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Promotions of unhealthy foods restricted from April 2022

From the Government: Offers for unhealthy foods like ‘buy one get one free’ and promotions in prominent locations in stores and online to be restricted from April 2022 Free refills of sugary soft drinks will also be prohibited in the eating-out sector Restrictions will apply to medium and large stores […]

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RAC warns low car use may lead to flat batteries

From RAC: The RAC is reminding drivers to take steps over Christmas to reduce the chances of starting 2021 with a flat battery breakdown, something it is warning is more likely than ever as a result of changing car use caused by the pandemic. The first working day of January […]

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Brexit deal or no deal, food bills are about to get a lot more expensive

Affordability issues mean low-income households could eat more unhealthy amid COVID-19. Anna Levan/Shutterstock Tony Heron, University of York and Bob Doherty, University of York With just a few days until the end of the transition period, and with British freight hauliers temporarily banned from travelling to France, we still don’t […]

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Brilliant calendar to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society

Photographs of care home residents recreating classic album covers are to be featured in a calendar to raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society.   The quirky images showing residents of Sydmar Lodge Care Home, in Edgware, posing as stars such as Adele, David Bowie and Taylor Swift, went viral after […]

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Christmas markets: their long history and changing future

The 2019 Christmas market in Birmingham, UK. Shanae Ennis-Melhado/Shutterstock Aurélie Bröckerhoff, Coventry University and Cristina Galalae, University of Leicester Wooden huts with twinkling fairy lights, festive hubbub, and the aromas of roasted chestnuts and glühwein – this picture-postcard setting is recreated annually across UK towns and cities in December. This […]

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Christmas travel update

The government has today (3 December 2020) outlined a series of measures focused on minimising disruption and helping people travel safely over the Christmas period, while urging passengers to plan their journeys carefully, consider quieter routes and where possible book ahead. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced a  plan for […]

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Topshop: how the once trendsetting brand fell behind the times

Once a maker of trends and now a follower of them, Topshop became less competitive as online shopping became more popular. Willy Barton/Shutterstock Julie Hodson, Manchester Metropolitan University The British fashion group Arcadia has fallen into administration, leaving 13,000 jobs at risk. Arcadia’s market share slumped from around 4.5% in […]

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Alternative light fruit Christmas cake

Like many other people, I’m not a fan of Christmas goodies: heavy fruit cakes, puddings, and mince pies. Some years ago I came across this recipe from Sainsbury’s. Luckily, I wrote it down as I’ve never seen it since. I promise you it is festive but also tastes lovely. I […]

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Lastminute.com ordered to refund cancelled package holidays

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating lastminute.com after receiving hundreds of complaints that people were not receiving refunds for package holidays cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. More than 9,000 customers whose holidays were cancelled by lastminute.com are currently awaiting refunds, amounting to over £7 million. […]

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How green is your Christmas tree?

Paolo Paradiso / shutterstock Ian D. Rotherham, Sheffield Hallam University There’s no way around the fact that Christmas has a large carbon footprint, from the travelling we do to the presents we give and the large amounts of food we eat. But it is possible to at least reduce the […]

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