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Sadly no reports of a Routemaster singing Wonderwall

How to do your Christmas shop: go out, buy stuff, go home. Easy

This year, I will mostly be doing my Christmas shopping in shops. This is not because I am a Luddite who has never heard of internet shopping; but because I'm over it. I am living in a post-internet-shopping world. It saves time, stress and energy.

Five Questions About: Contactless cards

Contactless? How does that work?

Sally Bercow 'tempted to try' legal high mexxy

Speaker's wife Sally Bercow today said the Government's plans to ban a so-called legal high made her tempted to try it before it was too late.

Beware of sky-high bank fees to access cash abroad

New research by Which? reveals some banks charge exorbitant fees for overseas transactions with details often hidden away on providers' websites or undisclosed on statements.

Money Insider: Bank accounts: look at more than just interest rates

If you were going to transfer your current account to a new provider, which bank or building society account would you choose? The results of a recent, inhouse survey reveal that when weighing up their options, most people focus on the interest rate paid on credit balances or the cost of borrowing on an overdraft.

Martin Hickman: Coalition strikes a blow for hard-pressed shoppers

This is good news, but if Ryanair can't charge card fees, the price of its tickets will simply go up
The Government will get tough on credit and debit card surcharges

Crackdown on the great credit card fees rip-off

Air fares, train tickets, concerts and car insurance will soon be cheaper as the Government cracks down on excessive credit card surcharges.

National Express motors ahead

The transport giant National Express showed it is driving out the year in style yesterday, posting revenue growth in all its bus, train and coach sectors.

Money Insider: Don't pay the penalty for an early payday

The run up to Christmas is the most expensive time of the year for most of us so it's a great help if your employer enters into the festive spirit and stumps up your December salary a week or two in advance. This may initially prove to be a godsend with a seemingly endless number of presents to pay for plus additional parties and nights out celebrating with family and friends.

How a mobile phone broke killers' wall of silence

Avie Howell had inserted his SIM card into Ben Mullany's mobile phone 12 hours after the shooting

Simon Calder's holiday checklist: A&E for your summer break

Too busy to plan your holiday properly? Here is the information you need to try to rescue your trip, and restore your credibility.

How safe is your password?

Qwerty. 1234. Ring a bell? We're forced to remember dozens of different codes – so how do you choose a rock-solid one? Rhodri Marsden explains

Homeform deposits of £1.5m lost

Administrators have laid off 557 staff at Homeform after the company, which owns Moben kitchens and Dolphin Bathrooms, went into administration. As part of a pre-pack deal, however, Homeform's former owner, Sun Capital Partners, have bought back parts of the business, including Sharps Bedrooms.

Small garages turn to alternative sources for finance

Small independent garages looking to raise short-term finance in order to fund expansion are increasingly being turned away from the high-street banks.

Former De La Rue head joins Oberthur

The French banknotes and smart cards firm Oberthur has hired the former chief executive of De La Rue as a long-term consultant but ruled itself out of making a further bid for the UK-based banknote printer for at least six months.

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

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Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

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