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From essay deadlines to heating bills, is it really the most wonderful time of the year?

Cheltenham Diary: Westwood's pain is Motty's pleasure as Savage is silenced

Sometimes it doesn't pay to be a multimillionaire. Take Lee Westwood yesterday. The world's second-best golfer found his day ruined by the fog and couldn't travel down from Worksop.

Mariah Carey's dogs 'in therapy'

Mariah Carey's dogs are in therapy to prepare them for the arrival of her twins.

Furtado gives Gaddafi payment away

Muammar Gaddafi has lost many friends in recent days, but yesterday Nelly Furtado became the first to give up $1m to disown him.

Ghostpoet, Electrowerkz, London

Shortly after crowds pour into this intimate venue, it becomes apparent that Ghostpoet isn't going to serve up what anyone familiar with his new album Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam might expect. Obaro Ejimiwe, as his mother knows him, is accompanied tonight by a drummer and a guitarist.

Mariah Carey expecting a boy and a girl

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are expecting a boy and a girl.

Editor-At-Large: More women at the top? Fine. But where is work for the rest?

The expression "grumpy old woman" is television shorthand for a well-known female of a certain age ranting about everything from the menopause to shopping. But this Christmas, the comedy stereotype masks a worrying truth. There's not a lot for women to be happy about right now. The number out of work has risen to over a million, the highest level since 1988. Every day between August and October this year, 260 women lost their jobs. Over Christmas, that figure will rise, as local authorities implement the 330,000 job losses ordered by George Osborne.

Album: Mariah Carey, Merry Christmas II You (Mercury)

It's 16 years since Mariah Carey's first Christmas album, and there's nothing here to suggest she's developed significantly since then.

John Walsh: Farewell then, Larry, king of the gaffes

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All we want for Christmas is an old festive song

Musicians of yesteryear dominate the royalties payout lists for Yuletide hits

Trail of the unexpected: The Pyramids on horseback

Trotting through the desert near Giza is the perfect way to see the Pyramids, says Jonathan Hart

Dutch courage: It's time to order your spring (yes, spring) bulbs now

It may seem counter-intuitive to be picking out bulbs in early summer, but be brave, for now is the perfect time to plan for next spring, says Emma Townshend

Album: Semi Precious Weapons, You Love You (Geffen)

Semi Precious Weapons are an outrageously flamboyant glam-rock quartet from the same NYC scene that spawned Lady Gaga: she used to support them, now they're opening her Monster's Ball jaunt and blowing teeny minds.

DVD: Precious (15)

Claireece "Precious" Jones (played elegantly by newcomer Gabourey Sidibe) is no ordinary 16-year-old black girl growing up in 1980s Harlem.

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A new Russian revolution

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

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If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

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The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on