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Here’s why Storm Jorge came after Storm Dennis – and how the names are chosen

Here’s why Storm Jorge came after Storm Dennis – and how the names are chosen

The UK is bracing itself for its third storm of the month with Storm Jorge on its way following the visits of Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis. The naming of the storm has left those aware of the Met Office’s alphabetical storm-naming system scratching their heads. Here’s why the storm is called Jorge rather than […]

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These are all the tax codes used by HMRC – and what they mean

These are all the tax codes used by HMRC – and what they mean

This is everything you need to know about the tax codes on your payslip, and what they mean. UK tax codes can seem complicated, but are actually fairly easy to get the hang of. Everyone’s tax code contains letters and numbers, which are used by employers and pension providers. The specific numbers and letters in […]

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This is when and where snow will fall across the UK today

This is when and where snow will fall across the UK today

A yellow weather alert has been issued across the UK today (28 Feb), warning of snow, sleet and icy conditions. The warning extends across much of Scotland and northern England, with some areas expected to see up to three cm of snow. Snow, sleet and hail The snow warning has been issued by the Met […]

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This is why women are ‘allowed’ to propose on 29 February

This is why women are ‘allowed’ to propose on 29 February

A leap year is an event that only comes around once every four years, where February is one day longer than normal. We’ll be treated to a 29 February in 2020 and, traditionally, women are ‘allowed’ to propose to their significant other on that date. Where does the proposal tradition come from? According to tradition, […]

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This common gut bacteria could be a cause of bowel cancer

This common gut bacteria could be a cause of bowel cancer

A common type of gut bacterium may play a role in the development of bowel cancer, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The bacterium is a type of E. coli infection, present in up to one in five people, scientists believe. Researchers found that it releases a toxin which may damage […]

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7 50p coins have been released to celebrate the 75th VE Day anniversary – this is how much the full set could be worth

7 50p coins have been released to celebrate the 75th VE Day anniversary – this is how much the full set could be worth

Celebrating 75 years since the end of the Second World War, seven new 50p coins have been released to commemorate the historic event. The new Isle of Man coins spell out ‘victory’, in honour of the VE Day anniversary – and they could be worth hundreds of pounds. Victory coins The Victory in Europe Day […]

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Jeremy Kyle is returning to TV screens a year after his show was axed

Jeremy Kyle is returning to TV screens a year after his show was axed

Controversial TV presenter Jeremy Kyle is to make a comeback later this year, according to his new representative. Claire Powell of The CAN Group confirmed the news on Twitter in a statement promising that the veteran broadcaster would “have his say” after a year “spent battling unimaginable consequences of a devastating tragedy.” Why was the […]

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This is the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic as coronavirus reaches more than 40 countries

This is the difference between a pandemic and an epidemic as coronavirus reaches more than 40 countries

Fears are growing that the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus could soon be declared a pandemic, as the virus continues to spread across more countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has currently categorised the outbreak as an epidemic with multiple locations, but it is now at the ‘tipping point’ of becoming a pandemic as new […]

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Health experts say we should prepare for a coronavirus pandemic as confirmed cases passes 83,000

Health experts say we should prepare for a coronavirus pandemic as confirmed cases passes 83,000

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the world should be “in a phase of preparedness” for a possible coronavirus pandemic, as the number of confirmed cases has reached more than 83,000. Up to this point, the WHO had played down fears that the current coronavirus would be declared a pandemic, despite serious outbreaks in […]

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A woman has been fined for dropping a Greggs paper bag – more than a decade ago

A woman has been fined for dropping a Greggs paper bag – more than a decade ago

A woman has been fined for littering – more than 10 years ago. Over a decade ago, Grace Firth tucked into a snack from Greggs, and somehow the paper bag ended up on the ground instead of the bin. Now 32, the student from Stockport found herself in court with a littering charge. Firth pleaded […]

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