Hilarious dating trends for 2021 - including Tok-blocking and Barnard Castling

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Parents expected to spend nearly £1,000 on tech for children this Christmas
Nearly half of children are hoping for the brand-new PlayStation 5, which costs almost £450, while 43 per cent have their fingers crossed for a set of Apple AirPods, which sell for around £160
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This Morning co-stars throw support behind Alison Hammond after she’s ‘targeted by trolls’
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Trump plans to sell oil drilling rights in Arctic Refuge on 60th anniversary - before Biden becomes president
The sale would be held on 6 January 2021, via video livestream
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Avonmouth explosion: Four killed in blast at water treatment works near Bristol
Three Wessex Water workers and one contractor die in major incident
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US Air Force B52 bomber 'burns fuel above Worcester as it prepares for emergency landing'
A US Air Force B52 bomber is preparing for an emergency landing at RAF Fairford after burning fuel over Worcestershire following engine failure over the Mediterranean. 
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Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr pulled in 1m pay-per-view buys, reports reveal
Numbers suggest the event was the second-most lucrative in combat sports this year
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Great British Bake Off: Paul Hollywood’s Father Christmas transformation is the festive glow-up we need right now
Paul's been getting into to spirit ahead of the Bake Off's festive special.
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LIVE M56 updates as 'severe' delays hit and more than three miles of traffic
Congestion is back to the M60
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Business travellers, journalists and others exempt from England quarantine restrictions
Business travellers, journalists and elite sports personalities will be among those exempt from the government’s 14-day quarantine restriction from 5 December.
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Florida Republican investigated for registering to vote in Georgia runoff and urging others to do same
The authorities said moving to another state just for voting is a ‘felony’
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Wayne Rooney hopes to continue as Derby boss after the club's impending takeover
Rooney is still yet to taste victory after Phillip Cocu left, but it hasn't put the Manchester United and England legend off management
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Father Christmas to be granted special travel corridor, says Jacob Rees-Mogg
Jacob Rees-Mogg promised MPs that Father Christmas will be given a travel corridor so he can deliver gifts to families this Christmas.
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Police 'increasingly concerned' for missing man last seen in Wigan
Dominic Gregory, 27, was last seen at around 5.30pm in the Aspull area on Wednesday
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An Italian hilltop village is offering homes for 90p
We're packing our bags right now.
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Art Basel Miami 2020: climate change concerns dominate unusual year
This year’s mostly virtual art fair is filled with environmental artwork with a sole purpose: to drive those in power to act before it’s too lateIt’s usually that time of year when celebrities and art aficionados descend upon Miami for the city’s edition of Art Basel, a week of art fairs, parties and VIP guestlists. But this is no normal year.Things have gone mostly digital (welcome to the viewing rooms), and with a surge in Florida’s rising Covid-19 cases, most of the events have been cancelled (though some socialites are still planning to party during the pandemic, which has caused understandable ire). Continue reading...
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Brexit fishing row erupts as Macron ally questions UK sovereignty over fish in waters
A CLOSE ally of Emmanuel Macron has questioned whether Britain should have sovereignty over the fish that live in its coastal waters.
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Can I still move to France, Germany or other EU countries after Brexit?
British citizens’ rights to live in member states change dramatically from 1 January 2021
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Martin Lewis Issues Warning Over 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Before Christmas
Money Saving Expert’s founder Martin Lewis has said he is “very concerned” about the growth of ‘buy now pay later’ schemes in the UK.The financial expert and TV presenter told his 1.1 million followers on Twitter: “It’s exploding like payday loans did. And like payday loans were, it’s a huge credit industry that’s unregulated – so few rules, and you can’t go to [an] ombudsman. That must change.”Lewis has teamed up with Labour MP Stella Creasy to urge the government to take action on companies offering ‘buy now pay later’ by regulating them.As it stands, such companies – which basically allow people to buy items online and pay at a later date, often in instalments – are unregulated in the UK.Related... Ashamed Of Your Debt? Talking About It Is The First Step They’re usually interest-free and, as such, are increasingly popular, with online shopping sites often advertising them as one of the first payment options.At a time when incomes might be stretched – we’re in a pandemic and Christmas is just around the corner – there’s a huge appeal to use these services. They are also easy to sign up for: you simply fill in your details at the physical or online checkout and find out pretty much immediately whether you’ve been approved or rejected, after a quick credit check.So what’s the problem, then?Money Saving Expert’s banking editor, Helen Saxon, tells HuffPost UK: “These short-term two- or three-month ‘buy now pay later’ schemes are problematic because they’re so easy to apply for.“Some people don’t even realise they’re taking out credit because there’s no interest. And while individual ‘buy now pay later’ providers will limit how much you borrow from them, you could easily end up owing £1,000+ across different providers.”There is also a temptation to spend more than you normally would, she says, because the process is so easy and the “pain” of handing over money for something is deferred until next week or next month.But the service can quickly become costly if you don’t make your repayments on time – and people can find themselves saddled with debt. According to Experian, if you don’t clear your debt before the delayed period is up, some providers will ask for a settlement fee or a lump sum of interest may be added to the debt. External debt collectors might also become involved.How might this affect your credit score?You could be charged late payment fees and any missed payments could be recorded on your credit report. “Many people don’t realise with some of these schemes that there are late fees if you don’t make payments on time,” Saxon adds, “and they don’t realise that missed payments could end up going on their credit report, affecting their ability to get other credit in future.”The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is the UK regulatory body responsible for keeping financial firms in line and protecting consumers, but doesn’t regulate short term ‘buy-now-pay’ later lending isn’t regulated by the FCA, says Saxon, meaning providers don’t have to run the same checks you’d need to go through to get, say, a credit card, overdraft or loan.If you need to complain about a ‘buy now pay later’ provider, you might also find it a struggle to get sufficient support. “Because they’re unregulated, you can’t appeal to the Financial Ombudsman if you complain to the ‘buy now pay later’ provider and it doesn’t help you or doesn’t deal with your complaint,” she adds. “With other regulated forms of credit, this is an automatic right.”It’s clear these services are a useful one for those who only buy things they’ve budgeted for and can make payments on each due date. “Like any credit used well, ‘buy now pay later’ can be a valuable tool,” says Saxon.“But not everyone is financially disciplined, and that’s why we need regulation of all ‘buy now pay later’ products – to ensure that those who are more vulnerable or more likely to get in to unmanageable debt are protected,” she adds.Related... Is Now A Good Time To Buy A House? Some Things To Consider Before You Do What Are The Most Common Scams And How Do I Avoid Them? Here's When Experts Think We'll Properly Head Back To The Office
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Sex workers attack Scottish government for ‘harmful moralistic view’ towards prostitution
Prostitutes warn plan to criminalise buying sex could put them in danger
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'Over my dead body will mum sit in a corridor in the basement on Christmas Day'
"What's more exceptional than not knowing how much longer she has left to live? I just want to make it special for her."
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Ex-presidents would get vaccine publicly to boost confidence
Three former presidents say they’d be willing to publicly take a coronavirus vaccine, once one becomes available, to encourage all Americans to get inoculated against a disease that has already killed more than 273,000 people nationwide
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Police checking drivers travelling between tier 2 and 3 in Yorkshire
Drivers have been warned to only travel out of tier three areas if it is for essential reasons like work or education.
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Covid restrictions mapped: Which tier am I in?
Most of country faces tougher rules than before lockdown
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Supermarket Christmas and New Year opening hours for 2020 including Tesco, Aldi, Morrisons and M&S
Running low on mince pies? We’ve got you covered
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Jack Wilshere urges Mikel Arteta to reinstate Mesut Ozil as former midfielder reveals he’d jump at chance to rejoin Arsenal
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Can you travel from tier 2 to other tiers?
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Prince Harry likens Covid-19 to 'Mother Nature punishing us for bad behaviour'
The Duke of Sussex made the comment during an interview for WaterBear, a new streaming service focused on documentaries about the environment. He called for more action to tackle climate change
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Mum’s Grinchy Elf on the Shelf prank goes wrong and leaves son in tears
She received backlash online from some who said it was 'cruel'.
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Are you allowed to travel in tier 3? Holiday rules explained
International travel is allowed from tier 3 locations 'if you're going straight to an airport,’ said the transport secretary, Grant Shapps
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Woman seriously hurt by tiger bite at Carole Baskin big cat sanctuary
Volunteer taken to hospital after incident early on ThursdayBig Cat Rescue in Tampa made famous by Netflix’s Tiger KingA female volunteer who regularly feeds big cats was bitten and seriously injured by a tiger Thursday morning at Carole Baskin’s Big Cat Rescue sanctuary in Florida, which was made famous by the Netflix series Tiger King, officials said.Hillsborough county fire rescue received a trauma alert call about 8.30am Thursday from the sanctuary, agency spokesman Eric Seidel told the Associated Press. Continue reading...
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Trevor Noah: 'Trump is just handing out pardons like they’re gift cards'
Late-night hosts recap Trump’s consideration of pre-emptive pardons for his three eldest children and his latest conspiracy-filled bait for supportersAs president of the United States – at least, for 49 more days – Donald Trump retains the power to pardon anyone of a federal crime in “one of the weirdest quirks of being an American president”, said Trevor Noah, “sort of like a cheat code for America’s criminal justice system. Continue reading...
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UK festivals 2021: Line-ups confirmed for next summer, from Reading and Leeds to Creamfields
Still dreaming about the summer that might have been? Us too. The pandemic made our hopes of hopping from festival to festival little more than a fantasy.
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Brits get a rare week off without any changes to travel corridors
Latest quarantine list updates have seen no countries added or removed to the UK's travel corridors
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School bus driver who injured 12 children after slamming on the brakes allowed to keep licence
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Kate and William's new Christmas plans as they can't spend day with Queen
Kate Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis won't be able to spend Christmas with the Queen this year, but they've got some other exciting plans to look forward
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Sir Elton John says he’ll look like a ‘toothpick with a pair of gloves’ after ramping up fitness regime
Sir Elton's made the most of the time off amid the pandemic.
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Let Them All Talk review – haughty Meryl Streep is queen of the high seas
Tensions arise between a writer and her coterie aboard an ocean liner in Steven Soderbergh’s sweet, unfocused dramaThere’s an awful lot going on in this new movie from Steven Soderbergh. The title is appropriate: it’s garrulous, elegant, bristling with classy performances from an A-list cast, and Deborah Eisenberg’s screenplay has a theatrical intimacy. It’s loosely and waywardly plotted, perhaps as a result of having gone through many drafts, though maybe not enough. It is slightly unfocused and uncertain as to where its emotional centre really lies – though there is a charm and a big dramatic finale.The story is mostly set (and economically filmed, by Soderbergh himself) on a luxury liner, , the Queen Mary 2, crossing from New York to Southampton. Meryl Streep plays Alice Hughes, a renowned novelist whose reputation and sales rely chiefly on a sensational early book about the collapse of a woman’s marriage. Her agent (Gemma Chan) takes her out for lunch and has to charm her cantankerous client into going to London to accept a prestigious award; she is also nervous about the fact that Alice still hasn’t delivered her latest manuscript but excited at the rumours that it could be a sequel to the sensational early book. Continue reading...
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The solution to Guardiola's Man City subs complaint is right behind him
Pep Guardiola has regularly complained at the pressures his Manchester City squad is put under this season and wants five substitutions introduced.
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I want the Conservatives to prove that they care about young people
I hope that one day soon Labour can return to Government and continue the work that we started, making a positive difference to young people's lives and futures across the UK.
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Pfizer vaccine technology to 'open floodgates' for jab against Disease X and other emerging threats
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Frontrunners for Biden health team revealed as progressives cry foul over candidates’ business backgrounds
Mr Biden’s health picks will oversee the distribution of the coronavirus vaccines in 2021
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Stephen Colbert says Trump is ‘like herpes’: ‘He might never fully go away’
‘There might be blossomings of him’ in the future, says Colbert
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Bill Ackman's Pershing Square to join FTSE 100 after Covid bets pay off
Outspoken US billionaire capitalised on stock market turmoil caused by pandemic earlier this yearCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAn investment trust that tracks the hedge fund run by the US billionaire Bill Ackman is to join the FTSE 100 after bets on the market carnage caused by coronavirus earlier this year produced bumper returns.Pershing Square Holdings will be promoted to London’s blue-chip index on 18 December, meaning the pensions investments and tracker-fund holdings of millions of people will be adjusted to include shares that mirror the hedge fund. Continue reading...
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Europa League: Lask v Tottenham, Milan v Celtic and more – live!
Live updates from all of the matches from 5.55pm GMTThe making of Gabriel: the kid who went from Avaí to ArsenalEmail Barry with any thoughts or tweet @bglendenning 4.57pm GMT LASK: Schlager, Wiessinger, Holland, Andrade, Ranftl, Madsen, Michorl, Renner, Gruber, Eggestein, Goiginger.Subs: Gebauer, Karamoko, Reiter, Ramsebner, Potzmann, Plojer, Cheberko, Haudum. 4.51pm GMT Group G: Zorya v Leicester CityWith his team already qualified for the knockout stages, Brendan Rodgers has left several key members of his squad at home to get some much-needed rest and relaxation. Kasper Schmeichel, Jonny Evans, Youri Tielemans and Jamie Vardy have not made the trip to the Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia. Continue reading...
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Welsh Ambulance Service declares ‘critical incident’ after surge in 999 calls
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Four people killed in blast at water treatment works as major incident declared
A major incident was declared following the blast at a water treatment facility at around 11.20am today. Police and paramedics have been on the scene all afternoon
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Ian Wright interviews Trent Alexander-Arnold: I’ve missed Liverpool fans at Anfield
Ahead of fans in England returning to stadiums, Arsenal legend Ian Wright sat down with Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold to discuss his earliest memories of football, meeting Steven Gerrard for the first time, his drive to become the best, and what it feels like to play without fans in stadiums.
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