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Greggs is launching its own limited edition Christmas gift range and free wrapping service

Greggs is launching its own limited edition Christmas gift range and free wrapping service

The renowned festive bake made its return a few weeks ago, and Greggs is now preparing to launch a new gift range and free wrapping service. The popular bakery wrap your gifts in bespoke festive bake wrapping paper for free at certain stores across the country. Get your gifts wrapped at Greggs The exclusive gift […]

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This is why eating too many brussels sprouts can put your health at risk

This is why eating too many brussels sprouts can put your health at risk

Brussels sprouts tend to make an appearance on the Christmas dinner table, with some loving the green vegetable and others loathing it. But eating too many of them can actually pose a risk to your health. Vitamin K Brussels sprouts contain vitamin K, which is a chemical the body uses to promote blood clotting. According […]

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12 signs someone could have cancer according to the NHS – how many do you recognise?

12 signs someone could have cancer according to the NHS – how many do you recognise?

by Alex Evans Cancer Research UK and the NHS have released a list of the 12 most common symptoms of cancer after research suggested that many people would not necessarily spot them early enough to save a life. Huge numbers of people cannot recognise the signs of cancer Charity Cancer Research UK conducted research into […]

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Britain’s brainiest families wanted for new BBC quiz show – here’s how to apply

Britain’s brainiest families wanted for new BBC quiz show – here’s how to apply

Do you think your family could be one of Britain’s brainiest? Now is your chance to prove it. The BBC are on the lookout for some of the country’s most intelligent families for an exciting new competition – and applications are open now. Battle of the brains The new show – currently titled ‘The BBC […]

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Here’s why people are outraged about the contents of this year’s Celebrations advent calendar

Here’s why people are outraged about the contents of this year’s Celebrations advent calendar

The countdown to Christmas is officially on after the start of Advent. Most festive countdowns are hiding delicious chocolate treats behind each door, but some aren’t happy with the contents of one particular advent calendar this year. Celebrations fans say the contents of this year’s advent calendar is disappointing, and have complained online about the […]

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Tyson Fury will donate some of his £8 million winnings to help the homeless

Tyson Fury will donate some of his £8 million winnings to help the homeless

Boxing heavyweight star Tyson Fury has revealed he will donate some of his earnings from last weekend’s fight with Detonay Wilder to help homeless people and people with addictions. On Saturday (1 Dec) the world of boxing was left stunned as Fury drew with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles during one of […]

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Trading Standards warn against dangerous teeth whitening kits and other counterfeit Christmas gifts

Trading Standards warn against dangerous teeth whitening kits and other counterfeit Christmas gifts

Shoppers are being encouraged to stay vigilant when it comes to counterfeit goods this festive season. A dangerous teeth whitening product advertised as “ideal for any age group” and popular with “leading dentists throughout the UK and Europe” left some users with chemical burns and bleeding gums. When tested, it was revealed that the kits […]

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Police release dashcam footage of driver swerving across motorway as part of Christmas drink-drive crackdown

Police release dashcam footage of driver swerving across motorway as part of Christmas drink-drive crackdown

Police have released shocking footage of a female motorist swerving between lanes on a busy motorway as part of a crackdown on Christmas drink-drivers. The 25-year-old, who only had a provisional licence, was stopped at 6.20am on October 20 near junction 6 of the M6 in Birmingham and was over twice the legal limit. She […]

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These 10 festive items could seriously harm your pets this Christmas – including fairy lights and snow globes

These 10 festive items could seriously harm your pets this Christmas – including fairy lights and snow globes

From a Labrador who devoured an entire block of stilton, six mince pies, a Christmas pudding and a box of chocolates to a one year old kitten who scorched her paws and burnt her tongue on fairy lights, Christmas can be a potentially dangerous time for pets. Although those pets made a full recovery as a […]

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National hunt for woman after £10,000 stolen from bedridden 91-year-old as she lay dying in hospital

National hunt for woman after £10,000 stolen from bedridden 91-year-old as she lay dying in hospital

By Paul Fisher Police are seeking the public’s help to trace a woman after more than £10,000 was stolen from a bedridden hospital patient. 91-year-old Mary Banks lay confined to her bed and suffering from dementia in Peterborough City Hospital in September, when her purse was stolen. Her bank card was used to fraudulently pay […]

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Vet warns pet owners to watch for toxic mushroom poisoning after pug’s close call

Vet warns pet owners to watch for toxic mushroom poisoning after pug’s close call

by Alastair Ulke A vets surgery is warning pet owners about the dangers of toxic mushrooms after a one year old pug was poisoned this week. Spinney Lodge Vets in Northampton were faced with a serious case of poisoning this week when Dave the pug puppy was rushed in for treatment. The family pet had […]

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BBC’s Garden Rescue want people with nightmare gardens for a new series

BBC’s Garden Rescue want people with nightmare gardens for a new series

Is your garden in need of a serious makeover? BBC TV programme Garden Rescue is returning for a new series in 2019, and the green-fingered dream team of Charlie Dimmock, The Rich Brothers and Arit Anderson are on the lookout for new gardens to save. A spokesperson for the series said, “Have you got money […]

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Here’s how to avoid financial fraud and scams when you’re Christmas shopping this year

December is the busiest time of year for shopping, but you could be leaving yourself vulnerable to fraud by not looking after your card information properly. According to latest research from Action Fraud, 15,024 shoppers were defrauded out of more than £11 million in the run up to Christmas last year. Here, the experts at […]

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Lego Masters wants contestants for third TV series – here’s how to apply

Lego Masters wants contestants for third TV series – here’s how to apply

The hunt is on for contestants to take part in a new series of the hugely popular Channel 4 reality competition, Lego Masters. “Lego Masters are looking for a new bunch of imaginative building pairs to take part in a third series of the bold brick-building competition,” said a spokesperson for the series. “If you […]

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Hugh Jackman is touring the UK with songs from Greatest Showman and Les Mis – here’s where, when and how to get tickets

Hugh Jackman is touring the UK with songs from Greatest Showman and Les Mis – here’s where, when and how to get tickets

Hollywood star Hugh Jackman will be touring the UK next year with a major live show – featuring songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Miserables and other popular musicals. The much-liked Australian actor, a veteran of stage as well as screen, was Oscar-nominated for his role as Jean Valjean in the 2012 film version of […]

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Frankie & Benny’s is offering free meals to families – but they have to hand over their phones first

Frankie & Benny’s is offering free meals to families – but they have to hand over their phones first

Frankie & Benny’s is giving away free kids meals to families who agree to hand over their mobile phones to staff at the door. In a bid to encourage families to enjoy quality time together while eating, the Italian-American chain is trialling their ‘No Phone Zones’ campaign from today (29 Nov) to Friday 7 December […]

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Poo bacteria has been found on McDonald’s touchscreens in 8 different branches

Poo bacteria has been found on McDonald’s touchscreens in 8 different branches

Traces of faecal matter, listeria and other harmful forms of bacteria have been found on ordering kiosks at McDonald’s restaurants. In an investigation by The Metro, every swab taken from touchscreens at McDonald’s restaurants contained traces of gut and faecal germs, as well as other highly contagious and harmful forms of bacteria. The investigation sampled […]

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Holly Willoughby’s surprising I’m A Celebrity daily routine has been revealed

Holly Willoughby’s surprising I’m A Celebrity daily routine has been revealed

TV host Holly Willoughby has proven a real hit with I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here viewers, after stepping in to co-host the new series with Declan Donnelly. But presenting the popular reality show in Australia is certainly not an easy endeavour. And The Sun has now revealed some surprising details of Willoughby’s daily […]

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You’ll have a second chance to get these rare 50p coins when they’re re-issued next year

You’ll have a second chance to get these rare 50p coins when they’re re-issued next year

The Royal Mint is to reissue ten 50p coin designs next year, in celebration of the denomination’s 50th anniversary. According to a Royal Proclamation published earlier this month, the new 50p coins will be released in 2019, and they will all be reissues of previous designs. The list of 50p coins cited for reprint includes […]

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Theresa May in Scotland: the funniest social media reactions

Theresa May in Scotland: the funniest social media reactions

Theresa May is in Scotland today as she attempts to drum up support for her divisive Brexit deal ahead of next month’s crucial Commons vote. The Prime Minister is expected to visit a Glasgow factory during the afternoon following Prime Minister’s Questions, though it’s still uncertain exactly where she will visit during her stop. Here […]

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Everything on this year’s Wetherspoons Christmas menu – including a pigs in blankets pizza

Everything on this year’s Wetherspoons Christmas menu – including a pigs in blankets pizza

Popular pub chain JD Wetherspoon is now serving its Christmas menu, which includes everything from a prosecco prawn cocktail to a pizza topped with pigs in blankets. Available until 24 December, the new festive menu offers classic Christmas dishes alongside some more unusual options. To start, diners can try a boozy version of a ’70s […]

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These are the most popular baby names of 2018

These are the most popular baby names of 2018

The top 100 baby boy and girl names of 2018 have been revealed – and there are lots of new additions this year. According to parenting website BabyCentre, the most popular name for boys in 2018 is Muhammad (the same as last year), followed by Oliver, Noah and Harry. And it’s another non-mover for the girls, […]

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Primary school warns parents of Strip Fortnite craze

Primary school warns parents of Strip Fortnite craze

Reporting by Joe Cawthorn A Primary school in Leeds has issued a warning to parents about an emerging trend called ‘strip Fortnite’, in which people are encouraged to take their clothes off on webcam. Middleton St. Mary’s Primary School posted the warning to parents on their Facebook page on Monday (November 26). In it, they […]

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Argos is selling a cat and child-proof ‘half Christmas tree’ – and it looks bizarre

Argos is selling a cat and child-proof ‘half Christmas tree’ – and it looks bizarre

Whether you are the parent to a mischievous toddler or a curious kitten, you will appreciate the struggle of having a Christmas tree up in your house. Now, one retailer’s unique ‘half Christmas tree’ could solve all of your problemss Although it might not look like your standard tree, the six foot tall Half Parasol Christmas […]

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Our Yorkshire Farm: stunned viewers react to ‘heartwarming’ childhood without phones, laptops and TV

Our Yorkshire Farm: stunned viewers react to ‘heartwarming’ childhood without phones, laptops and TV

Our Yorkshire Farm has captured the hearts of TV audiences after the first episode aired last night. The new TV documentary series, which follows a rural family, their flock of sheep, and their upbeat attitude to everything nature throws at them, has proven a hit with watching members of the public. Starring ‘Yorkshire Shepherdess’ Amanda […]

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Storm Diana could bring flying debris and power cuts – as weather warnings issued

Storm Diana could bring flying debris and power cuts – as weather warnings issued

Many parts of the UK are being warned to brace themselves for strong winds, heavy rain and even power loss and flying debris – as a result of Storm Diana hitting the country. Yellow weather warnings have already been issued for Scotland today (Wednesday 28 November). But now the Scottish Borders, as well as much […]

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A giant inflatable Santa got loose and caused traffic chaos on a busy road

A giant inflatable Santa got loose and caused traffic chaos on a busy road

by Paul Fisher A giant inflatable Santa Claus came loose from its moorings yesterday (27 Nov), causing traffic chaos in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire. The AA’s official traffic alert read, “Partially blocked and slow traffic due to a large inflatable Santa on road on B198 Cromwell Road both ways in Wisbech.” The giant Santa was reportedly bigger than […]

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Shocking video appears to show Syrian refugee being pinned down and assaulted by school bully

Shocking video appears to show Syrian refugee being pinned down and assaulted by school bully

by Albert Evans Thousands of people have donated over £38,000 to a schoolboy subjected to an allegedly “racially-aggravated assault” captured in a video that has been shared widely on social media. Police are investigating a report of a “racially-aggravated assault” against a 15-year-old boy after a violent video was circulated. Reports have suggested the boy […]

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Pilotcan’s revival gets off to a flyer

Pilotcan’s revival gets off to a flyer

“We hate it when our friends become successful,” goes a probably not tongue-in-cheek song by Morrissey. However, Keiron Mellotte bears no hard feelings despite a few of his contemporaries making it big. “I think when you grow up dreaming of playing Top of the Pops or headlining massive shows, failure isn’t an option,” he says […]

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Scotland’s attainment gap: three ways to bridge the educational divide

Scotland’s attainment gap: three ways to bridge the educational divide

by Geetha Marcus, University of Glasgow The UK has one of the most socially segregated school systems in the developed world, with academic selection – where children are admitted to a school on the basis of ability – and parental choice at its core. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) believes this has […]

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