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Flu: why this year’s outbreak is one of the worst

Flu: why this year’s outbreak is one of the worst

Connor Bamford, University of Glasgow and Julien Amat, University of Glasgow The UK is being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in recent decades. A total of 664 hospital admissions and 85 confirmed deaths have been reported since the beginning of winter 2017. The British media have blamed “Aussie flu” for the outbreak. […]

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Comment: nationalising Britain’s railways is the only way to fix chronic problems

Comment: nationalising Britain’s railways is the only way to fix chronic problems

John Stittle, University of Essex Just who exactly supports the UK’s privatised railway industry? It’s certainly not passengers, taxpayers, railway employees or increasingly many politicians. The state-owned British Rail was privatised over several years starting in 1995. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was politically astute enough to avoid privatising this industry. But her successor, John Major, […]

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Porn in the UK – what is legal and what were last year’s trends?

Porn in the UK – what is legal and what were last year’s trends?

Samantha Pegg, Nottingham Trent University The year has begun with Pornhub’s, now traditional, “Year in Review”, which details trends in the popular pornography site’s traffic. This includes a breakdown of what users have been viewing over the past 12 months – and, as usual, makes for some interesting reading. The first clear message is that […]

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England house prices: how the cost of property has changed where you live

England house prices: how the cost of property has changed where you live

England saw average house prices increase annually by 3.6% to reach £243,339, according to data from the Office for National Statistics. By comparison, the average UK house price reached £226,071, an increase of 5.1% annually. The area showing the largest annual growth in England was Cambridge, where house prices increased by 16.4% to reach £461,890 […]

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Working Class White Men part two reveals moving stories of fatherhood and family

In part one of provocative Channel 4 documentary Working Class White Men, presenter Professor Green tackled poverty, anxiety and the far-right. With this concluding second episode however, the focus is turned towards fatherhood and families, with genuinely touching results. Crucially, there is a greater emphasis on the reasons behind the issues facing working class white […]

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Walk Like a Panther is a feel-good wrestling comedy – set in Yorkshire

A new film about wrestling is set to hit cinemas in the coming weeks. But rather than revolving around the flashy moves and glitzy production of a big US contest, the characters of Walk Like a Panther are retired grapplers putting on one last show to save their favourite pub. And it’s all set in […]

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Britain’s favourite dog breed to be revealed

Few countries are as besotted with dogs as Great Britain, with 24 percent of the country owning the mischief makers. And tonight the country’s favourite breed is set to be revealed on ITV’s 100 favourite dogs: Top 100. The result comes after 10,000 dog lovers were asked for their favourite breed of mutt. Will the […]

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‘Smishing’ scam sends fake NatWest messages

Action Fraud is warning people not to be duped by fake text messages claiming to be from NatWest after the cyber-crime reporting centre received new reports of text message fraud. This sort of scam, which is known as ‘smishing’, sees the scammer using specialist software which alters the sender ID on the message to send […]

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Nick Park on Early Man – and the inspiration behind Wallace and Gromit

Interview by Matthew Turner “We’ve often thought, just how long have we got in stop-frame? But it seems to have carried on, from strength to strength.” Best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, British animator Nick Park is still delighting audiences with his painstakingly created stop-motion crowd-pleasers. His new […]

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Ryanair has changed its hand luggage rules – here’s everything you need to know

Budget airline Ryanair is changing its hand luggage policy to encourage passengers to check bags into the hold. From yesterday (Monday 15 January), only travellers who have paid for priority boarding, Plus, Flexi Plus and Family Plus tickets will be permitted to take two bags into the cabin free of charge: one large (55cm x […]

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