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Sean O'Driscoll leaves Nottingham Forest in eighth - one point off the play-off places

Championship round-up: Forest win... then sack O'Driscoll as manager

Nottingham Forest sacked manager Sean O'Driscoll tonight just hours after he led them to a 4-2 home win over Leeds United which left the club one point off the play-off places.

Boxing Day sales begin... on Christmas Eve

The traditional Boxing Day sales have been brought forward to Christmas Eve as dozens of retailers seek to out-do each other and win customers' hard-earned cash.

Mad Russian scientist throws boiling water over a balcony

"Oh those crazy Russians!" as Boney M once so astutely observed. It might be - 41 degrees outside but YouTube user lifehackertv is not sitting indoors under his slanket watching Homeland

The small monkey was found wandering around in Ikea

The best of the Ikea Monkey memes from around the internet

Nothing brightens up a dull Ikea shopping trip, like a monkey in a Del Boy-style sheepskin coat roaming the aisles

Well-judged and well-received: if Leveson is Santa, this is shaping up to be a wonderful Christmas

Our writer, a former Director of the Press Complaints Commission, declares himself happy with Leveson's report

The spoof 'sexiest man alive' story as it appears on 'The Onion' website

Reporting: The news outlets that can't handle the spoof

Who gets your vote for sexiest man alive? Ryan Gosling? Johnny Depp? What about George Clooney? Well, The Onion went with the less chiselled, but more powerful, Kim Jong Un, dictator of North Korea. "Kim made this newspaper's editorial board swoon with his impeccable fashion sense, chic short hairstyle, and, that famous smile," read the article.

Kim Jong Un 'Sexiest Man' story fools Chinese newspaper

The online version of China's Communist Party newspaper has fallen for a spoof report on US satirical website, The Onion, which named North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un the "Sexiest Man Alive".

Mumsnet bans adverts from payday lenders

Mumsnet last night became the first major website to publicly ban payday lenders.

Five Questions About... comparison sites

They're great, aren't they? They let us all find better deals.

Sitting wiki: Adele is among those with a dense, detailed user-edited wiki site

Could sites like Wikia be the future of fandom?

One article on Adele not enough for you? She's just one of thousands of subjects with their own wiki site.

Tim Walker's personal retouch, created using pixlr.com

Photography: Smooth operator

People always edit their lives on Facebook, picking photos, links and "likes" to make themselves seem as awesome as possible.

Mark Hughes: The QPR manager did not oversee training yesterday

Mark Hughes clings on to his job after talks at QPR

Rumours swept the internet that the Welshman had been sacked

Pictures of unidentified bodies posted online as first website dedicated to finding the identity of mystery individuals is launched

Pictures of unidentified bodies are being posted online with the launch of the first website dedicated to finding the identity of mystery individuals.

XXX domain name makes a porn fortune

The British net tycoon behind the porn exclusive ".xxx" domain has made another fortune, as demand for places on the new home for adult content is expected to bring in $200 million this year.

Postcard from... Beijing

It's far from the best-known date in the Chinese calendar, but Singles' Day this year threatened to overshadow even the Communist Party Congress in Beijing, as online shoppers made it the biggest e-commerce day in history. Singles' Day is based on the date 11 November, or “11.11”, or four singles. The idea was that unattached young people would treat each other to dinner or give gifts to woo that special someone and end their single status. It became a major shopping event as sellers of everything from jewellery to TVs to cars saw a marketing opportunity and launched Singles' Day sales.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas