Bake Off boozy affair this series with drunken games and karaoke sing-offs

EXCLUSIVE: Laura Adlington, 31, opens up on how contestants pass the time with mobile app games and have even starting battling Bake Off host Matt Lucas in sing-offs
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Coronavirus: ‘Forgotten’ Leicester could go full year in lockdown, mayor warns as city is placed in strictest tier
Leicester was among a huge swathe of the Midlands – including Nottingham, Birmingham, Derby and Stoke – which were told they would face the country’s tightest measures once lockdown ends next week
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Streatham pole attack: Boy, 13, off critical list after being struck on head near school in south London
A 13 year-old schoolboy who suffered a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain after he was hit with a metal pole is off the critical list.
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Tensions rise over housing of migrants on Spanish islands
The mayor of a town hosting many of the Africans arriving in increasing numbers on Spain’s Canary Islands is pressing the Spanish government to move into state facilities thousands of migrants and asylum seekers currently staying in hotels
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The Guardian view on word power: secure against loss | Editorial
Moves to designate books as a necessity are to be encouragedAs the UK moves into the first winter of this global pandemic, the public is beginning to see certain patterns take shape. We have been through the hoarding stage, the bathos of piled-up toilet paper and the metaphor of disappearing flour. We have baked and decorated (if we had the time and money). We have watched a lot of television. And we are reading.Sales of physical books dropped in lockdown, when all shops were shut; the minute lockdown was eased, however, they did not just recover but, according to Nielsen Bookscan, increased 15% year on year. Online sales of print books rose by 45%, ebooks by 30% and audio by 28%; that 45% remained steady even after the first lockdown ended. Borrowing of ebooks from libraries went up by a massive 146%, while registration for library cards increased by up to 700%. Continue reading...
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'Would I encourage someone to hug and kiss their elderly relatives? No'
This is what England's Chief Medical Officer had to say on that
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Manchester United close in on Hakan Calhanoglu deal and more rumours
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Trump’s lawyer ridiculed for posting fake Roosevelt quote that was meant to ‘own the libs’
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The Dixon inquiry shames national NHS bodies for their inaction
Analysis: Health correspondent Shaun Lintern looks at what a report on the 20-year cover-up following a baby’s death says about the NHS
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Lewis Hamilton: ‘I started experiencing racism aged five’
Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has said he started experiencing racism aged five - adding he is determined to campaign for equality so his young relatives don’t “experience what I experienced.”
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Men interested in paying for sex duped into listening to harrowing true stories about trafficking
‘This publicity campaign exploits women’s experience of violence and trauma to promote the criminalisation of prostitution which in reality is making it more dangerous and difficult for women to work,’ says campaigner
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Jason Manford says ‘burglars haven’t been furloughed’ after items were stolen in overnight break in
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How are unemployed people supposed to retrain when the Tories cut training? | Polly Toynbee
A joblessness crisis is here. But despite its promises, the government is doing the bare minimumBuild, build, build, promised the prime minister in the summer. But for that, you need builders. Since time immemorial, Latin- and Greek-speaking Etonian prime ministers who can’t follow the science or evidence, clueless about skills, bemoan Britain’s lack of vocational education. At every spending review they talk up the need for skills – but contribute token sums to achieve them. It happened again this week: yes, a bit more money, but not much, as further education colleges remain threadbare.Meanwhile, here comes a great crescendo of unemployment, surging to 2.6 million people when furloughing ends. People are tumbling out of all manner of jobs, high and low, from industries not likely to rehire soon. They need retraining fast. But that’s not on offer. Continue reading...
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Zara McDermott hits back at vile trolls after her three stone weight loss
Zara McDermott has confronted cruel online bullies who targeted her over her three stone weight loss
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Tottenham XI vs Ludogorets: Confirmed team news, predicted lineup, latest injuries for Europa League
Jose Mourinho says he will make changes from Saturday’s 2-0 win at Manchester City for the visit of Ludogorets, but the Tottenham manager is short of centre-backs after Toby Alderweireld’s groin strain.
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Conspiracy theorist Trump lawyer Sidney Powell sues in Georgia and Michigan with error-filled ‘Kraken’ suits
Ms Powell posted links to the legal documents on her website with the words, ‘The Kraken is released on Georgia!’ and ‘The Kraken is released on Michigan!’
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Ryan Bertrand pinpoints Rashford and Fernandes as Man United's biggest threats
Man United travel to the south coast on Sunday to face a Southampton side unbeaten in seven matches
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Sorry Offset has how many shoes? Cardi B reveals rapper’s ‘ridiculous’ collection of 3200 trainers
He has way more shoes than she does.
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Tottenham vs Ludogorets LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Europa League fixture tonight
Follow live updates as Spurs aim to continue their brilliant run of form
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PM dismisses chances of schools closing early so pupils can self isolate
The Prime Minister said he wanted children and young people to 'get the benefit of learning' in school
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Head of NHS inquiry warns other families could be victims of cover-ups
'It's impossible to rule out there being other people who are in a similar position — I know of some who are,’ says Dr Bill Kirkup
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Cornwall reacts after being placed under tier 1 restrictions
‘Clearly new national restrictions have had required effect,’ says Steve Double MP
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Mum, 23, given cancer diagnosis on Zoom after lockdown cancelled appointments
Kimberley Eccles, 23, was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma in August 2020. The disease is a rare type of soft tissue sarcoma cancer that grows in the voluntary muscles of the body
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Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty responds to criticism of Oxford vaccine
A number of British scientists have been forced to defend the trial results of the AstraZeneca and Oxford Vaccine
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National US maths and reading exams postponed until 2022, amid the coronavirus pandemic
Education secretary Betsy DeVos claims that Congress will have to sign off on decision
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Kristen Stewart says her upcoming Princess Diana biopic will be 'really poetic'
Kristen Stewart will star as Diana, Princess of Wales in Pablo Larrain's biographical film entitled Spencer - but what does the Happiest Season actress think of the late icon?
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EU to ban use of lead shot by wetland bird hunters
Regulation will help prevent deaths of 1m waterbirds by lead poisoning every year Lead shot is to be banned from all wetlands in the European Union, in a decision that is expected to pave the way for phasing out all toxic ammunition.The European parliament voted against objections lodged by far-right parties, allowing the European commission to introduce the new regulations by the end of the year. Continue reading...
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If Home Office were an animal, it would be a vulture, alligator or sloth, young migrants say
Young migrants described suffering panic attacks, thoughts of suicide and self-harm due to stress attributed to UK’s Limited Leave to Remain programme
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Set For Life results live - Winning Lottery numbers on Thursday, November 26
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Indy Football Podcast: Remembering Diego Maradona
Season 4 Episode 7: Host Vithushan Ehantharajah is joined by chief football writer Miguel Delaney and senior football correspondent Melissa Reddy
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Animal crossing: watch wildlife use sky bridge to cross interstate safely
'It's working!', Utah Division of Wildlife says
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FIFA 21 Black Friday: 'Best of' TOTW squad and three new Icon SBCs released
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This Morning’s Holly Willoughby ‘made £2million last year’ thanks to TV work and advertising deals
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Tottenham play cricket part 2: Expert view on Dier’s keeping skills, Kane vs Hart... and Dele Alli’s bowling
Top of the league, you’re having a net. Yep, the Spurs lot have been playing cricket again.  
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'It's just really difficult': anger in Altrincham over return to tier 3
Suspicions that ministers have ‘got it in for Manchester’ after news of continued Covid measuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAfter almost four months under the strictest Covid restrictions, people in Greater Manchester were dismayed at the news they will head back into stringent tier 3 measures immediately after the national lockdown.Covid case numbers have been falling in the region in recent weeks, although they remain high in many of Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs. But in Trafford the rate of 190 cases per 100,000 people is not only lower than anywhere else in the city region but lower also than in many London boroughs. Continue reading...
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Don’t hug your elderly relatives this Christmas, warns Chris Whitty
Chris Whitty said he would not encourage someone to hug an elderly relative “if you want them to survive to be hugged again”.
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Jordan scrambles to affirm its custodianship of al-Aqsa mosque
Amman fears warming Israel-Saudi relations may threaten its hold on holy Islamic siteJordan is scrambling to affirm its custodianship of the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after a meeting between Israeli and Saudi leaders raised fears in Amman that the fate of one of Islam’s holiest sites could be up for grabs in a normalisation deal between the two countries.Warming relations between Saudi Arabia and Israel, capped by a weekend visit by Benjamin Netanyahu to the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, have alarmed Jordanian leaders already unnerved by Riyadh’s regional posturing. They fear al-Aqsa could be in play as the Trump administration tries to secure a regional legacy in its dying weeks. Continue reading...
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US Covid cases surge on Thanksgiving as warnings holiday will be mother of all superspreader events
Millions travelled to see loved ones as health experts fear fallout from ‘suprespreader’ gatherings 
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New Year lockdown if we can’t control ourselves over Christmas
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Sir Alex Ferguson's reaction when Nani threw Ryan Giggs under a bus at Man Utd
A LOOK BACK: In 2010 Nani found himself on the wrong side of Sir Alex Ferguson after missing a penalty against Fulham, but threw Ryan Giggs under the bus in the changing room
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Florida governor Ron DeSantis accused of ‘killing spree’ after extending ban on cities from imposing own mask mandates
Miami-Dade mayor Daniella Levine Cava calls decision ‘deeply frustrating’
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Covid: Cardiff police given random vehicle check powers
Officers are granted extra powers to search vehicles this weekend in Cardiff to stop Covid breaches.
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Zara McDermott insists three-stone weight loss was done ‘healthily’ as she addresses criticism
'Everyone’s body types are different.'
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How to watch Amazon Prime Premier League fixtures for free
 24 matches will be shown on Amazon Prime starting with Crystal Palace vs Newcastle
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Elizabeth Dixon inquiry: ‘We have been failed by every agency possible,’ say parents
Parents who battled for truth for 20 years demand action after being vindicated by report
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Why has Kent been put in Tier 3? Fury over rural areas who say they've been unfairly locked down
Kent's infection rates vary widely between its 12 boroughs, with the area with the highest rate having a level four times above that with the lowest rate.
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Family of man killed by convicted terrorist sue UK government
Jack Merritt, 25, was stabbed by Usman Khan last November while he was out on licenceThe family of a young man stabbed to death by a convicted terrorist are suing the government over alleged failures to manage the attacker in the community.Jack Merritt, 25, was fatally stabbed along with Saskia Jones, 23, by Usman Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event at Fishmongers’ Hall in London on 29 November last year. Continue reading...
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Robot mine-hunters will replace Royal Navy sailors to detect and destroy suspect devices at sea
Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced the UK's investment into the scheme, which he said will 'protect vital shipping lanes', during the Franco-British Council Defence Conference today.
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