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For three decades it has been a heart-melting festive favourite. But now Raymond Briggs, creator of The Snowman, has revealed his frustration at how his story was hijacked by Christmas sentimentalists – saying it was meant to be about death.

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Mancini's quest for European domination ends with a whimper

A year after a rather more glorious failure in their first attempt at scaling the Champions League mountain, Manchester City were last night forced to give up on what had become an unlikely try at scrambling up the foothills to the Europa League.

Joe Hart and his Manchester City teammates' European dreams will not be realised this season
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Graphic novels finally win the literary limelight as two make their way onto Costa Book awards shortlist

Bryan Talbot's graphic memoir Dotter of Her Father's Eyes and Days of the Bagnold Summer by Jeff Winterhart are both nominated

She might be 40, but Hello Kitty is one cool cat

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The Times prints cut-out Jimmy Savile Halloween mask

Too soon? Yeah, almost definitely. That's never stopped bad taste Halloween costumes before, though.

Family favourites Kingsbarns and For Non Stop crack rival codes

The transfer of the peerless Frankel from the racing stable to the stallion barn will have set the hearts of those charged with planning future trysts for their mares both alight and aflutter. Those outside the bloodstock business might wonder what any fuss is about – he's a champion horse, so his offspring will be the same, right? – but it is not quite as simple as that. The Aga Khan, arguably the world's most successful breeder, describes the pursuit of excellence as a game of chess with nature.

Printed matters

Layer as many patterns as possible to make the ultimate statement this season. Here's how to do it on the high street, says Charlotte Owen

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Printed Matter: Make a bold style statement this season

Layer as many patterns as possible this season to make a bold style statement. Charlotte Owen offers a how-to guide to the trend on the high street

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