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Five tips to keep the kids occupied during half term

Can you believe it's here already? Another half-term holiday ...

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An army of grandparents looking after their grandchildren are collectively saving parents more than 16billion a year in formal childcare costs.

Grandparents save working families £1,786 a year in childcare costs

An army of grandparents are saving parents more than £16billion a year in childcare costs.

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Super Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will be available on the Switch.

Nintendo Switch: 8 things to know

With Nintendo’s brand new console the Switch due out at the beginning of March, a host of games have already been confirmed for the intriguing machine.

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David Cassidy pictured during his heyday. Picture: PA.

Former teenage favourite David Cassidy reveals battle with dementia

Former teenage heartthrob David Cassidy has revealed he is battling dementia.
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The t-shirt is being removed from sale.

Primark pulls 'shocking' and 'racist' Walking Dead t-shirt from stores after customer's angry complaint

Primark has removed a t-shirt promoting hit US TV show The Walking Dead from its stores after it was branded "fantastically offensive" and "racist" by an angry shopper.
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Steve Hewlett died this morning surrounded by his family. Picture: Pixabay.

Radio 4 presenter Steve Hewlett dies after cancer battle

BBC Radio 4 presenter Steve Hewlett has died at the age of 58.

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Will you be getting an iPhone 8? Picture: Shutterstock.

5 reasons facial recognition on the iPhone 8 would be a terrible idea

Rumours surfaced last week that the iPhone 8 will come with facial recognition software, with some analysts predicting the firm will forgo Touch ID in favour of unlocking phones via facial recognition.
Business
Is there a film that makes you feel young again? Picture: Pixabay.

The top 10 films that make Brits feel young again

We've all got that one movie that makes us remember our childhood - but what do you watch when you want to take a trip back to your youth?

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Jon Bentley, Craig Charles, Georgie Barrat and Ortis Deley. Picture: Channel 5/PA.

Red Dwarf star Craig Charles named The Gadget Show's new host

Red Dwarf star Craig Charles has been announced as the new host of consumer technology programme The Gadget Show.
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Do you get stressed over bills and expenses? Picture: Shutterstock.

Adults pay bills of £1.2m over lifetime

Brits will part with almost £1.2million on household bills in their lifetime, according to a new study.

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The new tipple is available at Asda from this week. Picture: Asda.

Prosecco prayers answered with launch of new wine 'Progrigio'

Prosecco lovers have no reason to panic over a predicted price hike.
Business
The Scottish SPCA has blamed so-called "black dog syndrome". Picture: SSPCA.

Knitters take the leads in bid to brighten chances of black dogs being adopted

Colourful jackets are being knitted for black dogs who are overlooked for adoption because of the colour of their fur.

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Premium content such as subscription sports channels can be streamed using Kodi software. Picture: Shutterstock.

Kodi set-top boxes: what are they and could I get in trouble for using one?

Kodi has been clocking up plenty of column inches due to the crackdown on the sale of pre-loaded TV set-top boxes containing premium content.
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Andy Murray. Picture by PA

Brits declare 'winning moments' of 2016

After countless celebrity deaths, the nation divided over Brexit and tumultuous times around the world, many wrote 2016 off as a gloomy year.

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Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock. Picture: Shutterstock.

Sherlock tops international poll of most popular BBC characters

In news that will have David Brent demanding a recount, Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock has topped a worldwide poll of the most popular BBC television characters.

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There are lots of reasons why people can't get a good night's sleep.

10 things that are stopping us getting a good night's sleep

There's nothing like a good night's sleep to prepare us for the new day. But sadly many people aren't getting one.
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Fancy a Subway sandwich today?

You can get a free Subway sandwich on Valentine's Day - here's how!

Fancy treating your loved one (or even yourself) to a special Valentine's Day lunch?

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Test out our chat-up lines this Valentine's Day.

19 chat-up lines that have worked across the North East (allegedly) ...

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we’ve scoured the North East region to come up with the 20 best chat-up lines ever used.

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We take a look at what's remembered on February 14 through the ages.

On This Day: February 14 through the ages

Aside from Valentine's Day, we take a look at what is remembered on February 14.

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How will you celebrate this Valentine's Day? Picture: Shutterstock.

A third of women feel they have to have sex with partners on Valentine’s Day

Almost one in three women feel they to have sex with their partner on Valentine's Day, a new study has revealed.

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