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Kent dockyard loses out to Lake District national park as UK's next world heritage site

Simon Calder's Holiday Helpdesk: Sightseeing in deepest Finland

Q I am flying to deepest Finland from Heathrow, with a five-and-a-half-hour stopover in Helsinki. Is this enough time for sightseeing or am I doomed to wander the corridors and gift shops waiting for the hours to tick by?

Alastair Kleissner, South Wales

Take advantage of a Finnish stopover by taking a break from the airport

Q&A: Travel unravelled

Last Night's Viewing: Carved with Love: the Genius of British Woodwork, BBC4
Inside Death Row with Trevor McDonald, ITV

One day someone will take away BBC4 and there will fall across the land a mighty lamentation, even though relatively few people watch it now and we all pretty much take it for granted. BBC4's problem – and this is by way of a confession – is that its programmes sometimes sound so worthy on paper that you're inclined to promise yourself you'll catch up later on iPlayer and watch something more indulgent instead.

Television review: Young Apprentice episode six: hair we go

This week the teams had to come up with their own hair styling product and make an ad campaign for it, then pitch it to a group of advertising professionals. Easy really.

The best Christmas gifts for the aesthete

Main image: face pots, £67, Aram; frames, from £5, John Lewis

The Perfect Place To Grow: 175 Years of the Royal College of Art, Royal College of Art, London

This exhibition borrows its title from a 2001 installation by RCA alumna Tracey Emin, which, unsurprisingly, is categorized in the Personal Expression section.

The Old Truman Brewery will be a natural choice for a party to mark the symbolic return, and the new beer could be poured as early as next March

Truman Ale pours again: Britain's new brewery is 300 years old

Drinkers with a care for history and a London landmark will wait with open mouths next year for the triumphant return of a beer that helped shape their city.

Take a shine to metal

Don't go over the top with this season's latest shiny trend. Subtly is king when is comes to metallics, says Trish Lorenz

John Browett in July 2012 at Apple's new Barcelona store

Former Dixons executive John Browett shown the door at Apple

From Hemel Hempstead to Cupertino - and back again

Jobs’s iYacht: More than 250ft long, Sends giant ripples through the ocean (if not the universe), available in white and silver (but, unlike the iPhone 5, not black)

His final launch: First glimpse of Steve Jobs' iYacht

Sleek, elegant lines; a classy  metallic finish; a prohibitive price... it must be an Apple product!

The machine: The 3D Printshow was a first chance for many to see Makerbot’s new Replicator 2 device

Shape up and print out

Does 3D printing mark the advent of a 'new industrial revolution'? Will Dean heads to its first consumer trade show to find out if the hype is right

The machine: The 3D Printshow was a first chance for many to see Makerbot’s new Replicator 2 device

What's the big deal with 3D printing?

Does it really mark the advent of a 'new industrial revolution'? Will Dean heads to the first-ever 3D printing consumer trade show to find out if the hype is right

Jim Armitage: Investors need not worry: Georgia's new leader is no Kremlin stooge – yet

Global Outlook The Tbilisi bar owner preferred to remain nameless. Given what he was about tell The Independent about his predictions for Georgia under its newly elected prime minister, you can understand why.

Last night's viewing - Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions, Channel 4; Absolutely Fabulous, BBC1

To get Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions under way, the programme's presenter sent out a tweet: "Are you successful in your business and suffering from mental illness? Would you talk about it on television?"

Ghent's pretty riverside street, Graslei

B&B And Beyond: Simon Says, Ghent

Those who venture beyond Bruges and Brussels to Ghent will find culture, canals and a top B&B. William Cook paid a visit

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair