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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.

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.

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.

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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‘Can we really just turn away?’

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