Life and Style Orange sweatshirt £59, blue jeans £89, both reissonline.com

Dip a toe in the new season with a splash of colour: bold shades and softer pastels will enliven even the bleakest mid-winter wardrobe

Woman 'sexually assaulted' in nightclub toilet

Witnesses to a sexual assault in Plymouth have been asked to come forward, police in the city have said.

Scots rush to buy World Cup T-shirts supporting England’s group rivals

Slanj, the Glasgow-based retailer, is doing a roaring trade in anti-England T-shirts, as the 2010 World Cup gets under way.

Tracey Emin: What I liked best about the club was Michael

The Colony Room was a very eccentric place to hang out, quite mad. I would go there when pubs didn't open all day – it was great because it would be open all afternoon.

How do I look?: Brix Smith-Start, stylist & fashion buyer, 47

Fashion is an incredibly powerful tool. It can change the way you feel about yourself and the way people react to you. It's important to have your own individual style, to absorb inspirations from trends, and to always be creative – to play and test the boundaries. Style changes with age – there are certain things which cease to be appropriate as you get older.

Ready to Wear: The vogue for distressed denims is galling

Last week my friend B said to me, "I'm so sick of rips in jeans on anyone older than 16. I'm talking fake Balmain." She has a point.

Alex James: I feel drawn like a moth to a flame

Rural Notebook

Does the Female Ennuch still have balls?

It turned society upside down in 1970 and kick-started the women’s movement. But can The Female Eunuch deliver any important life lessons today? First-time reader Alice Jones gives her verdict

Leading article: Auld enemies

Why do Scots, or at least some of them, still feel they have to do it – define their identity oppositionally? The opposition, of course, is to perfidious Albion, a trait just highlighted by the case of an Aberdeen shop selling "Anyone But England" World Cup T-shirts. It was visited by the police on the grounds of potential racism, or at least, potential for causing a disturbance, which of course is a nonsense.

The Plastiscines, Shepherds Bush Empire, London

The Plastiscines had created that sense of anticipation that use to follow me in my youth; the excitement before a gig. So there I was, surrounded by youngsters, with glow sticks, hot pants with bare legs unafraid of the cold, and drinking cider and giggling.

Boxing: David Haye: 'I want to fight both Klitschkos next year'

In the last of a series of exclusive interviews with the leading lights of the past 12 months, Britain's new world heavyweight champion David Haye tells Steve Bunce about the wrangling that led to the Valuev fight, and where he can go from here

Charlotte Philby: What could I learn from the love guru?

Romance coach Matthew Hussey tutors women in the art of attracting – and keeping – a man. Can he teach Charlotte Philby anything about the opposite sex she doesn't already know?

Dress code: Kelly Rowland

Gadget of the week - Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt (£18)

Take one part band T-shirt, two parts Rock Band, add a splash of air guitar and you get this, an electric guitar housed in the cotton confines of a T-shirt. There's a mini amp attached to the hem and once it's turned on, all the sartorial strummer needs to do is hit the buttons on the neck – each represents a major chord. They're all recorded from a real electric guitar, and by using the magnetic pick that the shirt comes with you can try playing your favourite rock anthems, or creating something new. No need to ask how loud the amp goes up to (11, duh) but rest assured – the electrical components can be removed so you can wash the T-shirt between gigs. Phew. Thinkgeek.com

Saracens' boys from the High Veld give Bath the lowdown

Batth 11 Saracens 12: Premiership leaders play on defensive strengths against West Country side short of firepower
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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