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The New York Times described Dublin as like “walking into a Christmas card” last week. Caomhan Keane wasn’t so sure and spent the past seven nights on a mission to see if he could rekindle his love of Christmas in his hometown.

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A view from the roof of Commercial Travellers Club building in Martin Place of the thousands of floral tributes for deceased hostages Tori Johnson and Katrina Dawson on December 18, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images)

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Is there something fishy about the health advice on farmed salmon?

SMOKED salmon is the easy part of Christmas. Throw it on brown bread, with lemon and black pepper, and the innocents will think it’s posh and that you’ve spent a lot. 

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Pakistan mourns massacre victims

The Taliban massacre that killed 148 people, mostly children, at a military-run school in north-western Pakistan left a scene of heart-wrenching devastation, pools of blood and young lives snuffed out as the nation mourned and mass funerals for the victims got under way.

Features

One man tries to reclaim his lost Christmas spiritBy Caomhan Keane

Fashion & Beauty

Tried and tested: mascara

Food & Drink

Champagne for Christmas

Diet & Fitness

Look after your curves this Christmas with this simple workoutBy Amanda Khouv

Home & Interiors

Wish List: Some festive gift ideas to brighten any home

Travel

Munich: Where you're guaranteed bier und good timesBy Jonathan deBurca Butler

Arts, Books, Films & TV

Mick Flannery is not worried about his current musical dry spell

Outdoors

Nature table: What do you know about mistletoe?By Dick Warner