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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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas