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In my previous dispatch from the traumatic home-hunting frontline, where regiments of estate agents fire broadsides of scorn at our hilarious budget-to-square-footage aspirations, I detailed how one such know-it-all had been forced to tell us – just as we were about to enter – why the house was unsellable, due to the all-pervasive stench of chemicals from the dry cleaner down below. Needless to say, we weren't inordinately tempted.

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Comment: It’s not the riskiest deal Mike Ashley's done

Mike Ashley once boasted he had “balls of steel”. Frankly, for anyone else to spend £45 million on shares in Debenhams after its Christmas drubbing, you’d need them.

Video: WestJet Christmas miracle - Airline surprises passengers with festive stunt

Passengers were left startled when they were presented with Christmas gifts they had asked for before boarding a flight

Going home for Christmas: The best ways to freeload off your parents in the holidays

After a term's worth of student living, why not make the most of the comforts of home this Christmas?

Signs of the times: Protesters against Mike Gatting’s rebel tour in 1990 were later met with teargas and rubber bullets

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Mr Memory, who was brought on Monday’s Newsnight to memorise the title sequence and couldn’t even remember that Jeremy bloke with the beard’s name. Gosh I love telly. 

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The best in festive travel

Robin Scott-Elliot (far left) is put through his paces on the All Blacks training ground

England v New Zealand: A tough lesson in how to be an All Black

The Independent reveals some of their training secrets

9 cheap alternatives to heating a student house

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Hats off to the sanitary towel sellers

Tampons are a tough sell - I'm wishing the best of luck to Edith Bowman in her new advertising campaign

Dressed to impress: model wears blazer £18, shirt £12, skirt £10 all matalan.co.uk

iStyle: Matalan has more in store

The low-cost brand is prioritising lasting style over fast fashion with a new ‘statements’ collection. Rebecca Gonsalves reports

Jacket £499, trousers £263, jcrew.com

Bouncing checks: Woollen suits and Knits

It’s time to cosy up in woollen suits and knits. Just be sure to take tartan and plaid oversize this season, says Lee Holmes

Jacket £499, trousers £263, jcrew.com

Re-writing the check

It's time to cosy up in woollen suits and knits – just be sure to take your tartan and plaid oversize this season, says Lee Holmes

Luis Suarez has returned to the fold at Liverpool

Luis Suarez return will be 'seamless' predicts Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

The striker is free to return in the Capital One Cup game against Manchester United next week

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