Uphill struggle: Sheep farmers lose on every fleece

Fleeced by wool: Sheep farmers face Victorian levels of poverty, despite keeping the nation warm and fed

Wool is on a roll. Demand from Chinese consumers for British wool is sending prices skywards, and the sweater business is warming up for a further festive boost this week, when the public is invited to sport its finest Christmas jumpers for charity.

Kale eating: Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z are both known to eat kale

Veganism 2.0: Let them eat kale

The plant-based diet is winning new recruits, from pop stars to restaurateurs. Susie Mesure reports on a green revolution

Bob Dylan's 'going electric' guitar from Newport Folk Festival sells for nearly $1m

For Bob Dylan fans, the moment he plugged in his electric guitar at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, signalling a departure from his folk roots, has gone down in history. Yesterday, the Fender Stratocaster on which he plucked and strummed his first electrified notes to a live audience sold for $965,000 (£590,000) — the highest price ever paid for a guitar at auction.

Man in black: Nick Cave

The Week in Music: Nick Cave is No 1 with a brooding classic that reaches for the sky

It's that time of year when music magazines and websites report their best of 2013 lists. In its latest issue, NME picks Arctic Monkeys' AM as their No 1 album of the year – expected given their rave 10/10 review on its release.

Andy Burrows tested his songs on his daughter, Chloe

Backstage: Snowman pair get a kid’s view from Chloe’s criticism

Between them, they have recorded number one albums and have won awards for scoring soundtracks for Hollywood films. But when it came to looking for a sounding board for their recent Christmas collaboration, Andy Burrows and Ilan Eshkeri turned to a five-year-old girl.

Avoid online shopping and sales - get to the Christmas markets

In a world dominated by tax avoiding shopping behemoths and faceless super chains, it’s nice to experience some interaction with stall owners

Snooker: Ronnie O'Sullivan dumped out of UK Championship after shock defeat to Stuart Bingham

The 'Rocket' pocketed two centuries but was still lost 6-4

Hot summer boosts AG Barr as sales fizz higher

IRN-Bru maker AG Barr has announced an 8 per cent increase in third quarter sales after the company bounced from its failed merger with Britvic.

Asda gives working mums 'nativity leave' to see children in plays

With tea towels draped precariously over wise men’s heads, fidgeting shepherds and an audience of overanxious, camera-phone-toting parents willing their offspring not to fluff their lines, the annual nativity play has become a deeply loved and emotional Christmas tradition.

Waitrose to sell sweeter 'child-friendly' Brussels sprouts for Christmas

Children often reject the festive staple because of its perceived bitter taste

Reggae singer Junior Murvin dies aged 64

'Police and Thieves' became an anthem in British inner cities of the late Seventies

Iron Maiden will headline next summer's Sonisphere festival alongside Metallica

Sonisphere 2014: Iron Maiden and Metallica to perform their only UK shows next summer

The rock monsters will headline together for the first time in the UK

Liverpool Santa Dash tries to break world record as Christmas charity fun runs take place across country

Organisers in Liverpool called for 10,000 people to attend in a bid to beat their Las Vegas rivals

Video: Scientists create world's first Christmas tree powered by Brussels sprouts

They hope it will inspire children to eat the things - and take up an interest in science and engineering

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