Average fifty-something loves Queen, earns £19K, and works 21 hours a week, finds research

The average fifty-something prefers Queen over The Rolling Stones, Grease over Ghostbusters and loves a repeat of Only Fools and Horses, according to new research.


Hummus shortage leaves North East middle classes in dip disarray

They say bad things come in threes, and following Brexit and the General Election announcement, Brits were hit by another sucker punch with the news that the country’s hummus supplies were at critical levels.
New claims Jack the Ripper was noted poet who studied as a priest in the North East

New claims Jack the Ripper was noted poet who studied as a priest in the North East

A new book makes the explosive claim that Jack the Ripper was the poet Francis Thompson, who studied as a priest in County Durham.

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Does this dog resemble Shakespeare?

Does this dog look like William Shakespeare? That is the question

An animal welfare charity is seeking to rehome a dog said to bear an "uncanny theatrical resemblance" to author William Shakespeare.
Estate Agent for Cats. Picture from the Blue Cross.

Pet charity sets up 'estate agent for cats' - with Taj Mahal and Georgian manor on offer for moggies

A pet charity has launched an "estate agent for cats" as part of a drive to help animal lovers give their felines the space they need.

How safe are your social media accounts?

Warning that most identity fraud info can come from Facebook

Most of the personal information needed by fraudsters to steal your identity can be found on your Facebook profile, cyber safety experts have warned

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The League of Gentlemen

The League of Gentlemen to make TV come back, writer announces

The League of Gentlemen will be returning to television screens, its writer has announced - much to the excitement of fans.


Having friends key to overcoming life’s challenges, finds study

A friend in need really is a friend indeed according to a new study on the benefits of friendship.
Saint George's Day is celebrated on April 23.

8 things you need to know about Saint George’s Day

It’s Saint George’s Day on April 23 - the day we celebrate England’s patron saint. Or the day we moan about how we ought to celebrate him, whilst not doing anything to actually celebrate him ourselves.

Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny as Mulder and Scully. Picture: PA.

The truth is back out there - X-Files to return for 10-part series

Mulder and Scully are to continue their search for the truth in a new series of The X-Files.


Virgin East Coast Trains passenger’s reusable coffee mug refused because it hadn’t been ‘risk-assessed’

A Virgin East Coast Trains attendant refused to serve coffee to a passenger in his reusable travel mug because it had not been ‘risk assessed’.

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What is the right age for crossing the road alone? Picture: Shutterstock.

'Kids shouldn’t be allowed to cross the road alone until they are 14' say scientists

Children aren't safe crossing the road on their own until they're 14, say scientists.

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Morph is celebrating his 40th birthday. Picture: SWNS.

Morph gets a makeover as he turns 40

Beloved plasticine character Morph has been given a makeover for his 40th birthday - but still looks like a teenager with a baseball cap, gold chain and graffiti can.

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Picture by Emma Moakes.

Online Thorntons Easter eggs arrive as melted mess

Chocolate giant Thorntons has come under fire after Easter eggs ordered by online customers were delivered as a melted mess.

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Call for Buckfast monks to be stripped of charitable status

Campaigners are calling for monks who make a controversial alcoholic drink to be stripped of their charitable status.

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Nepalese climber Min Bahadur Sherchan  (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Nepalese man, 85, aims to be the oldest to climb Mount Everest - after already climbing it aged 76

A Nepalese man who was once the oldest climber to scale Mount Everest is attempting to regain that title at the age of 85.

Around 50,000 airline passengers a year are bumped off British flights, according to the CAA. Picture: Pixabay.

50,000 passengers 'denied boarding' on British flights every year

Around 50,000 airline passengers a year are bumped off British flights, many of which have been deliberately overbooked, according to the aviation watchdog.

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The mouthwash.

Kids’ mouthwash recalled over contamination fears

A range of children’s mouthwash has been recalled due to potential contamination of the product.
This meal from the Tesco Finest range has been recalled.

Tesco recalls ready meal over allergy fears

Tesco has recalled its Finest Crab and Chilli Linguine because it has been mis-packed with Tesco's Finest Spaghetti Carbonara.

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Parents forking out thousands of pounds to help children leave home

Parents of children approaching adulthood can expect to spend £2,500 easing their offspring out of the family nest, research suggests.

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