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'

Newcomer Nominations, Various venues, Edinburgh

Glorious gimps head race of the new faces

Nurse guilty of wife's 'car crash' murder

A "sex mad" nurse who strangled his wife and tried to make it look as though she died in a car crash was convicted of murder today.

Part of the landscape: For the ultimate in outdoor comfort, built-in garden furniture is best

Dining spaces, sleek lighting – and somewhere to stash your cushions

Nothing Is Forever, South London Gallery, London

Reviewed by Laura McLean-Ferris

Deborah Ross: 'It's time to get your bikini body orders in'

If you ask me, now that newspapers and magazines are giving tips on "how to get a bikini body in 14 days", it is time you put in your order, which may take 14 days but does not have to. If you pay extra, most companies will send out a bikini body by special delivery, and some even offer a next-day service.

Stay the night: Edgcott House & Cascade Cottage, Somerset

Edgcott's careful refurbishment makes the most of all its nooks and crannies. Mark Rowe explored

Rufus Wainwright Prima Donna, Sadler’s Wells, London

Rufus Wainwright is the past master of “operatic pop”. He writes wonderful and original songs – witty, ironic, insidiously memorable.

Leighton House Museum, Leighton House, London

Lost in a house of frill repute

Village People: 20/03/10

Blairites win one battle in Labour stronghold but lose another

Dom Joly: I've seen the Sugababes and the world's first fireplace

Two days back home and then it was off to Central Asia again. This time my destination was Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. As guest of one of the new tycoons this area seems to be producing, this was no ordinary trip. I was put up at a swanky London hotel, wined and dined and then, the following morning, whisked over Europe in a private jet towards Azerbaijan. It was a little like a de luxe special rendition.

Here's just the thing for young Valentines. A Middle-Age spread

Hampton Court can offer a wedding to remember, but it's not cheap. Ian White grabbed his ducats

How to create the perfect kitchen

Avoid design fads, invest in quality and remember that planning is key, says Kate Watson-Smyth

A room of my own: Fashion designer Jemima French opens the doors to her home studio

Jemima French launched her fashion line Frost French with childhood friend Sadie Frost in 1999. Since then, Kate Moss, Helena Christensen and Jerry Hall have all modelled for the label. French, who is 44, lives in Camden, north London, with her boyfriend, Francis Ridley, and her four daughters, who are aged between seven and 19. Frost French has two London shops, in Islington and Soho. For details or to shop online, visit frostfrench.com

Grimm Tales, Library Theatre, Manchester

It's Grimm up north. Manchester's Library Theatre is presenting Carol Ann Duffy's adaptation of several of the tough moral tales created by the Brothers Grimm. Her taut story-telling has lost none of its bite since she and Tim Supple collaborated on this script for the Young Vic in the 1990s. Into the dark woods we go, following paths of gleaming words that unfold with tremendous energy in Rachel O'Riordan's vivid production.

Consuming Issues: The A to Z of Christmas

A Allspice. Traditional Christmas pudding contains the unripe fruit of Pimenta dioica along with other imports: nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, sultanas, raisins, and brown sugar. Natural England would rather we feasted on Kentish cobnuts or vanilla ice cream. If there's any day to celebrate our fortune in consuming food out of the reach of a medieval king, it's 25 December.

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24-Hour party person

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'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

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Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

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London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital
In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

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The young are the new poor: A third of young people pushed into poverty

The young are the new poor

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