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Drinks giant announced plans to cut costs by £200m as Chinese sales decline

David Bowie shoots to the top of the charts with The Next Day

David Bowie has scored his first number one album in 20 years with a record that is also the fastest-selling of the year so far.

Robbie Williams rumoured to be joining Take That pal Gary Barlow as X Factor judge

Take That duo Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow could be reunited on the X Factor judging panel, according to reports.

Kate's nose was the most requested surgery this year

Popular? You nose it: Duchess of Cambridge’s nose is the most requested plastic surgery procedure

What did you wish for this Christmas? Socks, a new DVD player – or perhaps even a new nose?!

Agenda: Caracalla 1947 bag; Rebel Wilson; Barlowered; gifts for the 12 days of Christmas

Fashion: Depeche Mode

Motorsport fans looking for  a style formula (one) should drive themselves to the internet forthwith  and root out  leather-goods label Caracalla 1947.

Rylan Clark axed from the X Factor

Rylan Clark is the latest hopeful to be given their marching on orders from the X Factor.

Shock as X Factor favourite Ella Henderson axed

Ella Henderson was eliminated from X Factor last night in what was a "great tragedy" and "one of the biggest shocks we've ever had on the results show".

District 3 gets the chop from X Factor

District 3 was eliminated from X Factor after losing the sing off against fellow group Union J in what was a battle of the boybands.

Gary Barlow honoured with Music Industry Trust Award

The Prince of Wales paid tribute to Gary Barlow as the Take That frontman was honoured at a prestigious music industry bash.

Gary Barlow 'gutted' as his second act Melanie Masson axed from X Factor

Gary Barlow has expressed his bewilderment after another of his acts was axed from The X Factor last night.

Cheryl Cole gives X Factor viewing figures a slight boost although numbers remain well down on 2011

The return of former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has given the series a ratings boost but viewer numbers remain well down on last year.

X Factor 'wildcard' entry returns

X Factor bosses are once again to introduce a "wildcard" entry to the live stages of the show.

The Weekend's Viewing: The X Factor, ITV 1
The Last Weekend, ITV 1

You watch the Olympics and you think we’re in a whole new world where we all understand the value of hard work, where the cult of celebrity has lost its appeal, where we put people on pedestals, if we do it at all, for the right reasons.

Getting there: Lewis Hamilton keeps calm under pressure on his way to securing a front-row start in today's Grand Prix at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal

Hamilton finds his calmer approach is key to consistency

The British driver is without a victory on the F1 circuit so far this season but is showing a greater maturity in his quest to regain the world title

Virgin worker 'link to paparazzi'

A Virgin Atlantic worker has quit over claims she passed on the flight details of eight celebrities to a paparazzi agency.

Raring to go: Lewis Hamilton will be looking to put down the right marker in Melbourne next weekend

Hamilton: Last year I put having fun before Formula One

2008 world champion makes a surprising admission on the eve of tough new season

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas