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These are the best selling Christmas toys of the last 45 years – how many do you remember?

These are the best selling Christmas toys of the last 45 years – how many do you remember?

Putting together a Christmas list using the Argos catalogue is something many of us will remember doing in our younger years, picking out all the latest must-have toys for Santa to bring. In celebration of 45 years of trading, the retailer has unveiled its best selling Christmas toys from over the years, with plenty of […]

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A new TV show is looking for families who are addicted to their smartphones

A new TV show is looking for families who are addicted to their smartphones

Smartphones are now commonly used by people every day across the globe, whether that’s to shop online, send emails or stream films. However, for some people smartphones are more than just a useful tool – and the thought of having to leave them behind or switch them off terrifying. A new TV show produced by […]

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Kleenex are scrapping Mansize tissues after sexism complaint

Kleenex are scrapping Mansize tissues after sexism complaint

Reporting by Alex Evans Kleenex is scrapping its ‘Mansize’ tissues branding after consumers complained that it is sexist. The company said it is changing the name of the tissues to ‘Kleenex Extra Large’ following feedback from customers. ‘The world is changing’ Kleenex For Men first launched in 1956 with the claim that they would “stay […]

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Meghan Markle’s age means she’s more likely to give birth to twins

Meghan Markle’s age means she’s more likely to give birth to twins

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent pregnancy news has left fans of the royals excited for the arrival of a new baby in spring 2019, with much speculation on the due date, gender and if it could be more than one baby. Bookmaker Coral has recently reduced odds from 8-1 to 4-1 on the pair […]

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Thousands of UK holidaymakers stranded following collapse of Cypriot airline – here’s how to get compensation

Thousands of UK holidaymakers stranded following collapse of Cypriot airline – here’s how to get compensation

Thousands of UK tourists have had their holiday plans thrown into disarray following the collapse of Cypriot airline, Cobalt Air. The budget airline, which runs services from Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick airports,announced that it was suspending operations immediately and that all flights would be grounded as of 11.50pm, October 17. Cobalt Air released a statement […]

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Danny Dyer to host ‘nutty’ history show for the BBC – inspired by his connection to William the Conquerer

Danny Dyer to host ‘nutty’ history show for the BBC – inspired by his connection to William the Conquerer

Actor and TV personality Danny Dyer is to host a new history show for the BBC, an experience he has described as being “nutty”. Dyer has found himself with an unlikely interest in the subject ever since his 2016 appearance on Who Do You Think You Are?, when it was revealed that he was a […]

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BSE case found on Scottish farm: ‘Mad Cow Disease’ response plan activated

BSE case found on Scottish farm: ‘Mad Cow Disease’ response plan activated

A confirmed case of BSE, also known as ‘mad cow disease’, has been recorded in the UK for the first time in three years on a farm in Aberdeenshire. The disease has not entered the human food chain, but livestock on the Scottish farm are being quarantined while further investigations take place into the source […]

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This Spotify advert was banned for being too scary

This Spotify advert was banned for being too scary

Halloween may be just around the corner, but one terrifying advert from Spotify has raised the ire of the Advertising Standards Agency, who have banned it from broadcast. The ad for the music streaming platform was filmed in the style of a horror movie, and depicts a young couple who are obsessed with the song […]

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Free TV licences for pensioners could be scrapped because over 75s are ‘too wealthy’

Free TV licences for pensioners could be scrapped because over 75s are ‘too wealthy’

The BBC could scrap free television licences for pensioners after a new report suggested over 75s are “better off” than when the policy first began. The study – commissioned by the BBC and carried out by Frontier Economics – found that  living standards for the elderly has seen “a marked improvement” and as a result they […]

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Thirteen Scottish restaurants make 2018 Asian Curry Awards shortlist

Thirteen Scottish restaurants make 2018 Asian Curry Awards shortlist

Thirteen Scottish restaurants have made the shortlist for this year’s Asian Curry Awards. Japanese bistro Harajuku Kitchen is one of four eateries in Edinburgh to be chosen along with Mother India Cafe, Ignite Restaurant and Shri Bheema’s. Other Scottish restaurants making the cut include Charcoal in Glasgow, the Curry Pot in Dunfermline, Sanam in Falkirk, Heera […]

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74% of thieves walk in through the front door – here’s how to stay safe during the darker nights

74% of thieves walk in through the front door – here’s how to stay safe during the darker nights

As winter draws ever closer, the frequency of home robberies typically rises, with thieves taking advantage of the dark evenings. Shockingly, as many as 74 per cent of thieves manage to walk in through the front door, according to new research. The study (carried out by MoneySuperMarket) found that 66 per cent of Brits fail to […]

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Mt. Doubt have got cassette trend taped

Mt. Doubt have got cassette trend taped

For those of a certain age, the humble cassette will be less of a blast from the past – or a gimmick – and more a slab of nostalgia. Like its counterpart, the record, tapes are a part of musical history, and like that other format’s Record Store Day, October 13th aims to put C30s, […]

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Here’s how you can get paid to drink beer and play pool at your local pub

Here’s how you can get paid to drink beer and play pool at your local pub

If you’re a fan of heading to your local pub for a drink or two, then this might just be your dream job. The Hungry Horse chain (which owns more than 200 pubs in Britain) wants to pay a beer lover £500 simply to spend time in one of their pubs. What’s the job? The […]

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Partridge in your Pocket: the app that’s delighting comedy fans

Partridge in your Pocket: the app that’s delighting comedy fans

He’s one of comedy’s most revered characters. A source of endless memorable mutterings. And now you can carry Alan Partridge around in your pocket thanks to a handy app. ‘Partridge In Your Pocket‘ brings together the fictional Norfolk disc-jockey’s best quotes and phrases, and allows users to play them at the touch of a screen. […]

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These are all the products featured in the first ever MAC cosmetics advent calendar

These are all the products featured in the first ever MAC cosmetics advent calendar

Christmas is a time for celebration and this year beauty fans have really got something to celebrate. Cosmetics giant MAC has launched its first ever advent calendar – and its brimming with firm favourites. Inside the calendar – dubbed ‘Shiny Pretty Things’ – is a mixture of 24 mini and full size MAC products that […]

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Princes Charles £5 coin released to mark Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday – here’s how much it could be worth

Princes Charles £5 coin released to mark Prince of Wales’ 70th birthday – here’s how much it could be worth

An engraved portrait of the Prince of Wales, who turns 70 on November 14, will feature on a series of souvenir £5 coins, with his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, featuring on the reverse side of the coin. The £5 coin can be purchased from the Royal Mint with prices ranging from £13 for a brilliant uncirculated […]

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Furious campaigners blast MoD amid fresh claims it is turning a ‘blind eye’ to veteran suicides

Furious campaigners blast MoD amid fresh claims it is turning a ‘blind eye’ to veteran suicides

by TOM COTTERILL tom.cotterill@thenews.co.uk Campaigners have accused bureaucrats at Whitehall of continuing to bury their hands in the sand and refusing to heed cries to do more to tackle veteran suicide rates. For the past few months, Johnston Press has been calling on the Ministry of Defence to up its game and do more for […]

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Here’s why the Halloween pumpkins being sold in the UK are smaller this year

Here’s why the Halloween pumpkins being sold in the UK are smaller this year

by Roseanne Edwards Halloween may not be as bright this year because of a shortage of large pumpkins. The dearth of decent-sized traditional varieties is due to this year’s drought, according to farmer Nigel Morris of the Bodicote Farm Shop in Oxfordshire. “Our display isn’t half as big as normal because the pumpkins just haven’t […]

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These Scottish railway stations ranked among the worst for delays in the UK

These Scottish railway stations ranked among the worst for delays in the UK

Consumer group Which? identified the worst train stations in the UK for delays, with three stations in Scotland included in the final results. Worst-performing stations Manchester Oxford Road had the worst performance, with more than two-thirds (68 per cent) of its trains recorded as late or cancelled since the beginning of the year. This was […]

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How Prince Harry and Meghan’s Royal Baby will disrupt the line of succession to the throne

How Prince Harry and Meghan’s Royal Baby will disrupt the line of succession to the throne

Reporting by Laura Hill The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced they are expecting their first child. And the baby will get a plum spot in the line to the throne; here’s how the new baby will change the Royal line. Where will the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby sit in line to […]

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Popular children’s bunk bed sold by Argos recalled over safety fears

Popular children’s bunk bed sold by Argos recalled over safety fears

Argos is urgently recalling a children’s bunk bed after it was found the rungs on the bed’s ladder were unsafe and could break off when stood on. The retailer received reports of a safety issue with the Ohio High Sleeper and has advised customers who have the product at home to stop using it immediately. […]

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Beer could soon cost £10 a pint – and people are blaming climate change

Beer could soon cost £10 a pint – and people are blaming climate change

This year has seen a variety of extreme weather events globally, including the UK’s unusually long heatwave this summer. These severe weather events and the rise in global warming could now have an impact on the price of beer, potentially doubling the cost in the UK, according to a new international study from climate scientists. […]

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This pub-goer climbed a 150ft bridge to escape police after being refused a drink

This pub-goer climbed a 150ft bridge to escape police after being refused a drink

A pub-goer who climbed to the top of a 150ft suspension bridge to escape police after being refused a drink in a pub has been jailed. Video footage captures Craig Lee Jones, 31, walking along the railings to the highest point of the Menai Suspension Bridge, where he remained for an hour. The clip shows […]

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Chilly temperatures suggest the UK could see snow before the end of October

Chilly temperatures suggest the UK could see snow before the end of October

It might feel like this summer’s heatwave has only just ended, but now there are predictions for snowfall in the UK before the end of October. Bookmaker Ladbrokes is suggesting that snow before the end of the month is on the cards, and has adjusted its odds accordingly. The company predicts “Arctic temperatures” in Britain […]

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Claire’s Accessories says it has no plans to close UK stores despite rumours

Claire’s Accessories says it has no plans to close UK stores despite rumours

Retailer Claire’s Accessories has said it is not planning any major UK store closures, despite ongoing reports that the high street giant is on the brink of collapse. Parent company Claire’s Stores Inc has now released a statement after the Press Association revealed that the business was working with restructuring firm Alix Partners on a […]

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Facebook could soon let you unsend messages

Facebook could soon let you unsend messages

Ever sent a Facebook message and instantly regretted it? Your prayers may now have been answered. Facebook are reportedly testing a feature which allows users to “unsend” messages in its messenger app. The development comes after the revelation that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg was already capable of deleting messages from both his and a recipients […]

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All House of Fraser gift card holders will receive replacement e-vouchers

All House of Fraser gift card holders will receive replacement e-vouchers

House of Fraser gift card holders have been informed via a letter that they will receive replacement e-vouchers to spend online. The high street giant entered into administration in August due to debt, before being bought over by retail tycoon Mike Ashley and his company Sports Direct. Keeping a promise Shoppers who had gift cards […]

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Here’s what not to do in dating profile photos – and how to take the perfect snap

Here’s what not to do in dating profile photos – and how to take the perfect snap

There are a multitude of dating apps to choose from, with people around the UK swiping left or right to find their dream partner. However, unbeknownst to you, your profile picture may actually be putting potential love interests off. A survey released from dating photography agency Hey Saturday revealed a whopping 77 per cent of […]

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Parents wanted for a new TV social experiment – here’s how to apply

Parents wanted for a new TV social experiment – here’s how to apply

A production company is calling for parents to take part in a brand new TV social experiment, which has been commissioned by a major UK broadcaster. Producers at Monkey Kingdom – who are best known for creating hit TV shows including Made In Chelsea and The Real Housewives series – are currently casting for a new […]

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These are the bookies’ favourites for the name of Harry and Meghan’s Royal Baby

These are the bookies’ favourites for the name of Harry and Meghan’s Royal Baby

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have announced that they are having their first child next year – and the bookies are already taking bets on the Royal Baby’s name. Arthur, Alice and Diana are the current front runners, all listed as 12/1 with Betfair. Betfair are offering longer odds to punters who opt for […]

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