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Stacey Dooley shocks viewers with VERY unfortunate wardrobe malfunction23m Updated Stacey Dooley shocks viewers with VERY unfortunate wardrobe malfunction
Daily Mail
Strictly's Stacey Dooley sent viewers into a spin during Saturday's Strictly Come Dancing final after suffering a severe wardrobe malfunction.
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41m With love from Santa
The Guardian
This Christmas, no fewer than 15 children in the O’Reilly clan will receive lovingly crafted letters from Rufus Frost, secretary to Santa and his most trusted elf The envelope is deep and rich and red, gleaming darkly like the brushed felt of an Edwardian billiard table. Had its recipient any class, it would be savoured, appreciated, perhaps even pulled close and sniffed. This sleeve has, after all, travelled many thousands of miles to get here and done so via mysterious means. Yes, it bears a stamp in its top right corner, a hand-drawn image of an elf, but it’s also unblemished by postmark or seal. Of course, none of this is relevant in any case, since it isn’t destined to be examined, but immediately annihilated, to reveal the true prize inside. My Christmas letters allowed me to indulge in my lifelong passion for misappropriating workplace stationery My name is Rufus Frost. I work at the North Pole as Santa’s most trusted elf. I have a special badge and everything. We put quotes on the book from JK Rowling ('A triumph'), Ray Winstone ('Superb!') and The Queen ('I literally farted')
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1h 41m How I finally learned to sleep
The Guardian
For decades, Kate Edgley struggled with insomnia. She tried everything, but nothing seemed to work… Here, she reveals the terrible toll it took on her life – and how she eventually realised her dreams My brain flickered into consciousness and, a moment later, a tiny lift in my chest made itself known. Glee. A simple but palpable joy on waking. I bounded out of bed, looking forward to the day. Then a sudden jolt had me standing, motionless, gazing across the room in wonder. I’m looking forward to my day! I’m looking forward to my day? Bloody hell! A slow grin squeezed my cheeks as energy zipped around my body and, refusing to be contained, had me gyrating my hips and arms in sync, dancing, naked, around my bedroom, wondering whether I’d care – or stop – if either of my teenage children walked in. I’m looking forward to my day! I’m looking forward to my day! Whaaaaa-hoo! It was, in fact, an ordinary day. I was getting the train to work, sitting in an office, then coming home again. But my energy! I could feel it pulsing through me and my body tingled with vitality. Later, at my desk, my concentration was focused, the words I was reading hanging together. Walking around the building, my torso stood tall. In conversations, my brain and mouth played ball. None of which had been the case all on the same day for a long, long time. My past unravelled and so, to my regret, did my marriage My bedroom is now a sanctuary, a haven I can curl up in at night
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1h 41m Hamburg in harmony: the ebb and flow of an artistic city
The Guardian
Its latest landmark, the Elbphilharmonie, dominates the waterfront but throughout this port city there is captivating art, architecture and music I made my Hamburg discovery in the
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2h Micro Falcon X3 electric scooter: ‘Why should the little people get all the fun?’ | Martin Love
The Guardian
Solutions for the ‘last mile’ of your commute vary from the weird to the boring, but this nifty and lightweight scooter will certainly put a smile on your face
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2h How to grow trees in a small garden | James Wong
The Guardian
Think you don’t have the space for a tree in your garden? The simple solution is to use pots As we head towards midwinter all seems quiet in the garden, but now is the perfect time for the most exciting of horticultural new beginnings: planting a tree. Worry you don’t have the space? Gardening on concrete? Concerned about the foundations of your house? There is a simple solution to all of these common problems: grow a small tree in a pot. This is often overlooked so, in an effort to change that, here’s a round up of the best species for pot culture, which will work well in even the tiniest of city gardens. The most commonly suggested candidate for this treatment is an olive – and with good reason. They are evergreen, have character from a young age and, hailing from the often thin soils of the Med, don’t mind the root restriction and the faster rate of drying out that inevitably happens in containers. The ability of small trees in pots to be sited up against the walls of houses without affecting foundations means these exotic trees can benefit from the warm microclimate the brickwork creates as it absorbs heat in the day to then emit it overnight. Hailing from the often thin soils of the Med, olive trees don’t mind the root restriction
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2h Nigel Slater’s baked aubergine and fig recipes
The Guardian
Stuffed aubergines and figs with pistachio biscuits – two dishes to create a rich and colourful winter feast There is invariably an aubergine dish on the table at Christmas. Primarily for those who don’t want to eat meat, but also for anyone who just fancies tucking in. Generally the aubergine is seasoned with rosemary or thyme, the sort of herbs that survive a good roasting. I avoid the kneejerk spices associated with aubergine recipes – cinnamon and cumin and allspice – because the season’s cooking is awash with spices. There are half a dozen in the Christmas pudding alone. I have grilled aubergines and marinated them in olive oil, chopped garlic and lemon juice and served with jagged pieces of aged feta. On another occasion I fried long thin slices in a little flour to give a crisp tempura-like crust and offered them with a salsa of pomegranate seeds and mint. There have been simple aubergine fritters and, once, a ridiculously complicated galette. But this year I’m letting the fruit speak for itself, with just a few herbs and a handful of hazelnuts for a bit of textural contrast. It’s been a good autumn for figs and they bake lusciously when surrounded by a pool of Marsala and fruit jelly
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2h Cryo kits make you feel the right kind of cold
The Guardian
Try one at home for a super-cool face refresh You will all know by now that I’m addicted to a cold blast, that I get giddy from cold-water dips. I once heard that the reason that Pharrell Williams’s face looks so good is because he plunges it into ice regularly. I get that - I can totally understand why people want to blast themselves in cold stuff and why people are paying lots of money for the latest desirable trend of full-body cryotherapy (standing in a ‘chamber’ that’s a bit like a freezer for a few minutes). When I heard that you can get home-cryo facial kits, I got excited. A bona fide instrument for massaging and icing-up my face was too tempting not to try – and I blooming love it.
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2h Restaurant 92, Harrogate: ‘Takes admirable risks’ – restaurant review
The Guardian
Talented young chef Michael Carr’s cooking could warm your heart. If only his dining room wasn’t so chilly…
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2h Stuck for gift ideas for the gardener in your life?
The Guardian
Seeds, string and secateurs… A few present suggestions for the green-fingered people you know All I want for Christmas is a steaming pile of manure, though I’m always happy to be given seed.
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2h Classic Christmas wines and modern alternatives
The Guardian
For some people, tradition dictates a bottle of claret, but there are other equally celebratory ways to go
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2h Putting #MeToo on the menu | Eva Wiseman
The Guardian
A scathing restaurant review reveals the way in which standing up to sexual harrassment is having an effect in areas of life many would never have expected What proportion of our interest in food has to do with taste? Would you say 30% or 40%? There’s the level of hunger to take into account, too. Whether or not you had breakfast, and whether or not it involved an egg. And then the remaining 60%, that’s to play for. It depends on whether or not you’re dining with someone you’re trying to impress, or get off with, or hate. Whether or not you’re getting over a cold. I watched an experiment on kids TV this week, using a cross-section model of a human head to explain why a nose full of snot (they used handfuls of green slime which the polystyrene smell molecules got stuck in, preventing them getting to the olfactory receptors) affects the eating experience. Fascinating. Disgusting. Then there’s whether or not the people next to you have got something better. Where it came from. What it looks like. What you earn. What it cost. Whether or not you’re alone. Whether or not you’re happy. And on. Food is never simply a pie on a plate. A similar template can be placed on food writing. Recipe books tell us a hundred tiny stories about journeys we might make. Last week the
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2h From the archive: Alf Garnett offers tips on self-improvement
The Guardian
It’s 1969 and the Observer wonders how Britain’s most infamous TV character would benefit from learning how to dance, cook and arrange flowers The rather bizarre cover of the
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2h I’ve got a top degree but wash dishes – and can’t face the future | Dear Mariella
The Guardian
You’re not alone, says Mariella Frostrup. Get professional help to muster resilience and determination. We need people like you to change our political trajectory
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2h Beauty tips: Disco nails to sparkle in the winter dark
The Guardian
This festive season there’s a party right at your fingertips Sometimes it’s hard to party, verb. Sometimes the weight of having to enjoy oneself in a room of virtual strangers, especially at this time of year when darkness falls at four, is just too much. Which is where the party nail comes in. Here is your chance to enjoy a disco from the safety of your sofa, wearing pyjamas and big socks, but having painted your nails a glittering rainbow of marvellous colours. You’ll catch a glimpse of them in the light of the telly, and smile.
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2h Ford Mondeo: ‘Where is Mondeo Man when you need him?’ | Martin Love
The Guardian
For years, the hard-working Ford has been a favourite of Middle England – and it still has all the virtues we need in these turbulent days
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How a country suddenly went ‘crazy rich’8h How a country suddenly went ‘crazy rich’
BBC
Indonesia, the nation with the world's largest Muslim population, has a rapidly growing middle class - and some very rich people with money to burn.
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Strictly Come Dancing Final: Kevin Clifton makes a dig at Craig Revel Horwood as he wins show8h Strictly Come Dancing Final: Kevin Clifton makes a dig at Craig Revel Horwood as he wins show
Daily Mail
Kevin Clifton made a dig at Craig Revel Horwood ahead of winning Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night with Stacey Dooley.  
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8h How to wear... utilitarian
The Guardian
Add some key pieces in your wardrobe for everyday functionality whilst staying stylish
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Emma Stone admits she has NEVER seen her movie Easy A9h Emma Stone admits she has NEVER seen her movie Easy A
Daily Mail
The actress, 30, explained that she has seen a handful of scenes from the film but had no desire to sit down and watch herself for its entirety.
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Hilary Duff enjoys family day out with boyfriend Matthew Koma and children10h Hilary Duff enjoys family day out with boyfriend Matthew Koma and children
Daily Mail
The actress showed off her edgy sense of style with a multi-coloured, patterned jumper, pairing it with a pair of slim-fitting blue jeans and brown boots.
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16h Olly Murs reveals that Strictly bosses ask him to compete every year
Daily Mail
The 34-year-old singer, who is known for his showman antic on stage and regularly busts some moves during his performances, said that he would love to learn ballroom dancing.
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17h The search for my inner ‘hero’: a modern masculinity retreat
The Guardian
Tim Lott dances, roars and talks intimately at a masculinity workshop which ends in tears, praise and profound insights Despite spending 62 years as a man, I have never quite worked out what the possession of my defining Y chromosome implies. I doubt, in truth, that much of the damn thing survives anyway. I was brought up in a generation when nearly all the parenting was done by mothers and I have now helped to bring up four daughters as well as having been through the crucible of two marriages. In short, I have lived most of my life in the penumbra of women. Lately, in the tremors of
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18h Martin Parr: ‘There’s no time for being intimidated’
The Guardian
The photographer, aged 66, on fearlessness, fatherhood, the leftwing bias of photojournalists and being banned from Iran
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Ellie Brown stuns in little black dress with plunging neckline as she joins Gabby Allen23h Ellie Brown stuns in little black dress with plunging neckline as she joins Gabby Allen
Daily Mail
Ellie Brown, 20, was all smiles as she joined fellow islanders, including Gabby Allen the Boohoo Christmas party at Hilton Deansgate in Manchester on Friday night.
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Ed Westwick pictured for first time after rape charges are dropped as he returns to White Gold set 14 Dec 9:44pm Updated Ed Westwick pictured for first time after rape charges are dropped as he returns to White Gold set
Daily Mail
Ed Westwick was pictured for the first time on Tuesday in Essex, England, since his rape charges were dropped against him earlier this year.
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Annabelle Wallis looks elegant in black ensemble and camel coat 14 Dec 8:09pm Annabelle Wallis looks elegant in black ensemble and camel coat
Daily Mail
Annabelle Wallis looked sensational as she touched down in Los Angeles  on Friday.
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LGBTQ Christmas charity sends cards to the lonely 14 Dec 7:38pm LGBTQ Christmas charity sends cards to the lonely
BBC
We all like getting Christmas post, but what if you didn't have anyone to send you so much as a card?
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Smart ships using the wind and air bubbles to save fuel 14 Dec 7:36pm Smart ships using the wind and air bubbles to save fuel
BBC
Clever ways to make ships more efficient, including blowing tiny bubbles under their hulls.
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