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'

Housing society blamed for fatal boiler explosion

A housing society was today fined £50,000 for health and safety breaches leading to a boiler explosion that killed a woman and her dog.

Alex James: Picture perfect as the season turns

Rural Notebook

The Big Six: Lodges in New Zealand

Places to stay on both the North Island and South Island

Travel Agenda: Vinopolis; Zambezi Queen; Lumiere festival; Mandarin Oriental

Today: For the Caribbean closer to home, make for Vinopolis in London, where the Caribbean Tourism Organisation is hosting a showcase with food, music, drinks and an appearance by Levi Roots (caribbean.co.uk).

Terror 2009: Theatre of Horror and Grand Guignol, Southwark Playhouse, London

Reviewed by Maxie Szalwinska

Finding the plot: Anna Pavord meets a first-time gardener who fell in love with the growing game

"Well that's a first," I thought as I turned up earlier this year at Laetitia Maklouf's flat in west London and found, pinned to the door, a note saying "Gone into labour". What with the new baby (her first) and other things, months passed before I caught up with Maklouf and her balcony, which is what I wanted to talk to her about.

The Big Six: Cosy cottages in Britain

Candlewick Cottage, Cotswolds

Tom Sutcliffe: The smiley face of extinction

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The Big Six: Swiss Design Hotels

The Dolder Grand, Zurich

Grey paint: Top of the pots

Stuck for design ideas? Kate Watson-Smyth discovers inspiration in shades of grey

Smith pays the price for an 88p bath plug (and two XXX movies)

Britain's first female Home Secretary fell victim to expenses – and comedians

The Sonnets: 55

By William Shakespeare

Climate change casts a cloud over nation's stately piles

Floods and heatwaves are damaging some of our most significant buildings
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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