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Rewind to the future: How cassettes could be the new vinyl

Any music fan will be aware of how vinyl records have become strangely fashionable again, with the retro format enjoying a resurgence as an alternative mp3 downloads and streaming.

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Do you have a copper jar at home?

What are the legal tender amounts acceptable for the UK coins?

A man walks into a bar (no joke this time).

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The last posting dates for British troops abroad have been announced.

These are the last recommended posting dates for troops spending Christmas abroad

December is just around the corner and your Christmas shopping is well underway.
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There are lots of ways you can help your local foodbank this Christmas.

Can you donate these items to your local food bank this Christmas?

Christmas is now just weeks away, and many of you will be starting to think about supporting those who are less fortunate.

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A photo publicising the new Doctor Who Christmas special with Mark Gatiss, left, current doctor Peter Capaldi, centre, and David Bradley as the original doctor.

Hartlepool to be the first place in the world to watch new Doctor Who Christmas special

Hartlepool will screen an historic episode of hit television series Doctor Who more than a week before it is broadcast globally.

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Third of people in North East admit to turning up heating behind their partner's back

A third of people in the North East sneakily turn up the heating behind their partner's back, a survey has revealed.
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Rodney Bewes, best known for his role in The Likely Lads, who has died aged 79, his agent confirmed. Picture by PA

Ant and Dec lead tributes to The Likely Lads star Rodney Bewes

Ant and Dec have led tributes to The Likely Lads star Rodney Bewes who has died aged 79, days before his birthday.
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The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are celebrating 70 years of marriage today.

Queen and Duke star in new portraits to mark 70th anniversary

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have been pictured in three more photos as part of a series of portraits released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.
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Children in Need 2017: Your wore spots and raised lots

If you've been out and about today you might have spotted some yellow ears and mutli-coloured spots.

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Will you be watching Children in Need tomorrow?

Everything you need to know about Children in Need 2017

The BBC's annual fundraising extravaganza is back. Children In Need returns tomorrow night for an evening of entertainment with celebrity guests and exclusive music and TV previews.

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What's your dream beer flavour?

Competition opens for beer lovers to have their dream flavour made

A brewery has invited beer lovers to create their dream pint - by asking them to submit the most bizarre flavours they can think of.

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Santa will be waiting to receive your letters!

When is the last date for posting your children's letters to Santa?

With less than six weeks to go until Christmas. it's time to get those all-important lists in.

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What's the kindest thing someone has ever done for you?

How will you celebrate World Kindness Day?

What does kindness mean to you?
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What's your worst Christmas party excuse?

The most unbelievable reasons for calling in sick after the work Christmas party

Yes, we know, it’s barely November, but already plans are afoot for the office Christmas party - and the day after.

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Sarah Norfolk had been drinking wine and beer.

These are the things which make up our perfect Friday night

Heating on, curtains drawn, a Chinese takeaway and two episodes of a Netflix series have been revealed as elements of the perfect Friday night, according to Britons.

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The Bear and The Hare was a popular advert in 2013.

What's your favourite John Lewis ad of the past?

Today officially marks the start of the Christmas season as this year's John Lewis advert is launched.

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Antonio Carluccio, who has died at the age of 80, his agent has said

Celebrity chef Antonio Carluccio dies aged 80

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Antonio Carluccio has died aged 80.
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Do you know what you can and can't recycle?

Pizza boxes, crisp bags and light bulbs: here’s what not to recycle

Brits could save thousands of tons of recyclable materials from going to landfill by avoiding the country’s biggest recycling mistakes, according to an expert.

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Parrington Bear, the star of the M&S Christmas advert. Picture: PA/StudioCanal

Paddington Bear was 'illegal immigrant who pioneered racial equality', finds Sunderland academic

Paddington Bear was an early pioneer of racial equality who offered a fresh perspective on British life, a university academic has said.
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Does Trump being in power put you off?

Quarter of UK travellers less likely to visit US with Trump in power

More than a quarter (27%) of UK holidaymakers say they are less likely to visit the US while Donald Trump remains president, a survey has found.

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