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A report by children's charity the NSPCC revealed the extent of Savile's offending over several decades

Use scrabble tiles to spell guest's names out

The Insider: How to decorate your festive table

Swish yuletide table settings don't have to be posh or pricey. Don't buckle under peer pressure to panic-buy the White Company's entire window display on your credit card. Instead, press the consumerist pause button and think creatively...

Adele's mega-sales may elude Fleet Foxes and but they are the choice of the cognoscenti

Music critics snub the public's taste in Poll of Polls

This year's best-selling singer, Adele, is absent from HMV album of the year list

Russia's 'voice of truth' is silenced with 14 bullets

Newspaper editor was on hitlist of people accused of sympathising with Islamist rebels
The resort offers excellent and usually snow-sure terrain

Skiing: Those in the know head for Val Tho

It might be the least known of the Trois Vallées resorts, but what it lacks in profile, it makes up for in personality.

Bronx-born Kerry Washington with David Ramsey in Mother And Child

Kerry Washington - Tarantino's leading lady is calling all the shots

Kerry Washington won't be overshadowed by her male co-stars in the director's new spaghetti Western

Bottoms up: Everyone likes something bubbly at Christmas, so it’s worth seeking out seasonal bargains

Party drinks: How to find the best bargain bottles

A vicious price war on wines and spirits is good news if you're stocking up for Christmas. Jamie Merrill finds out what's on offer.

Time Magazine's the Person of the Year issue featuring 'The Protester'

Time's Person of the Year? The protester

From the Arab Spring to the steps of St Paul's, it was the force that could not be ignored. Now Time magazine has paid tribute to people power by choosing "The Protester" as its Person of the Year.

The London school using i to explore the world

Stefano Hatfield went to Woolwich Polytechnic to find out why it buys 600 copies a week

Kensal Rise library, which is threatened with closure

Diary: Why the Big Society plays havoc with Britain's borrowers

"New eyes each year find old books here," Philip Larkin boasted in the opening lines of his "Library Ode". Sadly, he referred to a service that a combination of public-spending cuts and half-formed notions of the "Big Society" is fast killing off.

Chelsea Clinton made her debut with a piece about a charity in Arkansas helping under-privileged children

Another Clinton makes the news – but Chelsea's off to a rocky start

Her debut was described as displaying 'no charisma' and 'boring' by 'The Washington Post' critic

Russian media officials fired in alleged 'muzzling'

The owner of Russia's top media holding company fired an editor and a senior manager on Tuesday over what he described as an "ethical breach," but some media rights activists and journalists called it an attempt to muzzle criticism of alleged vote fraud during this month's national election.

Amol Rajan: Remember, hate-filled harridans are people too

There were two main responses from colleagues to my column last week, in which I had a go at two Daily Mail columnists – "Sardonic" Sandra Parsons and Amanda "Plateful-of-Hatred" Platell – who both regularly launch vicious personal attacks on people in the public domain, especially successful women.

Lord Rothermere, confirmed that a DMGT executive had agreed with Richard Desmond not to 'use the pages of our newspapers for mudslinging'

How newspaper 'truce' kept owners out of headlines

Viscount Rothermere, the proprietor of the Daily Mail, was yesterday accused of being a "hypocrite" after admitting that a deal had been struck with the publisher Richard Desmond to keep personal criticisms of the two rival media magnates out of their respective newspapers.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: As good as it gets? What a sorry situation

In a Sunday newspaper magazine, 10 pages promise to "unleash" our inner goddesses with corsets, frilly knickers, suspenders, lacy stockings, "triangle" bras, other skimpies and boob scaffolds. A female journo raves: "Lingerie shopping is almost as satisfying as buying shoes. And that's as good as it gets." Really, dear girl? As good as it gets? The journey for gender equality in the UK started with Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792 and arrives in an underwear emporium at the end of 2011. I know it is the season of good cheer, fun stuff and cheeky pleasures, and I only pick on this article as typical of countless others which nudge women into thinking of themselves as sex objects and pleasers and divert us from naked, brutal realities.

Andre Villas-Boas celebrates a Chelsea goal with his coaches, not his players

Sam Wallace: Villas-Boas's problems lie closer to home

It should tell Andre Villas-Boas something that his renewed attack on those television pundits he considers to be persecuting Chelsea was overshadowed by a disclosure that came right from the heart of his club.

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Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

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Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

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