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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.

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Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

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Vince Cable interview

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

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The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

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