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Theatre: Review: The best things in life come in threes

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Fashion: You shall go to the office do;

The Christmas party season is almost upon us, which traditionally means panic stations in the frock department, but this year I've done the work for you. Pictured here are the 10 best- value-for-money dresses from the high street, so whether its an office do or a major party you're planning for, you need look no further.

Dilemmas: He won't discuss his finances

A widow, June, has married a 63-year-old `upper-crust' widower, who's generous and loving. But whereas she tells him all about her finances, he's too embarrassed to reveal his. Why? And what should she do about it, because she wants to know what the future may hold?

Design: Stretching the limits

The word `rubber' usually elicits a snigger, but designers and artists are starting to take the material seriously. Lesley Gillilan talks to design pioneer Jozefien Gronheid, and finds out how rubber has put bounce into her work

Gold Saxon cross may fetch pounds 70,000

A GOLD cross found in a field by a farmer more than 30 years ago is expected to fetch upwards of pounds 70,000 when it is auctioned next month.

Dilemas: I fight to get my own way - so why don't I?

Dilemmas; with Virginia Ironside

Frontline Poipet: Casinos take over a grim checkpoint

IT IS HARDLY Las Vegas but the no-man's land between the Thai and Cambodian checkpoints is casino country for thousands of gamblers from across Asia.

Tories in a spin over Ffion's necklace

IT WAS, we had been told, not just a political message but a heartfelt "thank-you present from her husband". But yesterday the pounds 1,500 pendant in the shape of a pound sign given to Ffion Hague was exposed as little more than a publicity stunt.

Designs galore; ART & DESIGN

Students are bursting out all over with novel ideas.

Books: A woman boxed in by family secrets

The Memory Box by Margaret Forster Chatto pounds 15.99

The map: Treasure island

Grab your metal detectors: Michael Booth says you have more chance of finding buried booty in Britain than winning the lottery. Illustration by Joe Magee

Just the one: Fashion

Fashion; Whether it's gold or bronze, pearls or crystal, real or fake, the key to wearing jewellery is to keep it simple: a single piece will always suffice
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Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine