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Common garden pests and how to get rid of them humanely

Common garden pests and how to get rid of them humanely

Gardens can be a natural habitat for many species of animals, but some can be a nuisance, causing damage to plants, flowers, home-grown vegetables and lawns. Here are some of the most common garden pests and how to stop them damaging your garden in a humane manner. Grey squirrels Wire netting can help give fruit […]

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Could Admiral Fallow and Field Music work together? You Tell Me…

Could Admiral Fallow and Field Music work together? You Tell Me…

“Who’s in The Guide section this week?” “You Tell Me.” “No, seriously, who?” “It’s not even really that funny the first time.” laughs Sarah Hayes – who is one half of the oddly-monickered duo, the Admiral Fallow multi-instrumentalist aided by Pete Brewis, of Sunderland’s skewed pop combo Field Music. There is, however, some point to […]

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Beloved headteacher laid to rest in coffin covered in farewell drawings from her pupils

Beloved headteacher laid to rest in coffin covered in farewell drawings from her pupils

A primary school headteacher has been laid to rest in a coffin covered in drawings created by her pupils, after she died following a short battle with cancer. Beloved educator Sue East was just 58 when she died on 19 December 2018, and a heartbreaking final letter she wrote to her pupils from her death […]

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Man screamed ‘What have I done?’ after crushing girlfriend’s toddler to death with car seat, court told

Man screamed ‘What have I done?’ after crushing girlfriend’s toddler to death with car seat, court told

Stephen Waterson cried out “What have I done?” after crushing his girlfriend’s toddler to death with his car seat, a court has heard as the heartbreaking Alfie Lamb case continues. Three and a half year old Alfie was sitting at his mother’s feet in the rear footwell of an Audi convertible, when he was squashed […]

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Here’s how people in the UK are planning to save over £1,500 a year

Here’s how people in the UK are planning to save over £1,500 a year

UK consumers say they are going to become more savvy with their money – and plan to save around £131 a month or £1,572 during 2019. Research from Paymentsense reveals that over half of UK consumers are considering cutting their spending over the coming year. The most popular reason to cut spending is to keep up with […]

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Nintendo’s Wii Shop is closing for good – here’s how to save all your games

Nintendo’s Wii Shop is closing for good – here’s how to save all your games

The Nintendo Wii is well over 10 years years old, having first been released in the UK in December 2006. The console’s sheer popularity means that many still have one nestled under the TV, ready for an impromptu game of Wii Sports. But Nintendo have released two consoles since the mid-2000s, and the original Wii […]

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Flying Tiger has launched a sale with all items £2 or under – here’s how long it lasts

Flying Tiger has launched a sale with all items £2 or under – here’s how long it lasts

by Josh Barrie Flying Tiger, the quirky high street retailer that sells everything from stationery to foot massage mats, salad forks to storage containers, has launched a January sale. The Danish brand, which has 99 stores in the UK – and hundreds across Europe – has reduced all product prices to £2 until Sunday 20 […]

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Motorola plans to revive iconic Razr flip phone with foldable screen

Motorola plans to revive iconic Razr flip phone with foldable screen

by Rhiannon Williams Motorola is developing a new version of its Razr flip phone with a foldable screen, according to a report. The handset will be priced at $1,500 (£1,162) and could go on sale as soon as February, according to the Wall Street Journal. Its launch may coincide with Mobile World Congress (MWC), the […]

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Lidl has launched free baby boxes full of newborn necessities – here’s how to get one

Lidl has launched free baby boxes full of newborn necessities – here’s how to get one

Lidl has launched a partnership with The Baby Box Co, enabling new and expectant parents to receive Lupilu baby goodies and essentials for free. Lidl’s Lupilu range, which is available in stores all year round, includes a wide range of products for your baby, with everything from organic food to nappies. What is a baby […]

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Marks & Spencer to sell loose fruit and vegetables in a drive to cut down on plastic

Marks & Spencer to sell loose fruit and vegetables in a drive to cut down on plastic

Marks and Spencer will begin selling loose fruit and vegetables in an effort to cut down on single-use plastic. Hard fruit and veg, such as potatoes, are among more than 90 different lines which are to be trialled at the Tolworth Store in South West London. The trial will also see greengrocers in store advising […]

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Mum told dying toddler to ‘shut up’ as her boyfriend deliberately crushed him, court told

Mum told dying toddler to ‘shut up’ as her boyfriend deliberately crushed him, court told

A suffocating toddler was told to “shut up” by his mother as he was deliberately crushed to death by her boyfriend’s car seat, a court has heard. Three and a half year old Alfie Lamb was sitting at his mother’s feet in the rear footwell of an Audi convertible when Stephen Waterson, 25, pushed his […]

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Here’s how to get free popcorn at Showcase cinemas this weekend

Here’s how to get free popcorn at Showcase cinemas this weekend

This Saturday (19 Jan) is National Popcorn Day, and, to celebrate, Showcase Cinemas are offering a bag of the classic movie snack completely free. Here’s everything you need to know. How can I claim free popcorn? To claim a portion of popcorn, you first have to be a member of the chain’s Insider loyalty programme, […]

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Man who broke into Greggs got stuck on roof and had to be rescued with a cherry picker

Man who broke into Greggs got stuck on roof and had to be rescued with a cherry picker

by Tony Gardner A criminal who broke into a Greggs bakery on Christmas Eve got stuck on the roof and was caught hiding behind the chimney. Iain Thompson had to be coaxed down by trained police negotiators after his Yuletide raid of the Leeds city centre branch was foiled when he set off alarms. The […]

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Slimming World is launching syn-free chips – and you can eat as many as you like

Slimming World is launching syn-free chips – and you can eat as many as you like

Those watching what they eat will soon be treated to a new Slimming World product – syn-free oven chips, launching as part of the company’s branded meal range at Iceland. The hotly anticipated Chunky Chips have half the calories of McCain’s, and – since they are ‘syn-free’ – they can be enjoyed guilt-free. A healthy […]

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Pencil cases that look like soft drinks cans are back in fashion – here’s where to get one

Pencil cases that look like soft drinks cans are back in fashion – here’s where to get one

Pencil cases in the design of cans filled with popular soft drinks were once the height of fashion, but they sadly became a thing of the past. The good news for those who were fans of this quirky stationery trend in the 1990s is that it’s making a comeback. Where can I buy them? The […]

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WhatsApp bug reported that allows a stranger to read your messages

WhatsApp bug reported that allows a stranger to read your messages

The latest reported issue with popular messaging service WhatsApp isn’t a virus or a scam – but it is a bug that could allow users to access someone else’s private messages. WhatsApp user Abby Fuller took to Twitter to complain about the alleged new glitch, reports The Sun. Accidentally accessing a stranger’s messages According to […]

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Warning issued about ‘holiday villa scams’ that cost travellers thousands

Warning issued about ‘holiday villa scams’ that cost travellers thousands

January is a popular time to jet off for a dose of winter sun or to book that highly-anticipated summer holiday. However, Barclays is warning travellers about the risk of holiday villa scams, which could lose holidaymakers hundreds, if not thousands, of pounds. Holidaymakers losing up to £5,000 because of scams Barclays’ figures come from […]

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Toddler cried out ‘mummy’ before he was deliberately crushed to death by car seat for being ‘too noisy’, court told

Toddler cried out ‘mummy’ before he was deliberately crushed to death by car seat for being ‘too noisy’, court told

A toddler cried out for his mother before his was deliberately crushed to death by an electric car seat for being too noisy, a court has heard. Three and a half year old Alfie Lamb was sitting at his mother’s feet in the rear footwell of an Audi convertible when her boyfriend moved his front […]

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New WhatsApp feature allows you to message privately within a group chat – here’s how

New WhatsApp feature allows you to message privately within a group chat – here’s how

by Rhiannon Williams WhatsApp has been updated with new features, including the ability to message a contact privately from within a group chat. The features are contained in the messaging app’s version 2.19.11 update for iOS (Apple’s operating system for iPhone and iPad) which is available to download now. Private messaging from group chats The first […]

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How did my MP vote on the Brexit deal? Full results list and interactive map after Theresa May’s defeat

How did my MP vote on the Brexit deal? Full results list and interactive map after Theresa May’s defeat

Theresa May suffered a crushing defeat in the House of Commons over her Brexit plan last night, with MPs rejecting the draft deal by a huge 230 votes. Politicians across all parties were unhappy with the Prime Minister’s draft Withdrawal Agreement – which outlines the legal text for the UK’s exit from the EU – […]

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This is what could happen after today’s meaningful vote on Brexit

This is what could happen after today’s meaningful vote on Brexit

Today marks an important day in Parliament as MPs will decide the fate of Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal by having their say in a ‘meaningful vote’. The pivotal moment will decide whether May’s withdrawal agreement from the EU will be supported – but current predictions estimate she will suffer a crushing defeat, losing by […]

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You can now recycle your contact lenses – here’s how

You can now recycle your contact lenses – here’s how

A contact lens recycling initiative has been launched which will allow users to dispose of their eyesight aids for free. Previously lenses could only be recycled at a paid-for recycling partner due to the difficulty in recycling the silicone products. But now pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson have revealed the UK’s first free nationwide recycling […]

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Porn websites will automatically be blocked by your internet provider this year – here’s why

Porn websites will automatically be blocked by your internet provider this year – here’s why

A change to the law this year means X-rated websites will automatically be blocked by all internet providers, forcing users to verify their age before they can proceed. The new law means that online pornography will only be viewable in the UK if you have proven you are aged 18 or over, with verification checks […]

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Poundland is now selling engagement rings – and, yes, they only cost £1

Poundland is now selling engagement rings – and, yes, they only cost £1

A bunch of flowers, a card and a fancy meal out usually suffice for Valentine’s Day, but some may way want to go the whole hog and get down on one knee for the one they love this year. Now Poundland is providing the ring – for just £1. So-called ‘Bling Rings’ have been spotted […]

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This howler of a spelling mistake could end up being a permanent fixture on a busy road

This howler of a spelling mistake could end up being a permanent fixture on a busy road

by Anna Khoo Engineers working at a Sussex level crossing appear to have made a small mistake finishing the job. Road markings had to be redone following a major upgrade to the level crossing barriers at Yapton, between Barnham and Ford in West Sussex. ‘Keep claer’ was seen written in North End Road last night […]

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New 50p coins released by the Royal Mint have sold out in record time

New 50p coins released by the Royal Mint have sold out in record time

The Royal Mint’s new collection of reissued commemorative 50p coins – released to celebrate 50 years of the 50 pence piece – has sold out within hours. As reported by ChangeChecker.org, the entire range of Base Proof, Silver Proof and Gold Proof sets completely sold out when the coins went on sale on 14 January, […]

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Cure tour a real tonic for The Twilight Sad

Cure tour a real tonic for The Twilight Sad

Never meet your heroes, they say. But try telling that to The Twilight Sad‘s James Graham. The Kilsyth band are still on a high following a tour with ’80s icons The Cure. Although that does mean the band entering the PR and media circus. “I think the next hour and a half’s me talking mince,” […]

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The Chase is looking for contestants – here’s how to apply

The Chase is looking for contestants – here’s how to apply

If you find yourself screaming answers at the television when contestants on The Chase fumble over seemingly simple questions, now could be the chance to prove yourself. The ITV show is looking for new contestants to take on ‘The Beast’, ‘The Governess’, ‘The Sinnerman’, ‘The Dark Destroyer’ and ‘The Vixen’ for the chance to earn […]

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New 50 pence pieces unveiled to mark the coin’s 50th anniversary – here’s how much they could be worth

New 50 pence pieces unveiled to mark the coin’s 50th anniversary – here’s how much they could be worth

A special set of coins has been unveiled to mark the 50th anniversary of the 50 pence piece, each celebrating British cultural history. The designs have been carefully selected to celebrate key cultural milestones and favourite pieces of coin collectors. A commemorative set The commemorative set includes five 50p coins released in honour of the […]

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Here’s how your next holiday could be directly affected by Brexit

Here’s how your next holiday could be directly affected by Brexit

Britain’s departure from the EU is set to bring about many changes and could affect some of your rights when travelling abroad. Budget airline Ryanair recently secured a UK air operating certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) allowing them to continue to fly domestically and to non-EU countries – but what about other airlines? […]

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