Lifestyle 

House prices have increased most in one area of the UK – snap up property NOW to benefit

Homeowners or those planning to invest in property should look at one particular area of the UK. House prices have risen 14.4 per cent this year in Swale, Kent, the largest rise across the nation, according to research by eMoov. Swale next to Canterbury and Medway, and covers the Isle of Sheppey, Faversham and Sittingbourne. Next nearest was East Northamptonshire with 12.7 per cent rises across the district. Oadby and Wigston in Leicestershire and Cambridge also enjoyed growth of 12 per cent or higher. Some of the most beautiful areas…

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Entertainment 

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom trailer is out TONIGHT: Watch it here first

Scientists have scientofically (not really) proven that there is no danger of this franchise going extinct. The last movie, Jurassic World, took over $1.5billion at the global box office and it’s fair to say anticipatio is sky-high for the first official trailer for the sequel, Fallen Kingdom. Earlier this week a three-minute behind-the-scenes featurette gave an eye-popping look at the incredible new movie but the actually trailer is finally here tonight. Today in London, the iconic Jurassic World logo was projected onto London’s Somerset House to launch the release of…

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Sport 

Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England second Test, day two – live!

From an Australian perspective the story of the opening day was one of false starts with David Warner, Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja all getting in before getting out. Khawaja in particular will rue the missed opportunity to cement his status as his side’s number three, as Adam Collins discusses. One of the most notable elements of the Adelaide Test is the festival feel of the place for the five days. Around the beautiful arena there are myriad hospitality options patronised by thousands of fans who make the pilgrimage as…

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Entertainment 

U2’s new record ‘Songs of Experience’ is the album of the week

U2 Songs Of Experience – 4/5 (Interscope)   Indeed Bono has scarcely sounded more youthful than he does on the opening quartet of tracks, the agile Lights Of Home and Get Out Of Your Own Way both highlights.  The big preachy number American Soul, featuring a “you are/rock ’n’ roll” chant that is frankly beneath them, strikes a bum note, as does the singer wittering on about lost keys and parking spaces on the baffling Landlady.  But The Showman more than makes up for it, Bono sending himself up with aplomb: “I’ve…

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Lifestyle 

International rescue: Meet the three women making a change to suffering animals worldwide

S MAG Lucy Fensom raised money to buy Donk after seeing him suffering in Jerusalem Lucy Fensom, 47, is married and has a teenage son. She divides her time between her donkey sanctuary in the Holy Land and Brighton, Sussex. In the early 90s, I left the UK to volunteer on a kibbutz and ended up living in Jerusalem. Being a devoted animal lover, I started working for a local cattery, then I fell for Donk, a beautiful donkey who belonged to a Bedouin man and he would leave him…

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Top Stories World 

Professor opens ‘queer feminist bookstore’ in small town Mississippi

Water Valley is an old railroad town with just a few thousand people that sits nestled in the hills of northern Mississippi. It’s also where University of Mississippi English professor Jaime Harker opened what is thought to be the only LGBTQ bookstore in the conservative state. While Harker has received a significant amount of positive feedback, not everyone is pleased with Violet Valley Bookstore, which celebrated its grand opening on Friday. When the out lesbian began promoting a Kickstarter campaign for the “queer feminist bookstore” in October, she noticed rumors…

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Sport 

Ashes: Steve Smith out but Australia rally on day one after surprise Joe Root call

But England were left with cause to rue both Joe Root’s decision to bowl first and their returns from a day of toil as the hosts closed the day just four wickets down on 209. Having won the toss and opted to put Smith’s men in – the first time in seven day-night Tests that a captain has chosen to field – England needed to have made further inroads than this by the end of day one. And while they were delighted to finally bag the prized wicket of Aussie…

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Top Stories World 

The Week in Pictures: Nov. 24 – Dec. 1

1. Ashley Piper walks with her 8-week-old son, Theo, and her cavalier King Charles spaniel, Zola, among the trees adorned with colorful autumn leaves at Edward Rendon Sr. Metro Park on Nov. 30, 2017, in Austin, Texas. Jay Janner / Austin American-Statesman via AP 2. Hoda Kotb, left, and Savannah Guthrie embrace on the set of the “Today” show on Nov. 29, in New York, after NBC News fired host Matt Lauer for inappropriate sexual behavior. Craig Ruttle / AP 3. Greek police use teargas against protesters outside a court…

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Lifestyle 

British Citizenship Test: Can you answer ALL the quiz questions Meghan Markle will face?

Meghan Markle, 36, and Prince Harry, 33 announced their engagement on Monday, and after revealing their wedding will take place in May 2018, discussion over the Suits star taking a British Citizenship Test to become a UK citizen has now arisen.  Reports say the American actress will take the test before she marries Prince Harry. While the questions are assumed easy, figures obtained by the Manchester Evening News earlier this year revealed one in three people fail the test. Across England 12, 925 tests were taken in 2016 with 36…

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Science 

Oscar Pistorius' Murder Sentence Has Been Extended to 13 Years

Oscar Pistorius’ Murder Sentence Has Been Extended to 13 Years More (SOMERSET WEST, South Africa) — Oscar Pistorius’ prison sentence was increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, a decision that more than doubled the Olympic runner’s jail term for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said the Supreme Court upheld an appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius’ original six-year sentence for shooting Steenkamp multiple times in his…

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