Christmas is not cancelled: Trainee Santas return to festive duties in person

After a negative Covid-19 test, the Santa students have been able to return to the grotto once again.
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Florent Malouda urges Chelsea to explore ‘interesting’ moves for Declan Rice and Ousmane Dembele
'Chelsea’s DNA is to bring in the best players and challenge for trophies, so they should look at doing that.'
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Why didn’t Virginia Giuffre testify at Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial?
Could her presence have overcomplicated the case against the socialite?
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Nick Kyrgios challenged to fight in players' gym by losing opponents at Australian Open
Nick Kyrgios and doubles partner Thanasi Kokkinakis claimed they were challenged to a off-court brawl after beating the Wimbledon and Olympic champions in Melbourne.
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Tearful Adele FaceTimes stunned fans who travelled to Vegas before shows were axed
Adele took to Instagram on Thursday to tell fans her Las Vegas show wasn't ready just 24 hours before she was due to take to the stage
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Boris Johnson ‘unfit for office’, says former Scottish Tory leader
Baroness Ruth Davidson said many Tories are tired of the ‘drama that has been emanating from Number 10’.
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Boris Johnson ‘unfit for office’, says former Scottish Tory leader
Baroness Ruth Davidson said many Tories are tired of the ‘drama that has been emanating from Number 10’.
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Who is Virginia Giuffre and what are her allegations against Prince Andrew?
Accuser alleges she was trafficked to the duke by his friend Jeffrey Epstein in 2001
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WTO now! Boris urged to cut EU cord: 'Macron can rant all he likes about fishing then'
BORIS Johnson has been urged to cut the UK's cord with the EU and revert to WTO trade rules after the latest firebrand rhetoric from Emmanuel Macron.
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Duncan Ferguson ‘buys Everton fans a pint’ before taking charge of Aston Villa match
The former Everton striker further endeared himself to the Goodison Park fans
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Steven Gerrard hits back at John McGinn Manchester United transfer speculation
The Aston Villa boss has broken his silence on Man Utd's reported interest in the midfielder.
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UK residents stranded abroad for months due to ‘misleading messaging’ from Home Office on EU settlement
‘Being alone here with my two kids was so hard for me. I was already having symptoms. I really struggled,’ says Cristina Ferreti, whose husband was stuck outside the UK when she was diagnosed with cancer
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Heartbreaking final post of mum whose five children never got the chance to say goodbye
'Please everyone pray for me that I wake from this and come home to my kids. Terrified is not the word'
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Thich Nhat Hanh death: Buddhist monk and peace activist dies at 95
In November 2018, Thich Nhat Hanh returned to Vietnam to spend his remaining days at his ‘root temple’, near Hue, where he died on Saturday
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Ireland to play Six Nations home games in front of full crowds after restrictions eased
Ireland will open their 2022 Six Nations campaign by hosting Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 5 - and will play further home games against Italy and Scotland.
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M8: Man arrested after crash which closed motorway for hours
Two of the drivers involved were taken to hospital, with one being later discharged
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Elderly deaf dog learning sign language to help search for loving new home
A SENIOR deaf dog is learning sign language to help his search for a loving new home.
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Group of climbers are sent diving for cover as boulder size of car crashes towards them in Russia
The giant rock suddenly broke free on the Terskol glacier on Europe's highest peak, 18,510ft Mount Elbrus in southern Russia. Fearing for their lives, climbers are seen scarpering.
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Tourist DECAPITATED with a SICKLE in Thailand by 'local man who attacked him'
Police were called to the scene in Kanchanaburi, central Thailand, around 3:50am on Saturday and found the victim shirtless but wearing a pair of black shorts lying face down in a pool of blood.
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Northampton’s Champions Cup tie at Racing 92 cancelled due to coronavirus cases
The French club have been awarded a 28-0 victory with five match points.
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Adele thanks fans for support after last-minute postponement of Las Vegas residency
‘Your graciousness and love tonight is overwhelming,’ wrote the singer, after sharing a tearful video announcing the postponement
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Great-great-grandmother, 100, meets first baby girl to be born in her family for 75 years
Great-great-grandmother Gwen Smith, 100, first met her great-great-granddaughter baby Maeva at her abode in Dene Holm Residential Care Home in Northfleet, Kent.
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UK lawmaker says he'll go to police with 'blackmail' claims
A British politician who accuses the government of blackmailing opponents of Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he will take his allegations to the police
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What could the Covid endemic look like in the UK? An expert weighs in
Many are wondering what a post-pandemic world could look like.
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Queen's death will be 'ethical earthquake' and some royals are 'free riders', claims star
Andrew Marr, 62, has been discussing the future of the monarchy and the broadcaster warned the Queen's death will be an "absolutely massive moment" in everyone's lives
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PICTURED: Teenage girl, 19, found dead at Salisbury Plain military base
Gunner Jaysley-Louise Beck was tragically found dead at the base in Wiltshire on December 15. She died within hours of Lance Corporal Michael Joseph Miah.
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Dan Evans admits Andy Murray may regret his Australian Open gesture after ‘panicking’ in defeat
Dan Evans was dumped out of the Australian Open in straight sets.
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Jonas Eidevall eager for Manchester City game despite Arsenal’s poor WSL form
Arsenal manager Jonas Eidevall says he likes facing ‘good teams’City have scored 25 goals in six consecutive winsJonas Eidevall likes challenges so the Arsenal manager must be looking forward to Sunday’s task in hand. The WSL leaders have suffered a dramatic loss of form since December and face a Manchester City side that are on a six-game winning streak. The Swede, under pressure after a run of one win in five games, promised Arsenal were going “to bring everything” to the game at City’s Academy Stadium.“Playing matches against Manchester City really excites me,” said Eidevall. “It’s a great football team. I like challenges in football, I like playing against good teams.” Continue reading...
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Classical home listening: young composers and Handel’s power women
The National Youth Choir of Great Britain have been busy commissioning, while Sandrine Piau soars on Enchantresses• Despite the no-choral-singing strictures of lockdown, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain has inspired nine striking new pieces by their four rising-star composers, featured onthe NYCGB’s Young Composers 3 (NMC), director Ben Parry. In the sensuous, whispering Softly, the Welsh composer Derri Joseph Lewis explores the uneasy experience of coming out as LGBTQ+. Kristina Arakelyan has set Wordsworth’s I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud, the choral textures rich and glowing. Anna Disley-Simpson has made atmospheric settings of Sara Teasdale’s February Twilight and a poem by Rudyard Kipling. For Alex Ho, British Chinese and based in London, the racial harassment faced by the UK’s south-east and east Asian communities has prompted Hush, spiky, menacing and poetic.• “My ghost will haunt the tyrant”, blasts the mighty Cleopatra, exploding with anger and grief in Piangerò la sorte mia, one of her spectacular arias in Giulio Cesare in Egitto. It’s one of the many highlights in Handel: Enchantresses (Alpha Classics), the fourth joint venture between the crystalline-voiced French soprano Sandrine Piau and Jérôme Correas, director and harpsichordist, and his baroque group Les Paladins. Handel’s “enchantresses” include queens as well as sirens and sorceresses: Melissa (Amadigi), Almirena (Rinaldo), Alcina and Morgana (Alcina) are all here, their vocal fireworks and heartfelt outpourings interspersed with movements from Handel’s Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op 6 No 6, and the A minor, Op 6 No 4. Continue reading...
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'Totally mad!' French long for Macron to be more like Boris as Covid fury erupts
EMMANUEL Macron has been slated for the introduction of a vaccine pass in France while loosening COVID-19 curbs, with his policies directly compared to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's handling of the Omicron wave of coronavirus.
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Culture shift, valuing veterans and dance music: How Tottenham Hotspur Women went to the next level
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Brandon Moreno's journey from last seed on TUF to UFC flyweight champion
Flyweight champion Moreno - who defends his title at UFC 270 against Deiveson Figueiredo - went through several ups and downs before winning the belt
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Lockdown cancelled my smear test – I had cancer and now I’ll never be a mum
When I had abnormal bleeding after sex with my then-partner in February 2020, I wasn’t too worried.
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Jadon Sancho, Riyad Mahrez and the other careers changed by Man City’s Alexis Sanchez saga
Man City were better off for losing out to Manchester United over the signing of Alexis Sanchez in 2018, as these four players prove.
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Jack Wilshere defends Cristiano Ronaldo's Manchester United substitution reaction amid criticism
The ex-Arsenal man believes the Portuguese star is one of two players who could have that reaction
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‘Where do you draw the line?’ Prince Harry's UK security fears spark Invictus Games worry
PRINCE Harry's concerns over his UK safety has sparked questions over his expected attendance at the Invictus Games as a royal editor wondered if he would also ask the Dutch government for paid police protection.
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London horror as women stabbed outside church - police and ambulances on scene
THREE women were attacked outside a church in Harrow on Saturday morning.
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Brit fugitive caught in Spain day after being named on ‘UK’s most wanted’ list
Joshua Hendry, 30, was spotted walking his dog in Marbella by an off-duty police officer who recognised him as a suspected drug trafficker.
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Breakthrough in Arthur Melo loan talks as Arsenal agree to Juventus’ demands
The Brazilian could be heading to north London on a long-term loan.
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Is Everton vs Aston Villa on TV today? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Everything you need to about how to watch the game between Everton and Aston Villa
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Kelly Osbourne ‘very happy’ with boyfriend Sid Wilson after confirming romance with Slipknot star
Too cute!
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‘Stealth Omicron’: Everything we know about new ‘under investigation’ Covid-19 strain BA.2
It’s harder to detect than original Omicron and may be even faster at spreading but, say scientists, is probably no more dangerous
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‘Selfish’ supercar driver clocked hitting ‘track speeds’ of 140mph on M5
A BMW i8 driver was branded a 'selfish prat' after being spotted near Bristol.
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There will be an ‘ethical earthquake’ when the Queen dies, Andrew Marr says
The veteran broadcaster spoke about the future of the monarchy
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Morrisons, Aldi, Tesco and Asda issue urgent recall warning on chocolate and pizza
Morrisons, Aldi, Tesco and Asda shoppers have been told not eat certain eat chocolates, yoghurts and pizzas bought recently because Food Standards Agency (FSA) says they're not safe
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