• Meghan Markle rejected by Matt Cardle just months before meeting Prince Harry
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    Meghan Markle rejected by Matt Cardle just months before meeting Prince Harry

    The Duchess of Sussex is said to have contacted the for 'X Factor' winner on social media and suggested they meet up.

  • Game of Thrones: The significance of Tyrion's last line explained
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    Game of Thrones: The significance of Tyrion's last line explained

    **Spoilers for Game of Thrones season eight, episode six “The Iron Throne” ahead**Game of Thrones has come to an end, with Bran Stark being named King of the Six Kingdoms and Daenerys Targaryen being murdered by her nephew Jon Snow.To perhaps some surprise, Tyrion Lannister survived the entire series and was named Hand of the King. We also see Tyrion at work, joined by Bronn (now Master of Coin), Davos (Master of Ships) and Brienne (Head of the Kingsguard) on the Small Council. After some debating over whether Bronn's money should be spent on brothels, Tyrion makes a familiar joke: "I once brought a jackass and a honeycomb into a brothel."We first heard Tyrion reference taking a "jackass and a honeycomb" into a brothel in season one. While a prisoner of Catelyn Stark and Lisa Arryn, Tyrion begins to make the joke before being interrupted. Then, in season five, while speaking with Grey Worm and Missandei, Tyrion attempts to tell the joke once again. This time, the Maesters returning to Meereen interrupt. Tyrion's last line, then, is a callback to a dirty joke that no one has yet heard. The Independent’s critic called the finale “misjudged and hammy”, and criticised the episode for “lacking emotional resolution”. Emilia Clarke, whose character Daenerys finally perished during the episode, has said “it was a f***ing struggle reading the scripts” but that the character’s final moments were “very taken care of… it’s a very beautiful and touching ending”.You can find a ranking of every character – from worst best – here. Flick through the below gallery for our ranking of every episode.Game of Thrones has come to an end. You can stream previous episodes of the show on NOW TV.

  • Britain's Eurovision flop Michael Rice blames Brexit for finishing last
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    Britain's Eurovision flop Michael Rice blames Brexit for finishing last

    The UK entrant reckons he was fighting a losing battle.

  • How to watch the Champions League final 2019: TV channel and streaming options
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    How to watch the Champions League final 2019: TV channel and streaming options

    Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur meet in Madrid for the first all-English Champions League final since 2008 when Manchester United triumphed over Chelsea on penalties.

  • 10 supercars with boot space to spare
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    10 supercars with boot space to spare

    From the new McLaren GT to the Ferrari GTC4Lusso, here are 10 supercars with usable boot space.

  • Emiliano Sala 'left alone like a dog', says father
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    Emiliano Sala 'left alone like a dog', says father

    Argentinian footballer Emiliano Sala had just joined Cardiff City from French club Nantes for £15 million when the plane crashed into the Channel.

  • South African model Thando Hopa on representing albinism in a positive way
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    South African model Thando Hopa on representing albinism in a positive way

    Our Perspective guest is activist, model and lawyer Thando Hopa. Last year she was the only South African on the BBC's list of the 100 most influential women, and in April she made history by becoming the first person with albinism to appear on the cover of Vogue. Her career and voice have challenged the fashion industry's values and notions of diversity and inclusion. She joined us from Johannesburg.

  • Jaguar Land Rover reports record £3.6bn loss
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    Jaguar Land Rover reports record £3.6bn loss

    Jaguar Land Rover made a write-down of £3.1bn in the third quarter. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images Jaguar Land Rover made the biggest loss in its history last year, sinking £3.6bn into the red as it wrestled with a weak Chinese market, falling diesel sales and a one-off downward revision to the value of its business. Britain’s largest carmaker, owned by India’s Tata Motors, pointed to a return to profitability in the fourth quarter of the year, when it recorded a £120m pretax profit. But the improvement was overshadowed by the vast loss for the year as a whole, which was mostly because of a write-down in the third quarter of the year. Half the £3.1bn non-cash charge was taken after JLR accepted that previous investments in property and machinery were worth far less than previously thought. The other half was attributable to goodwill impairments, an accounting correction that recognises future earnings potential is likely to be diminished. Even excluding such one-off, non-cash items, the company still made a pretax loss of £358m, with revenues down from £25.8bn in 2017 to £24.2bn. This was largely caused by weakness in the Chinese market, where sales fell by 5.8% year on year to 578,915 vehicles, offsetting gains made in the UK and North American markets, where sales were up 8.4% and 8.1% respectively. JLR has also been affected by the impact of falling diesel sales amid successive global pollution scandals, as well as uncertainty related to Brexit. The company announced plans to cut 4,500 staff earlier this year and said its efficiency plans had already delivered £1.25bn of savings. Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at @BusinessDesk The JLR chief executive, Ralf Speth, said: “Jaguar Land Rover has been one of the first companies in its sector to address the multiple headwinds simultaneously sweeping the automotive industry. “We are taking concerted action to reduce complexity and to transform our business through cost and cashflow improvements.” JLR is among several major automotive companies to have issued grave warnings about the potential impact of Brexit on its UK business, particularly in the event of a no-deal scenario. But despite concerns that JLR might further reduce its presence in the UK, the company made no mention of Brexit and detailed its plans for continued investment in British sites. This will include the assembly of electric drive units and battery packs in the UK and investment in the production of new Range Rover models at Solihull. The carmaker did not make any reference to rumours that it had held talks about a takeover by PSA, the French company that owns Peugeot, Citroën and Vauxhall.

  • Bond Creator Ian Fleming's great niece reveals who she thinks could replace Daniel Craig
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    Bond Creator Ian Fleming's great niece reveals who she thinks could replace Daniel Craig

    The great niece of James Bond creator Ian Fleming has backed Idris Elba, Richard Madden and Cillian Murphy as replacements for Daniel Craig.

  • I'm standing to be an MEP because I'm sick of politicians frustrating the Brexit process
    The Independent

    I'm standing to be an MEP because I'm sick of politicians frustrating the Brexit process

    I have lived in Wales for the past 12 years with my wife and two children who were both born in the country. I love the Welsh people and its countryside where I spend a lot of my spare time mountain biking around the hills and valleys. My attachment to the country and my experience of seeing Brexit being frustrated is why I'm standing as a Brexit Party MEP candidate for the area. For the past six years I have worked on producing key economic indicators at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in Newport and for the past 18 months I have been head of UK Trade, helping to deliver a multi-million-pound transformation of the government’s official trade statistics.I haven’t always had a good job. I wasn’t diagnosed with dyslexia until later in life and so I left school at 16 with virtually no qualifications. I then spent the next 12 years doing various low-skilled work, until at the age of 28 I decided to return to full-time education. After much hard work I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in psychology which I later followed up with a master’s degree in psychology from Cranfield University.The ONS has done a fantastic job improving UK trade statistics to support the Department for International Trade and the Department for Exiting the European Union as we leave the EU. So it has pained me greatly to watch so many MPs do everything they can to frustrate the referendum result.I have never taken part in any kind of protest before, but feeling frustrated, I joined the March to Leave six weeks ago to vent my anger. I met and talked with some amazing people who are passionate about Brexit, such as Tim Martin who owns Wetherspoons, Esther McVey the Conservative member of parliament for Tatton and Richard Tice who is now chairman of The Brexit Party.Some of the people on the march had walked 300 miles, from Sunderland to London, because they were also frustrated and angry. My experience on the march made me to want to do more to stand up to those MPs and say enough is enough.So, three weeks ago I resigned from the ONS with immediate effect to stand. Like England, Wales voted to leave the European Union and it is not good enough for politicians in Westminster to simply ignore this after voting overwhelmingly to put the decision to the people.I have never been politically active or had any inclination to enter politics. I joined the Conservative Party a year ago so that I could vote in a leadership contest if one was called, but I never attended any meetings or supported any campaigns.I have watched in despair as Conservative MPs have failed to remove Theresa May each time they had the opportunity. Our prime minister spent two years negotiating a deal that pleases no one and it is astonishing that some in the Conservative Party would see their party destroyed rather than remove May and honour the referendum result.Two weeks ago, I shared a stage with Ann Widdecombe and Nigel Farage at a rally in Newport and this week I spoke at a rally in Merthyr Tydfil. I have been campaigning across Wales to a fantastic reception. It is amazing to think that this is a Labour heartland, yet more and more people are deciding they will support The Brexit Party next Thursday.Like many, I believe our two-party political system is broken and that this is our opportunity to change it. I have no idea where my decision to resign will take me, but I have been on many journeys in my life and I will give everything I can to ensure that the democratic mandate from 2016’s referendum result is honoured.James Wells is a Brexit Party MEP candidate for Wales

  • Second Bugatti model might go electric; won't look like Chiron
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    Second Bugatti model might go electric; won't look like Chiron

    Stephan Winkelmann tells us the model is set to sport a body style that's unlike anything else sold today.

  • Only revoking Article 50 can save us from no-deal oblivion – a new Brexit referendum will have to wait
    The Independent

    Only revoking Article 50 can save us from no-deal oblivion – a new Brexit referendum will have to wait

    “A week is a long time in politics” was a famous saying of Labour prime minister Harold Wilson. It means a month is an eternity. A lot has changed since the UK was set on a course leading, unexpectedly, to the European elections this Thursday in the UK to vote in British MEPs. That set of events was triggered following the emergency European Union Council meeting which took place on 10th April.All of the Remain parties in these elections have been campaigning for the issue of Brexit to be given back to the people for a Final Say on whether to proceed with this disaster. We are also all committed to campaigning to retain our European Union membership. As you would expect, I would urge readers to vote for Change UK – which is one of them – on Thursday. Not only do we have a clear position on remaining in the EU – unlike Labour which is committed to facilitating Brexit – but we are the only Remain party standing that is clear Article 50 will need to be revoked.Meanwhile, the passage of time constantly changes the context of this national political crisis. As things stand, the default position is for the UK to leave the EU on 31 October 2019 after an extension was granted to the Article 50 process, and it looks quite unlikely to be extended again for reasons I will come to. This has two ramifications.The official People’s Vote campaign, which I co-founded, has estimated that it would take at least six months to hold a referendum – around three months to legislate for it and a minimum of three months for a campaign. It is now impossible to hold that people’s vote before the October exit day – which is the only way to resolve the political impasse in the country – without stopping the clock and halting the Article 50 process. Parliament would have had to have begun legislating for such a public vote several weeks ago and it has not done so yet.Last week the prime minister announced that she would be bringing her deal back to the House of Commons, yet again, in the week of 3 June in the form of the withdrawal agreement bill. If this bill is defeated that week, which is a certainty, then she has committed to set out the timetable for her departure.The consensus view is that a Conservative leadership contest – which is already under way – will continue over the summer months with a new prime minister being installed at the Conservative Party conference at the beginning of October. The runners and riders in that contest are already falling over themselves to promise to take the UK out of the EU without a deal, come what may.The Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, who has not ruled out standing in the leadership contest, said this last week: “I think that if the House of Commons doesn’t approve the withdrawal agreement bill, the Barnier deal is dead in that form, and I think that the House of Commons will then have to address a much more fundamental question between whether it will pursue … a no-deal option or whether it will revoke.” He restated his view yesterday that no deal is the option that must be pursued.The chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, who is standing for the leadership, told BBC Newsnight that “if parliament fails to take a decision and we are left with the choice of revoking Brexit, of not doing Brexit, and no deal, I would rather have no deal”. This will be the standard position for anyone wanting to win the Tory crown.As ever, Conservative Party politicians’ main concern is their own personal and party interests – they will carry on as if no one else is watching. Of course, our EU partners will be watching this closely. EU leaders’ main concern when granting an extension to the Article 50 process in April was that the Brits would disrupt EU business while still a member. France’s President Macron, in particular, has concerns in this regard. This will be heightened when a new hard-Brexit PM takes office in the autumn. This significantly reduces the chances of a further extension being granted by the EU, never mind a new Tory leader being bound by leadership election promises to take us out on WTO terms.It is for these reasons that there is an approaching and very real national emergency looming: the UK leaving the EU without a deal in just five months time. Six million people signed the parliamentary petition calling for Article 50 to be revoked. They were right. It is the only option left to halt such a disaster: stop the clock and give the UK the time to resolve this mess through a public vote. Brighton is buzzingIf it’s a sunny day and you fancy a trip to the coast, the natural destination for many southwest Londoners is Brighton and I had the pleasure of making the trip yesterday for a campaign rally. Brighton can claim many firsts: the first recorded commercial flight from Shoreham to Brighton in 1910; it had the first casino in the world; one of the first ever movies was filmed there and even the UK’s first naturist beach in 1979! Such is its diversity, buzz and openness, I’m sure it’ll keep breaking new ground. Our coasts are wrongly often painted as not moving on from past glories but Brighton always reminds you what a load of rubbish that is.Chuka Umunna is the Change UK MP for Streatham

  • Geri denies Spice Girls tour is on the brink, tells naysayers to 'f*** off'
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    Geri denies Spice Girls tour is on the brink, tells naysayers to 'f*** off'

    Ginger Spice insists there is no rift within the band as they prepare to kick off their Spice World 2019 reunion tour in Dublin on Friday.

  • Aston Villa vs Derby County, Championship play-off final 2019: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?
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    Aston Villa vs Derby County, Championship play-off final 2019: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

    The Championship play-off final between Aston Villa and Derby County. The prize? A place in the Premier League for the 2019/20 season, estimated to be worth around £170million.

  • Google Huawei ban: Phone maker 'blocked from using apps such as Gmail and Maps on its phones'
    Evening Standard

    Google Huawei ban: Phone maker 'blocked from using apps such as Gmail and Maps on its phones'

    Google has blocked Chinese communications company Huawei from using apps such as Maps and Gmail on its phones, it has been reported. Huawei is one of a number of phone manufacturers who use the Google-developed Android operating systems on its phones and tablets.

  • European elections 2019: Full list of MEP candidates
    The Telegraph

    European elections 2019: Full list of MEP candidates

    Here is a full list of the official candidates for the European elections which take place on May 23rd.

  • MPs have a duty to pass Theresa May's Brexit deal, says Hancock
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    MPs have a duty to pass Theresa May's Brexit deal, says Hancock

    Prime Minister Theresa May and Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock Photograph: PAMPs have “a duty” to pass Theresa May’s Brexit deal in the House of Commons and ensure the UK leaves the EU, the health secretary has said, as the prime minister and her team prepared for a final push to persuade MPs to back it.In a round of broadcast interviews on Monday morning, Matt Hancock insisted the long-awaited withdrawal agreement bill (Wab) was both a new measure and the only way to deliver on the referendum result.“It ultimately will come down to this when MPs are voting: do you want to deliver on the referendum result? Not, is this your perfect resolution to Brexit, and exactly what you want, but this is the piece of legislation that would deliver on the referendum,” he told BBC One’s Breakfast programme.“And I think, therefore, as I believe in democracy, we have a duty to deliver it.”Speaking later on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Hancock said: “Ultimately for me, this is about delivering on promises, and parliament has to step up.”May will ask her cabinet on Tuesday to sign off a package of Brexit concessions in a final attempt to push a package through the Commons, most likely in the week starting 3 June.With the Conservatives on course for a drubbing in the European elections on Thursday, the prime minister hopes the results will focus the minds of her MPs and persuade them to support the bill.Despite the collapse of cross-party talks with Labour, ministers hope some of the measures discussed can still be bolted on to the bill, as part of what May has called a “new, bold offer to MPs across the House of Commons”.While the widespread prediction is that the bill will be heavily defeated, Hancock said critics should hold their fire. “They haven’t seen the proposals. The proposals will be discussed in cabinet tomorrow, and then published,” he said.He insisted the Wab was not the same as the departure plan heavily voted down by MPs before. “That is different from the actual legislation that brings forward the agreement to leave the European Union, which includes in it a whole load of proposals for what the future relationship is, as well as details of the actual withdrawal agreement,” Hancock said.(May 23, 2019) European parliament elections take place across the UK and the rest of the EU, with any campaign likely to be dominated in the UK by smaller protest parties including Nigel Farage’s Brexit party and Ukip, as well as Change UK.(May 26, 2019) Results of the European elections are declared from 10pm, with the Conservatives expecting massive losses. From the limited amount of polling that has been carried out so far, the Brexit party or Labour look like the probable winners.(June 3, 2019) Theresa May is planing to bring her withdrawal agreement back to to parliament for another vote.(June 30, 2019) This is the crucial date past which May said she would not countenance the UK staying in the EU. May must have passed her withdrawal deal before this date in order avoid British MEPs taking up their seats. (September 5, 2019) The Commons is expected to return from summer recess, bar any early recall to deal with a Brexit crisis. (September 22, 2019) The Labour and Conservative party conferences are held on consecutive weeks.(October 8, 2019) MPs return to parliament after the party conference season, 18 working days before the UK would be due to leave the EU. (October 10, 2019) This is the last practical polling date on which a prime minister could hold a general election or second referendum – the final Thursday before the next meeting of the European council.(October 17, 2019) EU leaders meet for the final meeting of the European council before the UK’s extension is due to expire.(October 31, 2019) The six-month article 50 extension will expire.(December 12, 2019) The next date on which Tory MPs can hold a confidence vote in Theresa May, if she remains at the helm.Rowena MasonProposals are expected to include separate legislation to ensure parliament is given a vote on whether to adopt any improvements to workers’ rights introduced by the EU27 in future – though that would fall short of Jeremy Corbyn’s call for changes to be automatically adopted.The government is also keen to offer fresh reassurances to the Democratic Unionist party, which has been resolutely against May’s deal and is particularly concerned about the risk of regulatory divergence between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.The plan would, Hancock said, show the government had “engaged with a huge amount of people, right across the house”.In a veiled warning to would-be successors to May who would want to change the approach to Brexit, Hancock noted even a new leader would face the same parliamentary arithmetic.“The only other way to get a different sort of Brexit … would be to have a general election. And to have a general election before we have delivered on Brexit would ultimately go to the heart of the failure so far to deliver on commitments,” he said.Hancock, who is expected to be among a crowded field seeking to take over from May, told BBC One he was “not going to rule it out”.Several cabinet ministers, including the Brexit secretary, Steve Barclay, are likely to press for the government to ramp up no-deal Brexit preparations, in case May’s deal is defeated yet again.“Members of parliament do need to face facts, and if the deal were not to go through then there are only two alternatives … You either leave with no deal or you revoke,” he said.“If parliament won’t back a deal … I do think we need … to bring forward our preparations to mitigate no deal, because we will need to use the additional time we have, and we need to move at pace to do so.”Cabinet ministers keen on a softer Brexit prefer the idea of holding a series of votes in parliament before the bill is tabled, a process that could reveal a majority for a customs union – though that was not the outcome the previous time indicative votes were held.As well as the substance of the government’s “bold” offer, May must decide on when the crunch vote on the bill will be held.Downing Street has committed to the week beginning 3 June, but with Donald Trump and a string of world leaders visiting the UK that week to mark the anniversary of D-day, timing is tight.If the government hopes to hold the vote at the start of the week, before the US president arrives, it would face pressure to publish the bill this week, before MPs disappear for a Whitsun recess.But that could amplify objections to the government’s policy as voters prepare to head to the polling stations for European parliament elections.

  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix – Everything you need to know
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    X-Men: Dark Phoenix – Everything you need to know

    When Jean was bad, she was very, very bad.

  • Many bee species extinct or under threat in UK, report says
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    Many bee species extinct or under threat in UK, report says

    Experts concluded that some 17 species were regionally extinct.

  • White House will begin unveiling Israeli-Palestinian peace plan next month in Bahrain
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    White House will begin unveiling Israeli-Palestinian peace plan next month in Bahrain

    The White House will begin unveiling its long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan next month by focusing on economic investment but will hold back the more controversial political components until later.

  • Billionaire tech investor stuns students by promising to pay off their student loans
    Evening Standard

    Billionaire tech investor stuns students by promising to pay off their student loans

    A billionaire technology investor stunned a group of college graduates by announcing he would pay off their students loans. Robert F Smith, a prominent philanthropist, made the announcement while addressing nearly 400 graduating seniors at the all-male historically black Moreton College in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr Smith, 56, is the founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in software, data and technology-driven companies.

  • Hollyoaks reveals Harry's secret meeting in 13 pictures
    Digital Spy

    Hollyoaks reveals Harry's secret meeting in 13 pictures

    The truth is out. From Digital Spy

  • As my mum hits 90, I fear the robot helper just isn't going to cut the mustard
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    As my mum hits 90, I fear the robot helper just isn't going to cut the mustard

    My mother celebrated her 90th birthday last week. June (who was born in May) still lives very much independently on the Fylde coast and told me she’d woken up on the morning of her birthday and felt “awed” to be so old.The word “awed” sums it up beautifully because reaching ninety is impressive and it’s equally a tiny bit overwhelming.So much has changed in my mother’s lifetime, most for the better, but not all for the good, self-service tills anyone?Since she was born in 1929 my mother has witnessed revolutions in medicine and society, in space travel and politics, she comes from an era of outside loos and illegal homosexuality, back-street abortions and tinned spam. Over the years she has seen the dreaded polio, which snuck up on her in a cinema when she was in her twenties, all but eradicated thanks to immunisation, an incredible achievement, even if it means she is still wearing a caliper designed in the fifties. The world of NHS surgical appliances for the elderly is still pretty archaic. Dodgy leg aside, at ninety my mother takes no prescription drugs whatsoever (unlike her HRT dependent, blood-pressure tablet dropping younger daughter) and has to be forced into swallowing the occasional paracetamol.My sister, my daughter and I went North to take her and her girl gang out for lunch. Ten years ago there would have been many more faces around the table and my father would still be alive. Not everyone reaches ninety. My father did but he hadn’t been able to walk for a number of years and he died four months later in a nursing home, his vital functioning organs no longer able to function but all his marbles intact.How long we live and how well we live in old age is such a lottery and whilst there are some tennis playing, yoga bunny exceptions to the rule, most of us who do reach 90 will have something wrong with us either physically or mentally, even if it’s just heartburn or bunions.But around that table of women mostly in their eighties, no one complained of anything, no one moaned or said it wasn’t fair or that life was tough, they just seemed to be getting on with it. Even though I know that some of them have ongoing health problems, they weren’t going to bore anyone else with them, they were having lunch in a nice place and that seemed to be sufficient. Maybe you have to reach a grand old age to live in the moment?Now I thought long and hard what to buy my mum for her birthday, her sofa is already littered with cushions I’ve hand-embroidered, so I framed a painting I’d done of a lake with daffodils in the foreground, but what else? Sadly books are out as her reading vision isn’t what it used to be and in any case I’ve finally persuaded her to switch over to Audible. Handy hint for those of you downloading books for elderly mums, some Elizabeth Gaskell novels are 27 hours long! For my mum that’s about a months worth of listening, by which time a new Audible credit is waiting and I’ll be due a visit to download the next one.As for smellies, she’s as allergic as I am to most bath and shower products and considering there is only so much gin and chocolate that she can manage without tripping over the furniture and running the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, I panicked and bought her an Alexa. The electronic virtual assistant that you can ask anything from the comfort of your armchair. What a brain wave, and the granddaughter was in situ to set it up after lunch, bonus.Meanwhile at the nice restaurant, prosecco in hand, our ladies tucked into big starter bowls of mussels, polished off plates of sea bream and demolished a frosted lemon birthday cake. My mother wore a glittery striped jumper and as she sat next to her 93-year-old sister you could still see the girls they would have been back in the 1930’s.Back at her flat after lunch, my daughter set up the Alexa and we demonstrated her magical powers by firing questions at her such as, what day is it? Tell us the news headlines? What’s the temperature outside? Play Radio 2, who is Jenny Eclair (bit of an anxious moment there but eventually she had the grace to read out my wikipedia entry). After a while, we encouraged my mother to join in, but I think she’d have rather opened her birthday gin and eaten a birthday chocolate. Deep down I don’t think her heart was in it and I have a feeling that the next time I visit, Alexa is going to be unplugged, in fact she might be back in her box at the back of the coat cupboardIt’s not that my mother is ungrateful, she isn’t. It’s more a case of what does she really need to ask her? My mother is ninety, she already knows everything.

  • 8 best sunscreens for kids that are high in SPF, easy to apply and water resistant
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    8 best sunscreens for kids that are high in SPF, easy to apply and water resistant

    Whether you’ve booked a getaway abroad this summer or you’re planning to stay at home on British beaches, wearing sunscreen is vital for everyone in the family.Children’s skin is delicate and vulnerable to UVA and UVB rays, so it’s important to take extra care when protecting it. Sunscreen should always be applied 20 minutes before heading out into the sun to ensure it’s had time to sink in and start protecting before you head outdoors.Hats and caps are a great idea to increase protection on delicate ears, faces and necks and a rash vest or sun suit will keep burn-prone zones like shoulders and thighs completely out of the sun. 11-3pm is the time to get kids into the shade and try to encourage them to keep their eyes protected with a good pair of sunglasses.We tested milks, creams, sprays, sticks and roll-ons and our criteria was strict: it had to rub in easily and leave no residue, be as nasties-free as possible, be suitable for sensitive skin and water fun and have a minimum of SPF30.Here are our favourite sunscreens to help your kid have fun in the sun safely. Soltan Kids once 3hr protect & swim SPF 50+, 200ml: £10, BootsMost parents will agree that making sure kids are lathered in sunscreen is without doubt the worst part of the holiday. Fighting to get every bit of their tender young skin covered (not dissimilar we would imagine to wrestling a slimy octopus), only for it to wash off on the first dip is frustrating. This 3-hour cream for water fun really doesn’t need reapplying for a good solid 3-4 hours, making it perfect for water babies.Buy now Soltan Kids anti-sand protect SPF50+, 200ml: £5.20, BootsKids who fuss about the icky combination of sand and sunscreen will love this anti-sand sunscreen. It dries in 60 seconds, so as long as they can stay upright for one minute, they won’t pick up half the beach on their freshly sun creamed body. The brand does recommend re-applying after swimming or towelling, but the anti-sand properties make this an ideal choice for fussy children.Buy now Child’s Farm 30SPF roll-on sun lotion, 70ml: £8, Child's Farm Giving your kids the sunscreen to apply takes half the pain out of applying – but no parent in their right mind would give a small person a squeezy tube to cause chaos with. A roll-on however is easily managed and fun to apply. The whole line is suitable for sensitive or eczema prone skin, it’s also water resistant, fragrance free, vegan and handy for their school bag too.Buy now Organic Children by Green People sun lotion SPF30, 150ml: £19, Green PeopleFor the eco-conscious parent, you won’t find a more earth-friendly kids sunscreen. This lotion from Green People is 84 per cent organic, in fully recyclable, carbon neutral plant-based packaging, and 30p is donated to the Marine Conservation Society from every tube sold. It’s one of the few sunscreens that’s reef safe and non-toxic to marine life (National Geographic estimate that 14,000 tonnes of sun cream end up in our oceans each year).This sunscreen is gentle enough to be used on skin suffering with psoriasis and eczema, it’s also perfect for sensitive skin prone to prickly heat. The non-greasy, soothing (thanks to aloe vera, edelweiss and beeswax), water-repellent, scent-free lotion is super easy to rub in – with no stickiness at all – and gently calms irritable skin.Buy now La Roche Posay anthelios SPF50+ shaka ultra-light, 50ml: £16.50, La Roche PosayIf your kids have sensitive eyes and spend most of their time in the sunshine complaining about stinging sun cream, then this could rescue your holiday. A small bottle that’s handy for keeping in your pocket, this facial sunscreen is non-perfumed, water and sweat resistant and most importantly, anti-eye stinging. Formulated for sensitive and sun intolerant skin, the anthelios range also includes a brilliant dermo-kids aerosol in SPF50+ for the rest of their body. It deposits a really fine and even spray of slightly whiter than usual sunscreen to make sure you’ve got all their skin covered. Very high water resistancy too.Buy now Garnier Kids sensitive advanced SPF50, 200ml: £8, SuperdrugDeveloped for fair, sensitive and sun-intolerant skin, this hypoallergenic formula has no perfume, no parabens and no colourants. The light, non-sticky, non-whitening texture is a dream to use and remarkably easy to rub in despite the high SPF. Great value too for such a large family-size tube.Buy now Solait by Superdrug kids SPF30 wet skin sun lotion, 150ml: £6.49, SuperdrugAnyone with kids who are in and out of the water without enough time to dry off should buy this, as it can be applied to wet or dry skin. With a 5 star UVA rating and extra water resistancy, it’s the perfect choice for active kids who spend more time in the water than out of it. Good value in a generous size tube too – this should be enough for a couple of kids on a week-long holiday.Buy now Nivea Sun kids sensitive protect & care SPF50+, 200ml: £10, BootsEncouraging your kids to do something as mundane as putting on sun cream is not easy when there’s a whole lot more fun to be getting on with at the pool or beach. We found this trigger spray bottle got the job done fairly swiftly after the obligatory sunscreen sibling shoot-out. Despite the high SPF it feels lightweight and is easily absorbed with no stickiness. A great choice for sensitive skin and it’s ultra-water resistant too.Buy now The verdict: Kids' sunscreensSoltan win for minimising beach meltdowns with the broadest range of options – our favourite being the good solid 3-hour water play lotion. The Nivea trigger spray and Child’s Farm roll-on make sunscreen application fun for the kids and Green People ticks all the eco credential boxes.

  • Council rolls out £4.5m 'smart' cameras to monitor toxic air and trigger vehicle fines
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    Council rolls out £4.5m 'smart' cameras to monitor toxic air and trigger vehicle fines

    Scores of “smart” traffic cameras capable of monitoring air pollution and catching “banned” lorries are to be rolled out in Islington to fight toxic air. It is understood to be the first London borough to install the sophisticated “smart CCTV” roadside cameras, at a cost of £4.5 million. A report released by the council reveals it expects them to bring in more than £1 million a year in additional traffic fines and enforce a proposed borough-wide ban on HGVs over 3.5 tonnes from residential streets.