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The new black market for Christmas puds

Every year there's something, isn't there? A decade ago it was Delia, boldly introducing the nation, Walter Raleigh-like, to the notion of fresh cranberries in a sauce we could make ourselves rather than buy in a jar.

How to dress: Black and blue – literally

There are fashion rules that are sensible and whose logic is self-evident: don't turn up at someone else's wedding in a long white dress, or to a job interview in clothes you'd watch daytime TV in; don't expose legs and cleavage at the same time, unless you have a thick skin and a fly swat in your pocket.