gifts

There may only be four days to go, but there's still time to snap up some great pressies for all the family

Festive cheer: The 12 bottles of Christmas

From sparklers to the dessert wines, Terry Kirby reveals the drinks that will get you in the festive spirit...

Cambridge University's Trinity College

Don’t believe the hype: Oxbridge interviews are there to be enjoyed

If you're sat at home fretting about weird old dons setting fiendish logic puzzles - don't!

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Bottoms up: 10 best alcoholic gifts for Christmas 2013

For the loved ones in your life who like a tipple, consider one of these very drinkable pressies

Deals of the week - European city breaks, Christmas in the Cotswolds, New Year in New York

Under £200... European city breaks by train

Cresta has a range of deals on January city breaks to Europe. Examples include Paris, where three nights at the Hotel Jardins de Montmartre from 13 January is £175pp; or Bruges, where the Ibis Brugge Centrum from 17 January is £169pp. Both include breakfast and Eurostar. crestaholidays.co.uk

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury (right) speaks with John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, as the Church of England General Synod debated the principle of allowing women bishops

Breakthrough? Church of England moves step closer to women bishops as General Synod backs new proposals

Church governing body votes massively in favour to support their introduction - but with guidance for parishes that reject female ministry

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