Bank of England to loosen mortgage lending rules - new housing bubble warning



THE BANK OF ENGLAND is preparing to loosen mortgage lending rules, causing economists to warn of a new housing bubble.
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Chelsea target Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan to replace injured Ben Chilwell
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Rylan Clark Reveals Barbara Windsor’s 10/10 Piece Of Advice That He Still Uses Every Day
When it comes to showbiz, there wasn’t a thing the late Barbara Windsor didn’t know, and she was only too happy to share her wisdom with her famous mates.One of those was Rylan Clark, who became friends with the EastEnders legend before her death in December 2020.The presenter has revealed that Babs shared a solid gold piece of advice that got him out of “many awkward scrapes” over the years, and the good news is that it’s useful out of showbiz circles too.Speaking to The Observer, Rylan revealed that he had bumped into Barbara in Selfridges in London just a few weeks after he had come off X Factor back in 2012, after first meeting a month earlier.“Then she introduced me to her husband and I was like, ‘Hello, Scott. Lovely to meet you!’,” he recalled.“She said, ’No, darling. You said hello to him a few weeks back at X Factor’. I was so sorry. Like, all over the place.“And she said, ‘Let me give you the best piece of advice you’ll ever need. Never say, “Nice to meet you.” It’s always, “Lovely to see you.”’ And for the past 10 years, Barbara Windsor has got me out of so many awkward scrapes. “If she was still with us today I would give her the biggest kiss. “Meeting Madonna, Britney, pah, they just pale in comparison.”Read the full interview with Rylan here.RYLAN CLARK:Rylan Clark Reveals He Was Hospitalised After Suffering Breakdown Following Split With HusbandRylan Had The Sweetest Revenge On A Famous Actor Who He Overheard 'Slagging Him Off'Rylan Reveals He Hasn't Quite Parted With His Old Teeth As He Discusses His More 'Natural' Smile
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Tessa Thompson talks Valkyrie’s ‘erotic’ powers ahead of Thor: Love and Thunder release
'She has weird skills, to be honest.'
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Keir Starmer says Boris Johnson 'broke the law and lied' over Downing Street parties
The Labour leader said the Prime Minister must resign over a Downing Street party he attended despite lockdown rules, and not wait for a report by Whitehall civil servant Sue Gray
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UK weather: Sub zero freeze to last all week with -1C chill before snow plume hits
Forecasters predict temperatures will plunge to the low single digits or even as low as -1C some nights this week as an icy chill leads the way for snow to blast the UK by the end of the month
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Boris Johnson may scrap Covid restrictions to distract from from Partygate, Labour suggests
Shadow health secretary says PM could change rules for ‘party management’ reasons
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Keir Starmer Accuses Boris Johnson Of Breaking The Law Over Covid Parties
Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of breaking the law by having parties at Downing Street during lockdown.The Labour leader told the BBC: “I think he broke the law - I think he has as good as admitted he broke the law...the prime minister broke the law and then lied about it.”Labour has been boosted by polling which put the party 10 points ahead of the Tories.This weekend Starmer pledged to preside over a government with “integrity” that could “restore trust” if he wins the next election.A survey by Opinium put Labour on 41 per cent of the vote share, with the Conservatives on 31 per cent.The polling company said Johnson’s approval rating had plummeted to minus 42 per cent – almost a 20 point fall in a week – and that almost two-thirds of people surveyed thought he should stand down.This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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'Sorry mate that's not how this works' Piers erupts at Harry demanding police protection
PIERS MORGAN erupted at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after it was revealed the Duke of Sussex has demanded UK police protection when he visits the UK.
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Portugal's election campaign begins under pandemic limits
The official two-week campaigning period for Portugal’s Jan. 30 general election is kicking off
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'My hub won't take dream job unless I quit mine - he wants me to stay at home with baby'
A woman who works as a surgeon has taken to Reddit to explain her childcare dilemma after her husband was offered his "dream job" - but one of his demands has caused friction in the marriage
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Introducing our 10 best debut novelists of 2022
We talk to the authors of the most exciting first-time novels of the year, exploring everything from the English civil war to Instagram, TV chefs to knife crimeThis is the ninth year in which the Observer’s writers and editors spent the busy weeks before Christmas with our heads down in dozens of forthcoming debut novels, written by authors who live in the UK and Ireland, in order to give you a heads-up on 2022’s 10 best.The result, we think, always merits attention. We told you how good Douglas Stuart was, long before he won the Booker for Shuggie Bain; ditto Caleb Azumah Nelson, winner of this year’s Costa first novel prize. We told you about Gail Honeyman before Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine sold millions of copies around the world; we even told you about Sally Rooney before she became Sally Rooney.We’re as excited as ever about this year’s selection. The class of 2022 reminds us that the novel is a form without limits or rules. From a hard-hitting depiction of the aftermath of knife crime to the comic travails of a reluctant TV chef; from historical novels set during the Industrial Revolution and the English civil war to an Instagram stalker’s splenetic monologue; from stories set over a single day, a year or a century; from works of lapel-grabbing sexual candour to otherworldly tales of a supernatural tint, there’s a novel here to thrill everyone.Happy reading.Anthony CumminsI like novels where attraction isn’t just sex: it can be domination, obliterationI believe in ghosts like some people believe in God Continue reading...
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More platinum jubilee pudding, Your Majesty? No, I thought not | David Mitchell
The greatest test of the Queen’s 70th year on the throne will be the moment when she is forced to consume the successor to coronation chickenThe elderly don’t tend to eat as much as younger people. That’s just something I’ve noticed – it’s not from a proper survey commissioned by Saga Holidays or a stairlift manufacturer so you can’t rely on it. But it seems to me that, in general, they eat sparingly and with care, their days of inhaling gallons of carbs and cream and booze now behind them. The older they are, the more this is the case, and so the plump pinkness of late middle age morphs into a watchful and wiry grey.Which leads me to ask: is a great big brand new pudding really what Her Majesty the Queen wants as she celebrates 70 years on the throne? She’ll be 96. Is that what she’ll be in the mood for while she marshals her resources for an intense period of engagements? A great big creamy platter. That’s the plan: a national contest to come up with a platinum jubilee pudding to counterbalance the invention of coronation chicken with which the reign began and that, for many, is still repeating. The mere thought of it is making me feel bloated and I’m greedy, overweight and half her age. Continue reading...
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Recruitment of veterans by extremists may increase, top Democrat warns
Chair of House veterans affairs committee holding hearings on issue highlighted by veterans’ participation in US Capitol attackA top US lawmaker who heads a congressional committee investigating the targeting of veterans by extremist groups has warned that the problem is a serious one and could get bigger unless it is effectively combated.In an interview with the Guardian Mark Takano, a Democratic congressman from California, said he was concerned about the recruiting strategy being deployed by violent rightwing extremist groups, especially in America’s increasingly fraught political climate in the wake of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol. Continue reading...
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Ending religion lessons in schools leads to overall decline in belief but not morals | Torsten Bell
Data taken from across Germany reveals that as mandated RE was abolished, atheism increased as a collective choiceLosing My Religion was one of the defining songs of my youth, thanks to REM. Rather more importantly (unless you care a lot about teenage angst) our collective loss of belief matters hugely for how society has evolved. When I was born, twice as many of us were Christians as had no religion. Today, more of us are atheists than Christians and it appears only slightly over half of British Christians believe in God. We see a similar picture across Europe, even if globally religion is in less of a retreat.We tend to think about religiousness as a personal decision but new research examining the role of schools illustrates that collective choices have a part to play. The authors use data from Germany, exploiting the fact the religious education mandated by the postwar West German constitution was removed across different states at different times from the 1970s. They find abolishment significantly reduced religiousness, both in private (less praying) and public (church attendance). The effect was biggest in Catholic areas. Continue reading...
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Roy Keane tells Ralf Rangnick he must build his Man Utd team around three players
Roy Keane has identified Cristiano Ronaldo, Bruno Fernandes and Raphael Varane as the three players Manchester United should build around following their 2-2 draw at Aston Villa
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Serbian president launches extraordinary attack on Australia over Novak Djokovic
The unvaccinated tennis star will likely fly home in the next few hours, prompting his nation's leader Aleksandar Vucic to accuse Scott Morrison of playing politics ahead of an upcoming election.
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Inspired by Muhammad Ali and Del Boy, Frazer Clarke's time has finally arrived
Clarke is preparing to make his professional debut as a heavyweight live on Sky Sports in February, and although the road was not plain-sailing the Briton has explained the lessons he learned in early life to inspire his boxing achievement
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NFL play-offs: Jason Bell's verdict on Wild Card Weekend including game of the week
The NFL play-offs feature some huge match-ups on Sunday and Monday night including the Dallas Cowboys vs San Francisco 49ers and Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers taking on the Philadelphia Eagles
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Anthony Martial hits back at Ralf Rangnick’s claim he refused to play for Man United versus Aston Villa
Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has denied the assertion that he refused to travel with the squad for Saturday’s draw at Aston Villa.
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Dramatic video shows moment 'loud bang' is heard in McDonald's as police respond to massive fight involving 100
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Danny Dyer ‘offered £1million to star in Kardashian-style reality show’ with his family after EastEnders exit
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Tearful Trevor Phillips confronts Tory after daughter died while Downing Street partied
Sky News host Trevor Phillips opened up about the death of his daughter Sushila - hours after Prince Philip's funeral and hours after staff partied in No10
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After Life star reveals season 3 scene where Ricky Gervais questioned if he’d gone ‘too far’
Final season of Netflix series arrived on Friday
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Novak Djokovic 'extremely disappointed' after losing Australian visa appeal
The tennis star will now be deported from the country, so will not be defending his title at the Australian Open
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Vogue Williams reveals ‘sex ban’ with husband Spencer Matthews amid pregnancy on doctors’ orders
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Voices: My Italian grandmother and I have a deep affinity, but we don’t speak the same language
A familial connection isn’t all about words. Sometimes, it’s a soft smile; it’s eye contact; it’s offering a cup of coffee or baking a cake
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Micah Richards hits out at Bruno Fernandes critics after Manchester United’s draw with Aston Villa
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Covid live: Johnson ‘remorseful’ over parties, says UK minister; Novak Djokovic to be deported after Australian visa loss
Latest updates: UK minister backs Boris Johnson as prime minister; Serbian tennis player says he respects court’s decisionNovak Djokovic to be deported from Australia after losing visa fightTories will oust Boris Johnson if he tries to dodge partygate blameConcerns grow that scale of No 10 ‘partygate’ too big for Sue Gray inquiryStreeting tells Trevor Phillips that the Labour party isn’t calling for a vote of no confidence in the government as it would rally the Conservatives.“We could call a motion of no confidence in the government - we’ve been around the block with this before, that would galvanise the Conservative party.” Continue reading...
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Hundreds more trains axed over staff shortages
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Widow of Gang of Four guitarist Andy Gill reveals how she was ambushed by bereavement
Two years on from the death of her husband, Catherine Mayer speaks of the strain of sharing loss with his ex-bandmatesIt truly was what the film industry now calls a “meet cute” scenario. When writer Catherine Mayer first bumped into her future husband, the guitarist and songwriter Andy Gill, they were both guests at the sort of wild house party that usually crops up on the pages of bestselling fiction or the script of a romcom.“It was not a meeting I was going to forget,” Mayer says. “It was the 1990s and it was held at the very flash Islington home of an architect where one of the walls was the glass side of a swimming pool. I saw Andy at the buffet; this incredibly handsome man in a frock coat and white jodhpurs who was eating trifle with his hands from a bowl because there was no cutlery. I laughed then and we kept on laughing all the time we were together.” Continue reading...
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Oliver Dowden says Boris Johnson 'should of course remain as PM'
Oliver Dowden today insisted Boris Johnson should stay on as Prime Minister as he warned against a 'divisive' Tory leadership contest amid a growing backlash over the Number 10 party row.
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Boris Johnson ‘plans mass sackings to save his premiership’
Boris Johnson is planning to sack several staff members in a desperate bid to save his embattled premiership, according to reports.
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Kylie Jenner squashes birth rumours with glowing pink bump photo
Fans of Kylie Jenner have speculated she’s given birth to her second child with rapper Travis Scott, as the billionaire beauty mogul previously kept the news of her first child, Stormi, a secret
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These Omicron symptoms are now the most common sign of Covid - replacing cough and loss of senses
People with Omicron are reporting these five symptoms
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Conor Coady describes ‘incredible moment’ after ending his long Molineux drought
Coady’s last home goal for Wolves came against Crawley in 2016.
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BBC podcast host Deborah James, who has incurable bowel cancer, shares a heartbreaking video
BBC podcaster Deborah James, 40, from London. who lives with stage four bowel cancer revealed yesterday she walked for the first time in nine days following a medical emergency.
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'We want answers' - Manchester United fans make demand after new Anthony Martial twist
Man United's woes continued on and off the pitch with the draw against Aston Villa as Ralf Rangnick and Anthony Martial show frictions.
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Paul Hollywood shares unrecognisable throwback snap with fans convinced he's a Baldwin
Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood has shared a bare-faced throwback snap from the 90s with fans convinced he looks the image of the famous Baldwin brothers
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What time do Tesco, Aldi and other supermarkets open on a Sunday?
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Netanyahu negotiating plea deal in corruption trial
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is negotiating a plea deal in his corruption case
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Murder probe after woman, 88, killed and husband, 88, seriously injured at their home
The woman, 88, was dead when an ambulance crew arrived at her home in Langwith Junction, Derbyshire where her husband, 88, was also found with "life-threatening injuries"
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Rylan Clark hospitalised after 'dangerous dark' thoughts took over - star shares battle
The nation's sweetheart Rylan Clark has bravely admitted he was hospitalised for his own safety after his marriage split triggered a breakdown
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Mikel Arteta admits Premier League integrity problem as Tottenham vs Arsenal postponed
Sunday's North London Derby match at Tottenham Hotspur was called off after Arsenal's application for a postponement was controversially accepted by the Premier League
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Trevor Phillips in tears recalling daughter's death same weekend as Downing Street parties
TREVOR PHILLIPS broke down in tears this morning during his Sky News political programme as he recalled his daughter's death on the same weekend two parties were held at Downing Street.
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John Simpson: ‘Like most men, I’m amazingly good at forgiving myself’
The BBC stalwart and thriller writer on breaking down over the plight of an Afghan family, his new current affairs show – and failing to be enthused by Emily in ParisBroadcast journalist John Simpson has been a face and measured voice of the BBC for more than half a century. For most of his career he has been world affairs editor, reporting from Tiananmen Square in 1989, both Gulf wars and the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 among many other places. Some of his expertise and experiences also now find their way into his fiction: his latest novel is Our Friends in Beijing. Simpson, 77, lives in Oxford with his wife and teenage son.In Our Friends in Beijing, a journalist called Jon is tortured, which you only recently revealed owes much to your own experiences in Beirut covering the Israeli invasion of 1982. Why did you keep this secret for so long?Well, that torture thing, it wasn’t quite as bad in reality as it is in the book. But I didn’t behave as I would have liked to: I would have told them anything. So I didn’t feel very proud of that and kept quiet about it. Continue reading...
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Noises off: the battle to save our quiet places
We wouldn’t condone litter in our parks and countryside, so why do we put up with sound pollution? Alex Moshakis meets the people tasked with ‘saving quiet for the benefit of all life’ and hears their storiesLast month, I spent a cold morning wandering around Hampstead Heath, one of London’s largest green spaces, with a sound designer named Nicholas Allan. For many, the Heath is an escape. There are almost 800 acres of it: meadows and woodland, hollows and springs, hills and ponds. It is big and important enough to have its own 12-person constabulary, which upholds the park’s 47 bylaws, including firm restrictions on drone flying and car driving. Locals I know walk dogs in and out of old forests and along curling gravelly pathways. On the few days in summer, when the sun shines on the city, the park becomes so busy it seems to vibrate, festival-like. But for the rest of the year it remains mostly hushed.In July, Allan awarded the Heath “Urban Quiet Park” status. He was acting on behalf of Quiet Parks International, or QPI, a non-profit based in Los Angeles that is “committed to saving quiet for the benefit of all life”. QPI’s purpose is to identify locations around the world that remain free from human-made noise for at least brief pockets of time. As humanity grows louder, these places are in danger of extinction, the organisation argues, even though they are integral to our wellbeing and to the health of the natural world. Some of the locations already identified, like stretches of the Zabalo River in Ecuador, where quiet might linger for several consecutive hours, are in the wilderness. Remarkably, others are in urban centres. The Heath, which QPI calls “a refuge from the noise of the city” that “has shown it provides the experience of being able to fully immerse oneself within the natural environment”, is one of them. Continue reading...
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How Ronnie Spector’s outlaw spirit and sound has echoed down the music generations | Barbara Ellen
The soul diva was an original whose legacy can be heard everywhere in popThough Ronnie Spector died on Wednesday, aged 78, all the signs are there that, culturally speaking, she is not going anywhere. Not if the past near 60 years are anything to go by.The tributes keep coming: Keith Richards, Brian Wilson, Darlene Love, Joan Jett, Elvis Costello. Patti Smith wrote: “Farewell, little fireball.” Ronnie Spector isn’t just part of rock’n’roll history, she’s the staples holding it all together. As lead singer of the Ronettes, she was barely out of her teens when she was influencing the influencers. Continue reading...
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