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The festive season's a busy and tiring time which can take its toll on your skin. Cover up dark circles and blemishes with these clever concealers

To have and to hold

Vintage silks and soft wraps for wedding dresses without the meringue

First Night: Circque du Soleil, Royal Albert Hall, London

Never mind the plot, enjoy the somersaults

Underneath The Lintel, Duchess Theatre, London

'West Wing' star's quirky show short of new ideas

Villa seal Young deal to boost striking options

Ashley Young has completed his £9.65m move to Aston Villa from Watford. Young, 21, "verbally agreed" to join Villa over the weekend and has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract that will keep him in the Midlands until the summer of 2011.

Murray back Down Under a year older and a lot wiser

Roger Federer named Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic as players he expected to challenge for the game's major honours.

Back Pain: Why is it affecting my balence?

I am 62. For years I have been plagued by a problem which seems to be related to balance. I have long had a rather bad sense of balance, but the specific problem which bothers me is an inability to walk more than a mile or so without finding it harder and harder to stay upright, accompanied by considerable fatigue in the lower back and legs, which gets harder and harder to control. If I don't sit down I become quite distressed, but recover after a rest. I am generally quite healthy otherwise.

Cysts: I'm mystified

A small nodule has appeared on the back of my right hand, quite near the wrist. It feels firm, but is also slightly squishy. It seems to have appeared overnight. It is not painful, unless I press on it. I'm mystified, and so is my wife, who is a nurse.

Style: Beauty spot

Hermione Eyre has a cleansing experience

Beauty queen

AT THE age of 13, I made my first, utterly illicit, purchase. It was a shiny black-and-gold plastic case that you could fit into the palm of your hand and it contained a spongy swab and three shades of greenish eyeshadow: sparkly avocado, mushy pea and eau-de-nil. None of them, it should go without saying, complemented either my mouse-grey school uniform or pubescent complexion. That hardly mattered. The pounds 3 transaction was a cosmetic rite of passage and, like so many other British girls, my longed-for transformation began with a visit to the No7 counter in Boots.

Avon calls the wrong number with 'free mobile phone' offer

The cosmetics firm Avon was told to take more care with future promotions yesterday after a "free" mobile phone offer backfired.

Prodi warns UK to make up its mind over euro

ROMANO PRODI, the European Commission president, last night warned Britain to make up its mind over membership of the euro or pay the price of exclusion from Europe's mainstream.
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