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Britain’s worst sick day excuses

Excuses, excuses. When it comes to calling in sick to work, employees get creative.

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Top free activities

Video: Parents spend £688 per child keeping them entertained over the six weeks of summer – top free activities revealed

It’s that time of year again, the school gates shut and the playground is empty for six whole weeks, with children free to do as they please - it’s hardly surprising that many parents struggle to find activities for their children over 42 long days.

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Bear Grylls

The Island with Bear Grylls looking for Sussex contestants

The producers of a TV survival show are looking for Sussex adventurers to test their skills in the wilderness.

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Perfect job is a 4 day, 24 hour week - with free fruit

Perfect job is a 4 day, 24 hour week - with free fruit

The perfect job is a four-day, 24 hour week with a salary of £61,000-a-year, free fruit and a boss who likes a pint, it has emerged.

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The new �1 coin will be the only one accepted in a few weeks' time

This is when shops can start refusing your old £1 coins

The deadline for spending your old £1 coins is fast approaching with shops soon able to refuse to accept them.

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The 32 crimes Brits commit every year

The 32 crimes Brits commit every year

The average Brit commits 32 different ‘crimes’ every year - including not paying for supermarket carrier bags, parking on the payment and pocketing incorrect change.

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The key to a healthy old age - get a dog

The key to a healthy old age - get a dog

Older people could be “prescribed a dog” because it increases their physical activity by half an hour a day - especially in rainy Britain, according to new research.

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A glimpse of British homes through the decades

Video: A glimpse of British homes through the decades

Despite our lives and homes having dramatically changed over the last 40 years, new research released today finds that Brits are finding it hard to part with some of their decades-old house features.

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Latest news about flu

New marker can identify those most at risk of flu

A mutated gene that more than doubles the risk of dying from flu has been discovered in a breakthrough that could save thousands of lives.

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Changing world of work

If the UK is going to make more people retire later, it needs to get creative

The UK government has made a surprise announcement that the rise in state pension age to 68 is to be phased in from 2037, instead of 2044. Made just days before the end of an unusually troubled parliamentary session, it is concerning for a large part of the working age population.

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Go wild in the country for National Parks Week

Go wild in the country for National Parks Week

Whether you are a thrillseeker yearning for the great outdoors,or just fancy a more sedate break in calming surroundings, Britain’s 15 National Parks offer the chance to spend some time with nature.

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Alton Towers

Want to get into Alton Towers for free? You’ll need a strong stomach....

Ever fancied a free day out at Alton Towers? Well here’s how – but only if you’re brave enough.

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9 lifestyle changes could reduce your chances of getting dementia

9 lifestyle changes could reduce your chances of getting dementia

Nine lifestyle and environmental changes starting in childhood could prevent a third of dementia cases according to an international study.

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Jet2 flight problem

Terrifying moment UK-bound plane ‘fell from the sky’ on return leg from Ibiza

An airline passenger flying home from Ibiza sent his wife what he thought was a final text as the plane he was on plunged towards the sea in a 40-50 degree nosedive.

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How much personal information do you share online?

VIDEO: Seven in ten Brits entering competitions risk fraud by not checking they are legitimate

Just one in three (31%) say they routinely check to determine whether an offer is real or fraudulent before entering private information such as their name, address and date of birth.

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A hidden Lego fortune?

Blocks in the attic - are you sitting under a hidden Lego fortune?

Could your kids be playing with a hidden fortune? According to new data, households across the UK could contain more than £50 million worth of highly-collectable LEGO.

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A concept image of the new �10 note

Everything you need to know about the new £10 note

Just as we’ve stopped trying to rip apart the new indestructible £5 notes, the new £10 note will be revealed by Bank of England governor Mark Carney at Winchester Cathedral later today.

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Kids get bored after just ten days of the summer holidays

Kids get bored after just ten days of the summer holidays

Parents beware - the average child will utter their first ‘I’m bored …’ just TEN DAYS into the summer holidays.

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The Fish Finger sandwich

VIDEO: Revamp the Fish Finger sandwich at home with Ruth Langsford

Television presenter, Ruth Langsford is a busy working mum and knows how much pressure there is to put something tasty on the table that will be enjoyed by everyone.

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Picnic time

Campaign to find Britain’s best picnic spots

A recent survey has revealed that picnics are one of the UK’s favourite summer activities and so, ahead of the British summer holidays, the hunt is officially on to find the best picnic spot in the UK.

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