Arts and Entertainment An Edouard Vuillard painting bought for £3,000 on Ebay is thought to be worth £250,000

Fiona Bruce said the owner has 'bagged themselves the bargain of the century'

Jon Hamm - It's all started to ad up...

After starring in one of TV's great series, Mad Men's Jon Hamm is moving his pitch to the big screen. Kaleem Aftab meets him

Happiness is a warm loaf: Bread isn't just good for the body - it also nourishes the soul

Close your eyes. Imagine if you will, the aroma of freshly made bread wafting up your nostrils – it's entirely pleasing, isn't it? Yeasty, warming, fragrant as a mother's love. If that sounds a little Proustian, that's because the act of baking – as any baker, amateur or otherwise will tell you – is much more than the sum of its parts, offering an emotional hit every bit as, if not more, nourishing than the nutritional benefits of flour, water, salt and yeast.

The Secret History Of: The Starck 2 bath

It's the classic free-standing tub. You might even have one that looks pretty similar. But this is a Philippe Starck and it costs around £5,000. The Starck 2 was the first contemporary free-standing bathtub. Before this, there was only the Victorian roll-top, which took your bathroom design in a retro direction. But this was double-ended, seamless and very modern. And it became the blueprint for the new, minimalist bathroom style.

Hearth of the matter: Sales of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces are roaring

January is the gloomiest month of the year. The economic climate and the long dark nights of winter dictate that staying in is the new going out. And as the rain beats on the windows or the snow piles up outside, it seems many of us are dreaming of the warmth and elemental pleasures of throwing another log on the fire.

Exclusive: The world's most wanted house guest

Why I'm sheltering Julian Assange, by Vaughan Smith

Books of the Year: Page-turners

Bonkbusters, society gals, thrillers and chillers are just right for giving you a break from the relatives

Made to measure: When buying a new kitchen avoid design fads and remember to plan

Britons spend a small fortune on their kitchens – but throwing cash at the problem isn't always the answer.

'We slept rough and battled wild animals to restore a Welsh castle'

Peter Welford and his wife Judy Corbett remember clearly the first night they spent at Gwydir, the 14th-century castle they own in Wales.

Deborah Ross: Older women, eh? What are they good for?

If you ask me...

The Big Six: Chic ski chalets

Chatsworth 'cash in the attic' sale makes £4.4m on the first day

Most of us would be happy to find a few bits and bobs for a car boot sale while clearing out our attics. Yesterday, the 12th Duke of Devonshire, owner of Chatsworth House, put such modest hopes into perspective when the first day of his spring-clean auction raised £4.4m, with two days still to go.

The Hacker: Witchcraft ensures bad spell goes on – maybe I need the broom-handle putter

My remarks last Sunday, innocent as always, about how the new Equality Act is going to affect our golf club, were not taken by some ladies in the humorous vein that was intended.

The Hacker: Women get equal rights but they will never get my vote

My colleague Sue Montgomery wrote in this space last Sunday about overhearing a group of male golfers at her club complain about the course being cluttered up by "bloody hackers and women".

Deborah Ross: 'Johnnie Boden emails me once every 5.4 days, even though I give him little encouragement'

If you ask me, having several suitors all vying for your love and attention may sound ideal, but it can be most trying. At present, quite a number of online retailers pursue me relentlessly, the most persistent being Johnnie Boden, king of that place called 'Bodenland' where the women are sassy, the men lean on fireplaces in country pubs and the kids all rockpool companionably instead of beating the shit out of each other for that net on the stick, as my own kids do. (Favourite hobby: "Beating the shit out of my sibling for the net on the stick.")

US doctor dies after getting stuck in chimney

A doctor involved in an "on-again, off-again" relationship apparently tried to force her way into her boyfriend's home by sliding down the chimney, police said Tuesday. Her decomposing body was found there three days later.

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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London