News Chanelle Beasley was last seen at her family home in Mitcham, south west London, on New Year's Eve

Chanelle Beasley went missing on New Year's Eve in the Mitcham area of south west London

Books of the Year: Children 8-12

Alien brothers, soaked loo roll and entrail bonfires

Carola Long: 'Suddenly, heaping on mismatched layers in a bid to stay warm has become a look'

When the weather gets cold it's tempting to give up on fashion and dress like a farmer by slinging on a heavy wool coat, an oversized knit, and hiking boots with chunky walking socks. The good news is that with a few essential tweaks, something not far off this look is actually very much on-trend.

'Powder puff' snood wearers get it in the neck from Ferguson

Sir Alex has banned neck-warmers, reports Harriet Walker

Christmas gift guide: Genteel men

For the older man of style and substance

Christmas gift guide: Smooth mover

Cut-above choices for the man about town

Wool's worth: Industry hits a high as demand rises

UK wool manufacturers are on a high after its price more than doubled in the past year. Bradford-based Curtis Wools has invested £1m in equipment to keep pace with demand, while Laxtons Specialist Yarns invested close to £1m this year in the first spinning mill to open in the UK for more than 30 years.

Wild things: With animal print it's cool to be kitsch

Don't hold back – animal print is everywhere this season, on scarves, gloves, trainers and even bloomers. It's cool to be kitsch, says Harriet Walker

The 50 best shoes & boots

Whether you’re getting ready for the party seasonor planning a crisp winter walk, now is the time to stock up on fabulous footwear. Lee Holmes and Eliisa Makinhunt out the perfect fit for every occasion

Trail Of The Unexpected: Swedish Lapland

Sweden's Arctic north provides a very different Yuletide experience to its Finnish rival, says Tam Leach

Shontayne Hape: 'I'm proud of where I come from but life leads you in different directions'

The England centre faces his birth nation for the first time saying there is 'no bigger challenge'

The ten best gloves

Chosen by Harriet Walker

All in proportion: Fashionable layering for autumn

Layer different lengths or pile on the contrasting knits to keep your look individual this season. Harriet Walker explores the long and the short of it

Business Diary: Nobel to blame for credit crisis

At last, the true villains of the credit crisis have been identified: step forward the committee responsible for choosing the winners of the Nobel Prize for Economics (another one is due today, by the way). Nassim Taleb, the economist who wrote Black Swan, says it should never have given the 1990 award to Harry Markowitz, Merton Miller and William Sharpe, who won for their work on portfolio theory and asset-pricing models. He reckons their theories have encouraged too much risk-taking. "I'm not blaming them for coming up with the idea, but I'm blaming the Nobel for giving them legitimacy," says Professor Taleb.

Age of austerity? Last of the great couturiers goes for broke

Lagerfeld recreates a mock-Versailles for Chanel

Trip of a lifetime: Menswear returns to the 1970s

Autumn menswear returns to an era of rule-breakers, nonconformists and revolutionaries: the 1970s.
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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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The Interview movie review

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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
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
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas