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Make getting out of the wrong side of bed on cold winter mornings a thing of the past with our selection of night-time covers

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Beautiful textiles and Liberty of London historically go hand in hand, so the department store is the perfect home for the London design duo Peter Pilotto to debut its exclusive silk scarf collection. £195, liberty.co.uk

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Leading article: Material world

Wool is the latest commodity that has shot through the roof. Thanks to tropical storms in Australia (which have disrupted production) and rising demand in China, the global price of the material, harvested from the backs of sheep, has doubled. This is expected to lead to a 10 per cent increase in the typical price of a man's suit. So expect a jump in popularity for linen ensembles. And other cheaper materials will get a boost too as the laws of supply and demand do their work.

Nature Studies by Michael McCarthy: Of the dingy footman, and other such creatures

With a thump, a thick tome lands on my desk: it is the Provisional Atlas of the UK's Larger Moths. Two adjectives in that title, provisional and larger, may well deter some people as they give off a definite whiff of nerdiness, but having by now been infected with the nerd germ I am immune to such concerns, open the volume eagerly and at once find myself immersed in the world of the oblique carpet, the dark spinach, the smoky wainscot, the brindled pug, the snout, the beautiful snout, the Bloxworth snout and the true lover's knot.

The ten best fake furs

Add a touch of Sixties rock-star glamour to your wardrobe with this winter's warmest accessories...

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Dying in the Wool, By Frances Brody

Writing under the pseudonym Frances Brody, best-selling novelist Frances McNeil debuts with her first crime novel, a retro-mystery set in 1920s West Yorkshire.

The Sonnets: 68

By William Shakespeare

J-Lo: Lopez in denial

J-Lo's happy to tell Tiffany Rose about her new film, but not about her use of fur

Five Best: Luxury B&Bs

Bed and breakfasts that offer much more than their title implies

Not so square

AFTER THE pashmina came the woolly scarf (yawn!). After the woolly scarf came - and this is the new bit - brightly coloured silk squares! A timely exhibition, if you're thinking of decking yourself out in the latest neck adornments, comes courtesy of Hermes, the haute-bourgeois company and unparalleled producer, among other luxury desirables, of deliciously coloured silk squares.

Fashion: The history of... Pyjamas - Lounge back in langour

When the days are so short and summer seems a long way off, what better way to stay cosy at night than to snuggle up in a pair of cotton pyjamas from Toast, or some slinky silk PJs from Bonsoir of London? The word pyjama stems from the Hindi word paejama, meaning "leg covering", and men first started wearing them around 1870, after the returning colonials brought them back from the East.

How To Do Wool With Style

A thick underlay will help protect a carpet by absorbing some of the wear. Buy the best you can afford - preferably rubber crumb or felt. It is almost more important for the underlay to be fitted professionally than the carpet, because any gaps will cause uneven wear in the carpet.

A stitch in time

THE HISTORY OF... LACE

Personal Finance: Soft on the skin and good in bed

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A 1930 image of the Karl Albrecht Spiritousen and Lebensmittel shop, Essen. The shop was opened by Karl and Theo Albrecht’s mother; the brothers later founded Aldi
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Standing the test of time: Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'
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Flow chart: Karl Landsteiner discovered blood types in 1900, yet scientists have still not come up with an explanation for their existence
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New Real Madrid signing James Rodríguez with club president Florentino Perez
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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

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The new hatched, matched and dispatched

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Are you my type?

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Honesty box hotels

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Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
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A Bible for billionaires

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Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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Magna Carta Island goes on sale

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The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

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