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Despite Asda’s Black Friday sales being marred by violence, the supermarket giant has said the US tradition of heavy discounting on the first Friday after Thanksgiving is set to stay in the UK.

Deborah Ross: 'One of the seven signs of ageing is surely having pores big enough to host music festivals in'

If you ask me, I think it is very fine that you can now buy a face cream to combat the "seven signs of ageing" plus, who knows, one day they may even find an eighth, which would be terrifically exciting, like happening upon an extra wonder of the world, or another deadly sin, or even another dwarf.

Mother 'all over the place' after Bulger killer's jail recall

James Bulger's mother said today that she was "all over the place" after her son's killer was recalled to prison.

Holly Willoughby given Miss Marple role 'as a birthday present'

This Morning host Holly Willoughby revealed today she had landed her dream role in a Miss Marple drama - as a birthday present.

Ofcom clears Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner over Sharron Davies 'faecal matter' comment

Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner did not fall foul of broadcasting rules by condemning a performance by Sharron Davies as like "faecal matter that won't flush", Ofcom ruled today.

Hit & Run: Relax, it's only politics

To be fair to David Cameron, it was Holly Willoughby who asked him how the demands of the top job might affect his family life. What was he going to say? But, never one to miss out on a bit of Brown-bashing, Cameron took the opportunity to land an easy blow from the safety of the This Morning sofa. The wheels of any government he leads would spin a little more slowly, he said, to leave more time for R'n'R – something as familiar to the workaholic incumbent as R'n'B.

Angelina is named beauty icon of the decade

Angelina Jolie beat Jennifer Aniston to the top spot of a poll to decide the top 20 beauty icons of the decade.

Mamas & Papas joins hands with Shop Direct to sell products online

Mamas & Papas, the Huddersfield-based baby clothing and nursery goods brand, is to sell its products through online department store Very.co.uk, a subsidiary of Shop Direct.

Calvin Harris 'sorry' for Jedward stunt

Calvin Harris has apologised after being kicked out of The X Factor studios for running on to the stage during John And Edward's performance.

From insomniacs to iTunes: rise of the Open University

A cheap, internet-friendly way to get a degree is attracting a record number of applicants.

Shop Direct offers bleak outlook despite profits soaring by 182%

Growing popularity of online sales boosts earnings at the Littlewoods owner

Holly Willoughby speaks of This Morning 'breast dress' nightmare

Holly Willoughby said her famously revealing Dancing On Ice dress had come back to haunt her as she prepared to make her debut on This Morning today.

Party Of The Week: Frolics in V-Festival's secret garden

Despite Oasis pulling out of their V Festival performance in Chelmsford, Essex at the weekend because Liam Gallagher had viral laryngitis – the mood was still buoyant backstage in the VIP area.

Tearful Fern Britton quits This Morning sofa

Fern Britton wiped away tears today as she received a surprise video message from her former This Morning co-host John Leslie during star-studded farewell celebrations on her last day on the show.

Still 'no decision' on Fern Britton's replacement

ITV insisted has insisted that no decision had been made on who would replace Fern Britton on This Morning, following reports that Holly Willoughby was in line for the job.

The ins and outs of real women and their curves

When Princess Beatrice stepped out of an azure ocean in the Caribbean last week displaying a teeny-weeny blue bikini and an hourglass figure straight out of a Gok Wan naked makeover, not everyone was sisterly about the stunning contours on display.

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