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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.

Onegin, Royal Opera House, London

John Cranko’s Onegin feels like the ballet-of-the-opera, a watered-down version of a stronger story.

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Ronnie Wood enjoys the show

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You don't have to look scruffy when simply hanging out on the sofa. Swathe yourself in luxurious silk and cashmere for ultimate relaxation, says Emma Akbareian

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Veteran rocker Rod Stewart is easy to buy Christmas presents for according to his wife.

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Kimberley takes full marks in Strictly Come Dancing semi final

Craig was left in tears of laughter after Lisa's performance, while Kimberley and Pasha won their second perfect 40 of the series

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Stuck for ideas this Christmas? All out of steam in the shops? Let The Independent's fashion team help out. Gemma Hayward and Lee Holmes select the best buys for budgets big and small

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Killy Nymphe Down jacket: The fur trim might be faux but there’s nothing fake about its 650-fill duck down insulation. The exterior materials are waterproof and breathable, and have a little stretch for a slimline, tailored look. (£550; killy.com).

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Boys and bras have a place in the Girl Guides

That the new chief executive of Girlguiding UK is willing to talk about sex can only be a good thing for the future of the organisation

A pair of boxer shorts belonging to Bernard Madoff are displayed by an auctioneer

Fart away, this deodorizing underwear has you covered

Could this be the pants revolution we've all been waiting for? A Japanese company claims to have invented a line of deodorizing underwear that will allow even the most flatulent to break wind without posioning the nostrils of friends and colleagues.

Knitwear from £200, Michael van der Hamfor Brora, brora.co.uk

Get your knit on

Michael van der Ham’s signature collage-style designs translate to a colourful cashmere collection for Brora, says Rebecca Gonsalves

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Time for a T-bar? This season's shoes

Whether they have chunky heels, spindly stilettos or are sober flats, this season shoes are adorned with straps galore, says Rebecca Gonsalves

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