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Nick Park on Early Man – and the inspiration behind Wallace and Gromit

Interview by Matthew Turner “We’ve often thought, just how long have we got in stop-frame? But it seems to have carried on, from strength to strength.” Best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, British animator Nick Park is still delighting audiences with his painstakingly created stop-motion crowd-pleasers. His new […]

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Ryanair have changed their hand luggage rules – here’s everything you need to know

Budget airline Ryanair is changing its hand luggage policy to encourage passengers to check bags into the hold. From yesterday (Monday 15 January), only travellers who have paid for priority boarding, Plus, Flexi Plus and Family Plus tickets will be permitted to take two bags into the cabin free of charge: one large (55cm x […]

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John Lewis recalls doll due to choking fears

The John Lewis department store is recalling a range of children’s dolls due to fears they could choke a child. The firm has issued a warning that the ‘My First Doll‘ products have eyes which could become detached from the toy and be swallowed by a youngster. The recalled products are: 785 00120 / 785 […]

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Tesco revamps Clubcard scheme – and some vouchers will be worth less

Tesco has changed its Clubcard Rewards scheme in a move the supermarket says will be simpler for customers but which has been accused of devaluing vouchers without warning. The scheme allows customers to swap vouchers for rewards tokens which can be spent with commercial partners such as Pizza Express and Zizzi. From this week the retailer […]

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Ta’booze’ – alcohol and drug addiction in the workplace

Suzannah Robin, an alcohol and drug safety expert at AlcoDigital, explains what to do if an employee tests positive for alcohol or drugs, and discusses how to identify and support individuals who are struggling with addiction. As businesses in the UK become more aware of the impact that alcohol and drugs have on safety and […]

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Girls who start their periods before the age of 12 ‘at greater risk of stroke in later life’

Girls who enter puberty before the age of 12 are much more likely to suffer from heart disease or a have a stroke in later life, warns new research. The study also showed that girls who start their periods early are also more likely to enter the menopause early, as well as suffer pregnancy complications, […]

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Why more men are wearing makeup than ever before

Glen Jankowski, Leeds Beckett University Male grooming is now a multi-billion pound worldwide industry, thanks to a growing number of men spending more on their appearance. Face wash, moisturiser, pore strips and hair removal products are now commonly featured in many a man’s bathroom cabinet – and now also, makeup. Given that there is already […]

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Will the weather get worse in 2018? What the experts say

Lindsay Beevers, Heriot-Watt University Last year unleashed some catastrophic weather across the world. At the beginning of 2017, Australia experienced one of the hottest summers on record in Sydney and Brisbane, followed by a killer summer heatwave across southern Europe and wildfires triggered by heat in California. The Atlantic hurricane season was particularly active, recording […]

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Pie-lovers are up in arms because tinned Fray Bentos ‘contain less meat’

Horrified carnivores have blasted a British food institution online – complaining famous tinned Fray Bentos pies ‘don’t contain enough meat.’ The iconic tinned pies, which come in a number of flavours, have all been criticised for being ‘no filling all pastry’ by hungry customers – because they are less chunkier than normal. Disappointed consumers even […]

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13 films that should get Oscar nominations this year – but won’t

13 films that should get Oscar nominations this year – but won’t

The 2018 Oscar nominations are announced next week (23 January). But while the usual biopics and melodramas are set to dominate, a whole host of brilliant, entertaining and innovative films from the previous 12 months are likely to miss out. Here are 13 films that should be Oscar-nominated this year. But (probably) won’t be. A […]

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