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Forget bandage dresses and bling, off-duty LA style has finally been rehabilitated

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Gemma Tries It On: 'I'm a little apprehensive about letting it all hang out at the beach'

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<p>Wrap up warm to hear the carols in this ancient church. Mulled wine and mince pies should help to keep you toasty, though.</p>

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Sally Roberts sparked a nationwide search when she disappeared with seven-year-old Neon

Winter Wonderland

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Francesca Steele finds some startling alternatives to the multiplex

The best Christmas gifts for the foodie

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Sarah Brown has been made a non-executive director at Harrods

Sarah Brown, wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, appointed director of Harrods

Sarah Brown joined the Qatari-owned retailer on September 1, The Independent has learned, in a move that is likely to raise eyebrows across the political and business worlds

Seasonal cheer: Christmas needn't be stressful with these indulgent breaks

The family feuds have started. The John Lewis advert has aired. Christmas is coming. But if you've already lost patience with the approach of Advent, remember: the end of the year is really just a chance to spoil yourself (and those around you). So shop in style, slump beside a crackling fire or see out 2012 at a Scottish castle. These seasonal escapes should help to make the festive period suitably splendid.

This Christmas nobody has more front than Harrods

Fans of the BBC period drama The Paradise, or indeed of Emile Zola's 1883 novel The Ladies' Paradise, on which the series is based, will know that presenting a fantasy to customers is half the luxury retail battle.

Front man: Julius Francis poses with the youthful cast of Ring Envy

Boxing: From sole man to star turn in Othello

Julius Francis once got flattened by Mike Tyson – now he's treading the boards. Isn't life strange?

Rupert Everett's Wilde gets West End transfer

Rupert Everett's acclaimed performance as Oscar Wilde is to transfer to the West End.

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