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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

Money Insider: At last, decent loan rates for first-time buyers

Only a fortnight ago I was using this column to moan about how the cheap government money available from the Funding for Lending Scheme (FLS) wasn't reaching those who needed it most.

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A Red or Dead letter day

A new exhibition opening tomorrow celebrates three decades of the Camden-born brand, says Rebecca Gonsalves

Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez were brought on against Swansea

Liverpool cannot rely on Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez says goalkeeper Brad Jones

Goalkeeper Brad Jones admits Liverpool's fringe players “got a kick up the backside” from the Capital One Cup appearance of captain Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez but insists they do not want to rely on the duo to get them out of trouble.

How We Met: Katie Hillier & Patrick Grant

'We stayed out till 6am – when Patrick suddenly disappeared to get his flight home'

Got time, as well as cash? Why not run your own pension?

An imposed workplace scheme is not the only option for retirement, as more low-cost Sipps come on to the market, reports Chiara Cavaglieri

Paraphernalia makes death an expensive business

The grandeur of the funeral industry is being sidestepped as ever more people opt for something a little on the cheaper side. Thought about a cardboard coffin?

Comet tops survey of best high street stores to haggle in

Electrical giant Comet has topped a survey of the top high street stores to haggle in, with haggling success rates of over 50% found for many leading retailers.

The Insider: Clever tidy-ups

One can procrastinate over tidying for many reasons – a favourite, as it tends to defer the effort indefinitely, is to conclude that there's no point until I buy that magic laundry rack/under-sink thingy/swishy wall-hanging clutter-holding gadget. But with these bargain DIY versions, there's no excuse…

Cecilia Giménez's changes to the fresco in Borja inspired online artists to imitate her

Botched art is an online sensation

But octogenarian's escapade could end in legal action

Warren Gatland: Coach is in the final stages of discussing a 10-month deal for tour of Australia

Gatland 'very close' to signing Lions deal

Warren Gatland, the shortest-priced favourite to coach the British and Irish Lions in recent history, is in the final stage of discussions over a 10-month deal that will allow him to devote all his energies to plotting victory over the Wallabies in Australia next summer. The New Zealander already has a long-term contract with Wales running through to the 2015 World Cup and, given the choice, the reigning European champions would not lose their strategist-in-chief for an entire international season. There are, however, clear signs that an agreement has been reached.

Next sees new gardening centres as path to greater growth

Fashion retailer Next is branching out into garden centres after a trial format came up smelling of roses.

Boost for Hibu as ad price controls lifted

Struggling Hibu, the oddly named owner of Yellow Pages, dialled up a rare piece of good news yesterday when the Office of Fair Trading said it should be freed from long-standing price controls.

Observations: Be a work of art. It's not a stitch-up

Would you like to get a job knitting in an art gallery and become a living work of art? Dubbed the Turner Prize of Russian Art, a new exhibition in London will showcase highlights of Russia's Innovatsia Prize.

Argos drives up Home Retail Group's shares by 15%

A vastly improved performance at the catalogue chain Argos in its first quarter drove a sharp spike in Home Retail Group's shares yesterday to cheer its beleaguered investors.

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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