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These are all of the BrightHouse stores closing as the company axes 350 jobs

These are all of the BrightHouse stores closing as the company axes 350 jobs

Rent-to-own firm BrightHouse has announced that it will close 30 of its stores across the country, making 350 members of staff redundant. The closures come after the company reported a £22.1 million pre-tax loss in its last set of accounts and in advance of a looming cap on interest rates in the industry. The full […]

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Scientists have had their say on the ‘beer before wine and you’ll be fine’ hangover theory

Scientists have had their say on the ‘beer before wine and you’ll be fine’ hangover theory

Scientists have conducted a test in an attempt to definitively confirm or deny the old myth that drinking beer before wine will prevent drinkers from developing a hangover. Researchers aimed to discover whether the saying ‘beer before wine and you’ll feel fine; wine before beer and you’ll feel queer’ is actually true. A drinking test […]

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This shocking photo shows why you should always sleep with your bedroom door closed

This shocking photo shows why you should always sleep with your bedroom door closed

People who leave their bedroom door open when they go to sleep are at greater risk if there is a fire, a fire service has warned, using an alarming image to hammer their point home. US firefighters who were called to a house fire in New Fairfield, Connecticut last week have released an image revealing […]

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This ‘reckless’ biker was jailed after he filmed himself driving into traffic

This ‘reckless’ biker was jailed after he filmed himself driving into traffic

A “reckless” biker who filmed himself dodging in and out of traffic and jumping red lights during a mass ride out has been jailed. Kamal Richards, 24, clocked up more than 30 motoring offences – including speeding and riding the wrong way around roundabouts – during the 60 minute incident across south London on New […]

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This is the age group most likely to take up vaping

This is the age group most likely to take up vaping

Middle-aged people in Britain are increasingly taking up vaping, according to latest research, with the biggest rise coming from those aged between 45 and 54. The number of people vaping in that age group has grown from 13 per cent in 2016 to 20 per cent last year, according to poll by Mintel. Today’s middle-aged vapers join […]

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My First Puppy children’s toy recalled over choking fears

My First Puppy children’s toy recalled over choking fears

Popular children’s toy My First Puppy by Animagic, has been recalled due to choking fears. My First Puppy is sold in large retailers, such as Argos, Tesco and Amazon, but toy firm Vivid are now urging anyone who has bought a My First Puppy toy to return them as soon as possible. Choking hazard The […]

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Fresh warning over deadly dog disease Alabama Rot released after new case discovered

Fresh warning over deadly dog disease Alabama Rot released after new case discovered

Pet owners are being urged to be particularly cautious after a dog recently fell ill with the deadly disease Alabama Rot. The poorly pup, from Huddersfield, was diagnosed in January following a walk near Hollingworth Lake near Rochdale, and it is feared further cold weather could lead to an outbreak. A fresh outbreak The latest […]

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Man accused of crushing toddler to death with car seat could be ‘untouchable’ as son of former government minister

Man accused of crushing toddler to death with car seat could be ‘untouchable’ as son of former government minister

A man who allegedly crushed his girlfriend’s three year old toddler to death with a car seat is said to be using the fact he is the son of a former government minister to make himself ‘untouchable’. Stephen Waterson, 25, from Croydon, is accused of causing death by crush asphyxia after allegedly twice pushing his […]

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Marks & Spencer is selling a special ‘love sausage’ for Valentine’s Day

Marks & Spencer is selling a special ‘love sausage’ for Valentine’s Day

If you’re looking for an unusual gift that will show your nearest and dearest how much you love them this Valentine’s Day, Marks & Spencer may have the answer with their new ‘love sausage’. Taking to Twitter, the retailer cheekily asked the nation, “Are you ready for our Love Sausage?” Not just any sausage The […]

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‘Blood drop’ emoji to help counter period stigma among 230 new emojis for 2019

‘Blood drop’ emoji to help counter period stigma among 230 new emojis for 2019

Unicode Consortium revealed 230 new emojis this week, featuring a range of inclusive emojis – including a period emoji. These new emojis, which are expected to be available by Spring, represent people with disabilities, different cultures and relationships, aiming to make sure that everyone feels represented. Fighting the stigma The period emoji, which will be […]

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New cervical cancer screening test could slash the number of women diagnosed – here’s what it entails

New cervical cancer screening test could slash the number of women diagnosed – here’s what it entails

The number of women diagnosed with cervical cancer each year could be slashed by a fifth thanks to the introduction of a new screening test, research suggests. For women under 35, the most common type of cancer is cervical cancer with 2,500 diagnoses in England each year – a figure which could be slashed by […]

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All you need to know about international driving permits

All you need to know about international driving permits

If you want to drive abroad if a no-deal Brexit goes ahead then you may need an International Driving Permit. Here’s all you need to know about what to do: On Friday, February 1, the AA and RAC stopped issuing the permits – instead they are now available at 2,500 Post Offices across the country. […]

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Half of UK adults don’t realise the risk factors of dementia – here’s everything you need to know

Half of UK adults don’t realise the risk factors of dementia – here’s everything you need to know

Half of UK adults are unaware of the any of the key risk factors of dementia, a new study has found. The study, conducted by Alzheimer’s Research UK, identified that only one per cent of 2,361 people surveyed were able to name the common risks and protective factors of the disease. What are the risks? […]

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This new app will let you watch the latest cinema releases on your phone

This new app will let you watch the latest cinema releases on your phone

A British entrepreneur claims to have devised an app which will allow film fans to watch the latest movies – at the same time they are released in cinemas. Josh Stone, 26, says major American studios are interested in his bid to legally distribute films on Cinsteem, a subscription-based streaming app similar to Netflix. He […]

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New study says that men who smoke cannabis could have a higher sperm count

New study says that men who smoke cannabis could have a higher sperm count

Men with a history of smoking cannabis may be more fertile than those who have never touched the drug, according to a new study. Scientists measuring the sperm counts of more than 600 men from couples attending a fertility clinic found that those who had previously smoked cannabis had a higher sperm count than non-users. […]

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Marks & Spencer launch new Valentine’s Day meal deal – with three courses and a bottle of fizz for £20

Marks & Spencer launch new Valentine’s Day meal deal – with three courses and a bottle of fizz for £20

Valentine’s Day is on its way, with many couples opting for a romantic meal out in a fancy restaurant. But if you’d rather cuddle up at home on the sofa with your other half, then this year’s Marks & Spencer Valentine’s Day meal deal could be right up your street. Two can dine for £20 The […]

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This is how you can help your community by picking up litter

This is how you can help your community by picking up litter

Up to half a million people will be taking action to tidy up our streets and parks as part of The Great British Spring Clean between 22 March and 23 April 2019. The event, run by Keep Britain Tidy, will bring together individuals, community organisations, businesses and councils to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep. (Graphic: Mark Hall) Last […]

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Naked cleaners wanted as firm launches fresh recruitment drive

Naked cleaners wanted as firm launches fresh recruitment drive

by Darren Burke Naked cleaners prepared to clean homes totally nude for £45 an hour are being sought – as a naked cleaning firm launches a fresh recruitment drive. London-based company Naturist Cleaners is once again scouring the UK for people to work part-time, cleaning people’s houses with no clothes on. The firm says body […]

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This is how to quickly unsend embarrassing messages on Facebook Messenger

This is how to quickly unsend embarrassing messages on Facebook Messenger

by Rhiannon Williams Facebook is introducing an unsend feature for its Messenger app, giving users the chance to recall unwanted messages for the first time. The feature, which Facebook claims will give users more control over their conversations, will provide a 10 minute window in which to delete messages. Giving users ‘more control and flexibility’ […]

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All change for Nina Nesbitt

All change for Nina Nesbitt

You’ll know the voice, and probably the name, but it’s likely Nina Nesbitt will also soon be a familiar face – and not just in the tabloids. Yet the Scots singer-songwriter could almost have vanished from the public eye, following a spell in the glare of publicity five years ago. Aged 17, she released her […]

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You can now buy a full body-length hot water bottle to keep you warm in cold weather

You can now buy a full body-length hot water bottle to keep you warm in cold weather

If you are feeling the cold this winter, you can now treat yourself to a hot water nearly as big as you to keep you toasty. The giant hot water bottle measures 75cm in length and can be wrapped around your body to keep you warm and snug. It is being sold by Argos, for […]

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These are the 27 HMV and Fopp stores due to close with immediate effect

These are the 27 HMV and Fopp stores due to close with immediate effect

Following news of music retailer HMV’s sale to Canadian company, Sunrise Records, a list of HMV and Fopp stores marked for immediate closure has been released. Among them is the brand’s flagship Oxford Street branch, which was the location of HMV’s first store. The move will result in 455 redundancies, according to the BBC. HMV […]

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The cost of your TV licence is going up – here’s what you can legally watch without one

The cost of your TV licence is going up – here’s what you can legally watch without one

by Alex Evans The cost of the BBC licence fee is set to increase by £4 per year to £154.50. The Government, which sets the level of the licence fee, announced in 2016 that it would increase in line with inflation for five years from April 1 2017. This means the cost of the licence […]

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‘Super snow moon’ to light up the night sky this month – what you need to know

‘Super snow moon’ to light up the night sky this month – what you need to know

January brought us the rare phenomenon that is a Super Blood Wolf Moon, and now February is set to deliver astronomers a treat in the form of another supermoon. A dazzling bright full moon is in store on 19 February, with the moon appearing larger and more brilliant in the night sky. Here’s everything you need […]

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‘Britain’s loneliest dog’ is looking for his forever home after spending 500 days at a rescue centre

‘Britain’s loneliest dog’ is looking for his forever home after spending 500 days at a rescue centre

A lurcher called Hector has been branded the ‘loneliest dog in Britain’ after spending more than 500 days at an animal shelter. Staff and volunteers are desperately trying to find a home for their loneliest pooch, which was rescued in October 2017 over welfare concerns. But despite having a small fan club online, the RSPCA’s […]

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These Krispy Kreme Valentine’s doughnuts are buy one get one free – but for today only

These Krispy Kreme Valentine’s doughnuts are buy one get one free – but for today only

Valentine’s Day may still be another week away, but Krispy Kreme is kicking off the celebrations early with a special one-day deal on some sweet treats. The popular company is offering two for the price of one on three of their special edition heart-shaped Valentine’s range doughnuts – but the deal is valid today (Tuesday […]

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Flickr starts deleting your old photos from today – here’s how to save them

Flickr starts deleting your old photos from today – here’s how to save them

Flickr will begin deleting the photos of budding photographers from today (February 5), as the service moves in line with new terms and conditions imposed by its new owners. Previously, users were allowed up to one terabyte of storage with a free account, but when image sharing service SmugMug purchased Flickr from Yahoo! last year, […]

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Are food labels too confusing? A quarter of people with allergies think so

Are food labels too confusing? A quarter of people with allergies think so

Food labels are too confusing for people with allergies, according to a survey of British consumers. Only 37 per cent of people think it is easy to identify which allergens a product is free from by its label. While pre-packaged goods are legally required to highlight the presence of any allergens, almost half of people […]

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Fear of cancer is stopping one in four people from going to the doctor

Fear of cancer is stopping one in four people from going to the doctor

A quarter of people in the UK would not go to their doctor after discovering possible cancer symptoms because they are too worried about the diagnosis. The results of a survey on public attitudes to cancer has shown fear as one of the biggest barriers to early diagnosis, treatment and cure. World Cancer Day The […]

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Patisserie Valerie staff claim they have not been paid wages for their last month working at failed chain

Patisserie Valerie staff claim they have not been paid wages for their last month working at failed chain

by Simon Rushton Laid off Patisserie Valerie staff are claiming they have not been paid their final wage packets. Hundreds of people were made redundant and so far, about 70 of the chain’s 200 cafes have closed and more could follow. Former employees told the BBC they been left out of pocket as well as […]

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