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Cinema: The millennium bugs

First Antz. Now A Bug's Life. Since Hollywood's animators have apparently convinced themselves that they've exhausted the anthropomorphic potential of ducks, rabbits, dogs, cats and mice, what next? Amoebae? Microbes? Molecules? Quarks?

Film: Digital monsters? No fear

Why are computer-generated special effects still so unconvincing?

Mickey eclipsed by Disney's own Pooh

"MERRY CHRISTMAS, Pooh!" said Christopher Robin. "You've been such a generous bear, such a kind bear, you deserve pots and pots of honey!"

Letter From Hollywood

PEOPLE HAVE always been seduced by the notion that film producers are among the lowest of life forms, so one can only sense a frisson of perverse pleasure at the sight of two Hollywood studios spoiling for a fight over their respective screen visions of an insect colony.

People and Business: Toy story is just a fable

EVERY BUSINESS success begins with an apocryphal tale, and the story of the top-selling children's construction toy K'NEX, now rivalling Lego, is no exception.

Christmas Gifts: Toy story

As the father of eight children, Tim Waterstone understands the difficulties parents face when shopping for and with their children - especially at Christmas. With this in mind, Waterstone has devised an all-encompassing children's department store that provides a full range of toys as well as clothes, books, and even a hairdresser. Based on The Adventures of Daisy and Tom, written by Waterstone's wife, Rosie Alison, the whole store runs to this theme. Costumed characters, a carousel and a puppet show keeps children amused, while a soda bar stocked with knickerbocker glories and snacks offers a welcome respite for weary feet. Don't miss the adorable little fairy outfits with matching slippers, an asset to any dressing-up box, (pounds 29.95) the leather daisy purses (pounds 2.95), a life- size, fleecy rocking sheep (pounds 99.99) and, most importantly, Father Christmas, who will be telling stories in the book department in the week before Christmas.

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TRIED & TESTED; Are you a Disney fairy, an M&S superhero or a blow-up pumpkin? Our junior consumers size up the options

New Films: Jungle 2 Jungle

Director: John Pasquin. Starring: Tim Allen, Martin Short (PG)

Barbie takes her crown at last

Barbie, the 37-year-old doll, has been named toy of the year for the first time in her history.
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International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

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Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

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Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
Confessions of a planespotter: With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent

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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
Russia's gulag museum 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities

Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
The big fresh food con: Alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay

The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
Paris Fashion Week 2015: The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp

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The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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Paul Scholes column: I don't believe Jonny Evans was spitting at Papiss Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible

Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao

Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

The Bolton fighter is unlikely to take on Kell Brook with two superstar opponents on the horizon, says Frank Warren
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable