Jokes, party hats and useful and not-so-useful goodies, crackers are all part of the Christmas fun. Here’s our pick of the best
Movements are similar to flowing traffic on a congested motorway - but can work in any direction
Book published for capital's famously unfriendly travellers
The memoir is the staple diet in sports publishing, and this has been a particularly full-on year for them. The more honest the better, of course, and there's none more so than Mike Tyson's Undisputed Truth: My Autobiography (Harpersport, £20). It's full of staggering stories: fighting high on coke and dope – which didn't stop him winning a fight in 38 seconds; wearing what he calls a "whizzer", or fake penis filled with clean urine, to foil the drug-testers; badly beating up fans who asked for autographs… Tyson is in full-on confessional mode and I can't recall a more self-excoriating autobiography, but it makes for grimly compelling reading.
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Helen Fielding seemed unfazed by the drama as she signed copies of her book
The Smiths frontman appears to have patched up relations with his publishers, Penguin, following a reported last-minute disagreement
Model makers and engineers working for the BBC have created a mechanical shoal disguised as 14 different types of sea creature – each capable of filming underwater.
Here's all you need to make sure your day by the sea is stylish and problem free... just make sure to bring them home with you
Are you a fondler? Or do you keep your hands to yourself in a bookshop? The question is seen as a vital one for publishers keen to preserve the traditional paper book. Why? Because a tactile, finger-friendly cover can often mean the difference between a strong seller and one that bombs at the tills, or so the thinking goes.
It's all over the place – but there is much to savour in this irresistible adaptation
Amateur cook’s blog about feeding her family on £10 a week attracted huge online audience
Charlie Brooker's smart sci-fi drama wasn't quite the social-media satire it hoped to be
So January's over: and here's why it's now OK to feel chipper. Spring is coming. Maybe tonight's the night you'll break a month long detox. It's Friday. And these facts, collected by Ink Tank blog, will (temporarily) make you feel like the world is a brain-meltingly wonderful place (which it might be).
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