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How to survive Christmas when you hate it – according to a psychologist

How to survive Christmas when you hate it – according to a psychologist

by Karen Rodham, Staffordshire University Two years ago, I came into work on 1 December to find a bag on my desk labelled ‘Karen’s Christmas Intervention’. It contained many Christmas themed gifts and challenges – such as watching a Christmas DVD and going to a carol service. These were all designed to help me find […]

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These are the best pre-Christmas sales offering bargain discounts of up to 44%

These are the best pre-Christmas sales offering bargain discounts of up to 44%

Last minute shoppers are set to bag the best bargains ever in the run up to Christmas, as retailers discount items by record levels. Shops are currently discounting stock by an average of 44 per cent, and this is expected to rise to 48 per cent by Christmas Eve – a new record high. Where […]

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These are the most dangerous Christmas songs to drive to

These are the most dangerous Christmas songs to drive to

They say “the best way to spread Christmas cheer, is singing loud for all to hear”, but when it comes to driving home over the festive period, this may be best avoided. Vehicle finance provider, Moneybarn, has analysed 95 popular Christmas songs in a new study to identify the safest and most ‘dangerous’ tracks to […]

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Staff at failing care home say they won’t get Christmas pay – despite their boss’ alleged lavish spending sprees

Staff at failing care home say they won’t get Christmas pay – despite their boss’ alleged lavish spending sprees

A wealthy care home boss who allegedly told staff she can’t afford to pay them until after Christmas is said to have sparked outrage after apparently posting photos of her luxury lifestyle online. Thirty-six year old Claire Fryer (who reportedly lives in a £1.4 million home) apparently uploaded photos of a recent shopping trip to […]

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Expectant parents wanted for new BBC 2 documentary – here’s how to apply

Expectant parents wanted for new BBC 2 documentary – here’s how to apply

Expectant parents are being sought for a new BBC Two documentary, which aims to explore families and relationships at one of the most exciting stages in life. The Garden Productions is looking for people who are expecting a baby between February and June 2019 to apply for the programme. Seeking parents-to-be The production company – […]

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Video shows huge Russian cargo ship grounded off British coast

Video shows huge Russian cargo ship grounded off British coast

Emergency services have launched a major operation after 16,000-tonne Russian cargo ship grounded off a British beach. The Kuzma Minin become stranded off Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth in Cornwall. The RNLI launched out of Falmouth just after 6am with pilot boats from the nearby docks also in the water. (Photo: SWNS) Witnesses have taken pictures […]

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Deer poacher ordered to watch Bambi once a month in prison

Deer poacher ordered to watch Bambi once a month in prison

A deer poacher has been ordered to watch heartrending Disney film Bambi once a month during his one-year sentence in prison. David Berry Jr. of Missouri was found guilty of of illegally killing “hundreds” of deer in what’s reported to be one of the biggest poaching cases in the state’s history, according to the Springfield […]

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This is when child benefit, PIP, tax credits, DLA and other benefits will be paid for Christmas 2018

This is when child benefit, PIP, tax credits, DLA and other benefits will be paid for Christmas 2018

by Serina Sandhu Benefits claimants who are due to be paid on Christmas Day will not have their payment delayed. Those due to get their money on bank holidays during the festive period will instead be paid earlier, according to dates set by the Government. However the exact date depends on the type of benefits […]

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An ice cream parlour is serving pigs in blankets flavoured ice cream – made with real pork

An ice cream parlour is serving pigs in blankets flavoured ice cream – made with real pork

by Josh Barrie An ice cream parlour has decided to start selling pigs in blankets flavoured ice cream. It’s made with real sausages. Fabio’s Gelato in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, is well-known for its avant-garde frozen delicacies. For Christmas 2018, owners Fabio and Hannah Vicenti, 34 and 33, have stepped things up. The recipe includes sausages, bacon, […]

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The most exciting video games to look forward to in 2019

The most exciting video games to look forward to in 2019

It’s been quite a year for gaming, with plenty of exhilarating titles to enjoy. And yet, looking ahead to the next 12 months, the best new games coming in 2019 seem set to eclipse 2018’s offering. From epic adventures to intimate, absorbing-looking indies, here are 25 exciting gaming experiences to look forward to next year. […]

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