News Former correspondent of the News of the World and Sunday Mirror Dan Evans arrives at the Old Bailey

“Shock” and “anxiety” ran through the editorial floor of the News of the World the day two people were arrested in 2006 in connection with phone hacking. The description, from the former News International staff journalist Dan Evans, was told to the jury at the phone hacking trial.

White out: Keep the table free for food by hanging decorations from the ceiling or light fittings. From £4, thewhitecompany.com

Hanging out the cheer

Whether you're putting them up now or holding out until Christmas Eve, Trish Lorenz has all the bright baubles and luxuries lights you'll need

About 60 firefighters tackled the blaze

Singer Duffy flees as blaze rips through £12m Kensington penthouse, but makes sure pets are safe

The pop star Duffy fled a fire that destroyed a luxury penthouse flat in London last night.

Singer Duffy's £12m Kensington penthouse destroyed in fire

The pop star Duffy fled a fire that destroyed a luxury penthouse flat in London last night.

About 60 firefighters tackled the blaze

My Edinburgh: Humphrey Ker, Comedian

Reading an Edinburgh Fringe-related article in The Independent are we?

Undercurrent of change at Barcelona’s Trofeo Conde de Godo

The results sound great, two seconds and a first for Niklas Zennström’s Rán in the TP52s and three firsts for Tony Buckingham’s Soto 40 Ngoni, but there is a strong undercurrent of change at Barcelona’s Trofeo Conde de Godo in the shape of grand prix racing in the Mediterranean.

Sally and Mark Bailey outside one of the converted barns where they sell their unique, custom-made garden tools and household goods

Little shop of hoarders: Baileys Home Store will have you buying up balls of string by the dozen

I'm not a great shopper. So it was quite a surprise this week to find myself more than a hundred miles from home, in a barn, now remodelled as Baileys Home Store, shopping like mad. This particular barn – pinkish Herefordshire stone, tarred clapboard, slate roof – is the sort of place where you walk in and say "I want one of everything". Even if you've already got several of the same at home. Never have oak plant labels stacked in a basket looked so good. Set dressing is a great art and Mark and Sally Bailey do it brilliantly: old wooden wheelbarrows, wooden sledges and wooden ladders are the background props for a mixture of vintage, recycled and new goods, all chosen because they are simple, useful and beautiful. Plastic? Don't even mention the word.

Found in a loft: Fagan's secret boot room diaries

From the glory years to the Heysel tragedy, the Liverpool legend kept a record of his days on the Anfield staff. Tim Rich takes a look

Stay The Night: Hospes Palacio del Bailio, Cordoba

Cordoba's first five-star hotel blends modernity with hints of an older pre-Christian Spain. Amar Grover soaked up the history

The Business On: Brian Chesky, Founder and chief executive, Airbnb

Airbnb? Silly name, so it must be a dot.com, right?

Make do and extend: Space-savvy homeowners are changing the face of the urban extension

It's time to build up, not out, says Oliver Bennett

DVD: The Resident (15)

When doctor Juliet stumbles upon a cheap but stunning loft apartment in Brooklyn, it seems too good to be true. As she looks to overcome a painful break-up, she finds herself being drawn towards her charming landlord who slowly reveals a darker side.

Joan Smith: It was right to question Milly's father in court

While the Dowler family deserves every sympathy, scrutiny of the victim's family life was a necessary part of the legal process

Men behaving proudly: Creating an airy masculine space without a beer can in sight

There are many clichés that spring to mind when you imagine a London bachelor pad – giant flat-screen televisions erupting from every surface, anonymous hotel room style and very complex music systems.

Milly Dowler's dad was original suspect

Murdered Milly Dowler's father told a stunned Old Bailey today that he had been the original suspect in her disappearance after police found bondage material at the family home.

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

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Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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