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Don’t go in expecting this season’s designs for £4.50. But you can find the odd gem

Super shopping: Where to spend your holiday money

Hotel rates are being slashed to fill empty rooms, rail and air fares are low but with the pound still in the doldrums, will that leave you with enough cash to go shopping on your city break? The Traveller adds up where to go and what to buy this winter

Suicide bomb kills 49 at Khyber bazaar

A crowded market in the centre of Peshawar became a scene of devastation yesterday after a suicide bomber set off a massive blast that killed at least 49 people and wounded scores more.

Alang: The place where ships go to die

Thanks to the recession, Gujarat's ship-breaking yards are booming – but the impact on the environment is toxic

US Declaration print found at archives

A rare and valuable copy of the US Declaration of Independence has been discovered in the National Archives.

Mary Dejevsky: Bargain-hunting will be the death of us

We are fast-tracking back to the mentality that treats price as everything

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/11/shopping-bag-ru.html">Shopping Bag: Rumble in the Jumble</a>

Even with Shopping Bag's great modesty notwithstanding, this is a great tip. From this morning, until Sunday at 7pm there's a jumble sale that will justify that oft-used tag "unmissable".

Pick of the picture books: Helmand

Born amid the mud and misery of the Western Front trenches, the curious British tradition of the official "war artist" has now yielded almost a century's harvest of sobering, disturbing and often hauntingly beautiful works snatched from places of death and destruction. In recent decades the lens as well as the brush or pencil has enriched this heritage.

Book of a lifetime: The Assemblies, By Al-Hariri of Basra

When I was a young boy growing up in rural Pakistan, my grandfather would entertain me with stories of a man called Abu Zayd. He was a rascal who roamed from place to place conning people with his wit and stunning use of language. Each story began with Abu Zayd giving an eloquent sermon in the mosque or the bazaar. "How long will you persist with your folly?" he would ask the people who gathered around him. "How long will you cheat, steal, and do and eat all those things that God has forbidden? How long will you be greedy and chase material goods?" He never failed to impress, both by his message and his oratory; some gave him money and thanked him, others he would cheat. But Abu Zayd lived a life of luxury in a cave, with his two wives, where he greedily consumed forbidden things and did exactly what he had denounced in the bazaar.

Design: Logan's run

Why would one of the grandest names in British art choose to live down a dingy, south-London backstreet? Esther Walker finds out. Photographs by Andrew Hayes-Watkins

A Bazaar royal success

'Harpers & Queen' was once an upper-crust bastion, but a year on and shorn of its Sloanes, 'Bazaar' is paying off. Matthew Bell reports

Design: A world of interiors

Jamie Seaton, the co-founder of Toast, travels the globe for beautiful homeware and furniture. He shares his secret address book withKate Watson-Smyth

India: a nation of frustrated shopkeepers

Tesco may have finally made its move, but infrastructure problems and restrictive rules are holding retailers back. By Richard Orange

How do I look?: Kate Sheridan, Designer, age 33

I like finding stuff that others aren't going to have. I got this dress at a jumble sale in Hackney about eight years ago. It was in a suitcase under a table. I love the unusual fabric, and the dancing sailors run all the way around the bottom. It fitted me perfectly, so I decided it was meant for me. It cost me about 50p.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Down in the bunker with SD's Mike Ashley

The publicity-shy Mike "stuff the shareholders" Ashley was hosting his own conference call yesterday, so things must be bad. Certainly the results were extremely bad.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Is Woolies still worth anything at all?

More bad news from the high street. After stripping out inflation, there was virtually no growth at all in like-for-like sales at Sainsbury in the 12 weeks to 14 June, despite what Justin King, the chief executive, calls "strong growth in non-foods". Sainsbury is facing much tougher competition from a resurgent Morrisons and Asda, but the main cause of this relatively poor performance has to be attributed to the consumer slowdown.

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When I was supporting Ray La Montagne I was six months pregnant. He had been touring for a year and he was exhausted and full of the cold. I was feeling motherly, so I would leave presents for him and his band: Tunnock's Tea Cakes, cold remedies and proper tea. Ray seemed painfully shy. He hardly spoke, hardly looked at you in the face. I felt like a dick speaking to him, but said "hi" every day. </p>
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He was being courted by the same record company who had signed me and subsequently let me go, and I wanted him to know that there were people around who didn't want anything from him. At the Shepherds Bush Empire in London, on the last night of the tour, Ray stopped in his set to thank me for doing the support. He said I was a really good songwriter and people should buy my stuff. I was taken aback and felt emotionally overwhelmed. Later that year, just before I had my boy Louis, I was l asleep in bed with Radio 4 on when Louis moved around in my belly and woke me up. Ray was doing a session on the World Service. </p>
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