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<p><strong>1. Typewriter notebook</strong></p>
<p>£5, <a href=paperchase

This ruled paper notebook has a retro feel with a kooky typewriter illustration. Also featuring the Spanish for notebook on the front, this is definitely one for any self-respecting arts student.

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1. Typewriter notebook

£5, paperchase

This ruled paper notebook has a retro feel with a kooky typewriter illustration. Also featuring the Spanish for notebook on the front, this is definitely one for any self-respecting arts student.

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Top ten essential stationery for students

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Want to grow a moustache and raise funds for prostate and testicular cancer, but in need of some inspiration? Flavourwire has come to the rescue with this photo gallery of the greatest moustaches of all time to mark the start of "Movember".

US Election Diary: Pill-popping to overcome election fatigue

The Tampa rally over yesterday, reporters travelling with Governor Romney were herded on to the candidate's plane. But if they were frazzled by more than a year on the trail, there was help from top Romney aide Stuart Stephens, who handed out packets of pills. "David Cameron asked me to give you this," he said, spotting the man from The Independent. The six little capsules were nothing more than vitamins, he assured me. Duly ingested.

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<p><b>1. Raymond Blanc by Anolon</b></p>
<p>£12, <a href=amazon

Well made, sturdy and solid, this is also stylish and ergonomically designed. No wonder Raymond Blanc was prepared to put his name behind it.

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1. Raymond Blanc by Anolon

£12, amazon

Well made, sturdy and solid, this is also stylish and ergonomically designed. No wonder Raymond Blanc was prepared to put his name behind it.

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The 10 Best corkscrews

Don’t hide it at the back of a drawer. Once a simple thing, the waiter’s friend is now a hi-tech piece of kitchen kit...

Cabaret, Savoy Theatre, London

Rufus Norris's 2006 revival of this Kander & Ebb classic blew me away with its dark, fiercely energised and full-frontal vision of Weimar Berlin as a society gyrating its crotch at the edge of the abyss – at once a drug-fuelled hotbed of rampant, polymorphous perversity and a fertile seedbed for Nazism whose rise emerged in pointed conjunction with the spread of neurasthenic kinkiness.

Original Sgt Pepper collage by Sir Peter Blake expected to fetch £80,000 at auction

A slice of Beatles' history goes on sale next month when the original collage designed by Sir Peter Blake for the insert of the band's Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is auctioned.

E-fit bid to identify body washed up on Devon beach

Police have launched a nationwide appeal for information after a man's body was washed up on the south coast.

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