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Middle-class problems: Christmas presents

Bread and butter pudding

Serves 6-8

Blackberry and lemon trifles

Serves 8-10

Jabre claims FSA abused its powers in fining him £750,000

Philippe Jabre, the hedge fund manager who was fined £750,000 for alleged market abuse in February, launched his appeal against the Financial Services Authority yesterday, claiming that the regulator had acted beyond its jurisdiction by punishing him for events that took place off UK shores.

101 cocktails that shook the world #3: The Bramble

A drink in the great British tradition of deceptively potent fruit liqueurs, the Bramble was invented in the Nineties by UK star mixologist Dick Bradsell and has since achieved classic status on both sides of the Atlantic. In its original formulation, the drink incorporates creme de mure (blackberry liqueur), the somewhat sweeter sister of creme de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur). Call me Miss Marple, but I've recently been substituting damson gin (Plymouth Gin make a good version), which results in a slightly sharper Bramble.

Old Grand Marnier goes from hip-op to hip-hop

Maker of 150-year-old liqueur eyes urban black Americans to bling in the New Year

Absinthe jelly

Serves 4

Van Nistelrooy hits double as Dutch reach quarter-finals

Netherlands 3 Latvia 0

Advocaat bedevilled by detractors

Troubled Dutch experiment with new formation as the old enmity strikes

McFadden puts Scotland in pole position

Scotland 1 Holland 0

Van not the man to face Scots

Get some in at Punch Taverns

Hold on to copper-bottomed Antofagasta; Cut losses and jump out of Tadpole Technology

Football: Advocaat advocates ruthless approach

DICK ADVOCAAT, the Rangers coach, has urged his side to find a nasty streak as they bid to extend their European campaign into the year 2000.

Football: Myhre confidence not curtailed by injuries

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

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Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

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French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

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Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

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Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

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Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

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Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

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Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

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