News Mourners visit the home of Margaret Thatcher in April 2013; her Belgravia house will go on sale after major refurbishment

A development company has bought the property and is getting it ready to sell on

Laura Ashley defends decision to ask suppliers for price reductions

Retailer Laura Ashley has mounted a vigorous defence of its decision to ask suppliers for price reductions, as strong sales of home furnishings produced a leap in annual profits.

Controversial decorations on the wall of Leamington Spa's Moo Bar

Warwick student backlash against 'sexist, racist and violent' bar decor

A Warwick bar decorated with “sexist, racist and violent wallpaper” has inspired a petition which garnered over 2,400 signatures in three days, organised by the University of Warwick Anti-Sexism Society. WASS is concerned that the images and text used to decorate the bar may “sexualise school girls, slavery and violence”.

Keen as mustard: Combine orange, mustard and bold patterns with charcoal grey for a contemporary take on 1970s style. Orla Kiely House sofa, £2,195, heals.co.uk

iStyle: Can you dig it?

Give your home a groovy makeover with  some of  the greatest hits from the Seventies – just in time for David Bowie blasting back into orbit. By Trish Lorenz

In pictures: Quentin Blake's illustrations from 'The Witches' to wallpaper

As Quentin Blake receives his knighthood from the Queen today, we look back at some of his distinctive ink and watercolour illustrations.

Needles at the ready

Forget loo-roll covers and tea cosies, the latest woolly wonders have made knitting cool again, says Trish Lorenz

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British food 'barbarous'? Clearly, Orwell never got to eat at this Mayfair café

GO WILD: Animal inspired finishes are all the vogue. £34.95/roll, galeriewallcoverings.com

Beauty is skin deep: latest trend in interiors

From aged finishes to shimmering metallics it's what on the surface that counts this season, says Trish Lorenz

1, Cover an entire wall with a Royal Horticultural Society print from Surface View. From £50/ sq m, surfaceview.co.uk

Pretty as a peach

Nature's bounty is the inspiration for an interiors look bound to bring a breath of fresh air to your home. Trish Lorenz steps outside

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<p>This hand-tufted rug will bring a splash of colour to any living room. A contemporary twist on florals, this acrylic rug has been carved to highlight its fantastic mix of colours and looks wonderful set against a neutral decor.</p>
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The 10 best rugs

Need to feel warm in this freezing weather or want a splash of colour in your home? Then invest in a bright or cosy floor covering

Welcome to Emerald City

Diamonds may be forever, but emeralds are for 2013. Trish Lorenz goes shopping for this year's interiors colour of choice

32 per cent of bread ends up in the bin - when you could use it for other things around the house

Don't waste bread: Clean an oil painting with it

Half of the world's food is wasted and bread is high on the list, with 32 per cent ending up in the bin. Just because it's stale doesn't mean it's inedible. Aside from the obvious breadcrumbs and croutons, try making Tuscan bread soup or bruschetta. Or else...

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Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

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24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

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Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

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Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

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'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital