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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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Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
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Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore