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New app forces kids to reply to parents’ texts

A father was so fed up with his teenage son ignoring his messages that he created an app - to force him to text back.

Family
Never leave the house with wet hair - and always smile.

50 nuggets of wisdom every parent should pass on to their kids

Parents hand down the same 29 nuggets of wisdom to their children that their own parents did - including 'get an education' and 'always try your best'.

Family
Eyes to the skies on Monday!

There will be a solar eclipse on Monday: what are your chances of seeing it?

This coming Monday, a solar eclipse is expected, with some parts of the world seeing a total eclipse as the moon passes in between the Earth and the sun.
Environment
Box sets can be seriously bad for your health, research has found

Why binge-watching box sets could be seriously damaging your health

Binge-watching box sets like 'The Walking Dead' could leave you feeling like a zombie yourself, according to new research.
TV and Film 1
Dice

Fluffy dice, and nine other ways you could be invalidating your car insurance

These are the ten most common mistakes drivers make that could invalidate your car insurance.

Offbeat
Some of the painted rocks. Picture: Jeni McAuley.

This fun family activity is taking the North East by storm - here's how you can get involved

It's August - and we've all been there.

Family 1
What's your dream crisp flavour?

25 dream crisp flavours - as chosen by you

You came in your dozens yesterday to react to the news that Walkers Crisps may be discontinuing a popular flavour from its range.

Eating Out 2
Nutella B-ready bar

Nutella to launch new chocolate snack bar

Sweet news for chocoholics, Nutella have announced the launch of a new chocolate, biscuit snack bar set to launch in stores this September.
Business
Which flavour should go?

Walkers threaten to scrap salt and vinegar and prawn cocktail crisps

Crisps fans aren't going to be happy about this news.
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What makes up your ideal pub?

This is what Britain's ideal pub looks like

What features would make up your dream pub?

Lifestyle 2
How often do you change your password? Picture: PA.

My password advice drives people b@n@n@s, IT expert admits

The IT expert responsible for suggesting people use complex passwords and change them regularly says he regrets the advice - adding it "drives people bananas".

News
What's the going rate for the tooth fairy in your house?

How much does the tooth fairy pay children in the North East?

Just how much are your little ones' pearly whites worth?

Offbeat
Will you be selecting your team today?

Today is ‘Fantasy Football Day’ - have you remembered to pick your team?

Today has been named Fantasy Football Day.
Offbeat
Do you fancy appearing on Take Me Out?

Take Me Out looking for singletons for new series

Ever fancied being on TV? Well if you're single and looking for love, now's your chance!
TV and Film
Mollie King has been announced as the first celebrity for Strictly Come Dancing's new series. Picture: PA.

Singer Mollie King revealed as first contestant for Strictly Come Dancing 2017

The Saturdays singer Mollie King has promised to put her all into her performances on Strictly Come Dancing 2017.

TV and Film
The Channel 4 documentary aired last night. Picture: PA.

Diana video tapes documentary divides opinion among newspaper critics

The Channel 4 documentary about the late Diana, Princess of Wales, has divided opinion among commentators with reviews ranging from "trashy" to "heartbreaking".

TV and Film 2
Would you be interested in applying for The Button?

Could your family star in new BBC game show The Button?

Families and friends are being sought to take part in a new TV show.
TV and Film
Nearly two-thirds of schoolchildren will lose or damage their school uniform or equipment within the first term of the new academic year, research suggests.

Most schoolchildren 'will lose or damage uniform in new term'

Nearly two-thirds of schoolchildren will lose or damage their school uniform or equipment within the first term of the new academic year, research suggests.
Education 3
Co-Operative Funeralcare photo of their new rainbow hearse in Brighton, with Richard Miller, which is being unveiled at the Brighton Pride festival on Saturday.

Funeral firm unveils rainbow hearse at Pride festival

A new hearse painted in the colours of the rainbow has been unveiled at a leading UK Pride festival.

News 2
Do you know what to look for when you're buying travel insurance?

You’re not covered if you’re drunk - 5 things you need to know about buying travel insurance

Travel insurance is as vital to a summer holiday as a passport but more and more of us taking the financial risk by not buying the right cover.

Travel
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