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13 films that should get Oscar nominations this year – but won’t

13 films that should get Oscar nominations this year – but won’t

The 2018 Oscar nominations are announced next week (23 January). But while the usual biopics and melodramas are set to dominate, a whole host of brilliant, entertaining and innovative films from the previous 12 months are likely to miss out. Here are 13 films that should be Oscar-nominated this year. But (probably) won’t be. A […]

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20 of the best free things to do in Edinburgh

20 of the best free things to do in Edinburgh

For the cash-strapped, Edinburgh is a haven of free attractions – both indoor and outdoor. And according to Tripadvisor, five of the ten most popular things to do in Scotland are free activities in the capital. Take a look at twenty of the best things to do in Edinburgh that won’t cost you a penny. […]

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The Handmaid’s Tale season two trailer: hope, pain – and the colonies

The Handmaid’s Tale season two trailer: hope, pain – and the colonies

A trailer for season two of The Handmaid’s Tale has just been released. And it reveals some tantalising glimpses of what viewers can expect when we return to the dystopian world of Gilead. Complete with stunning cinematography, we are finally introduced to the infamous ‘colonies’ where enemies of the theocratic regime are sent. Stark rural […]

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How have the Laws of Cricket changed with the new 2017 code?

How have the Laws of Cricket changed with the new 2017 code?

Recreational cricketers will see a new set of laws in place when they start the 2018 season. The Laws came into place on October 1, 2017 and the the MCC Committee’s recent approval of these new Laws will see a new Code introduced into the game for the first time since 2000. A lot of […]

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“Fanny” glass bottle of Irn Bru goes on sale for £1,700

“Fanny” glass bottle of Irn Bru goes on sale for £1,700

An eBay seller is trying to flog a glass bottle of Irn Bru emblazoned with the word ‘Fanny’ for a whopping £1,700 after branding it a collector’s item. Surprisingly, a bid matching the asking price has already been made by a private user, with still four days to go for a chance to bag the […]

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Manchester United star selling his old clothes online

Manchester United star selling his old clothes online

Manchester United star Luke Shaw’s girlfriend is selling the footballer’s old clothes and shoes – via an online jumble sale. Anouska – whose England footballer boyfriend Luke earns £130,000 a week – is flogging second hand jumpers and trainers on her store online thrift shop. She uses the Depop website to sell hand me downs […]

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Students more attentive after outdoor lesson in nature

Students more attentive after outdoor lesson in nature

Children learn better after they are taken outdoors for lessons in nature, according to new research. They are much more interested and attentive, allowing teachers to instruct uninterrupted for almost twice as long during subsequent indoor schoolwork. Dubbed the ‘nature effect’, it offers an inexpensive and convenient way to improve pupil engagement, a major factor […]

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VIDEO: The shocking moment a motorcyclist was flung through the air – at nearly 120mph

VIDEO: The shocking moment a motorcyclist was flung through the air – at nearly 120mph

This is the shocking moment a motorcyclist crashed and was flung through the air – at nearly 120mph. Nicholas Pannell, 29, was racing through traffic alongside fellow rider Joshua Illingworth, 30, at up to three times the speed limit. The GoPro footage from Pannell’s helmet cam shows moments before the impact, he races away from […]

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Surfers ‘three times more likely to have antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts’

Surfers ‘three times more likely to have antibiotic-resistant bacteria in their guts’

British surfers are three times more likely to have antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria in their gut than other people, according to a new study. Researchers also found that people who regularly surf or bodyboard in Britain’s coastal waters were four times as likely to harbour bacteria that contain genes that make them resistant to antibiotics. […]

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Writing a ‘to do’ list just before bedtime ‘helps people sleep better’

Writing a ‘to do’ list just before bedtime ‘helps people sleep better’

Writing out all the tasks you need to get done just before going to bed can be more effective than taking a sleeping pill, according to new research. Experts dismiss ‘to do’ lists as a waste of time, because jobs usually end up taking longer than people think – so most are never completed. But […]

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