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PUPPET MASTER: War Horse supremo Mervyn Millar tells Katy Birchall his secrets.
ICE SCULPTURE: Fairy kingdoms and ice curtains: Jane Wheatley discovers the ephemeral world of ice sculpture.
SALMON: Tom Parker Bowles tucks in to succulent smoked salmon.
HOW TO CARVE MEAT: Carving meat is an art worth knowing, says Nick Hammond.
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INTERIORS: The return of the tablescape.
CANDLES: Fragranced candles are firmly in vogue, believes Julie Harding.
LUXURY: Silhouettes and William Sitwell. Not necessarily in that order.
CIGARS: Bolivar puffs on a new vitola.
FLOWERS: Sofie Paton-Smith’s foraged and grown floral decorations.
FOOD: Kitchen garden cook Melanie Johnson on clementines.
CHRISTMAS MEMORIES: Misty, water-coloured memories from John Lewis-Stempel in the fog.