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Life through a lens

The Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is on tour in Bristol, south-west England. Children get a free booklet of activities to do in the exhibition, which ends in February.


Sino the times

British prime minister David Cameron arrived in China for a three-day visit aimed at boosting business through a free-trade deal with the EU. But will that lead to China flooding the West with cheap goods?


Bag of clicks

Online shoppers in Britain were expected to spend a record #163;900,000 a minute on Cyber Monday. Amazon revealed that it was testing drones to deliver goods to customers within 30 minutes of orders being placed.


The gift of giving

To give is better than to receive and Americans give more than the rest of us. A report by the Charities Aid Foundation found that the US is the world's most generous country.


Hostage with fortune

Terry Anderson, the longest held US hostage in Lebanon, was freed on this day in 1991 after more than six years in captivity. He used some of his multi-million-dollar compensation to build schools in Vietnam.


Magic of Madiba

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended the European premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom in London. The film stars Idris Elba (left) as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as his former wife Winnie.


Si the people

Thirty-five years ago today, Spain voted to become a parliamentary democracy, ending nearly 40 years of dictatorial rule. Children joined the celebrations: they had the day off, with schools used as polling stations.



Rapper's delight

It's fun for a good cause. The Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball will take place at London's O2 Arena to support the charity Help a Capital Child. The line-up includes Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Dizzee Rascal (right).


Nuclear mission

On this day 26 years ago, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the first ever treaty to reduce the size of their ground-based nuclear arsenals, which reversed the nuclear arms race.


Travel money

Mark Carney, the first foreigner to run the Bank of England, is off on his travels again: the Canadian will speak to the Economic Club of New York. Please, no interest rate rises until the Christmas debts are cleared.


Austen powers

It may stretch most schools' art budgets, but an original watercolour portrait of Jane Austen will go up for auction at Sotheby's in London. An estimated #163;150,000-200,000 should secure it for the staffroom wall.


Inspector hatchet

It's that time of year again. England's schools inspectorate Ofsted will publish its annual report to an audience of invited guests in Westminster. Anybody out there just a little bit nervous? Thought so.


A sharp decline?

A report by the UK Ministry of Justice will reveal the latest figures on sentencing for knife possession. It will look at trends in cautions, sentences, probation supervision and prison population.


Oh god, it's Friday

It's a grim day if you suffer from paraskevidekatriaphobia, a fear of Friday the 13th. If you don't, it's a great day to take a holiday: prices fall because many people are afraid to travel.

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