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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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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project