Sport On your bike: Atherton hopes her success will inspire more young women to try the sport she loves

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

Argos owner 'to ditch dividend' after dire quarter

Terry Duddy, chief executive of the Home Retail Group, will this week have to defend another set of dire fourth-quarter sales at Argos amid suggestions that the group will ditch its final dividend.

George Osborne's first Budget in 2010 began the coalition's pensions reform

Julian Knight: Give everyone earlier access to their pensions

We need more rapid action to make these products more transparent

A model shows off part of the Stella McCartney ready-to-wear autumn/winter 2012 collection for Paris Fashion Week

McCartney brings curtain up in Paris with a flash of British style

Stella McCartney opened the proceedings at the Paris collections yesterday at the Hôtel de Ville, the neo-Gothic city hall, and a reminder of the French capital's historic power and grandeur. Beneath the building's monumental, gilded, vaulted ceiling, models stepped out in the sort of oversized broad-shouldered masculine tailoring that is sweeping the runways and looks set to be a major trend.

Album: Berg/Beethoven. Violin Concertos - Faust/Abbado/Orchestra Mozart (Harmonia Mundi)

The unorthodox pairing of Berg's anguished memorial to Manon Gropius and Beethoven's earthy, ecstatic concerto casts a curious spell in this thoughtful performance from Isabelle Faust and Orchestra Mozart under Claudio Abbado.

Treebones, Monterey

Treebones, 71895 Highway 1, Big Sur, Monterey (001 805 927 2390; treebonesresort.com). Yurts start at $179 (£119), including breakfast.

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The Big Six: Cool camps in California

Treebones, Monterey

The gentle touch: Though many of Lake's interiors are overtly feminine, there are also ideas to create rooms with subtle splashes of colour

Homespun wisdom: How to redo every room in the house without breaking the bank

Think you can't afford to give your home the update it needs? Think again, says Selina Lake.

Interiors improv: Umbrella lighting in Barrio bar, central London

Reuse, recycle, reclaim: Interior scavengers are turning everyday items into chic homewares

When is a door not a door? When it is a table (or perhaps a bed headboard). And when are buckets not for putting things in? When they're lampshades. And can a falling-apart suitcase be anything but useless? Yes – when it's a shelf, a drawer, a coffee table with storage. This is not quite "upcycling", a now-familiar term where, say, an unloved old piece of furniture is given new knobs, stencilled or re-upholstered back to life. Indeed, many talented designers are building entire careers out of doing just that, brilliantly, which perhaps illustrates just how craft-friendly you'd have to be to try it at home. Or how much you should expect to pay someone else to have done the hard craft for you.

Giving up alcohol for January? Your liver may not thank you for it, say experts

Had too much to drink over the seasonal festivities? Thinking about giving up in January to clean out your system? Don't bother, warn medics, it's a waste of time.

Whitbread's good run in the recession comes to an end

Whitbread shares tumbled 4 per cent yesterday as the hotels, pubs and coffee combine caught the chill from turbulent economic winds.

Whitbread growth loses its froth in the economic chill

Whitbread shares tumbled 4 per cent yesterday as the hotels, pubs and coffee combine caught the chill from turbulent economic winds.

Barbecues and snow shovels boost B&Q owner

Kingfisher, the owner of the B&Q retail chain, posted a leap in third quarter profits, boosted by the group's self-help initiatives and "bizarre" spending patterns during the balmy autumnal weather in the UK.

The 50 Best power tools

Doing it yourself? David Phelan has the plumb lines, pressure washers and heavy-duty drills you’ll need to get the job done

Broken cheekbone rules out Tuilagi

It has not been the best of months for Manu Tuilagi. There was the World Cup quarter-final exit to France, then the jump from the Auckland ferry that earned England's hyperactive young centre a £3,000 fine and a slap on the wrists. Now there is the smack to the head that will keep the 20-year-old out of action for six weeks with a broken cheekbone.

The 10 best power tools

Resolved to do it yourself this bank holiday? We’ve got all the plumb lines, pressure washers and heavy-duty drills you’ll need to get the job done...

Wincanton to trim the fat

The new chief executive of Wincanton set out his plans for turning around the haulage company yesterday after its losses topped £25m.

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Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs:

Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
10 best tablets

The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

They’re thin, they’re light, you can use them for work on the move or keeping entertained
Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain