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Video: bookmaker is setting up a ‘drunk tank’ at Royal Ascot

Video: bookmaker is setting up a ‘drunk tank’ at Royal Ascot

Bookmaker Paddy Power is set to poke fun at racegoers this week with a PR stunt which will see a six metre by two metre ‘drunk tank’ set up at Royal Ascot. Despite being an event associated with high society and even the Royals, last year’s race was marred by a  brawl and similar incidents […]

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The most Alan Partridge commentary quotes from the World Cup – so far

The most Alan Partridge commentary quotes from the World Cup – so far

From Mark Lawrenson’s incessant moaning to a host of bizarre observations, the TV commentary for the World Cup so far has been getting some serious stick from fans. Nonsensical comparisons have been made. Ridiculously tangential facts about nations uttered in complete seriousness. It’s enough to conjure memories of Alan Partridge’s nonsensical talk of “liquid football”, feet “like […]

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How to recover from a sports injury quickly – according to a physiotherapist

How to recover from a sports injury quickly – according to a physiotherapist

Whether you are a serious athlete or just take part in sport recreationally, you are likely to have encountered an injury or two along the way. But strains and sprains don’t have to put you out of action for too long, and there are a few simple steps you can follow to get back on […]

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Could you eat the £15 belly-busting breakfast that no-one has managed to finish yet?

Could you eat the £15 belly-busting breakfast that no-one has managed to finish yet?

This huge belly-busting breakfast is defeating a cafe’s diners – with nobody managing to polish if off. The terrifying Terminator 2 fry-up has seen off a string of contenders who have dared to take on the challenge at Shepherd’s Place Farm Cafe near Haxey, by Doncaster. Farm owner Ted Phillips says people have come from […]

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A range of Fruit Chew sweets have been recalled due to allergy fears

A range of Fruit Chew sweets have been recalled due to allergy fears

A range of fruit-flavoured sweets have been recalled by their manufacturer following fears that they could pose a health risk. Various flavours of Fizz Wizz Fruit Chews are affected by the recall by Moon Sweets Couture because they contain sulphites which are not mentioned on the label. This means the products are a possible health […]

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John Lewis may soon pay customers for their old clothes

John Lewis may soon pay customers for their old clothes

John Lewis is trialling a buy-back service for customers’ unwanted clothes in an attempt to reduce the 300,000 tonnes sent to landfill in the UK each year. More than 100 customers are currently testing the scheme that allows them to sell any unwanted clothing back to the department store, regardless of its condition. How does […]

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LED lights are affecting wildlife by turning night into midday, according to scientists

LED lights are affecting wildlife by turning night into midday, according to scientists

Modern bright LED lights are affecting wildlife “as much as the midday sun,” new research warned. Llight pollution from the white and bluish lamps are three times more disruptive to creatures than those with yellow, amber or greenish hues. The finding could help protect migrating birds and nocturnal animals and whose breeding and predatory behaviour […]

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Why girls under 16 can get contraception on the NHS without talking to their parents

Why girls under 16 can get contraception on the NHS without talking to their parents

Angela Smith, Swansea University and Julia Parkhouse, Swansea University For years now newspapers have been reporting that girls as young as 12 are being given contraceptive implants without parental consent. In April, an article in the Daily Mail reported that more than 10,500 underage girls had been given the implants on the NHS in the […]

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Choosing gluten-free foods could indicate an underlying harmful preoccupation with staying slim

Choosing gluten-free foods could indicate an underlying harmful preoccupation with staying slim

Millennials who favour gluten-free food may be at more risk of having a harmful preoccupation with weight loss, a new study warned. They have an overall interest in health or nutrition preferring organic, GM free and locally produced food. But they may also have more risky behaviours to help them stay slim such as smoking, taking […]

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M&S disabled kids’ clothing line slammed due to lack of suitable facilities

M&S disabled kids’ clothing line slammed due to lack of suitable facilities

M&S has been slammed for launching a clothing line for disabled children despite having no toilets or changing rooms for severely disabled shoppers – in ANY stores. Blogger Laura Moore, 41, has been begging the retail giant to install ‘changing places’ loos – ones with a hoist and large changing table – since 2016. But […]

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Badly behaved pets wanted for new ITV series

Badly behaved pets wanted for new ITV series

Do you have a badly behaved pet? If so, your furry, feathered or scaly friend could star in a brand new TV show. ITV Studios are on the lookout for owners of ‘embarrassing’ pets who want to know the reasons for their medical and behavioural issues. The new series will see a team of qualified […]

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Netflix posts job ad for a professional ‘nerd’ – would you qualify?

Netflix posts job ad for a professional ‘nerd’ – would you qualify?

Netflix are currently hiring for a ‘Nerd’, a tech support worker who will be based in their London offices. But would you qualify? It’s not enough to have binged every season of Stranger Things; they’re not looking for that kind of nerd. The position – listed on Netflix’s official jobs page – will see the […]

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9 of the best World Cup podcasts to listen to

9 of the best World Cup podcasts to listen to

With the World Cup now in full swing, finding some interesting alternatives to the mainstream coverage is a must. Sure, the television coverage is as extensive as ever, but what if you’re tired of hearing the same old pundits on the TV? These fine podcasts – from in-depth analysis to comedy offerings from fans – should […]

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Quiz: name the last 30 players to score a hat-trick at the World Cup

Quiz: name the last 30 players to score a hat-trick at the World Cup

On July 17, 1930 American Bert Patenaude scored all three goals in a match between the USA and Paraguay at the Parque Central in Montevideo. By doing so the Massachusetts-born striker wrote himself into the history books as the first player to score a hat-trick at a World Cup. Forty-nine players have emulated Patenaude’s remarkable feat […]

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You can now block all mention of the World Cup from your online browsing

You can now block all mention of the World Cup from your online browsing

The World Cup may only just be getting started, but not everyone is excited about the kick-off of football’s biggest tournament. But now weary online users can block all mention of the tournament – thanks to a new Google Chrome extension. For blocking out the World Cup – or avoiding spoilers Best Western Great Britain […]

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50 of your old toys that are now worth thousands of pounds

50 of your old toys that are now worth thousands of pounds

Toys are supposed to be played with, rather than stored, pristine,  in a loft. However, adults of a certain age may find that they are sitting on a goldmine of old playthings – if they looked after them. Toy cars are a real treasure trove when it comes to collectors of all things vintage – […]

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Outlander: 100 First Nation Canadians pictured in Scotland on season 4 shoot

Outlander: 100 First Nation Canadians pictured in Scotland on season 4 shoot

Season 4 of Outlander has been shooting in Scotland. And around a hundred First Nation Canadians have made their way over to lend their talents to the series. These supporting actors, members of indigenous Canadian groups, were pictured filming in the Scottish Highlands. In an on-set photo shared by Radio Times, we see them in […]

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These are the signs that your pet could have diabetes

These are the signs that your pet could have diabetes

Diabetes affects close to five million people in the UK, but did you know that animals can also be diagnosed with the disease? Nationwide, we keep an estimated 51 million pets, and a recent study of data from between 2015 and 2017 has shown that cases of diabetes in cats and dogs has risen by […]

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World Cup live-streaming: how to watch at work or on your travels

World Cup live-streaming: how to watch at work or on your travels

The World Cup is under way, and with hosts Russia recording a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia in the opening game, it’s off to a flying start. With matchesbeing played throughout most days of the tournament, and with the host nation being two hours ahead of the UK, some crucial games are going to clash […]

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Football and music fans are being warned as more than £3 million was lost to ticket fraud in one year

Football and music fans are being warned as more than £3 million was lost to ticket fraud in one year

Football and music fans are again being warned of the dangers of onlie ticket fraud, following the revelation that more than £3 million was lost in one year. Action Fraud – the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime – received 6,486 reports of ticket fraud between April 2017 and March 2018, In the same period, the total reported losses […]

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Quiz: Could you beat The Chase?

Quiz: Could you beat The Chase?

The Chase is one of the most popular game shows on British TV, pitting members of the public against ‘Chasers’, top general-knowledge quizzers against whom contestants must pit their wits. Can you beat The Chase by answering these questions – that the Chasers got wrong – correctly? • Have your say on the latest TV […]

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Dirty Brits ‘only wash twice a week’

Dirty Brits ‘only wash twice a week’

Nearly a fifth of Brits have confessed to washing just twice a week, according to a new survey. And more worryingly for families and colleagues, there’s a filthy five per cent who only scrub up once in every seven days. Even worse news for the great unwashed is that they will have missed International Bath […]

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Bizarre laws you could be breaking – like holding a salmon under suspicious circumstances

Bizarre laws you could be breaking – like holding a salmon under suspicious circumstances

Many of us might think we’re reasonably well versed in the laws of the land, with a decent working knowledge of what we can and can’t do. But the legal world is a complex place and having developed over centuries, there are ancient laws still active which have little relevance in modern society. Holding a […]

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Cancelled too soon? The TV shows that should make a comeback

Cancelled too soon? The TV shows that should make a comeback

From children’s series lost to the mists of time, to dramas cut from the schedules before they could come to a satisfying conclusion. It’s tempting to dream of our favourite television from years past being reborn or revitalised. We asked members of our Screen Babble discussion group which TV programmes they would like to see […]

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Aldi whiskies named best in the world

Aldi whiskies named best in the world

Whisky snobs may sneer, but Aldi’s own-label offerings have been named as the best in world. The budget retailer scooped two gold medals at the world-renowned Spirits Business Scotch Whisky Masters. Aldi’s whiskies beat off stiff competition from some big-name brands – some of which retail for three times as much – to claim the […]

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World Cup quiz: match the official ball to the tournament year

World Cup quiz: match the official ball to the tournament year

The design of the official World Cup ball conjures up almost as much debate as events on the pitch when the tournament rolls around every four years. They’re blamed on everything from free kicks going awry to awkward corners, penalties that go sailing over the bar to goalkeeping mishaps. But can you link these World […]

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Hereditary review: This is quite possibly the scariest film of the decade

Hereditary review: This is quite possibly the scariest film of the decade

★★★★★ By Matthew Turner Hereditary, the debut feature from writer-director Ari Aster, is already being touted as the scariest film of the year. For once, the hype is very real. It’s an instant horror classic, not just the most terrifying film of the year (sorry, A Quiet Place), but quite possibly the scariest film of […]

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10 funny tweets to get you through Storm Hector

10 funny tweets to get you through Storm Hector

Yellow and amber weather warnings have been issued for much of the UK and Northern Ireland as Storm Hector closes in. Wet weather, fallen trees and wind speeds of 70 miles per hour or more are expected. There is also a heightened chance of large waves and potential for beach debris to end up on […]

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Pushy parents warned against using video footage as ‘evidence’ at school sports days

Pushy parents warned against using video footage as ‘evidence’ at school sports days

Ultra-competitive parents have been warned against using smartphones to record “video evidence” at sports day events by a headteacher. The Telegraph reports that Cardiff principal Sian Evans of Mynydd Bychan school encouraged parents to avoid taking extreme measures to ensure their child’s achievements are recognised. At previous events parents had allegedly recorded footage and then […]

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How we made Game of Thrones’ most epic effects scene yet

How we made Game of Thrones’ most epic effects scene yet

*Spoilers for Game of Thrones seasons 1-7* Matthew Rouleau first learned he was going to be working on one of Game of Thrones’ most memorable, jaw-dropping moments in the summer of 2016. It’s fair to say he was excited at the prospect. “It was just in concept art, and the episodes hadn’t been shot yet. […]

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