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Wednesday, May 23


Catching up on sleep at weekends can reduce risk of premature death, study claims

While the majority of people would be able to attest that a good night's sleep is imperative for a healthy wellbeing, many wind up depriving themselves of rest as they go about their busy regimes. Not having a sufficient amount of sleep…


Britons say 'thank you' more than anyone else in the world, study claims

When it comes to manners, Britain is as famed as it is mocked for its unrelenting penchant for politeness. It should therefore come as no surprise that nobody says "thank you" more than the Brits, who seem to be in a constant haze of…

Tuesday, May 22


Mark Zuckerberg warned his legacy will be 'a genius who created a digital monster' at European Parliament hearing

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives at the European Parliament to answer questions about the improper use of millions of users' data by a political consultancy, in Brussels, Belgium May 22, 2018. REUTERS. Mark Zuckerberg was warned that…


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding gifts revealed, from baby koalas to an Indian bull

From knowing how much to spend to avoiding duplicate gifts, buying presents for newlyweds can be a thorny issue – especially when the couple are royalty. Luckily though, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – who married at the weekend at St…


Alden Ehrenreich on playing Han Solo: Harrison Ford taught me 'everything I need to know'

Before Alden Ehrenreich took on the biggest role of his life, he took a trip out to Death Valley in California. He hired a high-end tepee, drank green juice and contemplated what playing the young Han Solo would mean. “I wanted to make…


Eating one egg a day can reduce risk of heart disease, study claims

Eggs are regarded as being a fantastic source of several nutrients, including proteins, vitamins and essential fatty acids. However, eating them on a daily basis can purportedly benefit your health not only in the short term, but also in…

Walking or cycling to work could reduce risk of dying from heart disease by a third, study finds

Walking or cycling to work could cut your risk of dying from heart disease or stroke by 30 per cent, new research suggests. In a bid to understand the impact of everyday activity on health, researchers from the University of Cambridge,…


Chelsea Flower Show 2018: Where is it, what's the dress code, and how do you get tickets?

For horticultural enthusiasts, the Chelsea Flower Show is one of the coveted fixtures in the garden show calendar. Year upon year, thousands of people descend upon Chelsea to marvel at vibrant flower displays and innovative garden designs.…


Dundee named must-visit European destination for 2018 by Lonely Planet

Scottish city is the only UK destination to be included in Lonely Planet's list of top 10 European destinations for 2018. Jo Caird; 7 hours ago. Click to follow. The Independent Travel. Dundee has been included in a list of top European…

Monday, May 21


Tens of thousands of commuters face weeks of disruption after botched rail timetable overhaul

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A key metric used by the railway industry is “tph” – trains per hour. Tens of thousands of commuters left standing on the first working day of the new train timetables were more concerned by “cph” – cancellations per hour. At London St…


Chrissy Teigen applauded for wearing postpartum underwear in Instagram post: 'This is real motherhood'

Bringing a new life into the world is an undeniably beautiful and special occasion. However, the true reality of how giving birth can affect a woman's body is often not discussed as openly as it could be. Earlier today, model Chrissy…


The 5:2 diet could increase risk of diabetes, say scientists

Fasting diets could increase the risk of diabetes and cause damaging side effects, new research suggests. A group of scientists speaking at the European Society of Endocrinology's annual meeting this weekend revealed that while fasting can…

Sunday, May 20


Dozens of trains cancelled on first day of 'enhanced' timetable

The panorama from Platform 1 of Blackfriars station, straddling the Thames in central London, is one of the finest in Europe: a vista encompassing St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Shard and Tate Modern — complete with a low-tide…

Saturday, May 19


Royal wedding: The nine main talking points, from the viral pageboy to Amal's outfit

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After weeks of royal rumours, family debacles and a paparazzi scandal, the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was finally here. With bunting hung and Pimm's at the ready, the nation watched with baited breath – would a miffed Markle…

Friday, May 18


Royal wedding: Everything you need to know to be up-to-date on Harry and Meghan's big day

Given the months of build up and wall-to-wall coverage of recent days, it is probably difficult to have arrived at this point unaware that a royal wedding is happening this weekend. But if you have managed to tune out much of the noise…


New MOT test: What changes are being introduced to the three-year health check for cars?

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency revising process by which mechanics assess whether vehicles are roadworthy. Joe Sommerlad · @JoeSommerlad; 8 hours ago. Click to follow. Indy/Life. Significant changes are being introduced to the MOT…


Train timetable changes: What will they mean for your journey?

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Britain's biggest-ever transformation in rail schedules takes place this weekend. For some, it means more and faster trains. But not everyone is a winner. These are the key issues when the new times take effect on 20 May ...

Thursday, May 17


England's cleanest beaches revealed as 2018 Blue Flag award winners are announced

Dorset dominates with eight beaches under their jurisdiction scooping the prestigious Blue Flag award. Joanna Whitehead; 8 hours ago. Click to follow. The Independent Travel. England's cleanest beaches have been revealed, with 65 awarded…

Wednesday, May 16


East Coast Main Line: as another franchise hits the rocks, is rail doomed to fail?

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Pity the poor shareholder: for every day that Virgin Trains East Coast has existed, the enterprise has lost somewhere in the region of £175,000. Popular videos · Arsenal set to confirm boss, United want Spurs star, Liverpool target ·…


How to avoid Ryanair's £55 check-in charge


Ryanair's online check-in window will be open from just 48 hours to two hours before departure from 13 June. Passengers who haven't reserved seats and arrive at the airport without having checked in online are required to pay a fee of £55…


From losing the rings to missing guests, what to do when disaster strikes a wedding

Excitement can easily transform into anxiety in the days leading up to any wedding, let alone a royal one. Anything can go wrong at the last minute, from someone misplacing the wedding rings to a young member of the wedding party throwing…

Tuesday, May 15


Cannes 2018: Kristen Stewart removes heels on red carpet in protest over dress code

Kristen Stewart was seen removing her heels while walking down the red carpet at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Some believe she did so in order to take a stand against the dress code of the film festival, which has caused controversy…

East Coast rail line: Demands for re-nationalisation grow as Virgin Trains franchise fails


The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, is expected this week to cancel the troubled Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) franchise, just three years after it began. As the government prepares to announce the demise of yet another franchise on…


Exercise is only beneficial when done outside your job, study claims

It's no secret that exercise can offer endless mental and physical benefits, however, unless you're doing it outside of work hours, high levels of physical activity could be doing you more harm than good, a new study has claimed.…

Monday, May 14


Have millennials killed the Club 18-30 holiday?


The party may be winding down for Thomas Cook's 18-30 franchise, which recently announced that it was “exploring options” as part of a review of the brand which could lead to a sale. Sun, sex and excessive amounts of sangria were once the…

New Look criticised by shoppers for imposing 'fat tax' on plus-size clothing

High street retailer New Look has been criticised by shoppers for allegedly imposing a “fat tax” across its plus-sized range. The claims come after Maria Wassell, a retail supervisor from Kent, noticed a pair of trousers from the brand's…

McDonald's sparks outrage as chain reveals buns may contain traces of nuts

Many McDonald's customers have expressed their anger following the announcement that a number of items on the menu may contain traces of nuts. The fast food chain recently experienced a glitch within its supply chain, which led to its buns…


MH370: Malaysia Airlines' captain deliberately crashed plane in murder-suicide, investigators conclude

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Leading air safety experts have concluded that the captain of flight MH370 deliberately crashed the plane. They include the man who spent two years heading the search, who now says Captain Zaharie Amad Shah carefully planned a murder…


Plane's cockpit window ripped out at 32,000ft forcing emergency landing


The pilots of a Chinese passenger jet made an emergency landing after a cockpit windscreen was ripped out in mid-air. Two crew members on the Sichuan Airlines flight were injured when the plane’s window blew out as it cruised at 32,000ft…

Sunday, May 13


Metropolitan Police's facial recognition technology 98% inaccurate, figures show

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Facial recognition software used by the UK’s biggest police force has returned false positives in more than 98 per cent of alerts generated, The Independent can reveal, with the country’s biometrics regulator calling it “not yet fit for…