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Marine biologist finds packet of crisps dating back to before 1971
Dr Lauren Smith, 37, found the salt and vinegar flavoured snack at Ythan Estuary, in Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, while walking her dog Tattie, aged four, along the shore.
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UK coronavirus live: tier restrictions set to be announced as Covid rate in England 'levelling off', says ONS
Weekly infection survey suggests prevalence of coronavirus is declining in EnglandCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.32am GMT There has been a decrease in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus for the first time since the end of August, according to the latest NHS test and trace report (pdf).The figures, published by the Department for Health and Social Care show that 152,660 people tested positive for coronavirus in the week ending 18 November, a decrease of 9% compared to the previous week. Last week the figures showed an increase of 11%. 11.28am GMT From Tony Roe, a BBC correspondent covering the east MidlandsLooks like the whole East Midlands going into Tier 3 from next week. But the postcode checker has crashed before a full check can be done @bbcemt pic.twitter.com/RTXZTf78U4 Continue reading...
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Doomscrolling in lockdown: the most influential words of 2020
As dictionaries present their words of the year, we pick 10 terms that defined the past 12 monthsHow do we get new words and how do old words get a fresh twist? In normal times, it’s a well-worn process, linguistic business as usual. There will be a new invention or thing to buy, such as “wifi” (1999) or an “iPod” (2001). People will pick up on trends or changes in behaviour and give them labels such as “crowdfund” (2008) or “catfish” (2012). Last year, the Guardian identified “femtech” and “cancelled” as among the words that embodied 2019. This year, you may have noticed, has been a bit different, the verbal equivalent of a dawn raid: a few insistent items of vocabulary have smashed down the front door and pointed guns at us while we cower under the duvet. And while it’s right that the changes wreaked by the virus dominate this year’s list, there have been other developments. As the big dictionaries unveil their wotys (words of the year), we ask which ones – for good or ill – best capture the spirit of 2020. Continue reading...
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London pubs to reopen if they serve food as capital placed in tier 2
Pubs in London will be allowed to open next week if they serve food, after the capital was placed in tier 2 of the new restrictions.
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Angry farmers in India clash with police to protest new laws
Thousands of Indian farmers have clashed with police in northern Haryana state during a protest demanding that the government abolish new farming laws that they fear will reduce their earnings and give more power to corporations
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Government Coronavirus Postcode Tier Checker Crashes Immediately
A postcode checker on the government website for people to determine which lockdown tier they are be in has crashed.It initially showed that areas including Manchester would be in the toughest tier 3, with London and Liverpool in tier 2 – but people checking later were faced with the message: “Sorry, we’re experiencing technical difficulties.”This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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Government website to show what tier you are in crashes
The government website designed to show users what tier they will soon be in has crashed for many.
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The Crown's learning disability storyline highlights painful lack of progress
From employment to healthcare, learning disabled people still face discrimination and inequality There are 1.5 million learning disabled people in the UK, but they are rarely seen or heard from. Little is spoken of this demographic of people, who in many cases completely rely on others in order to live.Unless you’re a family carer or professionally involved, you may not know or have regular contact with any learning disabled people. Continue reading...
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Mum finds sleepover plan she made when she was eight and it's a 'work of art'
Emily Flake recently stumbled across a sleepover plan she made when she was eight-years-old and people can't get over the incredible level of detail it contained
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UK tier MAPPED: Leeds and Manchester in Tier 3 as cases soar - what tier is your area in?
LOCKDOWN tiers will be rolled out across England next Wednesday, December 2, when the national lockdown comes to an end. But what tier is your area in?
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The Reader: Mental health referral backlog must be sorted
Rishi Sunak has pledged a  £500 million package to support mental health services and has outlined plans to tackle the backlog of adult mental health referrals after increased demand for support during the pandemic.  
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Frustrated Phillip Schofield ‘at breaking point’ over Christmas lockdown restrictions
The presenter has 'had enough'.
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Sir David Attenborough presenting new Dynasties special on meerkats this Christmas
Thank you Sir David!
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Track boss backs Mo Farah to go from chasing stars to beating them in Olympics
“Mo isn’t stupid, let's get it right. If he felt this was going to really jeopardise his preparation, he wouldn't be in there"
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UK tier website leaks decisions in advance before CRASHING as millions hit by Tier 3
THE TIER lockdown restrictions have been revealed on the Government's website before Boris Johnson's announcement - however, moments later it crashed.
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Lockdown tiers unveiled in key cities as millions banned from family gatherings
The government has released information on lockdown tiers for every area of England - and many are in the harshest Tier 2 and Tier 3 from December 2
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Can hairdressers and beauty salons reopen after lockdown in England? (cloned)
Close contact services were forced to close for the second time on 5 November
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Film crew were making a drama about suicide watched in horror as man leapt to his death inquest told
Actress Olivia Emden, 28, smiled at window cleaner Paul Child, 53, before he jumped from the Leeds tower block where she was filming after thinking he was a resident at the neighbouring flat to the set.
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Where pubs will reopen as UK emerges from lockdown
A tougher three-tiered system will come into force on December 2.
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Barack Obama is all for Drake playing him in a biopic: ‘Malia and Sasha would be just fine with it’
'Malia and Sasha would be just fine with it.'
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'Build back better'? Sunak's spending review will further impoverish Britain | John McDonnell
People are crying out for inspirational leadership, secure jobs and investment. But all we get is austerity in disguiseAlthough it was billed as delivering “the people’s priorities”, Rishi Sunak’s spending review only demonstrates how distant the chancellor is from the experiences and priorities of our people.The million workers who are predicted to lose their jobs by the end of the year – and the millions of others who have had their wages cut – will be unimpressed by cute slogans while Sunak bathes in the adoring glow of a pliant media. If, like workers at Heathrow, you’ve been ruthlessly fired and rehired with your wages savagely cut – or you have seen your jobs shipped abroad by a taxpayer-funded company, as workers at Rolls Royce in Barnoldswick have done – you would feel entitled to shout, “What about us?” Continue reading...
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London in tougher Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions when lockdown ends
London will be put into Tier 2 once lockdown ends, according to a Government website. 
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Get your own lunch! Furious robin dive bombs rat at high speed because it was eating its bird seed 
Wildlife photographer Kevin Birchall was taking shelter from the rain in Merseyside when he spotted the rat nibbling away at the bird seed and what happened next left him stunned.
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What tier am I in and what are the rules after lockdown?
The rules of the new tier system are different to what was in place before the national lockdown.
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Covid postcode checker goes down within minutes of going live
Those accessing the website were told it was experiencing technical difficulties.
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Manchester and Birmingham plunged into tier three restrictions
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Tell us how you will be celebrating Christmas in the UK this year
Whether you plan on wearing masks or self-isolating before mixing households, we would like to hear from youWith all four nations agreeing that families will be able to meet each other this Christmas with a maximum of three households mixing for a five-day period, we would like to hear what your plans are.Will you be wearing masks or social distancing? Perhaps you will be self-isolating before meeting with other households. Continue reading...
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London and Liverpool go into Tier 2
The decision will be a relief to many in the hospitality industry who will be able to reopen when the current national lockdown ends on December 2.
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Chelsea to begin talks with Thiago Silva over one-year contract extension
The defender has impressed after a worrying Premier League debut against West Brom.
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Tier announcement LIVE: Matt Hancock to confirm new rules for each area
Matt Hancock will announce to MPs which areas will be under which tiers once the national lockdown comes to an end on December 2
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Arsenal predicted XI vs Molde as Mikel Arteta faces playing without three stars
The Gunners can secure a place in the Europa League knockout stages with a point against the Norwegians on Thursday - but boss Arteta has a selection headache
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David Beckham was considered for sports minister job, Cameron aide says
‘Do you seriously want me to ring up Beckham?’ former No 10 PR chief asked senior minister
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What tier is Birmingham in?
BIRMINGHAM has discovered what tier the city has been assigned as Matt Hancock unveiled the new lockdown restrictions today.
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Royal Mail closer to ending Saturday letter deliveries after Ofcom review
Research finds scrapping Saturday deliveries would have no significant impact on consumersRoyal Mail has moved a step closer to scrapping Saturday letter deliveries after new research from the postal regulator found there would be no significant impact on consumers.Ofcom, which has estimated that the move could save Royal Mail up to £225m a year, said cutting Saturday deliveries would still allow Royal Mail to “meet the needs of nearly all people and businesses”. Continue reading...
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How to check what tier your area is in after lockdown
The vast majority of areas are in tiers two and three.
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Manchester United offer Timothy Fosu-Mensah new contract
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is approaching the last seven months of his Man United contract but the club want to keep him.
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Exclusive Black Friday deals for NHS staff and other emergency service workers
Working for the NHS or other emergency services means you can access extra discounts and deals this Black Friday, so we've rounded up some of the best out there - from appliances to experience days and even perfumes
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Stars In Their Eyes 'returning to ITV with Sheridan Smith in judging seat'
Popular show Stars In Their Eyes is said to be making a comeback to ITV and that actress Sheridan Smith will be judging the performances
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Moment two reckless drivers swerve across busy motorway during rush hour in row over lane 'hogging'
Vladislav Toshev was driving on the M1 near Flitwick, Bedfordshire, during the evening rush hour last month, when he became frustrated that a motorist in the outside lane was driving 'slowly'.
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'Turkeys waiting for Christmas' Rees-Mogg shuts down SNP chief's claim Brexit is 'tragedy'
JACOB REES-MOGG delivered a brutal slapdown of SNP MP Tommy Sheppard's claim Brexit is a "tragedy" for the United Kingdom, in a furious House of Commons row.
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Mum will never leave kids with her credit card again after they used it to buy shoes for their cockerel
An important lesson: Never leave your kids alone with your credit card.
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Coronavirus lockdown UK: Defiant gift card shop owners hit with £1,000 fine for refusing to close
Alasdair and Lydia Walker-Cox have refused to shut Grace Cards and Books in Droitwich, Worcestershire - claiming they sell essential items including newspapers, snacks and baking products.
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London and Liverpool to go into tier two after lockdown ends
The cities have avoided being upgraded to tier 3 - the toughest level of measures.
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Manchester United complete signing of Jack Kingdon
The youngster will join Man Utd's academy sides after impressing for Morecambe.
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Four more students charged in France over Samuel Paty's beheading
Three pupils charged for allegedly pointing out middle-school teacher to his murdererFour teenage students have been charged in France over the killing of Samuel Paty, including three for allegedly pointing out the teacher to his murderer, a source said.Three other pupils were charged with complicity earlier this month over the beheading last month of Paty, who had shown his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as part of a lesson on free speech. Continue reading...
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Scientists worked out how much exercise ‘offsets’ a day of sitting down
Office workers will want to take note of this
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