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Struggling with hay fever? Worst is yet to come says Met Office

Pollen levels have been unusually high in recent weeks, with as many as 20 million hay fever and asthma sufferers impacted across the country.

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Call for ban on cars dropping off or picking up pupils at school gates

Call for ban on cars dropping off or picking up pupils at school gates

A charity has called for cars to be banned from the school gates at drop off and pick up times in a bid to improve pupils’ health.

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WATCH: Driver clocked doing over 100mph driving grandmother’s ‘motability’ vehicle in Hertfordshire

A driver was clocked driving at more than 100mph in Hertfordshire - in his grandmother’s ‘motability’ vehicle.

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Keep burst pipes at bay

These eight tips will protect your home from the ‘Beast From The East’

A viciously-cold weather front is set to sweep in from Siberia over the coming weekend, bringing freezing conditions and bitter winds with it.

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Don’t forget your toothbrush - or your space rocket - as hotel chain reveals lost property list

Don’t forget your toothbrush - or your space rocket - as hotel chain reveals lost property list

Space rockets, mothers-in-law and twenty Bob The Builder costumes were among the unlikely items left behind by customers at Travelodges last year, the budget hotel chain has revealed.

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VIDEO: Talented Hemel Hempstead OAP spends 40 years painting her own Sistine chapel in council flat

A talented OAP from Hemel Hempstead has spent 40 years hand-painting her own version of the Sistine chapel - in her council flat.

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Do you know the law on naked selfies?

Sending a naked selfie can be a criminal offence — but not many teenagers know this

Young people have always explored their sexuality and shared these experiences with others.

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The end of the world?

PREVIEW: End of the world

Clear your diaries folks - we have a big day tomorrow (Saturday, September 23), when all life as we know it may end.

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Testing life-hacks: Do copper coins really make flowers live longer?

Testing life-hacks: Do copper coins really make flowers live longer?

How often does someone suggest a new hint, tip or hack that will supposedly make your life a whole lot easier? And which ones can you trust?

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On our bikes - on Cycle to Work Day

On our bikes - on Cycle to Work Day

Today, Wednesday September 13, is Cycle to Work Day, which encourages adults across the UK to get on their bike and give cycle commuting a go for one day.

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Four million over-55s plan to downsize

Four million over-55s plan to downsize

Nearly four million homeowners aged over 55 have plans to downsize, according to a new survey.

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You can buy a Prosecco-themed advent calendar in time for Christmas

You can buy a Prosecco-themed advent calendar in time for Christmas

It might still be four months until Christmas, but lovers of a glass of fizz can already get ready for the festive season with their bubbly-themed advent calendar.

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Gender gap in the classroom

Gender gap in the classroom

With gender stereotypes at home and a glass ceiling in the boardroom, it seems that a battle of the sexes also exists in the classroom.

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Hundreds of transplants missed each year because families didn’t know relative’s wishes

Hundreds of transplants missed each year because families didn’t know relative’s wishes

A reluctance to talk about death is leading to hundreds of life-saving transplant opportunities being missed, say the NHS.

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New Royal Baby announced

New Royal Baby announced

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that they are expecting their third child.

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One shower a week is clean enough for eight million Brits

One shower a week is clean enough for eight million Brits

8.4 million Britons take just one shower per week, according to new research into the hygiene habits of UK adults.

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Millions of Brits trust gut instinct over anything else

Millions of Brits trust gut instinct over anything else

It’s official - trusting your gut instinct is the way forward for major life events.

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Bank of Mum and Dad lends kids £2.3bn to pay the rent

Bank of Mum and Dad lends kids £2.3bn to pay the rent

The Bank of Mum and Dad will fund £2.3 billion of rent for their offspring, contributing on average £415 to every payment.

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Gradual diet ‘key to shedding the pounds’

Gradual diet ‘key to shedding the pounds’

Dieters are more likely to keep the fat off if they shed just one pound a week... or even less, according to new research.

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The average woman wears just five complete outfits on a loop

The average woman wears just five complete outfits on a loop

Emma Elsworthy

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