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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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Midsummer swimwear season is well and truly upon us – but diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

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Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

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Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice