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Miss Selfridge launched its mid-season sale this week, with up to50 per cent off selected items until Tuesday 19 October. Visit http://ind.pn/dqiDiE for the full list of savings, with the "hot picks" section (a glorified list of the biggest discounts) well worth a look. When making your order, don't forget that Miss Selfridge offers free delivery on all orders over £80. You don't need a voucher code to take advantage but I thought I'd mention it as delivery charges may alter the way you shop.

Mike Phillips: 'Go on Strictly Come Dancing? No thanks'

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Britain finds an export star at last

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Visual Arts: I saw a really great show of Wolfgang Tillmans at the Serpentine Gallery. I saw Wolfgang's first show at Maureen Paley back in 1993. It really wasn't like anything I had seen before; casual images pinned to the wall, with tenuous links between them. Wolfgang has continued being experimental without losing that lightness of touch, and always keeping that sense of humanity.

Strictly Come Dancing will dictate Henson's Barbarians involvement

The chances of Gavin Henson representing the Barbarians in December hinge on whether he is more like former England scrum-half Matt Dawson or fellow Welshman Joe Calzaghe on the Saturday night dancefloor.

Sports stars and reality TV

Gavin Henson and Peter Shilton are the latest sports personalities to enter the world of reality television with their participation in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing series.

Bruce Forsyth: Hasn't he done well?

There's never been a showbiz career like it. And as 'Strictly' returns to our screens tonight, the BBC is once again looking to this octogenarian king of the catchphrase to spearhead its battle for ratings.

Henson is back in a Wales shirt but no closer to a return to action

If anyone still gave a tinker's cuss whether Gavin Henson might be seen in a Wales shirt again, they were given their answer yesterday when the poor lost soul of the Red Dragon game reappeared, as if by magic, as the poster-boy of a marketing campaign to promote a new, heavily-sponsored kit deal. The question that stayed unanswered was whether the Grand Slam-winning midfielder would actually play again. On this subject, his thoughts remained almost as impenetrable as his fake tan.

BBC1 chief declares truce in Saturday night ratings war

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Go global or face huge cuts, says BBC boss

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