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Rio is now in the sights of World Cup champion who has capped a highly successful year by being named the first BT Sport Action Woman of the Year

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Knitting: not just for grannies

Arts and crafts aren't just hobbies. Three London Fashion Week designers show that, with the right vision, they can be used to create genre-defying designs

Needles at the ready

Forget loo-roll covers and tea cosies, the latest woolly wonders have made knitting cool again, says Trish Lorenz

Punishment and poverty of imagination

It is hard to conceive the effect of the deprivation of freedom and human dignity

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Hard as nails

The trend for daring talons is clawing out an extreme new niche. And it's putting all sorts of unusual effects to use, says Harriet Walker

Stitch by stitch: A closer look at couture

Just what is it that makes couture so special? Gemma Hayward takes a closer look

Investment View: Mothercare is being nurtured back to health

Is Simon Calver's TLC going to help Mothercare to grow up into something better than the truculent child it has been for the last few years? I'm beginning to think that there's a chance. I was critical of Mr Calver's appointment: An internet guy for a flailing mother-and-baby chain with a big bricks and mortar estate (he made his name at LoveFilm). Hardly the obvious choice. That's not least because many of the chain's recent failures seemed to stem in part from the company failing to recognise what its customer base wanted and needed from those shops (you'd know if you'd ever tried to push a pram around the tightly packed shelves).

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The Emperor's New Clothes (16/12/12)

Need a degree to get on? Not if our most respected experts are anything to go by, says English graduate Matthew Bell

Who will pick up the pieces when a DIY holiday booking goes wrong?

Q. I booked to go to Budapest for a short break, outbound with Wizz Air, coming back with easyJet. Our flight out was cancelled because of an electrical fault at Budapest airport. Wizz Air offered to refund the flight, and said I could write to them regarding the cost of the hotel, but cannot guarantee I would get the money back; easyJet refuses to do anything. I did not take out travel insurance. Sophia, London

Being modern: Paternity leave

Employed new fathers have been able to take advantage of two weeks’ paid paternity leave for a while now.

Save the Children ambassador Myleene Klass models a Christmas jumper

Fashion: 'Twas the knit before Christmas...

Seasonal sweaters have shaken off their comedy image to become really rather stylish – and there's even a charity day devoted to wearing them. It's enough to make you jumper for joy

Printed lace gown £2,585, Lanre Da Silva Ajayi

Out of Africa

Lagos may not be a traditionally fashionable city, but that's set to change with a celebration of Nigerian design at Selfridges

Sodastream causes an ad-break fizz with its soft-drinks takedown

Who knew SodaStream even existed 20 years after the machine in my kitchen gave me a semblance of (relative) playground cool that never returned?

Consider The Fork, By Bee Wilson

The curious history of kitchen utensils and their changing forms makes for a book to savour

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Has The Archers lost the plot?

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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