UK weather forecast: Exact date snow will hit again in bitter -9C 'Arctic blast'

The Met Office and other forecasters are predicting a blast of wintry weather, including snow, plus hail and possibly thunder as temperatures plunge across the UK
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Sajid Javid to hold 5pm Downing Street press conference - major Covid update
HEALTH Secretary Sajid Javid will hold a press conference this afternoon to update the UK on the new coronavirus rules announced by Boris Johnson.
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Gaspard Ulliel death: French actor dies aged 37 after skiing accident
French actor Gaspard Ulliel has died following a skiing accident in the Alps.
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These top-tier Sony wireless earbuds currently have £50 off
The excellent WF-1000XM4 earphones have had their price cut
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Transfer news LIVE! Cristiano Ronaldo to exit Man United? Lingard to Newcastle; Vlahovic, Chelsea latest today
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André Leon Talley: a force for change and a much-loved friend
As the OG influencer, late fashion editor Talley’s unique way of looking at the world reached far beyond the glossy pages of Vogue, says Chloe Street
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Witness claiming Andrew was in nightclub with accuser prepared to give evidence
The Duke of York has been stripped of his remaining patronages and honorary military roles.
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Witness claiming Andrew was in nightclub with accuser prepared to give evidence
The Duke of York has been stripped of his remaining patronages and honorary military roles.
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How to stay warm this winter without having the heating on all day, from slippers to hot water bottles
Ward off the winter chill without cranking up the thermostat using these tips and tricks
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Harry Potter star Tom Felton caught speeding in £200k Ferrari
He played Harry Potter’s sworn enemy — and speedy Quidditch rival — Draco Malfoy in the film adaptations of JK Rowling’s books. And perhaps actor Tom Felton should have stuck to his broomstick rather than take his supercar for a spin, after being prosecuted for speeding on a London motorway.
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Family ‘forever grateful’ to firefighters who helped in moment of need
A London woman says she will be “forever grateful” to firefighters that helped her dying mother, after she got to thank them in a chance reunion at a London fire station.
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All Plan B Covid rule changes Boris Johnson confirmed as restrictions come to an end
Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice have accused the Prime Minister of axing public health protections 'in the hope of saving his own skin'
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Kanye West's new girlfriend Julia Fox shares steamy video of them kissing
Kanye West has only been dating new girlfriend Julia Fox for three weeks, but it seems things are hotting up between the pair if this footage is anything to go by
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Vaccines Minister Maggie Throup urges boosters ‘for sake of loved ones’ amid gaps in major cities
Booster take-up is below 50% of the population in major cities with large disparities across regions.
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MEPs jeer as German EU chief GOADS Macron with brutal election swipe in Parliament speech
EUROPEAN Parliament members jeered on Wednesday as Manfred Weber mocked Emmanuel Macron with a brutal election swipe.
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Every house on Tongan island destroyed as pictures show catastrophic damage
No homes remain on Mango island, following a 50ft tsunami named 'an unprecedented disaster’ by the government.
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New budget airline to launch transpacific flights connecting US and Asia – with a stop in Alaska
Carrier’s CEO claims passengers will save time and money by changing planes in Anchorage
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UK lifts COVID restrictions, says omicron wave 'has peaked'
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says face masks will no longer be mandatory in public places and schools in England and COVID-19 passports will be dropped for large events, as infections level off in large parts of the country
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Mikel Arteta admits he's unsure why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is back at Arsenal
The Gunners boss has conceded he is not entirely certain why the exiled former Arsenal captain has returned to the club's training base early from the Africa Cup of Nations
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Water quality standards met at 99% of English bathing spots – Environment Agency
Some 70.7% of popular swimming locations were rated ‘excellent’ but environmental campaigners said they were sceptical real progress was being made.
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Water quality standards met at 99% of English bathing spots – Environment Agency
Some 70.7% of popular swimming locations were rated ‘excellent’ but environmental campaigners said they were sceptical real progress was being made.
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Fiona Phillips praised for candidly opening up about ‘anxiety’ and ‘brain fog’ during menopause
Phillips has shared how the menopause left her 'fearing for her sanity'
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One in 10 common omega-3 fish oil supplements are ‘rancid’
Analysis of the popular supplement revealed oxidation levels that exceeded recommended limits
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Mikel Arteta says Arsenal ‘would have been killed’ if they played against Tottenham
The Spanish coach believes Arsenal were in a 'no-win situation'.
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Monopoly money: is Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard good for gaming?
The company’s bottomless appetite for buying new studios means the art of the deal is threatening the art – and heart – of the gameIn 2014, Microsoft bought Minecraft’s developer Mojang for what seemed, at the time, an eye-popping figure: $2.5bn (£1.8bn). It was the first in a series of bullish video-game studio acquisitions by the tech giant, whose games division has been led by executive Phil Spencer, a long-time advocate for video games within Microsoft and the wider business world, for the past eight years. More studios followed, for undisclosed amounts: beloved Californian comedy-game artists Double Fine, UK studio Ninja Theory, RPG specialists Obsidian Entertainment. It seemed that under Spencer’s leadership, Microsoft was cementing its commitment to the Xbox console and the video-games business by investing in what makes games great: the people who make them.Then came 2020’s deal to acquire Zenimax (and with it Bethesda), for a properly astonishing $7.5bn. This was different. This wasn’t the Xbox division acquiring studios to make games for its consoles. This was an entire publisher, with several different studios and a whole portfolio of popular game series. At this point Microsoft’s spending started to look like a monopoly move – a bid to sew up the market by closing off hugely popular games behind Microsoft’s own consoles and services. When it was confirmed that Bethesda’s forthcoming games, including this year’s space role-playing epic Starfield and the next fantasy Elder Scrolls game, would be exclusive to Xbox and Microsoft Game Pass, I started to wonder whether Microsoft’s stated aim to make video games more widely available to everyone was lining up with its actions in the market. Continue reading...
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Lily James and Sebastian Stan recreate infamous sex tape scenes in Pam & Tommy trailer
Pamela Anderson isn't a fan of the new Disney+ series inspired by her life, but many can't wait to watch Lily James and Sebastian Stan star in the biographical drama that begins streaming next month
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Former chief nurse appointed deputy chairwoman of drugs taskforce
Professor Fiona McQueen retired as chief nursing officer last year.
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UK to enter 'crisis mode' as RAF and Army sent to Russian border over Putin war threat
THE UK has been told to prepare for crisis after tensions between Russia and Ukraine mount.
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Labour MPs branded ‘hypocrites’ for not speaking out as council boss remains in £190,000 a year job despite party
Kate Josephs – boss of Sheffield City Council – hosted Whitehall drinks while residents said goodbye to loved ones on iPad
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Mum 'has to laugh' after naughty toddler shaves hair with dad's beard trimmer
Otis Morgan left his mum Faith in stitches after he tried to be just like his daddy and take a pair of clippers to his hair - and ended up with a unique new trim
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Daughter had to recognise mum by TOES after 'man of dreams' left her inches from death
WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES Helen Procter and her family have released pictures of her horrific injuries at the hands of Daniel Burton to raise awareness of Clare's Law - which helps victims and potential victims get information about their partner's previous offending
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Can’t stand U2? Nor can Bono
The singer has announced that he hates the band’s name, most of their songs, and the sound of his own voice. Is this just an attempt to win new fans?Name: Bono.Age: 61. Continue reading...
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US senior diplomats in Sudan to try resolve post-coup crisis
Two senior U.S. diplomats are in Sudan to try and help find a way out of the ongoing crisis in the African country triggered by an October military coup
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Number 10 to hold press conference tonight as Plan B restrictions axed
The move comes as the Omicron surge shows signs of fading.
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'Jeopardising independence!' Scots nationalist panic as Sturgeon drives nation into ditch
A SCOTTISH nationalist has warned the independence movement is in "danger" with Nicola Sturgeon and her Scottish Nationalist Party at its helm. Nationalist campaigner Robin McAlpine, former director of a pro-independence Common Weal think tank, said SNP's damaging handling of the Scottish economy was an "enormous danger for the country and for the independence movement".
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Rachel Stevens pulls out of this week’s Dancing on Ice over injury
Singer will return to the competition the week after
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Police release CCTV image after theft from soft play centre
Officers say the woman 'may be able to assist in the investigation'
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Corrie's Bernie's huge secret exposed leading to arrest - as family torn apart
Coronation Street spoilers confirm Bernie Winter will face big trouble as her lies return to haunt her on the ITV soap
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Peter Robinson: Former Liverpool secretary and chief executive dies aged 86
Robinson was a key figure an Anfield between 1965 and 2000
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Boris Johnson will fight to save job in confidence vote, says No 10
Boris Johnson will fight any vote of no confidence brought against him, a senior Downing Street source has said.
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Voices: If Rishi Sunak can write off Covid support fraud, his government can stop obsessing over ‘benefit cheats’
When we’re facing an economic crisis, and we’re writing off missing money, then we can give the poorest households the support they deserve
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Maisie Smith and Strictly’s Nikita Kuzmin seen getting close after leaving rehearsals
Maisie Smith has replaced AJ Odudu on the Strictly Come Dancing live tour, and the former EastEnders star is no stranger to the dancefloor, after reaching the final in 2020
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Indian teenagers show huge appetite for Covid vaccines as 50% jabbed in just two weeks
Fifty per cent of eligible teens aged 15 to 18 have received a first dose of Covid-19 vaccination
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ANOTHER Bury politician defects to join the Labour Party
Councillor Gareth Staples-Jones said he feels the move 'is the right thing for Radcliffe and the residents I represent'
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Why are ministers obsessed with teaching children to read using phonics? | Alice Bradbury
Our study shows that there is no solid evidence behind this method, and its ‘nonsense words’ are counterproductiveOver the last decade the way in which children are taught to read in primary schools in England has fundamentally changed. The teaching of reading is now dominated by phonics, or more accurately “synthetic phonics”, where the focus is on teaching children the connection between phonemes (sounds) and letters. This teaching of the alphabetic code has always been part of learning to read, but our new research suggests it now dominates, to the exclusion of a more balanced approach involving reading whole texts and understanding the meaning of words.For example, children are given a statutory test when they are five or six called the “phonics screening check”, where they are given pseudo-words, or nonsense words, like “sut”, “blem” and “meck” to read. They do not need to know what these mean, but are judged to have “read” them correctly if they say the appropriate sounds. Yet this is decoding, not reading for understanding. Moreover, the inconsistencies in English spelling mean that children cannot only rely on phonics to read: common words like “the” and “she” have to be taught as exceptions.Alice Bradbury is a professor of sociology of education, University College London Continue reading...
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Dani Alves urges Lionel Messi to go back to Barcelona
Messi has been encouraged to return to Catalonia and retire a Barcelona player
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BREAKING Health Secretary Sajid Javid to lead Downing Street Covid press conference
Sajid Javid will give a Covid briefing at 5pm, where he is expected to give further details on the decision to axe Plan B restrictions
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Man Utd boss Ralf Rangnick is disobeying Paul Scholes' order with risky Paul Pogba plan
Pogba is out of contract in the summer and appears to have no intentions of signing an extension at Old Trafford as Rangnick prepares to welcome him back into the Man Utd team
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