Lifestyle 

Kate Middleton pregnant: Duchess of Cambridge Christmas gift to the Queen revealed

Monday 18 December, 2017: 9:13am Will Meghan Markle have to curtsey to Kate Middleton once she marries Prince Harry? Neither woman has royal blood – but there are strict rules and protocol to follow. The current rules on who-curtseys-to-who were first drawn up by the Queen’s private secretary, in a document in 2005, entitled ‘Precedence Of The Royal Family To Be Observed At Court’ – its purpose was to clarify Camilla’s position in the hierarchy following her marriage to Charles. Royal expert Christopher Wilson revealed Meghan will always be expected…

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Russia ‘stop hunting spies to crack down on football hooligans’ and protect England fans

GETTY The FSB is conducting ‘intense’ scrutiny of Russian football fans Russia’s FSB – formerly KGB – is conducting “intense” scrutiny of Russian football fans under strict orders from the Government, according to Alexander Shprygin. Mr Shprygin is President of the Russian Union of Supporters and was blamed for orchestrating the mob in Marseille at Euro 2016 which left two English fans in comas and dozens injured. He said: “All the FSB agents are doing now is working on the World Cup. “They are no longer looking for foreign spies…

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Science 

Some assembly required: OceanGate readies Titanic sub for the holidays

A scale model of the Titanic luxury liner sits on the other side of the clear acrylic viewport and titanium dome that’s due to be installed on the Cyclops 2 submersible at OceanGate’s headquarters in Everett. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) More EVERETT, Wash. — Almost all the pieces are in place for a Yuletide delivery of Titanic proportions: the completion of a multimillion-dollar underwater craft that’s due to explore the world’s most famous shipwreck next year. Cyclops 2, a five-person submersible that takes advantage of the latest in marine engineering,…

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Technology 

The best comedies on Netflix this January – CNET

‘Tropic Thunder’ (2008). DreamWorks Pictures If you could use a good pick-me-up, why not watch a good comedy? We’re here to help. We’ve rounded up the best comedy movies (and thrown in a couple of stand-up specials to boot) that are available on Netflix right now.  Admit it: You could use a good laugh. ‘Taladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby’ (2006) Metacritic score: 66 One of Will Ferrell‘s best comedy movies, “Taladega Nights” follows Ricky Bobby’s (Ferrell) absurd and hilarious rise to the top of the Nascar standings, bringing…

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Morgan Spurlock admits to history of sexual misconduct

“Super-Size Me” director Morgan Spurlock on Wednesday admitted to a history of sexual misconduct that reaches back to his college days. Declaring “I am part of the problem,” the 47-year-old documentary filmmaker famous for eating a grotesque amount of McDonald’s for a film admitted in a blog post that he was accused of rape in college, settled a sexual harassment lawsuit and has cheated on all of his romantic partners, including both of his wives. The post was shared from Spurlock’s verified Twitter account. A representative for the documentarian declined…

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Lifestyle 

Most difficult words to pronounce in the English language: How many can YOU say correctly?

Now the ten most difficult words in the English language to say have been revealed. A Reddit post, started by JustATreeNut, asked users to submit “the hardest English word to pronounce”, with suggestions then voted up or down by others. More than 5000 words were entered by users from around the world – including the UK – with many also explaining why they found these words so difficult. Some of the words submitted were even entered alongside a tongue-twister to highlight just how tricky the word is. So, how many…

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Plastic waste pollution shock as 90 per cent carried by rivers in India, China and Africa

The Nile and the Niger in Africa, the Yangze, Yellow, Haihe, and Mekong in China, and the Ganges and Indus in India are the chief culprits of environmentally disastrous pollution, according to the study. The reason for this is that all are among the longest rivers in the world, with huge numbers of people living along their banks. Christian Schmidt, leader of the study released by Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany, said: “Halving the plastic input from the catchment areas of those rivers would be a major success….

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From behind bars to the James Beard House

A taste of the past will be on the menu at the famed James Beard House in January when guests sit down to a classic French dinner. But it’s a taste of the future that the man behind the meal hopes they take away. Brandon Chrostowski is orchestrating the dinner with a team from his French restaurant EDWINS in Cleveland — a team made up of formerly incarcerated men and women. See it’s not just the music that’s different at this white tablecloth restaurant complete with cheese cart and $33…

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Jesus revelation: The Son of God WASN’T born in a stable claims new TV show

And the Son of God was a stonemason not a carpenter, academics now claim. The revelations come in a new TV series called Robert Powell: The Real Jesus Of Nazareth. The actor, who played the Messiah in the 1977 mini-series Jesus Of Nazareth, said: “It makes such sense. “We were standing in this house in Nazareth but there was no wood around it and therefore being a carpenter would be unlikely. “What there was in abundance was stone. “It’s only tradition that has him as a carpenter. “I think it’s…

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