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Inventor builds real life version of Star Wars Landspeeder vehicle in his garage
YouTuber Colin Furze, from Lincolnshire, spent five weeks building a life-size model of a Landspeeder craft used by Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars film franchise.
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Newcastle drinkers fly into mass street brawl moments after Anthony Joshua fight
A group of men stop traffic as they throw punches on Grainger Street in Newcastle on Saturday night.
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How stars of Sam Mendes' First World War film 1917 had to survive brutal real-life boot camp
Director Sam Mendes (inset) employed military adviser Paul Biddiss (left) to ensure his epic war drama 1917, starring George McKay (top right) and Colin Firth was historically accurate.
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New Delhi fire kills 43 people in crowded market
Efforts to tackle blaze impeded as firefighters unable to get close
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Revealed: one in five school buildings in England require urgent repairs
Exclusive: Guardian investigation finds almost 4,000 schools in need of immediate restoration workNearly one in five school buildings in England require urgent repairs, a Guardian investigation has found, leading critics to warn that they are “crumbling around teachers and pupils”.Almost 4,000 schools across the country have been judged by surveyors to be in need of immediate restoration work, and many more were found not to have the paperwork required by law including electrical test certificates, fire risk assessments or asbestos management plans. Continue reading...
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As in 2017, Labour is rising in polls as election nears – but not by enough
Comparison of average polling graphs suggests party slightly behind previous level this timeGeneral election latest – live updatesElection polling trackerWith days to go before the election, there is little sign recent campaigning has had any dramatic impact. A crop of five weekend polls put the Conservatives 11 points ahead, a widening of the Tory lead by about one point, compared with rolling averages.Boris Johnson’s party’s poll rating levelled out at about 42%-43% a fortnight ago, but that is easily enough for a majority if Labour does not close the gap. Overall, it would not be a much better national vote share than the 42.34% secured by Theresa May in 2017, but the question this time is how the votes are distributed. Continue reading...
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London Santa Run: Thousands of runners raise money for charity
The organisers hope the 10th London Santa Run could raise as much as £1m for charity.
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Conservative government giving NHS data to Amazon for free, documents reveal
US company will be able to access all "healthcare information, including without limitation symptoms, causes, and definitions"
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Brexit: No-deal a 'possibility' says Tory candidate
David Davies says the UK could still leave the European Union without a deal at the end of 2020.
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Granddad spends three weeks transforming his home into a Christmas wonderland
It's a Merry Lit-mas from this 58-year-old.
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Salford's other historic lads club is set to be demolished for homes
End of the line for another piece of city's cultural history
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Manchester United news and transfers LIVE Man City vs Man Utd reaction and Paul Pogba latest
All the latest Man Utd breaking news, transfer latest and reaction to the Manchester derby victory over Man City at the Etihad Stadium.
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Teddy who accompanied heroic British tank destroyer crew goes under the hammer
A teddy bear which was given to soldier Thomas Matthews by a Dutch teacher after he helped liberate her village is up for auction tomorrow. The bear proved to be a lucky charm for the squaddie.
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'We ain't making it past 21': Juice Wrld predicted his own untimely death in track 'Legends'
'All the legends seem to die out,' star rapped in 2018
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Woman shot in face 'because she stopped dancing' at wedding in India
'Shots will be fired,' man's voice is heard saying before a gunshot is heard in a video of the incident
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How to look after your vulva
Forget soap, shower gel and douching. And absolutely never steamWhen it comes to putting anything near the vulva, as natural as possible is best. This means no soaps, shower gels or feminine washes – essentially any product that foams, because they can dry the skin, get rid of the good bacteria and increase the likelihood of developing bacterial vaginosis (BV) and thrush.The vagina itself is self-cleaning, so all you need to do is clean it with water or an emollient. You can also apply an emulsifying ointment or olive or coconut oil – not inside – to act as a moisturiser. When we wash, anything we’re using elsewhere on the body such as shower gel and shampoo tends to run down between the legs, so having an oil over the vagina reduces the risk of an allergic reaction or irritation. Just rinse it off at the end. Douching is an absolute no-no as it removes lactobacilli, which are there to prevent infections. And absolutely never steam. Continue reading...
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On the streets of a marginal seat, I’ve seen how remain disunity could seal Brexit | Timothy Garton Ash
In Putney, Labour and the Lib Dems are canvassing hard. Without tactical voting here and elsewhere, both will lose outWill you be voting for us?” asks the Liberal Democrat canvasser on the doorstep of an expensive-looking house in Putney. “No,” replies the middle-aged man standing in the doorway, “I’ll be voting for democracy.” We all understand what he means: Conservative, to fulfil the promise of the 2016 referendum and not simply to revoke Brexit, as the Lib Dems propose to do. My father, who lived most of his life just up the road from here, might well have given the same answer. Related: To hold back the Tory wave, progressives will have to join forces | Polly Toynbee Continue reading...
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Manchester Utd star Fred speaks out after allegedly suffering racial abuse
Anthony Burke, 41, was arrested by Greater Manchester police on Sunday morning on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order, though he has denied it on Facebook.
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How old was Juice Wrld, what was his cause of death and what were his best known songs?
The rapper has tragically passed away.
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Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters introduced with enormous prize fund and 10-year commitment
A controversial move
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First pictures of Coronation Street's bloody Christmas Day siege show character in firing line
At least one regular character on the long running ITV soap will be violently killed off during an explosive festive special
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Facebook sells 3D virtual reality software Oculus Medium to Adobe
Facebook-owned Oculus Medium announced the sale to Adobe on Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both firms expressed excitement at the future of the software.
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Jennifer Lopez wears iconic green Versace dress as host of SNL: 'Some people say I look better now than I did then'
Singer last wore Versace gown during Milan Fashion week in September
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Joaquin Phoenix gets back to work for the first time after Joker success
He's hot property.
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I'm A Celeb fans shame 'scumbag' Kardashians for leaving Caitlyn Jenner alone on bridge
Furious I'm A Celebrity viewers have turned on Caitlyn Jenner's famous family and bombarded them with abuse over their treatment of the star
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Brentwood teenager's Christmas lights show thrills crowd
Ben Charles has creating a light and sound extravaganza for the fifth Christmas running.
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Brighton v Wolves: Premier League – live!
Live updates as in-form Wolves visit resurgent Brighton Get in touch! Email Ben or tweet him 3.48pm GMT Over at Villa Park, Jamie Vardy’s running riot. Again: Related: Aston Villa v Leicester City: Premier League – live! 3.43pm GMT Team news news: Brighton make one change from that victory over Arsenal on Thursday with Leandro Trossard, who laid on the winning goal for Neal Maupay, replacing Aaron Connolly, who failed to shake off a hamstring issue. In Dan Burn, Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster, they have three defenders around the size of Brighton seafront’s i360 tower. Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolves, meanwhile, are unchanged. Oh, and in official news Jon Moss is at the Amex despite his framed match-worn referee shirt from the 2015 FA Cup final being stolen from his funky Leeds record shop, which goes by the name of The Vinyl Whistle. So many questions. Continue reading...
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Niko Kovac to attend Arsenal match after making interest known to club chiefs
Another candidate has emerged!
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Mass brawl outside Southport hotel sees two stabbed and six arrested
Police appeal for witnesses who captured footage of brawl
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Lily James and Matt Smith ‘still living together’ following ‘split’ after five years
Perhaps they're working things out.
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Juice Wrld death: Chicago-born rapper dies aged 21, reports say
Star best known for 2018 single 'Lucid Dreams'
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Adam Kay review – lurid comedy, lyrical flair and blunt NHS humour
Bloomsbury theatre, LondonDoc-turned-comic Kay recalls Christmases spent in hospitals – with anecdotes about peanut butter, ill-used confectionery and a blast of Spandau Ballet‘Christmas comes but once a year – and if you work in the NHS, you’ll say: thank fuck for that!” Adam Kay is the junior doctor turned comedian who enjoyed extraordinary success with This Is Going to Hurt, a show and memoir about his gruelling service on medicine’s front line. The sequel mines the same seams of lurid body comedy and alarm at the doctor’s embattled lot – particularly at Christmas, around which this 70-minute show’s queasy anecdotes cluster like presents around the tree.Kay worked six successive Christmases in the 00s, to his loved ones’ despair. He reads tonight from the diary he kept at the time, about the patient admitted after deploying peanut butter as lube (unwise: she had a nut allergy), and the one who aggravated her thrush by unconventional use of a candy cane. It’s not all ill-advised insertions, though, as Kay recalls the miscarriages, difficult births and moments of professional self-doubt that came his way while others tucked into the turkey. Continue reading...
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Jonny Bairstow may have to regain England Test spot in dreaded No3 slot
Yorkshireman will have to work his passage with the bat on four-Test tour of South Africa with Jos Buttler remaining the first-choice wicketkeeperThe size of England’s tour party to South Africa betrays the uncertainties. A squad of 17 players is unusual given there are just two warm-up matches and then four Tests in a row. Some of them – Matt Parkinson and Zak Crawley being the likeliest candidates – will be in the nets and in their bibs, enhancing their drink-ferrying capabilities for most of the tour.One other, Mark Wood, will spend more time on the lonely rehabilitation road. It is quite a compliment to him that England are prepared to have him in the squad in the knowledge that he will not be fit at the beginning and that he will have no opportunity to prove his fitness in a match situation thereafter. Meanwhile after the false start against Australia at Edgbaston last August there will be anxious glances in the direction of Jimmy Anderson when he takes to the field in the hope that his recuperation from his calf injury is complete. No doubt Saqib Mahmood, the solitary New Zealand tourist not to be picked, has been told to retain his fitness as best he can. Continue reading...
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Gigi Hadid is the topless rooftop hero we need as she poses up a storm in Paris
The pearls were the closest thing to a shirt.
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Arrested Man City fan suspended by employer following racism allegation
Man City fan Anthony Burke was arrested by Greater Manchester Police after he was caught appearing to do a monkey gesture towards Man Utd players Fred and Jesse Lingard
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Mum of black and white twins say people do not believe they are hers
Daniel and David Omirin were born just minutes apart, but they don’t look anything like each other.
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Our guide to the sanctuaries with ethical credentials
Wildlife tourism can be a murky business and it is not always obvious whether the animals are looked after well or not. Here, Lizzie Pook selects the most responsible animal sanctuaries to visit.
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Women do not protest to be fetishised - their bravery should be better supported
Prominent female demonstrators see their image spawn a thousand articles, but our encouragement should need end at one image of defiance
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