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Style highlights for 2013

What’s in and what’s new in 2013? Here are our hot tips, plus suggestions from industry friends for what’s coming your way. Get ready for colour, collaborations and Steve Coogan

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The bicycle – a new favourite icon for art and business

Popular and modern, the bike has captured the public imagination and is being idealised by artists and businesses

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Store Wars: Pret a Manger and Eat

Each week we look at retailers competing in similar sectors. We tuck into two food chains as Pret a Manger takes on Eat

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Changing tastes: the wandering palate

Our tastes can and do change over time for a variety of reasons. Do you now dislike something you used to love, or vice-versa?

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Jean Paul Gaultier’s rich history as a costume designer deserves praise

With his selection as jury member for the coming Cannes film festival recently announced, it’s about time we acknowledged Gaultier’s work on such films as The Fifth Element and The Skin I Live In

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El Bulli chef sued over allegations of cheating former partner

Ferran Adrià accused of paying a former investor an excessively low price for his stake in the world-famous restaurant

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How to cook perfect cullen skink

Full-flavoured, hearty, and comfortingly creamy, is cullen skink the world’s finest fish soup?

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Beauty: last-minute perfumes

‘I honestly think perfume is the best present there is’

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Food for Fort: white Christmas pudding and edible gift storage

How do you make a white Christmas pudding? Plus what’s the best way to keep baked gifts fresh?

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How to cook Christmas turkey. On the barbecue

It’s not tricky or slow, you don’t need an enormous barbecue, and a turkey cooked over the coals is a succulent, crisp-skinned joy

• In pictures: how to carve a turkey

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Tacita Dean raids the past for her Christmas wrapping paper design

Continuing our series of Christmas wrapping paper designed especially for the Guardian by leading artists, Tacita Dean reveals how she reused an antique postcard

Download and print Tacita Dean’s wrapping paper

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The fashionistas’ perfect Christmas gift guide

Our fashion team share their views on what your stylish loved ones want to find under the tree