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35% of British workers admit to having got away with a nap at work

Take a look around your office. If a new study is to be believed, 35 per cent of your colleagues have taken a nap on the job and got away with it. And only 12 per cent say they have had been disciplined by their boss for sleeping at work.
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Photo issued by the University of Brighton of a beach in Gambia as Thomas Cook is implementing contingency plans to return nearly 1,000 UK customers from the west African country following a change in Foreign Office advice due to political unrest.

INTERNATIONAL NEWS: Thousands of Britons flown home from The Gambia amid safety fears

Thousands of UK holidaymakers are set to be flown home from The Gambia due to growing political unrest.
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London-based Naturist Cleaners is on the hunt for women women to bare all while doing dusting, vacuuming and other household chores.

Naked female cleaners wanted to clean houses in Lancashire totally nude for £45 an hour

Naked female cleaners are being sought to clean houses in Lancashire for £45 an hour - on condition they do it in the nude.

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Even tech-savvy Gmail users are falling victim to hackers

Gmail hack: Even tech-savvy users fooled by sophisticated phishing technique

Even tech-savvy Gmail users are falling victim to hackers who steal their login credentials, according to a security expert, who notes that increasingly sophisticated phishing techniques are being employed. How does it work?
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Lotto jackpot rises to £12.2million after nobody wins top prize

Lotto jackpot rises to £12.2million after nobody wins top prize

There will be an estimated £12.2 million jackpot in tomorrow’s National Lottery draw after nobody scooped Saturday’s top prize.

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Would you stick needles in your baby to stop it crying?

Would you stick needles in your baby to stop it crying?

Acupuncture may stop babies suffering from colic from crying too much, according to new research.

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What do new tax changes mean for you?

DVLA car tax changes: Find out how much you will pay from April

New tax rules will end up costing motorists hundreds of pounds when they come into force in April.

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Mums who pile on the pounds during pregnancy are no more likely to give birth to a baby that develops heart problems in later life

Mums who pile on pounds while eating for two ‘don’t harm unborn child’

Eating for two while pregnant doesn't harm the unborn child, according to new research..

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A new social media platform has been launched for 7-year-olds

‘Facebook’ for seven-year-olds is launched

A former police sergeant has created a ‘safe’ social media platform aimed at seven-year-olds.

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Driving test: Picture posed by models

Figures show 40 learners are caught using driving test impersonators each year

More than 40 learners are caught using impersonators to take driving tests each year, new figures show.

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Nintendo Switch games revealed as launch looms

Nintendo’s brand new console the Switch is out in just over a month’s time and a host of games have been confirmed for the intriguing machine.

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The average mum will be left feeling under the weather 18 times a year.

The average mum will fall ill 324 times over their youngster’s childhood

The average mum will fall ill 324 times over their youngster’s childhood - with colds and bugs passed on to them by their offspring, a study has found.

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Europe had a higher prevalence of foetal alcohol syndrome

British mothers drinking during pregnancy put us in worst five nations for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

New research places Britain among the top five countries worldwide for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome - a condition caused by mothers drinking during pregnancy.

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Health concerns sparked after vampire bats start sucking human blood

It sounds like the stuff of horror fiction, but scientists have raised health fears after a species of disease-carrying vampire bat, previously thought to mostly diet on birds, has been discovered feeding on human blood.

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Disney toys recalled over safety concerns

Disney toys recalled over safety concerns

A popular Disney toy set has been recalled by its manufacturer over safety concerns.

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In 2022 we’ll be able to watch an 1,800-year old star collision

In 2022 we’ll be able to watch an 1,800-year old star collision

A star created 1,800 years ago after the collision of two distant suns is set to appear in the night sky for the first time – as the light from the crash finally reaches the Earth.

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Hit '90s TV show Crystal Maze, famously hosted by Richard O'Brien, is coming back

Start the fans please! Crystal Maze set to return to our screens

Big news in the TV world this morning as Channel 4 has announced that hit ‘90s show Crystal Maze is coming back to our screens.
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Feeling the New Year blues

Pets suffer from ‘Blue Monday’ too

Every year we’re told that the third Monday in January is ‘Blue Monday’, supposedly the saddest day of the year.

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Eggs-traordinary?

Chef creates eggs-traordinary scotch egg using Oreos and a creme egg

A chef has revealed his egg-traordinary recipe for a 'scotch' egg - made from crushed Oreos and a CREME EGG.

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Superheroes making kids more aggressive

Superheroes making kids more aggressive

Hollywood superheroes, such as Hulk, Wolverine and the X-Men, may be making children more aggressive, according to a new study.

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