Amazon launches beer, toy and tea alternative Advent calendars

If just a plain chocolate calendar isn't for you take a look at these ones for kids, adults, partners... anyone in your life!
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Mum, 30, dies of cancer just four months after giving birth to 'miracle baby'
Danielle Kelley, 30, and her partner Liam, 25, learned in March 2020 that she was pregnant despite Danielle having undergone chemotherapy for breast cancer, which was diagnosed in 2019
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William tells young people to ‘demand change’ at first Earthshot Prize
David Attenborough, Ed Sheeran and Mo Salah among celebrities to walk the green carpet
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‘It feels really natural’: hundreds pose nude for Spencer Tunick shoot near Dead Sea
US artist returns to site for third time to highlight plight of Dead Sea, which is receding by about a metre a yearHundreds of models wearing only white body paint have walked across a stark desert expanse near the Dead Sea, part of the latest photography project of American artist Spencer Tunick.The 54-year-old photographer visited the spot in southern Israel as a guest of the tourism ministry to portray for the third time the shrinking Dead Sea via nude subjects. Continue reading...
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Games Inbox: Nintendo Expansion Pack value for money, Deathloop score, and Epic Game Store free credit
The Thursday Inbox is curious to know what Nintendo will do now Nintendo Dread is a hit, as one reader recommends Dungeon Encounters.
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Jurgen Klopp has been given extra Liverpool option ahead of busy schedule
Jurgen Klopp has been critical of Liverpool's busy schedule but the Reds boss could manage the relentless run of fixtures by adding new blood at first-team level
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Prince William channels James Bond with green velvet jacket at Earthshot Prize event
Prince William looked very much like James Bond at the Earthshot Prize event, with his green velvet tuxedo and black bottleneck - royal fans egged him on suggesting he should be the next 007
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What the papers say – October 18
Fallout from the murder of a politican in Essex continues to dominate the nation’s front pages.
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Total bill for gold-plated public sector retirement funds stands at £2.4 TRILLION, study suggests 
The total cost of meeting gold-plated public sector pension promises now eclipses the UK's entire national debt, shocking analysis has revealed.
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Live updates: Market Place, Ramsbottom closed due to road traffic collision
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Nun imprisoned over peace activism, Megan Rice, dies at 91
Megan Rice, a nun and Catholic peace activist who spent two years in federal prison while in her 80s after breaking into a government security complex to protest nuclear weapons, has died
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Bank of England boss gives fresh warning over interest rates rise after surge in energy prices
The Bank of England gave another warning that it will raise interest rates amid the surge in the price of energy. Governor Andrew Bailey (pictured) said increased inflation will last longer than expected.
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Cop26: 70 climate scientists urge PM to end new oil and gas investment ahead of Glasgow summit
Exclusive: Experts from across the globe argue that the UK must take ‘bold political action’ on fossil fuels
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Vicky Pattison gives update on plans to have a baby after getting puppy
The reality star has been dating former Towie star Ercan Ramadan since 2018. The pair have a dog called Milo – who has been leaving them feeling 'exhausted' due to his energy.
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Prime Minister to lead tributes to murdered MP as family urge ‘set aside hatred’
Conservative MP Sir David was meeting constituents in Leigh-on-Sea when he was attacked on Friday.
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Live updates: M60 clockwise closed due to police incident
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Supermarkets to ration foods for Christmas - 'Don’t want cabotage to sabotage'
SUPERMARKETS in the UK may have to ration Christmas food due to the shortage of lorry drivers and the backlog of shipping containers carrying goods, new reports have shown.
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'Full house' as property asking prices increase in all regions of UK in October
Asking prices in every UK region broke records in October for the first time since March 2007, according to Rightmove, as buyers fear interest rate rise increasing the cost of a mortgage.
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Drivers cash in insurance falls: Motorists save as premiums drop by nearly a tenth over past year 
Motorists have enjoyed a drop of nearly a tenth in the cost of the average car insurance premium in the past year. Analysis reveals that the 9.4 per cent fall takes the typical cost to £751 a year.
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Perrie Edwards 'planning to rebrand as a lifestyle coach' amid Little Mix split news
The Little Mix ladies are reportedly poised to go their separate ways following the conclusion of their upcoming tour – with Perrie seizing the opportunity to launch a Goop-style brand
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DOMINIC LAWSON: The life of Sir David Amess is proof it's wrong to link 'Right wing' with 'uncaring'
DOMINIC LAWSON: According to conventional Left-wing opinion, the late Sir David Amess could not have been one of the good guys.
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Love and Other Acts of Violence at the Donmar Warehouse review: Gripping but frustratingly shambolic
There are three different plays fighting it out within Cordelia Lynn’s 90 minute work
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'Our son would not have died if he had seen GP face to face': Parents' fury over meningitis death
David Nash, 26, (pictured) had four remote consultations with doctors and nurses at a GP practice but his family say he wouldn't have died of meningitis if he had seen a GP in person.
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NHS scanners and x-ray machines are at least ten years old at more than a quarter of health trusts
Decades-old scanners and X-ray machines could thwart efforts to tackle record NHS waiting lists, a shocking audit reveals.
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How Mary Quant helped me mend my broken heart By Shirley Conran
A new film reveals how Mary Quant became one of the biggest fashion icons of the 20th Century. Shirley Conran reflects on their friendship after meeting in 1954 in London's boho Chelsea.
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Harris to discuss drought, climate change at Lake Mead
Vice President Kamala Harris on Monday will visit Lake Mead in Nevada to highlight the problems caused by Western drought
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Clubs face bouncer shortage as UK staffing squeeze hits nightlife
Trade body says one in five businesses had to close or cut hours last month for lack of security staffNightclubs are suffering from a growing shortage of bouncers, in the latest staffing squeeze to hit the UK’s economic recovery, with some estimates suggesting venues are having to pay security staff as much as 25% more.The lack of security personnel comes at a time when hospitality businesses are being hit by a cocktail of rising costs and are trying to rebound from months of closures during the pandemic. Continue reading...
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NHS England hospitals having to rely on ‘obsolete’ imaging equipment
Research by Channel 4’s Dispatches reveals use of CT and MRI scanners that are 10 years old or more in about third of trustsAbout a third of NHS trusts in England are using “technically obsolete” imaging equipment that could be putting patients’ health at risk, while existing shortages of doctors who are qualified to diagnose and treat disease and injuries using medical imaging techniques could triple by 2030.According to data obtained through freedom of information requests by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme, 27.1% of trusts in NHS England have at least one computerised tomography (CT) scanner that is 10 years old or more, while 34.5% have at least one magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner in the same category. These are used to diagnose various conditions including cancer, stroke and heart disease, detect damage to bones and internal organs, or guide further treatment. Continue reading...
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Love and Other Acts of Violence review – mesmerising moments amid the darkness
Donmar Warehouse, LondonA poet and a physicist begin a relationship under a fascist regime in Cordelia Lynn’s audaciously jagged play about the tipping point of tyrannyLove and Other Acts of Violence is an audaciously jagged creation. It begins as a recognisable romance – girl meets boy at a noisy party – but quickly becomes unfamiliar: first a story of love under a non-specified, seemingly contemporary fascist regime, and then a drama about Nazi-era Jewish persecution with parallels to the first part.Cordelia Lynn’s script steers away from traditional structure, with the couple’s relationship unfolding episodically – though perhaps in too similar a way to Nick Payne’s Constellations. It is snappy and engaging, but marred by mannered interludes of enigmatic voiceovers and slow-motion movement that feel redundant and fail in their attempts at lyricism.At the Donmar Warehouse, London, until 27 November Continue reading...
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Candoco Dance Company review – it all just works, beautifully
Sadler’s Wells, LondonFascinating in its form, enigmatic in its meaning, this double bill is full of delightsAs a company of variously abled and disabled dancers, Candoco generally presents choreography that has been created for its own performers. Set and Reset/Reset, a transposition of Trisha Brown’s classic Set and Reset (1983), is a masterly exception to this rule, and in the 10 years since it was first performed has become something of a signature work for them.Why does it hit the sweet spot? Certainly Laurie Anderson’s obstinately pulsing score, and the translucent set and costumes (after Robert Rauschenberg), are delights. But fundamentally, it is down to Brown’s impeccable composition. On the surface, it has the air of happenstance: loose swings, casual lopes, fly-by encounters, a curve here, an angle there, the odd ricochet or trip. Underneath, a lively coherence is in play. Lineups of dancers keep coalescing and dissolving. Circular runs, dropped elbows, frog-jumps, near-misses: everything and anything becomes a motif that can be echoed and refracted, the open-winged stage becoming a game between the random and the regular. Rather than adapt the choreography to the performers, here the performers can happily adapt themselves to the choreography, and no matter whether they’re spinning a wheelchair, swinging a crutch or just extending an arm, it all just works – beautifully. Continue reading...
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Psychosis cases soar in England as pandemic hits mental health
75% rise in referrals for first suspected episode of psychosis between April 2019 and April 2021Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageCases of psychosis have soared over the past two years in England as an increasing number of people experience hallucinations and delusional thinking amid the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic.There was a 75% increase in the number of people referred to mental health services for their first suspected episode of psychosis between April 2019 and April 2021, NHS data shows. Continue reading...
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Saga of Erika Girardi
Beneath the glamour of her ‘Housewife of Beverley Hills’ brand lies a darker tale of misappropriated millions, bankruptcy and divorce – all of which fuel the plot of the new series of the reality show
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Penny Lancaster feared she would lose her sex appeal due to the menopause
Penny Lancaster, who is married to singing legend Rod Stewart, has confessed she feared she would lose her sex appeal as she went through the menopause and would have to say "goodbye" to the old Penny
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Asthma gamechanger drug that could save thousands of lives approved by NHS
Dupilumab will now be prescribed for patients whose asthma does not respond to conventional treatments and can reduce the frequency of asthma attacks
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Strictly's Adam Peaty 'prefers dance training to swimming' after fun with Katya Jones
Olympic swimmer Adam Peaty has admitted he finds training for the sport 'boring' but that a dance rehearsal can be the 'most amazing 10 hours he's ever spent'
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Barcelona make transfer request to Man Utd as fringe star issues defiant response
Barcelona are keeping an eye on how Nemanja Matic's future develops as the experienced midfielder is set to enter the final year of his contract at Manchester United
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Welsh Government pledges certainty for businesses facing volatile recovery
Economy minister Vaughan Gething is due to set out Wales’s vision for creating jobs and tackling poverty.
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Bouncer shortage poses ‘threat to public safety’, warn nightclubs
The Night Time Industry Association said a struggle to hire bouncers has ‘deteriorated further’ as demand from partygoers continues to boom.
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Supply crisis could curtail growth among small firms, says NatWest chief
Andrew Harrison said supply chain disruption could damage the small business sector if the issues prove long-term.
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Virgin Media O2 launches first joint product in bid to take on BT
Customers signed up to both brands will be rewarded with double data and faster broadband, in the first move since a £31 billion merger.
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Big investment in green hydrogen production by Ineos
Plants will be built in Norway, Germany and Belgium in the next 10 years with investment also planned in the UK and France.
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House sellers’ average asking prices hit new highs across Britain in October
The average asking price across Britain jumped by £5,983 month-on-month in October, with stock shortages underpinning prices, Rightmove said.
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Student would not have died if he had been seen face-to-face by GP, family says
Law student David Nash, 26, died three weeks after the first of four remote GP consultations, when an ear infection caused a brain abscess.
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Wonder drug injection for severe asthma approved on NHS
Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation Partnership welcomed the news, saying it would transform the lives of some patients.
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Tens of thousands on waiting lists for safe space to store bikes, figures show
Campaigners call for more funding to help city-dwellers store their cycles and boost active travel.
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Molecule could prevent damaging cell changes caused by type 2 diabetes – study
Researchers suggest their findings could offer significant therapeutic potential against the condition.
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Bouncer shortage poses ‘threat to public safety’, warn nightclubs
The Night Time Industry Association said a struggle to hire bouncers has ‘deteriorated further’ as demand from partygoers continues to boom.
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University staff to vote on strikes in row over pay, pensions and conditions
If approved, industrial action could start before the end of term.
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Welsh Government pledges certainty for businesses facing volatile recovery
Economy minister Vaughan Gething is due to set out Wales’s vision for creating jobs and tackling poverty.
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