Why leaves on the line might delay your train journey

'Leaves on the line' might sound like an old British Rail excuse for poor punctuality, but it's a very real problem for rail operators at this time of year.
The Crystal Maze special

5 things we loved about the Crystal Maze revival

It may have been more than two decades since it last aired, but The Crystal Maze’s one-off revival to raise money for Stand Up For Cancer was tipped as one of 2016’s TV highlights as soon as it was announced. And so it proved, in what was a ridiculously entertaining hour.

The English language can get us all confused.

'Off your own back' and four other common English phrases you may be using incorrectly

English is a language rich with imagery, meaning and metaphor – and when we want to express ourselves we can draw upon a canon replete with beautifully turned phrases, drawing from the language’s Latin, French and Germanic roots, through Chaucer and Shakespeare right up to myriad modern wordsmiths – not to mention those apt aphorisms that English has appropriated from other languages.

This weather won't be happening anytime soon

Snowmageddon isn't on the way, no matter what the front pages say

Reports of a snowmageddon on the way may be slightly exaggerated.

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'Pet roadkill' is among the costumes on sale this Halloween.

From pet roadkill to killer clowns: Are children's Halloween costumes becoming 'too frightening'?

Worried parents have slammed retailers including the Duchess of Cambridge's parents for selling sickening Halloween costumes for young children.
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Millions of 'super-fleas' set to invade North East bedrooms this autumn

After horror stories of giant daddy longlegs and gigantic house spiders, there's more bad news for anyone with a fear of creepy crawlies.
Leaves are starting to fall from the trees.

8 things that should cheer us all up this Autumn

There's a definite nip in the air, the heavy coats are coming out, and staying at home suddenly seems like a more attractive option than a night on the tiles.
Let's go fly a kite...

From flying kites to building a tent... have you mastered the 50 dad skills?

The top 50 'dad skills' have been revealed - but less than half of fathers reckon they have mastered them all.
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Should employers introduce indoor vaping rooms? Public Health England think so

Businesses should create indoor ‘vaping’ rooms so that staff can indulge in e-cigarettes without going outside, according to Public Health England (PHE).

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Five million homes in the UK are at risk of flea infestation

A new study has revealed that millions of British homes are at risk of a flea infestation because over a third of pet owners have never treated their home for fleas and other common pests.

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Rabbit owners warned over deadly virus

Rabbit owners are being warned of a highly contagious virus which kills within days and has no UK vaccine.

This shopper has gone viral after calling out H&M over 'unrealistically small' sizes

An H&M shopper has called out the high street fashion giant over its "unrealistically small" sizing in a post that has been shared more than 8,000 times.
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Audrey Hepburn

Little Audrey? The Hollywood baby names making comeback as parents inspired by golden age

The golden age of Hollywood is staging an unlikely revival - in baby names.


Why the Queen has two birthdays

The Queen marks her official birthday in June - but why does she have two birthdays?

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Government considers new legal distance limit for cars passing cyclists

The Government is to keep under review the possibility of a legal passing distance for cyclists, following the launch of a petition calling for a one metre clearance.
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Smartphone alerts ‘causing similar symptoms to ADHD’

Smarthphones have been blamed for many modern ills, from the moral degradation of our youth to ruining people’s attention span. Now a new study suggests there may be some truth in that latter claim.

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End spam calls with one text

Mobile phone users across the UK can now opt out of unsolicited and marketing calls - by sending one text.

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Jack Cornwell.

The Battle of Jutland: How hero Jack Cornwell became the most famous 16-year-old in Britain

Do you recognise this boy?

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The GCSE maths questions which are stumping millions of adults

Millions of British adults cannot answer maths GCSE papers sat by 15-year-olds, according to a new study.

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Chris Ramsey

North East town named in UK's top ten funniest by Hebburn star Chris Ramsey

A North East town has been named in the top ten funniest place names in the UK by comedian and Hebburn star Chris Ramsey.

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