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A window on the real world with Danny and his diamond geezers

The Investment Column: Still some bargains in the shops

A focused Misys could be one to watch

Angel lifts Villa spirits as hopes fade for Wolves

Aston Villa 3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 2

The funds that went far enough

Simon Hildrey reports on why some asset management firms have raised their charges in a deliberate attempt to deter customers

A bird's eye view

'When you've been living in a hide in the Norfolk marshes for the past five years, you certainly crave for a little light-entertainment relief'

Leading Article: Happy Christmas

WITH LUCK, or at any rate good planning, the cards have been sent, the turkey ordered and the presents bought, even if not wrapped yet. More likely, however, today will be a nightmare of last-minute purchases and desperate logistics, coming after what seems like months of merriment. All in aid of a day that, even in our increasingly secular world, remains special.

Sober up for the tax return

After "buy the turkey" and "wrap Aunt Ethel's slippers", everyone should put fill in the tax return on their list of things to do this Christmas.

Britain's secret poultry war

NEVER MIND the beef war - in Ken Clarke's day it was all about saving the British Christmas turkey, writes Jo Dillon.

Letter: Tough on turkeys

Sir: I do hope that Alasdair Mitchell (letter, 29 November) enjoys his turkey at Christmas. He may be interested to learn that these animals are bred to grow so quickly that they suffer from broken bones and heart disease.

Cheistmas food special: Yule log on

The New Festive Spirit: A Christmas food special. No truly modern Christmas would be complete without at least some treats purchased on the Internet. But how can the on-line shopper find truly desirable food and drink without getting tangled up in a web of worldwide mediocrity? Here and overleaf, our experts advise on the art of electronic shopping

Letter: Justice in jeopardy

Sir: In view of the coming Transport Bill proposal to charge employees who drive to work for parking at their workplace along with charges for entering built up areas, can we assume that MPs will have to pay for their parking at the House of Commons along with charges to enter London? If so I will believe in turkeys voting for Christmas.

American Times: Greenwich, Connecticut: Little monsters have captured my children

WE HAVE become used to warding off unwelcome creatures invading our home. There is a racoon that regularly prises open our dustbins, wild turkeys across the road and assorted skunks that ambush me on my cycle route from the station. But nothing compares with our present infestation of Pokemons.
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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried