International Gin & Tonic Day: Which gin are you?

Today, we’re allowed to get extra excited about it being hump day, because October 19 is totally dedicated to gin!

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Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones. Picture: HBO.

These are the top pop culture Halloween costumes of 2016

Halloween costumes are increasingly being influenced by the TV shows and films we watch.
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Caitlin Moran launches crowdfunding bid for more Raised By Wolves

Author Caitlin Moran has launched a Kickstarter campaign to pay for new episodes of her critically acclaimed comedy Raised By Wolves.

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Will you try any of these pumpkin hacks this Halloween?

6 unusual things to do with a pumpkin

We’re accustomed to seeing pumpkins with evil faces every Halloween but there are plenty of other uses for our favourite Autumn vegetable.

The Crystal Maze special

5 things we loved about the Crystal Maze revival

It may have been more than two decades since it last aired, but The Crystal Maze’s one-off revival to raise money for Stand Up For Cancer was tipped as one of 2016’s TV highlights as soon as it was announced. And so it proved, in what was a ridiculously entertaining hour.

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The English language can get us all confused.

'Off your own back' and four other common English phrases you may be using incorrectly

English is a language rich with imagery, meaning and metaphor – and when we want to express ourselves we can draw upon a canon replete with beautifully turned phrases, drawing from the language’s Latin, French and Germanic roots, through Chaucer and Shakespeare right up to myriad modern wordsmiths – not to mention those apt aphorisms that English has appropriated from other languages.

How do you celebrate Halloween?

Britain to spend a frightening £310million on Halloween

Money spent on Halloween is expected to soar above £300million for the first time this year - thanks to the under 35s.

Cadbury Spira - your favourite retro chocolate bar. Picture: YouTube.

And your favourite retro chocolate bar is ...

We asked, and you most certainly answered.

This weather won't be happening anytime soon

Snowmageddon isn't on the way, no matter what the front pages say

Reports of a snowmageddon on the way may be slightly exaggerated.

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'Pet roadkill' is among the costumes on sale this Halloween.

From pet roadkill to killer clowns: Are children's Halloween costumes becoming 'too frightening'?

Worried parents have slammed retailers including the Duchess of Cambridge's parents for selling sickening Halloween costumes for young children.
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Will Young announced yesterday that he was leaving Strictly Come Dancing.

Other famous faces who have quit reality TV shows

As Will Young makes an unexpected decision to leave BBC's Strictly Come Dancing for "personal reasons", here are other celebrities who have famously quit reality TV shows.
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Were you a fan of Fry's Five Centres?

Vote: Which is your favourite out of these bygone chocolate bars?

In honour of Chocolate Week, a seven-day celebration of the fine and delicious treat, we asked you for your favourite discontinued chocolate bar.

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The Mental Health Foundation is encouraging people to get involved.

World Mental Health Day 2016: How to look after your mental health

Across the globe today, people are being encouraged to join the conversation about mental health.

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What's your favourite chocolate bar? Picture: Press Association.

Chocolate Week 2016: Which chocolate bar do you wish they would bring back?

Rejoice! It's the UK's biggest chocolate celebration (not that we needed an excuse to indulge in the sweet treat).

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Internet trolls who create derogatory hashtags or post humiliating photoshopped images online could face prosecution under new legal guidelines. Pic: PA.

Law tightened to clamp down on internet trolls, sexting and doxxing

Internet trolls who create derogatory hashtags or post humiliating photoshopped images online could face prosecution under new legal guidelines.
Have you been affected by a similar scam? Picture: Press Association.

Royal Mail urged to take precautions against bulk mail scam schemes

Royal Mail has been accused of allowing fraudulent letters to be sent en masse to vulnerable recipients.


Millions of 'super-fleas' set to invade North East bedrooms this autumn

After horror stories of giant daddy longlegs and gigantic house spiders, there's more bad news for anyone with a fear of creepy crawlies.
riter Steven Moffat, Jenna Coleman and Matt Smith. Picture: Press Association.

Doctor Who writer wanted a 'Breaking Bad' timelord - Matt Smith

Matt Smith has revealed plans to adapt his Doctor Who role into an evil Breaking Bad-type character before he left the show.
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Leaves are starting to fall from the trees.

8 things that should cheer us all up this Autumn

There's a definite nip in the air, the heavy coats are coming out, and staying at home suddenly seems like a more attractive option than a night on the tiles.
Let's go fly a kite...

From flying kites to building a tent... have you mastered the 50 dad skills?

The top 50 'dad skills' have been revealed - but less than half of fathers reckon they have mastered them all.
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