News Lady Gaga is an eccentric sort, but few had her down as a colossal hoarder… Of Michael Jackon’s property.

Among her MJ arsenal, Gaga treasures his famous Swarovski-encrusted crystal glove, which cost her a cool £117,800

Finishing touches: Autumn fashion is aglitter

And on to the accessories. Autumn's aglitter with ruby slippers, jewelled purses and chandelier earrings, says Gemma Hayward

Looting student jailed for 16 months

A university student was jailed for 16 months today after taking part in looting during last week's riots.

Crystals: All that glitters

It makes bling for teens and cut-glass crystals for the fashion elite. After more than a century in business, how, asks Harriet Walker, does Swarovski keep on sparkling?

Strictly Gershwin, Royal Albert Hall, London

Strictly Gershwin is an in-the-round extravaganza, stuffed with guest stars and glittering with Swarovski crystals. The dancers of English National Ballet are joined by singers, ballroom and tap dancers.

European firms seize on Suu Kyi release to hunt profit in Burma

Swarovski among the companies under fire for breaking spirit of renewed EU sanctions

Julie Burchill: You've seen the footage. Now wait for the charity song

When I heaved my vast bulk on to my Stannah stairlift on Tuesday night and travelled serenely up the reinforced wooden hill to Bedfordshire, I was planning to get up in the morning and write about why I was sure there wouldn't be an all-star aid record in response to the sad events in Japan.

Brit Insurance Design Awards shortlist goes on show

The past 12 months have seen some exciting design developments and the Brit Insurance Design Awards shortlist aims to celebrate this fact.

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (19/12/10)

Never afraid to walk into a blizzard

New Nutracker: A Christmas cracker

On Friday night the English National Ballet unveils a new Nutcracker, its 10th production of the seasonal classic in 60 years. Alice Jones drops in on rehearsals to discover the secret of its enduring appeal

Christmas gift guide: First lady

Elegant presents for doyennes of distinction

Outside Edge: Hungary? It's a dog's breakfast

Man's best friend indeed. Many countries may be going to the dogs during the recession but in Hungary this is especially true after it was revealed that the European Union's Rural Development Fund had splashed out £350,000 on a fitness centre for canines in the village of Dregelypalank, which included a hydrotherapy spa. It was built to "improve the lifestyle and living standard of dogs" but it was never actually opened, so the mutts are still being bone idle. One Christmas present that EU moguls might like to get the missus, if not the family pet, is the Vibrogym Diamond, a vibrating fitness machine that comes complete with 65,000 Swarovski crystals, each of them inserted by hand, and is reasonably priced at a mere £43,500. It was good to hear our local councils are taking a more practical view during these difficult times: England striker Kevin Davies struck a deal with Bolton Council to switch on their Christmas lights if they came and emptied his bins. It was an offer they couldn't refuse.

All The Fun Of The Frieze

It's the biggest event in the UK art calendar &ndash; and one of the busiest weeks on the celebrity social scene too. Alice Jones joins the party circuit for five days of the Frieze Art Fair

Benitez's worst recruit will always be a symbol of Liverpool's lost year

A manager's worst signings always tell you something about his downfall.

&#163;1 buys 1000 litres of tap water. Or one bottle of the ionised variety

Martin Hickman reports on the latest and most daring attempt to turn humble H2O into a premium product
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