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Royal Mail to increase price of stamps

The price of a first class stamp will jump 6p to 76p and the price of a second class stamp will rise 4p to 65p from March 23. Royal Mail has said it will increase the price of first class and second class stamps. The postal firm said the price of a first class stamp…

Dame Julie Walters reveals bowel cancer diagnosis

The veteran actress was given the all-clear following chemotherapy. Dame Julie Walters has revealed that she was diagnosed with bowel cancer. The Mamma Mia! and Billy Elliot star’s condition was discovered 18 months ago, after doctors found two primary tumours in her large intestine. The 69-year-old told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show that, following chemotherapy,…

Sharon Osbourne debuts new grey hair: How you can make the transition

A hairstylist gives his top tips on embracing natural grey or white hair. Sharon Osbourne has taken the plunge and dyed her hair a natural silver-white colour, after 18 years with her iconic red locks. The 67-year-old’s new look was revealed on Instagram by celebrity colourist Jack Martin, who posted a before and after picture…

What’s in season for February?

Each month we focus on a few ingredients, which are currently in season, and share enlightening facts, useful tips and an enticing recipe for you to try at home or eat at one of our Bistro’s. …

Storm Dennis: six emotional stages of getting caught in bad weather

Get ready for strong winds. It’s happened to the best of us. Either by luck or lack of judgement, we’ve been in the wrong place at the wrong time, and mother nature has punished us with rain, wind and hail. There’s a few feelings we all experience when the clouds decide to open. As Storm…

Who were the winners and losers at the Oscars?

Joaquin Phoenix, Renee Zellweger, Laura Dern and Brad Pitt scooped the big acting prizes at the Oscars. Here is a look at the other winners and losers from the night. Good night for: Parasite The Korean film was the first from the country to be nominated for an Oscar, and ended up leaving with four…

Five symptoms of kidney cancer everyone should be aware of

With kidney cancer rates rising, an oncologist outlines the warning signs never to ignore. Kidney cancer is on the rise globally and in the UK, yet many people are unaware of the warning signs. To mark Kidney Cancer Awareness Week (February 3-7), the Kidney Cancer UK charity is seeking to help tackle this, by highlighting potential symptoms…

Brexit 50p enters circulation from today

Around three million coins are entering circulation, with another seven million planned for later this year. Around three million Brexit 50p coins will start showing up in people’s pockets and wallets when they enter banks, post offices and shops from today. Another seven million of the coins, minted to mark the UK’s departure from the…

Scrabble at 82: The word game that never grows old

Do you know your zyzzyva from your athodyd? We takes a look at the history of the most popular game ever to rely on a dictionary. The archetypal ‘family board game’, Scrabble already has a legacy to rival that of a small European nation. At least 150 million sets have been produced in more than…

10 things you should know about the flu virus

Health experts explain why now is the time to get vaccinated – and how to avoid catching flu. The flu season is just around the corner, and with cases of the virus already starting to appear, now is the best time to get yourself protected. Flu is a nasty and potentially dangerous infection, and its…

Five ways to combat dry skin in winter

Alongside the joys of the of the new year, winter brings with it a multitude of beauty problems. As well as contending with frizzy hair and brittle nails, our skin suddenly feels bone dry and starts to flake in annoying places. “Most people’s skin gets drier and more sensitive in the winter months,” says Dr…