Surge in house prices creates another 40,000 property millionaires... in just one year 

There are now 563,240 homes worth more than £1 million in Britain - 39,629 more than there were in 2019, according to data collected by estate agency Savills for The Sunday Times.
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Piers Morgan begs judge to free ‘modern day slave’ Britney Spears from conservatorship ‘living hell’
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Return to Erasmus study scheme or young people will lose out, EU ambassador urges UK
‘It is about the young people, it is about creating links, addressing misperceptions....increase the knowledge of other cultures’
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Video captures moment two thugs assault motorist in road rage incident in Coventry Road, Birmingham
Social media users were quick to praise the middle-aged woman who stepped in the break up the violent brawl that broke out in broad daylight between three men in Coventry Street, Birmingham.
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Woman reveals she was left with blocked arteries from nose filler
Faye Page, from Essex, had been having face fillers for the past decade when she decided to try a new non-medical clinic after her usual place was fully booked.
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Rihanna and Ellie Goulding’s London homes for sale as mega mansions make a comeback on the wishlists of the super rich
The ultra-wealthy are back in London and they’re snapping up glitzy mega mansions.
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All Stars 6: Cast, release date and how to watch the RuPaul’s Drag Race spin-off
Which queen has the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to go all the way?
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EU's ambassador to UK rebukes France over Jersey fishing threat
João Vale de Almeida, the bloc's representative in London, said all post-Brexit disputes must be resolved through the formal mechanisms set out in the divorce and trade deals.
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Emmerdale spoilers: ‘Dead’ Kim Tate returns for revenge on poisoner Jamie
Jamie will pay the price.
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7 best exfoliating gloves and mitts for soft, smooth and radiant skin
Upgrade to one of these body buffers for your best glow ever
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Bistrot at Home review: Bring a taste of France to your dining table
Longing for traditional French cooking, Sean Russell tries a Bistrot at Home food box and finds no cut corners and the richness you’d expect from a classic Parisian meal
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Lockdown in March 2020 led to DROP in fertility rates and did not spawn predicted baby boom
Fertility rates in England and Wales for December 2020 and January 2021 showed 'relatively steep decreases' compared with a year earlier, suggesting less sex in the first weeks of lockdown last March.
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Cats that care lead the way among National Cat Awards finalists
Feline friends who helped people through periods of grief are among 2021’s cream of the crop.
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Britain is to get its first new beauty zones in 26 years
The Yorkshire Wolds and Cheshire Sandstone Ridge are 'under consideration' to become Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), the UK government revealed today.
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Top Wimbledon-watching spots in London – plus the restaurants celebrating every kind of cuisine
It's National Ceviche Day, English Wine Week and Wimbledon... which is basically Pimm's Fortnight.
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The Euro 2020 Fiver: six days that will seem like six years
Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!Say what you like about Robbie Savage – and for the record, The Fiver hears that over the years there have been murmurs – but when he parks the alpha-male patter and concentrates on the job in hand, he can be a great co-commentator. There was ample evidence of that on Wednesday night, when his sheer childlike glee and obvious love of the game poured out of the speaker as Hungary came within six minutes of avenging the 1954 World Cup final. Excited whoops and hollers that whisked the viewer along for the ride, old-school fun the top note, and tactical analysis is overrated anyway. A decent, workable facsimile of Ally McCoist. The Robert Fleck of co-coms. Continue reading...
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Foreign Office withdraws Covid warning against travel to China
‘The Chinese authorities continue to impose various control and quarantine measures across the country’ – FCDO
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Cut-down fir tree becomes Sheffield attraction after neighbour dispute
Row over roosting birds making noise and mess in drive of bungalow results in tree surgeon jobA tree cleaved in half has become an attraction in a residential part of South Yorkshire after a dispute between neighbours.Bharat Mistry said he and his family were “gutted” when nextdoor neighbours asked tree surgeons to cut down half the branches of a 5 metre-tall fir tree that had stood in his garden in the Sheffield suburb of Waterthorpe for 25 years. Continue reading...
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Will inflation mean you have to pay more for your mortgage?
The post-pandemic spending spree as a nation emerging from lockdown begins splurging on food, drink, and travel is pushing up inflation, with potentially worrying implications for homeowners.
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Ben Shephard returns to GMB after suffering 'nasty' multiple leg injury
The presenter said on Thursday's ITV programme that viewers couldn't see he is actually wearing a leg brace after suffering multiple horrific injuries while playing football
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Courteney Cox Speaks Out About Major Friends Snub: 'It Always Hurt My Feelings''
Courteney Cox has admitted she couldn’t help feeling upset at being the only member of the Friends cast not to receive an Emmy nomination for their performance on the show.The US actor played Monica Geller in all 10 series of Friends, during which time her character was at the centre of major plotlines including her secret relationship with (and, eventual marriage to) Chandler Bing, as well as the couple’s struggles to conceive a child.However, despite her efforts, Courteney was the only star in the central six not to be recognised by the Emmys during Friends’ decade on the air.Opening up to US radio presenter Howard Stern during an interview with co-stars Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow, she disclosed: “It always hurt my feelings.”“When every single cast member was nominated but me, it definitely hurt my feelings,” Courteney added. “I was happy for everybody, and then when it was finally like, ‘Oh, I’m the only one?’. It hurt.”Jennifer and Lisa each won Emmys for their portrayals of Rachel Green and Phoebe Buffay, with Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer receiving one nomination each.Meanwhile, Matt LeBlanc earned three nominations for his role as Joey Tribianni between 2002 and 2004.The trio’s Howard Stern interview proved to be particularly revelatory, with Jennifer Aniston calling out one Friends guest star for their behaviour on set, as well as fielding questions about the true nature of her relationship with co-star David Schwimmer.During the recent Friends reunion, Jen and David both admitted to having crushes on one another during filming, though they insisted that nothing ever came of it.MORE FRIENDS:David Schwimmer And Jennifer Aniston Reveal How The Ross And Rachel Saga Nearly Translated Into Real LifeJennifer Aniston Shares Ridiculously Cute Birthday Message To ‘Ridiculously Special’ Courteney CoxDon't Worry Folks, Matt LeBlanc Saw The Funny Side Of Your Friends Reunion Memes
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Jennifer Aniston Says She Would 'Proudly' Admit If She And David Schwimmer 'Banged'
Jennifer Aniston has played down speculation her mutual crush on David Schwimmer turned into anything more while they were filming Friends, insisting she would “proudly” admit if they had “banged”. The two former co-stars made headlines last month when they revealed they had been “crushing on” each other during Friends’ early years. On Wednesday, Jennifer was asked for more info about the revelation while she appeared on Howard Stern’s US radio show with co-stars Lisa Kudrow and Courteney Cox.  Pressed if things had gone further, she said: “We were in relationships, it was always never the right time and it wouldn’t have worked.  “The beauty of that was that whatever feelings we had we just literally channelled everything into Ross and Rachel and I think that’s maybe why it resonated the way it did. But no, we never – on my life, and Courteney and Lisa would know and can vouch for me.”“No. I would proudly say I banged Schwimmer if that happened,” she added. “But no.”Jennifer insisted that the only times they “made out” were when the cameras were rolling. David and Jennifer confessed their crush to Friends reunion host James Corden last month, after the presenter refused to believe none of the cast had hooked up over the course of the show’s 10 series. “The first season I had a major crush on Jen,” David revealed. “And I think we both, at some point, were crushing hard on each other but it was like two ships passing because one of us was always in a relationship and we never crossed that boundary. We respected that.”Jennifer added: “I remember saying at one point to David, ‘It’s going to be such a bummer if the first time you and I actually kiss is gonna be on national television!’.”“Sure enough, the first time we kissed was in that coffee shop,” she added, referring to Ross and Rachel’s first kiss in season two’s The One Where Ross Finds Out.The Friends cast also had a strict “no hook up” rule in place, that director Jim Burrows first introduced at the show’s inception. In an interview with Access prior to the reunion, Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing, said: “There was a rule that we had – it was really important to the six of us that we kept a friendship, that we were friends.“If we were hooking up, or there was any strangeness going on, that could have messed with things.”He continued: “So we kept a friendship, and we did become really good friends. And we are really good friends to this day. And we kept that going, and I think that was very important.”READ MORE:Jennifer Aniston Slams Rude Friends Guest Star: 'Your Attitude Is Not What We’re All About'Rest Easy Knowing Jennifer Aniston And Brad Pitt Won't Be Bennifer-ing Any Time SoonThe Friends Cast Belt Out The Show's Iconic Theme Tune With James Corden And Oh, The Nostalgia
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‘Your body just stops’: long Covid sufferers face new ordeals as sick pay runs out
Nurses, teachers and shopworkers who have lost their health and their jobs talk about their struggle for supportWorking seven days a week as a nurse and a fitness instructor, while bringing up two young daughters, Rebecca Logan led an extremely active life – until she contracted Covid-19 while working in the emergency department of a hospital in Northern Ireland.Over a year after first falling ill, the 40-year-old is still suffering from long Covid. For Logan, that means she can only walk for five minutes before needing to rest, and there is a constant ringing in her ears.Her husband has had to pick up the slack at home, alongside his job as a school principal. Continue reading...
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A third of UK motorists don't know what green number plates represent
Despite being available for six months, there is still no confirmation of any benefit drivers with green plates will get. Free parking in towns and cities, access to bus lanes and other perks had been touted.
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Russia summit rejected: Rutte turns on Macron and Merkel over plans for Putin showdown
THE Netherlands has dismissed Franco-German plans to hold a European Union summit with Vladimir Putin.
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Take our Love Island quiz to find out whether you speak Islander
Love Island Season 7 is starting soon, and we can't wait to crack on. But how's your Villa vocab? Are you fluent in Love Island or just a tourist? Take our quiz to find out
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My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?) review – a family drops the love-bomb
Turbine theatre, LondonUsing home videos of their own childhood, Rob Madge presents the moving and funny story of how a young Disney fan got to grow up to be Belle of the ball“Are you filming?” A decade before selfie culture kicked in, Rob Madge was a child ahead of the curve, demanding their family home-video every flamboyant performance they ever staged in their Coventry living room. It’s as well they did: those videos have propelled Madge (who is non-binary) via social media celebrity to their own autobiographical solo show. The videos are the early focus of My Son’s a Queer, and it can feel self-centred as Madge, a Midlands Alan Cumming in vest and pants, replays the act-outs and homespun theatrics of their youth. But in time, this childhood diva melts into the background and their loving family emerge as the stars of the show.The question here, as per Madge’s lyrics, is: “Why does it have to be a choice of just two?” Disney buff Madge wants to wear Belle’s yellow dress but their dad buys them a Beast costume instead. In a shocking moment, their school discourages Madge’s theatricality, which “won’t help him make friends”. What is Madge, keener on stagecraft than soccer, supposed to do? Happily for them, and advertised here by abundant footage of their infancy, the Madge family closes ranks, love-bombing this domestic impresario and show pony in the making. Continue reading...
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Andy Murray: Two-time Olympic champion named in Team GB squad for Tokyo Games this summer
Andy Murray has been selected to compete for Great Britain at next month’s Tokyo Olympics.
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Almost 65 percent of young LGBT+ Londoners have contemplated suicide, research finds
Almost 65 percent of young Londoners who identify as LGBT+ have contemplated suicide, new research has found.
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Geraint Thomas, Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome return for Tour de France 2021
'I can’t remember a Tour de France starting with so much intrigue. Get ready for war.'
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Harry Maguire misses England training as preparations for Germany Euro 2020 clash begin
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Don’t kid yourself that Love Island can be ‘inclusive’
“I would love to be hired as Love Island’s head of diversity because I too love doing absolutely nothing”. Ouch. This was one of the many Twitter takes that have been proliferating online since ITV’s Love Island revealed its first batch of Islanders this week. A whopping 4.8 million people tuned in to watch the first episode of Love Island in January last year, and many will no doubt tune in to the new series next Monday.
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The Doors’ greatest songs – ranked!
On the 50th anniversary of singer Jim Morrison’s death, we rank the LA band’s best tracks, from the summer of love anthem Light My Fire to the apocalyptic The EndJim Morrison frequently drew on his romantic dalliances for lyrical inspiration. Take Morrison Hotel’s raucous rocker Queen of the Highway, a song about his soon-to-be-wife, Pamela Courson, that frames their relationship as loving, if somewhat ill-fated: “He was a monster / Black dressed in leather / She was a princess / Queen of the Highway.” Continue reading...
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Institutions are too quick to give in to the mob. Let’s hope the RA’s apology will change that
“We had no right to judge her views, this betrayed our most important core value — the protection of free speech”. The statement yesterday from the Royal Academy appeared to be a full-throated apology to the artist Jess de Wahls after its earlier announcement that it would no longer stock her works in its store after a handful of complaints of her “transphobic views”. This represents a welcome outbreak of sanity in a debate where sense and sanity are often conspicuous by their absence.
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Japan’s emperor voices concern about Covid spread during Olympics
Naruhito said to be ‘extremely worried’ and shares widespread public unease over the GamesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageJapan’s emperor has voiced concern over the possible spread of coronavirus during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in an unexpected intervention in the debate over holding the Games in the middle of a pandemic.Naruhito, who ascended the Chrysanthemum throne in 2019 after his father, Akihito, abdicated, said he shared widespread public concern about the Games, which open in a month’s time. Continue reading...
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Ferdinand makes bullish England vs Germany statement ahead of Euro 2020 showdown
Former England international Rio Ferdinand has issued a bold statement ahead of the Three Lions' blockbuster encounter with rivals Germany in the last 16 of Euro 2020
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Forget going vegan: The secret to saving the planet is in your pension
The G7 summit of global leaders in Cornwall ended with some impressive sounding commitments on tackling climate change. And this November the UK will host the next UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. These global deals will play a vital role in preventing catastrophic climate change, but most people are still struggling to work out what these high-level aspirations mean for them personally.
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‘The water is coming’: Florida Keys faces stark reality as seas rise
Officials prepare to elevate streets despite financial shortfalls, amid recognition that not every home can be savedLong famed for its spectacular fishing, sprawling coral reefs and literary residents such as Ernest Hemingway, the Florida Keys is now acknowledging a previously unthinkable reality: it faces being overwhelmed by the rising seas and not every home can be saved.Following a grueling seven-hour public meeting on Monday, held in the appropriately named city of Marathon, officials agreed to push ahead with a plan to elevate streets throughout the Keys to keep them from perpetual flooding, while admitting they do not have the money to do so. Continue reading...
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Egypt’s political prisoners have little hope – and the west must share the blame | Jack Shenker
My friend Karim Medhat Ennarah is among the many victims of a dictatorship reliant on western financial and political supportI can’t remember where I first met Karim Medhat Ennarah, but one thing I’m certain of is that I heard him before I saw him. Karim – a gregarious, argumentative 37-year-old with an abiding passion for ice-cream and a smile so wide it fills the room – is always brimming with ideas about the world. His curiosity brings out the same in others, with the result that noisy, animated debate tends to swarm around him wherever he moves.I’ve known Karim for well over a decade in many different guises: in his public role as a fearless human rights defender working to protect the dignity of his fellow Egyptian citizens, but also as a shisha companion, football rival and friend. Late last year, when plainclothes security forces plucked him from a Red Sea beach and carried him off to Cairo’s high-security Tora jail complex, he became something new to me: a number. Just one more political prisoner facing an unknowable fate, under a regime that, since 2013, is estimated to have arrested or charged at least 60,000 others. Continue reading...
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Which Love Islander is your type on paper - let us know
This year's original Islanders are an interesting mix - but who is a bit of you?
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Fast and Furious 9: What does the end-credits scene mean?
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Manchester United have found perfect wildcard option to partner Harry Maguire
Man Utd need to find the perfect centre-back partner for Harry Maguire next season - but what if he's already among their ranks?
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David Archuleta on struggling to come out: ‘I think I was a lot more scared before’
‘There’s so much relief to not feel like you have to hide a part of yourself, like a secret’
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Battery breakthrough could lower charging times to ‘five minutes’
We can now observe battery ions moving in real-time, making it easier to lower charging times.
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Man facing terror charges diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, court told
Richard Smith, 28, is accused of preparing acts of terrorism as well as possessing and making explosive substances.
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Mementos of the Duke of Edinburgh's life go on display at Windsor Castle
Curator Sally Goodsir said Prince Philip: A Celebration at Windsor had been planned as part of the Duke's 100th birthday celebrations and the late royal had been aware of the exhibition.
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Grab a jab plea as Covid cases hit 4-month high in London
Londoners were on Thursday urged to “grab-a-jab” as Covid-19 cases in the capital hit a four-month high.
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Prince Charles is reportedly "shellshocked" by William and Harry's rift
Prince Charles has been left 'shell shocked' by the reported rift between his sons Prince William and Prince Harry, a source has claimed, speaking to People.
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Megan McKenna shows off new flowing blonde locks in selfie
Megan, 28, took to Instagram to unveil her new 'do which was in fact a hair piece from her hair extension collaboration with Easilocks, weeks after revealing she ditched lip fillers for her singing career
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