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Bob Mortimer is proving that even without Vic he’s a comedy master

Bob Mortimer is proving that even without Vic he’s a comedy master

For three decades Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer have been one of Britain’s most beloved comedy partnerships. From the still-unmatched surrealism of ‘gameshow’ Shooting Stars, to anarchic sitcom House of Fools, the pair capture a unique kind of silly, outlandish humour that many have tried (and often failed) to replicate. Vic and Bob, interview: ‘What do […]

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Beer crisis: why your local pubs could soon run dry

Beer crisis: why your local pubs could soon run dry

The UK is facing a shortage of carbon dioxide (CO2) which could leave manufacturers of beer and other fizzy drinks unable to keep up with heightened summer demand. Just two plants produce CO2 in the UK, and one is currently closed for maintenance. No CO2, no pint Carbon dioxide isn’t just a key ingredient in […]

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Alan Sugar faces backlash over ‘racist’ Senegal football team tweet

Alan Sugar faces backlash over ‘racist’ Senegal football team tweet

Alan Sugar is facing backlash for a “racist” tweet about the Senegal national football team. The Chairman of Amshold Group and presenter of TV show The Apprentice drew comparisons between the African team’s starting XI and street vendors. Posting from his official Twitter account, the 71-year-old businessman tweeted: “I recognise some of these guys from […]

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Mars will soon be the closest to Earth it’s been in 15 years – here’s how to see it

Mars will soon be the closest to Earth it’s been in 15 years – here’s how to see it

This July, Mars will swing closer to the Earth than it has done for 15 years, putting on a spectacular show for stargazers in the process. Known as the ‘Mars Close Approach’, the planet will appear larger and brighter than it usually does in our night sky, thanks to the orbits of both Mars and […]

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Big brand crackers recalled due to allergy risk

Big brand crackers recalled due to allergy risk

A range of crackers from Ritz has been recalled this week after it was found a key ingredient was not declared on the packaging, leaving customers at risk of an allergic reaction. Read more: Foreign Office issues urgent warning to holidaymakers travelling to turkey Mondelez international, who own the Ritz brand, issued a a statement […]

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Your smartphone could soon be powered by avocado

Smartphones could soon be powered by salt – or even avocados, according to new research. Sodium and potassium are the raw materials found in table salt and fruit, respectively. Read more: Middle-class shoplifters are scanning avocados as carrots at self-service tills And scientists have found they are viable alternatives to current lithium based batteries. The […]

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Bargain £10.99 Aldi bubbly wins international prize

Bargain £10.99 Aldi bubbly wins international prize

Aldi chiefs will be clinking their glasses in celebration after one of the discount chain’s bestselling champagnes – which costs just over a tenner a bottle – scooped its third international prize in a year. Aldi’s Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut won a “silver outstanding” prize at the International Wine and Spirits Challenge. It completes a […]

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Why a big cheesy smile makes you easier to recognise

Why a big cheesy smile makes you easier to recognise

A toothy smile in a photo makes it easier for people to be identified, according to a new study. Previous research has shown that it is difficult for people to match a pair of unfamiliar faces in photographs, presenting major issues for authorities to spot identity fraud. But the new study, published in the British […]

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Love Island social media reaction shows deep snobbery about Northern accents

Love Island social media reaction shows deep snobbery about Northern accents

Gerry Howley, University of Sheffield Now that the current crop of inmates disporting themselves around Love Island have settled in, members of the mainstream and social media have been passing judgement on the “islanders”. While I’m by no means a regular viewer of the show, as a sociolinguist, it is the comments that are being […]

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Should cannabis be legalised? Here are the arguments for and against

Should cannabis be legalised? Here are the arguments for and against

While the sale, possession or use of cannabis has been illegal in the UK since 1971, when the Misuse of Drugs Act was introduced, calls are now being made for the laws restricting the drug to be reviewed. Prime Minister Theresa May is facing increasing political pressure to review the law after a string of […]

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