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Bargain £10.99 Aldi bubbly wins international prize

Bargain £10.99 Aldi bubbly wins international prize

Aldi chiefs will be clinking their glasses in celebration after one of the discount chain’s bestselling champagnes – which costs just over a tenner a bottle – scooped its third international prize in a year. Aldi’s Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut won a “silver outstanding” prize at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge. It completes a […]

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Why a big cheesy smile makes you easier to recognise

Why a big cheesy smile makes you easier to recognise

A toothy smile in a photo makes it easier for people to be identified, according to a new study. Previous research has shown that it is difficult for people to match a pair of unfamiliar faces in photographs, presenting major issues for authorities to spot identity fraud. But the new study, published in the British […]

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Love Island social media reaction shows deep snobbery about Northern accents

Love Island social media reaction shows deep snobbery about Northern accents

Gerry Howley, University of Sheffield Now that the current crop of inmates disporting themselves around Love Island have settled in, members of the mainstream and social media have been passing judgement on the “islanders”. While I’m by no means a regular viewer of the show, as a sociolinguist, it is the comments that are being […]

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Should cannabis be legalised? Here are the arguments for and against

Should cannabis be legalised? Here are the arguments for and against

While the sale, possession or use of cannabis has been illegal in the UK since 1971, when the Misuse of Drugs Act was introduced, calls are now being made for the laws restricting the drug to be reviewed. Prime Minister Theresa May is facing increasing political pressure to review the law after a string of […]

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This is the perfect time to drink a cup of coffee – according to science

This is the perfect time to drink a cup of coffee – according to science

Despite being a predominantly tea drinking nation, here in the UK we’re still partial to a cup of coffee. Research into the nation’s coffee drinking habits has revealed that the UK is crazy about caffeine, with people consuming three cups per day on average. Yet when it comes to drinking your first cup of the […]

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Quiz: Are you an overbearing helicopter parent?

Quiz: Are you an overbearing helicopter parent?

Children with controlling parents are more likely to struggle at school and act up in the classroom, a study has found. Researchers said so-called ‘helicopter parenting’ could have a negative impact on a child’s emotional wellbeing, leaving them unable to cope in social situations. Worried you might be a helicopter parent? Take our quiz Children […]

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How Westworld gave us two of the most tragic villains on TV

How Westworld gave us two of the most tragic villains on TV

*Spoilers for Westworld season two, episode nine* Of all the gut-wrenchingly terrible things you could countenance happening in a TV drama, it doesn’t get much worse than a character accidentally murdering their only child. On Father’s Day, no less. But Westworld went there this week, with a ruthless and upsetting twist that cast complex, riveting villain […]

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5 ways your dog could get you in trouble with the law – your rights and obligations

5 ways your dog could get you in trouble with the law – your rights and obligations

We’re a nation of dog lovers, there’s no doubt about it. There are more than 8.5 million pooches in the UK – and a fair few of them will be heading into the office with their owners on Friday for National Take Your Dog to Work Day. But what if your dog isn’t as well […]

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We have a good chance of curing the common cold in next ten years – a scientist explains

We have a good chance of curing the common cold in next ten years – a scientist explains

Peter Barlow, Edinburgh Napier University Some people get barely any symptoms and recover rapidly. Others end up confined to bed, surrounded by used tissues. For those with compromised immune systems or respiratory conditions, it can even be life-threatening. We’d all dearly like to see a cure for the common cold, but it never quite seems […]

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This 50 pence piece sold for £16k on eBay and the Royal Mint is releasing more

This 50 pence piece sold for £16k on eBay and the Royal Mint is releasing more

The Royal Mint has announced that it will be releasing special Paddington Bear coins next week. The beloved bear from darkest Peru will be appearing on the new fifty pence pieces as part of the celebrations for his 60th anniversary. Created by author Michael Bond, the beloved character made his first appearance ADVERTISEMENT in the […]

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