Extras
 

From Furbys to robotic puppies, there are lots of fun, innovative and educational toys in the shops this year. Kate Hilpern picks the ones the kids (and big kids) will love

Kano: a Raspberry Pi computer that snaps together like Lego in 107 seconds

New development kit for the credit-card sized computer aims to open up basic computer coding to younger students

Abi Alton leaves The X Factor 2013

X Factor 2013: Abi Alton sent home by judges

The Middlesbrough teenager lost out in the sing off to Hannah Barrett

Legoland owner leaps 9% on stock market debut

Merlin Entertainments, the group behind London Eye and Madame Tussauds, raised £957m yesterday as it listed on the London Stock Exchange, with its shares leaping 9 per cent on its debut.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 9 November 2013

Shares in Merlin prove to be magic

Danielle Bisutti in a scene from

Screen Talk: A screaming success story

Tinseltown Insider

The 10 Best iPhone 5s cases

Whether you want durable plastic or chic leather, you can dial in style – and protect your mobile – with these snazzy cases

Lego builds up to become world's No 2 toy maker

Lego has overtaken Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toy maker after its first-half sales surged 13 per cent to 10.3bn Danish kroner (£1.2bn).

The 10 Best school buys

The summer’s flown by and September is around the corner, so make sure their bags are stocked for the first day of term

The News Matrix: Wednesday 7 August 2013

Compromise with Spain, says Hain

Disney’s Lone Ranger sparks anger as birth defect is used to make villain Butch Cavendish ‘look more evil’

Charities and community groups call for boycott as promotional material compares facial scars to not having a soul

Ender's Game, a dystopian thriller starring Harrison Ford

From Comic-Con to mainstream cinemas: Here be monster hits

Yesterday saw the end of this year’s Comic-Con, during which geeks descend on San Diego to be whipped up into a frenzy about the release of new sci-fi and action movies. But which films does Trending back to cross over to mass non-geek appeal?

Ed Sheeran attends the Brit Awards 2013 at the 02 Arena

Ed Sheeran: I was ginger and chubby and so struggled to get a record deal

Chart-topping singer Ed Sheeran said he initially struggled to get a record deal because he was "ginger and chubby".

Carl Froch lands a right on Mikkel Kessler when the two first met in 2010

Steve Bunce on Boxing: Carl Froch handed rare chance of revenge with dream rematch

IBF super-middleweight champion will face Mikel Kessler on Saturday night, tasked with beating the man who handed Froch his first defeat

Lego strikes gold with collectible minifigure

He's become the hottest ticket in town: a real-life equivalent of the golden tickets in Roald Dahl's children's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Andrew Simpson: A landlocked lad who caught the sailing bug

Andrew Simpson caught the sailing bug when he was a young boy, despite being born in 1976 in the landlocked town of Chertsey in Surrey.

Voices
There will be a chance to bid for a rare example of the SAS Diary, collated by a former member of the regiment in the aftermath of World War II but only published – in a limited run of just 5,000 – in 2011
charity appealTime is running out to secure your favourite lot as our auction closes at 2pm tomorrow
Arts and Entertainment
James May, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in the Top Gear Patagonia Special
tv
News
Claudia Winkleman and co-host Tess Daly at the Strictly Come Dancing final
people
Arts and Entertainment
Caroline Flack became the tenth winner of Strictly Come Dancing
tvReview: 'Absolutely phenomenal' Xtra Factor presenter wins Strictly Come Dancing final
Arts and Entertainment
The Apprentice finalists Mark Wright and Bianca Miller
tvBut who should win The Apprentice?
News
news
Extras
indybest
News
Elton John and David Furnish will marry on 21 December 2014
peopleSinger posts pictures of nuptials throughout the day
Sport
Brendan Rodgers looks on from the touchline
SPORT
Life and Style
A still from the 1939 film version of Margaret Mitchell's 'Gone with the Wind'
life
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick