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Men and women of marriageable age: do you feel the groom should always be taller than the bride?

The 10 Best hiking boots

Whether you're tackling the Pennine Way or just rambling around, it’s well worth investing in the right footwear for the job

A model walks the runway at the Marc Jacobs Spring 2013 fashion show in New York

Fashion: Don't fade to grey - the 2013 look is black and white all over

You can't open a glossy magazine or go near a high-street store without realising that the spring/summer 2013 look is black and white all over. Monochrome was everywhere on the catwalks (see Marc Jacobs' take, pictured), and now Zara, H&M and co are packed to the rafters with the stuff.

£445, Isabel Marant, matchesfashion.com

Court up in the power pump

As the spectre of the stacked platform recedes, something altogether more ladylike take its place. Harriet Walker reports on spring's new shoe silhouette

Toe pokes: Vibram FiveFingers shoes

To boldly toe: ToPo Athletic split foot trainers are more science than gimmick

The man behind the world's weirdest running shoes is back with a new hi-tech trainer. Simon Usborne laces up

Kevin Dunham submitted fraudulent claims from prison

US prisoners filed more than 173,000 fraudulent tax returns in 2012, claiming $1.1 billion in rebates

Ruse detected by the IRS, which blocked a total of $2.1bn in fraudulent refunds in 2012

Archers actress to reprise Clarrie Grundy role she played 30 years ago

Archers actress Heather Bell is returning to the long-running radio show - and to a character she first played more than 30 years ago.

Cooler weather brings respite in Australia - for now

Record temperatures across southern Australia cooled today, reducing the danger from scores of raging wildfires but likely bringing only a brief reprieve from the summer's extreme heat and fire risk.

Ronnie Wood enjoys the show

London menswear shows: These boots were made for walking – the catwalk that is

Fashion finds inspiration from the great explorers, discovers Harriet Walker

A gadget to suck food out of your stomach, and 5 other lazy weight loss strategies

Wouldn't January be easier if, instead of cutting out unhealthy food and jogging, dieters could employ a gadget to suck away that Christmas fat? Well that's what Dean Kamen is thinking. Mr Kamen, inventor of the Segway, has applied to patent a pump that can suck food and drink straight out of the stomach, allowing users to eat to their heart's content - then drain everything away through a valve surgically installed into their abdominal wall. Innovative or what? Still, if that seems a little OTT (and the tool is designed for the morbidly obese), here are other ways to lose the flab without breaking too much sweat.

The 10 Best beauty under £10

We’re all feeling the pinch at this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t reboot the contents of your beauty bag

It's the way she walks: high heels change the gait of the wearer

Heel appeal! They really do make women look good

As those New Year parties beckon, Roger Dobson reports on new academic research that reveals how high heels affect every part of a woman's body

Labour offers UK hope, says Ed Miliband

Ed Miliband today branded the coalition “a bad Government that is letting down the good people of this country”, in a New Year's message promising that Labour will offer Britain hope in 2013.

Give me the moonlight: Perfect accessories maketh the man from top to tail

1. Cashmere-lined leather gloves £90, J Crew, mrporter.com

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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
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Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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