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What computer should I buy to run Minecraft?

Could you provide an update to your previous articles on the system requirements for Minecraft? I would love a recommendation on a laptop for my 10-year-old son. I have a £500 budget, and...

How to make the perfect panforte

Hand on heart, have you ever been truly pleased to receive a panettone, the gargantuan gift that promises so much, with its impressive girth and deliciously elaborate packaging, yet delivers so little in...

A step up – what is it like tower-running up a 35-storey building?

Running up a seemingly endless flight of steps in a brightly lit, white-walled stairwell, I felt as if I was trapped in a psychological thriller. Muffled sounds of heavy breathing and disembodied voices...

Kitchen gadgets review: Hairy Bikers pie maker – a sandwich toaster for pastry

What? The Hairy Bikers twin deep-fill pie maker (£19.99, robertdyas.co.uk) is an electrically heated ceramic press, used to seal and cook pastry hulls. Why? Who ate all the pies? You did: they were designed for one....

20 best Christmas recipes: part 3

Claire Ptak’s pineapple kirsch trifle I love how exotic it is to have pineapples in the kitchen, and the holidays, when local fruit is scarce, is the perfect time to buy a few plump...

Gene Sherman: 'Fashion is misunderstood, a lot of people still think of it as...

Gene Sherman doesn’t shop for clothes in the way most people shop for clothes. Sure, she’ll pick up a T-shirt every now and then, but when she wants something substantial, it has to...

20 best Christmas recipes: part 2

Simon Hopkinson’s prawn cocktail Serves 4Little Gem lettuce hearts 2, finely shreddedmayonnaise 4-5 tbsp (see below)tomato ketchup 1-2 tbsp, or to tasteTabasco sauce 3-4 shakescognac a dribble or twospring onions 2, trimmed and thinly...

Limewood robins and David Bowie on your tree: what to buy this week

Rocking robins The nation’s favourite bird, handcarved from limewood using an axe and knife by Mikael Nilsson, each with its own personality. No worms required. Wooden robins £85 each, twentytwentyone.com The life aquatic ...

20 best Christmas recipes: part 1

Yotam Ottolenghi’s black miso sticky rice with peanuts and brussels sprouts Old ingredients in a new light. It’s great to shake up the Christmas sprouts with some Asian assistance. Frying them for just a...

Yule logs and trifles: Jeremy Lee’s 12 puddings of Christmas part 4

10 Bûche de Noël yule log (main picture) This really is better made at home. And it’s useful to have a sugar thermometer when making it. Serves 14-16For the chocolate icing300g dark chocolate (70% cocoa)120g...

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Conservative rebels urge May to form cross-party alliance for soft Brexit

Conservative backbench rebels who defeated the government last week are urging Theresa May to reach out to Labour MPs and form a cross-party...