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Album: The Puppini Sisters, Christmas with the Puppini Sisters (Verve)

Christmas with the Puppini Sisters sounds pretty much like any other time with them: a full-on cheese-fest of wannabe Andrews Sisters vocal arrangements of material which is, due to the thematic restrictions, less liberally sprinkled with surprises than usual.

Travel Agenda: Mexico in party mood, New Miami Beach hotel and a Maastricht Christmas makeover

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Mexico is in a party mood, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the 1910 Revolution. Festivities include fireworks and parades, with a number of spin-off events, including a food festival in Playa del Carmen tomorrow ( tasteofplaya.com).

Album: Bizet, Symphony in C etc / Järvi (Virgin Classics)

Paavo Jarvi and the Orchestre de Paris's delicately shaded recording attempts a silk-purse makeover on the piglet's ear of Bizet's juvenile Symphony in C, lending lustre to the adagio, grit to the bagpipe drone of the scherzo, and Mendelssohnian fizz to the allegro vivace.

'Ally McBeal' producer to give Wonder Woman a modern makeover

The last time television viewers caught a glimpse of Wonder Woman, she was played by the 1970s screen siren Lynda Carter and spent the vast majority of her time, to quote the show's famous theme tune: "In satin tights, fighting for your rights, and the old red, white and blue."

Trip of a lifetime: Menswear returns to the 1970s

Autumn menswear returns to an era of rule-breakers, nonconformists and revolutionaries: the 1970s.

Last Night's TV: Trinny &amp; Susannah: from Boom to Bust/Channel 4<br />Nigella Kitchen/BBC2

As with so many momentous cultural shifts, the tipping point came with Les Dennis. There was a time when a celebrity sending himself up felt genuinely fresh; then Les, and myriad others, gratefully submitted themselves to Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant for Extras. They emerged looking an awful lot stranger, but also more knowing, more self-effacing, and considerably more employable.

Mondeo man's cherished chariot gets a makeover

A great engine and a raft of design tweaks have breathed new life into this once-iconic motor

Macleod clips Falcons' wings as new-look Sale are off to a flyer

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A makeover for a more subdued Oval Office, courtesy of the Obamas

He may not yet have remade America, but Barack Obama has remade the Oval Office.

Album: Caitlin Rose, Own Side Now (Names)

Sounds like twang spirit &ndash; the future of country is looking up

Prom 4: RLPO/ Petrenko, Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra pulled off the not inconsiderable feat of acknowledging both the Schumann and Mahler anniversaries simultaneously with their Prom opener.

Wool works: Knitting up a feast

Food gets an exciting makeover in a new exhibition by textile artist Kate Jenkins.

Terence Blacker: We won't be nagged any more

Half-close your eyes, apply a bit of imagination, and you will see a startling resemblance between Harriet Harman, acting leader of the Labour Party, and Mary Portas, the TV bossyboots who likes to be known as "Mary Queen of Shops". Both have brutalist hairstyles. Both have mouths which seem to have been shaped by years of saying the word "inappropriate" at regular intervals. Both convey, in their every word and gesture, the conviction that not only do they have the answer to life's problems but that it is their duty to persuade the rest of us to be like them. Both suddenly seem to belong to a dying age. It is the twilight of the nanny.

You Don't Have to be Good, By Sabrina Broadbent

In literature as well as life, middle-aged women rarely just vanish – though as one character in Sabrina Broadbent's comic novel notes, that's because they disappear by degrees.

London Community Gospel Choir, Cadogan Hall, London

Rev Bazil Meade formed the London Community Gospel Choir 28 years ago and it is currently enjoying a golden period, riding a tide of enthusiasm for choral singing in general and big vocal harmonies in particular. This concert marked the release of the choir's tenth album, Glorious, numbers from which dominated an evening full of taut, spine-tingling vocal work.

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