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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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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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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

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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