SodaStream: Sip back in time

In the Seventies, every child wanted a SodaStream. Now the drinks maker is back – but can it put some fizz into grown-up cocktails? Gillian Orr finds out

'Australia's Harvey Nicks' stunned by sex scandal

The Australian equivalent of Harvey Nichols, the department store David Jones, has been a reassuring presence on high streets for more than 170 years.

National stalking hotline will have just one operator

A new national hotline to be launched this month for the two million people stalked in the UK every year will consist of just one phone line, staffed by a single operator. Critics warned this weekend that government under-funding of the new service could leave terrified victims unable to get through to the helpline.

Anthony Rose: 'It's hard to be inspired by the usual roll-call of wines based on romantic names, such as Carnival of Love Shiraz'

It's that day again tomorrow, in case you hadn't already been browbeaten with nudge, nudge, wink, wink spam messages. I enjoy the cheesy annual press releases exhorting me to recommend this or that booze as an aid to seduction, but they've been disappointingly thin on the ground this year. So I can't tickle your fancy with anything except news of a Valentine's Day Gourmet Food and Wine Masterclass at London's Vinopolis tomorrow. If anything was designed to provoke the desire but take away the performance, it's surely wine with "smoked and confit salmon terrine, strawberry sorbet, venison casserole with a vanilla mash and spicy red cabbage topped off with a marquis au chocolat with an orange flavoured custard, coffee and rum".

Saving grace: There are bargains aplenty in the sales

When budgets are tight, why spend more than you need to? There are bargains aplenty in the sales – provided you plan ahead, says Carola Long

Observations: Plaintive paper works that promise a fairy-tale ending

For most people, fairy-tales stay firmly put on the page. But for artist Su Blackwell, who creates whimsical, intricate paper-cut sculptures from second-hand books, the magical, mythical folkloric creatures spill over into everyday life. From Peter Pan to the Wizard of Oz, snow queens to ice maidens and whirling lit-up merry-go-rounds, words and illustrations rise from the pages in charming 3D forms. She creates scenes from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland as well as swaying sail boats and fish, majestic castles, paper princesses and secret gardens.

Dressing table: Full stretch

1 Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter

The soothing scent of this lavender "tummy butter", recommended by mums across the country, will send you off to sleep while it works its magic overnight.

£5.14, available at Boots and supermarkets nationwide

Susie Rushton: Mean streets where even mayors get angry

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The death of prisoner Baranovsky

A Ukrainian student, he came to this country in search of a better life, but lost it in a pool of blood in a British jail cell. How? Charlotte Rowles reports

Jane Merrick: Tories in Manchester - get Britain Shopping

There have been some reports that an entire shopping mall has been plonked inside the conference centre for Tory conf in Manchester - including a Harvey Nichols - and the suggestion that this consumerism is a bit much. Also, it is said, it's all Harvey Nicks, and Crombie, and it is all a bit posh and not what the modern face of Conservativsm should be.

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