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Car Review: Volvo XC40


​Nothing quite prepared me for the little rubber Swedish flag I discovered sticking out of the wing on the new Volvo XC40, the company's first baby SUV. It's like one of those tags you get on a designer sofa, say, or dotted around Ikea…

Friday, Feb 23


Woman who used to weigh 22 stone has stretch marks covered with tattoo

A formerly obese woman has had some of her stretch marks covered with an intricate tattoo - in an effort to feel more positive about her weight loss journey. Jen is a 26-year-old woman whose weight reached a high of 22 stone when she was…

UK rail timetable delays to jeopardise journeys from May onwards


All change at St Pancras? The usual 12 weeks' notice of rail disruption is going to be reduced / Simon Calder. Train disruption may only be known four weeks ahead, with less time to buy cheap Advance tickets. Simon Calder Travel…


Elon Musk posts video of demo Starlink satellites deploying, ready to test out the space internet

SpaceX founder Elon Musk has posted stunning video of two Starlink satellites deploying, ready to test out the future of space internet. The kit was carried up to space by the Falcon 9 rocket launched yesterday. The actual purpose of the…

Holly Willoughby calls out photographers for 'vile' behaviour after Brit Awards

Holly Willoughby has called out the paparazzi for their scandalous behaviour after the Brit Awards, sharing a powerful post on Instagram highlighting the Time's Up movement. On Wednesday evening, celebrities walking the red carpet at the…

Emotional support dog bites child’s face on Southwest Airlines flight


An emotional support dog accompanying a passenger on a Southwest Airlines flight had to be removed after injuring a child. The incident took place prior to take-off on Wednesday 21 February, aboard flight 1904 from Phoenix to Portland,…


Consuming fruit teas and salt and vinegar crisps can cause tooth erosion, experts warn

Frequently drinking fruit teas and eating salt and vinegar crisps could result in severe tooth erosion, experts have warned. In between meals, it's all too easy to turn to the teabags for a cleansing fruit tea or to indulge in a sweet or…


Why your office is beginning to look like a forest

The modern office is starting to look more like a Rainforest Cafe than a place of business. Amazon.com's new Seattle headquarters has 40,000 plants. Down the coast, every other floor in Samsung's two-and-a-half-year-old San Jose office…

Thursday, Feb 22


'Meet me at McDonald's' haircut banned in Norfolk school

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A secondary school in Norfolk has banned pupils from donning a popular haircut known as the “Meet me at McDonald's”. The trendy, 80s-inspired hairstyle typically features short sides with a floppy, tousled mop of hair on top; the origins…


Drinking red wine can improve oral hygiene, study claims

It might not be as far fetched as it sounds, as a new study has revealed drinking red wine actually offers a number of health benefits that extend far beyond the mere feel-good factor. After analysing the effect of polyphenols, the…


Heathrow airport claims expansion needed 'as quickly as possible' for UK to thrive post-Brexit


Heathrow Airport Ltd has warned that prosperity in post-Brexit Britain could be jeopardised unless the Government takes swift action on expansion. Europe’s busiest airport managed to grow at its fastest rate in five years in 2017, despite…

Jennifer Lawrence responds to dress criticism: 'I am extremely offended'


Jennifer Lawrence has responded to criticisms regarding a photocall for her upcoming film Red Sparrow, in which the actress is pictured wearing a revealing dress on a London rooftop alongside her male colleagues, who are notably more…

Wednesday, Feb 21


Cadbury Creme Egg sugar content revealed in shocking Facebook post

It's no secret that chocolate is full of sugar, but sometimes it takes seeing that sugar in a new light to hammer home just quite how much you're consuming. One mother has shocked the internet by posting a picture of a Creme Egg next to…


Family planning clinic offers free pizza in exchange for STI tests

Food is the way to many people’s hearts, something that a family planning clinic took full advantage of in order to encourage screenings for sexually transmitted diseases. On Tuesday, the Semcac Clinic in Winona, Minnesota held an event…


Why Jennifer Lawrence's dress shows sexism in Hollywood persists despite #TimesUp

In the wake of #TimesUp, systemic sexism in Hollywood has never been such a prominent part of the cultural conversation. Hence why Jennifer Lawrence's latest photocall for Red Sparrow has polarised fans online. As part of the US actress'…


Low-carb and low-fat diets have same effect on weight loss, claims study

For anyone embarking on the beginning of their weight loss journey, it can be a daunting prospect trying to figure out which diet is best for you. Diets are definitely not one-size-fits-all, as what works for one person may not prove…


Women who make the first move are more lucky in love, survey finds

It’s an age-old question: when it comes to dating, does it really matter who makes the first move? According to a new survey by The League, an invite-only dating app that comes complete with an application process, one out of three…

Tuesday, Feb 20


Train versus plane: what's the fastest way between London and Amsterdam?

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The inaugural Eurostar service took three hours, 44 minutes from London St Pancras to Amsterdam Centraal station. On the return journey, I set out to test the same point-to-point trip by air. All times GMT. 12.31pm: Amsterdam Centraal.…

Heathrow: airlines demand guarantee on expansion costs


British Airways’ parent company IAG, easyJet, Virgin Atlantic and Flybe were giving evidence to the Transport Select Committee, Willie Walsh, chief executive of IAG, said Heathrow is the most expensive airport that his firm operates from,…


Dermatologist explains why you need to wash new clothes before wearing them

It may be hard to resist putting on your new outfit as soon as you leave the store but a dermatologist has revealed why you absolutely need to wash new clothes first. In addition to being unsanitary - think of all the people that handled…


Millions of Brits worry their partner spends too much time on social media

Millions of Brits have got the hump because their other half spends too much time "engaging'" with celebrities like Cara Delevingne, Ed Sheeran and David Beckham on Twitter and Instagram, it has emerged. Researchers found as many as six in…

Eurostar: What it's like to catch first direct London-Amsterdam train service


The 8.31am Amsterdam Express became a reality today. A special Eurostar train left London St Pancras International exactly on time, carrying the train operator's staff, travel industry figures and media. The train raced through Kent –…

Woman left paralysed from neck down after sit-up accident at gym

A young woman was left paralysed from the neck down when she fell from a piece of exercise equipment while doing sit-ups at the gym. Marcelle Mancuso is a 23-year-old law graduate from São José do Rio Preto in Brazil. In January 2016,…

Your sibling can determine how kind and empathetic you are, study finds

Having a brother or sister could make you kinder and more empathetic, a new study has found. It’s common for siblings to seesaw from adoring to detesting one another but, aside from personality clashes and competing for everything from…


Cliff camping: What it’s like to stay at the world’s most terrifying B&B


Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson made history in 2015. In 19 gruelling days, the pair free-climbed the Dawn Wall on Yosemite National Park’s staggeringly enormous El Capitan for the first time. They spent those days inching their way up…


Tokophobia: What it's like to have a phobia of pregnancy and childbirth

The Conversation It's common for women to feel anxious about labour and birth. Worries about the pain of contractions, interventions and the uncertainty of the process are not unusual. But for some women, the fear of labour and birth can…


Incontinence affects more than 200m people worldwide, so why isn’t more being done to find a cure?


For a chronic health condition that causes shame and misery for countless people and costs billions, urinary incontinence keeps a low profile. Media reports about chronic health conditions appear with alarming regularity, but it is rare to…

Monday, Feb 19


River Island features children with disabilities in new campaign celebrating diversity

Six children with disabilities have been announced as the new faces of River Island’s latest campaign that celebrates diversity. Marking its 30-year anniversary, the high-street fashion brand has joined forces with leading international…


Drinking small amounts of alcohol may help you live to over 90, claims study

The secret to living long into ripe old age has been heavily debated for quite some time. Eating a healthier diet, regularly practising yoga in a peaceful park, visiting exotic hot springs to cleanse your body… people have tried all sorts…


Baftas 2018: Best Actress winner Frances McDormand explains why she chose not to wear black

Following in the footsteps of the Golden Globes, which saw almost every attendee wear black in honour of the #TimesUp movement, Sunday's Bafta looks made more of an impact than ever before. But, while the majority of Hollywood A-listers…