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Quiz: how well do you know the names of unusual phobias?

Quiz: how well do you know the names of unusual phobias?

You probably know the names of some common phobias, like arachnophobia – which is the fear of spiders – and claustrophobia (the fear of small spaces), but what about some of the more lesser known phobias? Test yourself with our quiz. What are phobias? The NHS says, “A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear […]

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A new smartwatch for kids will let parents track their child’s location using GPS

A new smartwatch for kids will let parents track their child’s location using GPS

A new smartphone launched by Sky allows parents to keep track of their child’s whereabouts through a GPS tracker. The Spacetalk Kids Watch is aimed at kids aged between five and 12 and features a GPS tracker and step counter. GPS tracker and ‘safe zones’ The watch even warns parents if their child strays out […]

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Shocking dashcam footage shows driver ploughing into another car after missing his junction

Shocking dashcam footage shows driver ploughing into another car after missing his junction

Shocking dashcam footage captures the moment a reckless driver ploughed into another vehicle after swerving across several lanes when he missed his junction. Ishaq Adams caused the crash when he made the last minute decision to leave the M6 at around 8.30am on September 21 last year. Heart-stopping footage shows the 21-year-old veering across several […]

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These factors can add value to your home – or reduce its worth

These factors can add value to your home – or reduce its worth

When selling your house, there are always certain requirements that buyers may be searching for or elements that might catch their eye. But there are things that can add value to your house – and things that may actually detract value, research reveals. Elements that can add value to your house Research from consumer advice […]

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This is how the August bank holiday might affect benefit payments

This is how the August bank holiday might affect benefit payments

The upcoming August bank holiday is the last one of the year before Christmas, and many people find it a stressful time for claiming benefits. The four day week – welcomed by those in work – can mean people who rely on benefits worry that their payments could be delayed. The bank holiday always falls […]

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‘Sexist’ beer has been banned from a CAMRA festival – here’s why

‘Sexist’ beer has been banned from a CAMRA festival – here’s why

In an effort to combat discriminatory attitudes at the Great British Beer Festival, The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has banned beers that feature sexist names or imagery. The event kicked off yesterday (Tue 6 Aug) and runs until Saturday at London’s Olympia. Banned beers The sale of a number of drinks has been banned […]

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These are all of the UK yellow weather warnings as torrential downpours, thunderstorms and strong winds are forecast

These are all of the UK yellow weather warnings as torrential downpours, thunderstorms and strong winds are forecast

The Met Office has issued numerous yellow weather warnings for this week, as thunderstorms, heavy rain and strong winds are set to hit the UK. Thunderstorms warnings Two yellow weather warnings are in place across Scotland for Wednesday (7 Aug). The first warning, for thunderstorms, is in place until 10pm and covers Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray […]

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British Airways passengers are facing long delays due to an IT issue – here’s what travellers need to know

British Airways passengers are facing long delays due to an IT issue – here’s what travellers need to know

British Airways (BA) passengers are facing long delays caused by an IT glitch that is interfering with check-in systems. Many passengers have reported delays and cancelled flights as a result of the IT problems this morning (7 Aug). Images posted on social media showed long queues of holidaymakers, as well as error messages on the […]

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Partying like it’s 1980, with Midge Ure

Partying like it’s 1980, with Midge Ure

When you’ve had a life of chart hits and hit a pensionable age there might be some temptation to rest on your laurels, and indeed royalties. Not so for Midge Ure. “I seem to tour so much these days, at a time when you’d think you’d be putting your slippers on,” he agrees. However, the […]

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Staring down a seagull will stop it from stealing your food, scientists claim

Staring down a seagull will stop it from stealing your food, scientists claim

Staring at seagulls stops them stealing your food, according to new research. The scavenging birds are a nightmare for both locals and holidaymakers flocking to the coast, often snatching ice cream and chips out of people’s hands. Now scientists believe they have come up with a simple solution – which is to look the birds […]

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Stephen Solo on phoning it in

Stephen Solo on phoning it in

‘Phoning it in’ is usually an insult but for Stephen Solo, it means quite the reverse. “It’s a very cheap joke,” he says of his ‘Pii’ series. “I’m poking fun at the methodology as I always wanted to be really really quick.” He’s just released ‘Pii3’ – the third in a trilogy of albums, each […]

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These are the top toys for Christmas 2019 – according to Amazon

These are the top toys for Christmas 2019 – according to Amazon

It may only be August, but it’s never too early to start Christmas shopping – according to Amazon, anyway. Four months in advance, the online retail giant has released what it thinks will be the biggest hits this christmas – this is the full list. Pictionary Air Brand new for 2019, you and the family […]

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Here’s everything you need to know about the ‘text door neighbour’ trend

Have you received an unexpected text from a stranger claiming to be your ‘text door neighbour’? That means that you’ve been caught up in the latest trend that’s got Twitter buzzing. But what exactly is it? What is the trend? The text door neighbour trend sees people texting their own phone number, but changing the […]

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Rare Olympics 50p coin sells for £600 on eBay – do you have one at home?

Rare Olympics 50p coin sells for £600 on eBay – do you have one at home?

Rare and limited edition coins can sell for hundreds of pounds – even if they have minting errors or flaws. A rare Olympic 50p coin reportedly recently sold on eBay for £590 – more than 1,180 times its face value. Minted by mistake The Royal Mint released 29 new 50p designs in order to mark […]

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These are the hospitals set to get funding for upgrades following Boris Johnson’s £850 million pledge

These are the hospitals set to get funding for upgrades following Boris Johnson’s £850 million pledge

Boris Johnson has announced that 20 hospitals in the UK are to receive a boost in funding as part of an £850,000 pledge to upgrade outdated facilities. The Prime Minister made the promise as part of a £1.8 billion cash injection into the health service as a speech at Lincolnshire hospital on Monday (August 5). […]

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HSBC to axe nearly 5,000 jobs – here’s what it means for customers

HSBC to axe nearly 5,000 jobs – here’s what it means for customers

HSBC is to axe 4,700 jobs following the shock departure of its chief executive, citing the ‘challenging global environment’. In a call to investors on Monday (5 Aug), the lending giant’s chief financial officer Ewan Stevenson announced that up to two per cent of the bank’s workforce will lose their jobs. He said that the […]

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Shocking CCTV footage shows moped gang try to smash into jewellers with sledgehammers

Shocking CCTV footage shows moped gang try to smash into jewellers with sledgehammers

This shocking footage shows a salon worker fighting off a gang of moped riders with a shop sign – as they tried to smash into a jewellery shop with sledgehammers. Calvin Brown, 19, was jailed for eight years after he and three others pulled up at Colebys jewellery shop and began ramming into the store […]

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Facebook groups are recruiting fake Amazon reviewers – here’s what to watch out for

Facebook groups are recruiting fake Amazon reviewers – here’s what to watch out for

by Rhiannon Williams Facebook is failing to prevent the creation of groups on its platform dedicated to recruiting people to write fake reviews on Amazon products, despite being ordered to clamp down on the practice by the market regulator. An investigation by consumer watchdog Which? uncovered dozens of groups created to hire people to write […]

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This is how much overtime your boss can legally ask you to work – and how much you should be paid for it

This is how much overtime your boss can legally ask you to work – and how much you should be paid for it

Although being hard working is invariably seen to be a good quality in a person, being overworked is without doubt bad for us. A report by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that, on average, British people work for 42 hours a week, which is almost two hours more than the EU average. And TUC […]

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Fast food chain Spudulike has closed down without warning – leaving 300 people without jobs

Fast food chain Spudulike has closed down without warning – leaving 300 people without jobs

Baked potato specialist Spudulike is closing all 37 of its branches, with nearly 300 jobs being lost in the process. The latest former household name to disappear from the high street, Spudulike was founded in Edinburgh in 1974 and was hugely popular in the 1980s and ‘90s. A household name The business was famously associated […]

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This is everything you need to know about the new ebola vaccine

This is everything you need to know about the new ebola vaccine

The Democratic Republic of Congo is currently in the midst of its worst Ebola outbreak, and plans to introduce a second, new vaccine to combat the virus is being met with debate. With health experts stating that the new vaccine is safe, why are plans for its introduction being met with so much push back? […]

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Asda workers have been told to sign ‘punitive’ contracts or risk losing their jobs

Asda workers have been told to sign ‘punitive’ contracts or risk losing their jobs

Thousands of Asda workers are to protest a wave of forced contract changes that could leave many employees worse off. The protest, scheduled for 14 August, comes as a response to the supermarket chain’s new so-called ‘flexible’ contract 6, which is being enforced across the board. Contract 6 sees paid breaks scrapped and bank holiday […]

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UK flight disruption latest: airport strikes and walkouts – and how your flights could be affected

UK flight disruption latest: airport strikes and walkouts – and how your flights could be affected

With summer now in full swing, thousands of British holidaymakers will be jetting off for some time in the sun. But many could now face travel chaos as numerous planned strikes hit three of the UK’s busiest airport. Mass walkout at the UK’s biggest airport A walkout of 4,000 people at the UK’s biggest airport, […]

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This is why using public wifi could be more risky than you think

This is why using public wifi could be more risky than you think

Most of us connect to public wifi hotspots without a second thought, but perhaps you should think twice next time. New research has highlighted the fact that almost 80 percent of public wifi users take a great risk when picking hotspots. They are more likely to pick the one with the highest signal strength, the […]

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Teenager arrested after child ‘falls from height’ at Tate Modern gallery

Teenager arrested after child ‘falls from height’ at Tate Modern gallery

by George Martin A teenager has been arrested after a child “fell from height” at the Tate Modern in London. The child was taken to air ambulance this afternoon, though it is not known what condition they are in. Scores of visitors to the famous art gallery said the entire building was put on lockdown […]

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Food contaminated by faeces is making tourists ill in Mexican holiday resorts – here’s everything you need to know

Food contaminated by faeces is making tourists ill in Mexican holiday resorts – here’s everything you need to know

British holidaymakers visiting Mexico are being warned about a brutal bug that is ravaging resorts in the country. Fourteen tourists staying at luxury hotels in the Riviera Maya resort and Cancun have experienced crippling stomach pains, sickness and diarrhoea due to an illness that is passed on through contaminated food. The cause of the illness […]

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Using full stops on WhatsApp is ‘rude and aggressive’ according to linguists – what do you think?

Using full stops on WhatsApp is ‘rude and aggressive’ according to linguists – what do you think?

Texting etiquette can be a bit of a minefield – when is the correct time to use an emoji, if ever? Should you use an exclamation mark to show enthusiasm, or does it come off as overly excitable or sarcastic? It may feel like opting for proper grammar and punctuation is the safest way to […]

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Mothercare launches huge sale of baby toys, clothes and equipment

Mothercare launches huge sale of baby toys, clothes and equipment

Mothercare stores have launched a huge sale both in stores and online, and have cut prices by up to 85 per cent. The sale for toddler items includes toys, clothing, pushchairs and feeding utensils. Baby bargains There are familiar characters the kids will love, such as these Peter Rabbit socks, which are now half price […]

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Harry Potter fans wanted to talk about their chosen Hogwarts house for new series

Harry Potter fans wanted to talk about their chosen Hogwarts house for new series

Do you know what house you’d be sorted into if you were at Hogwarts? Are you a proud Gryfindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff? If you are a Harry Potter fan and could talk about your house and what it means to you, then this casting call is the perfect opportunity for you. What’s the series? […]

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Travel firms Laterooms and Super Break in administration – here’s what to do if you have a booking

Travel firms Laterooms and Super Break in administration – here’s what to do if you have a booking

Two travel businesses have gone bust, affecting tens of thousands of UK holidaymakers. Discount holiday firm Laterooms has collapsed into insolvency, along with York based travel company, Super Break. The outfits, which are both owned by the Malvern Group, ceased trading on Thursday (1 Aug) when the parent company ran out of cash before it […]

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