Sport 

Ashes 2017-18: Australia v England third Test, day five – live!

This is actually hilarious. The groundstaff are scrambling the big cover back on, the wind keeps blowing it away and nearly takes a few of them with it. They genuinely look like it’s never rained here before. Maybe it hasn’t? The ABC radio box is in hysterics watching the slapstick unfold. Between laughter, Chris Rogers is noting the holes in the technique. “It rained then, and hard, for a good 30 seconds before they got the hessian on. It’s almost like they were surprised again, and had to get to…

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Lifestyle 

Virtual Reality is transforming care for dementia patients in a Sussex nursing home

JONATHAN BUCKMASTER / GETTY Virtual Reality is being used to allow dementia patients to experience new environments Helen Marshall, 87, is about to go scuba diving. But she is not wearing a wetsuit and breathing apparatus. She is neatly dressed in a pink top and white trousers accessorised with a double strand of pearls – and she can’t contain her enthusiasm. “I love it, love it,” she says, wreathed in smiles and eager to get started. The reason she can indulge her underwater fantasies while fully dressed becomes clear when…

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Lifestyle 

eBay: Rare 50p coin selling for £150 – do YOU have one of these in your wallet?

Now a 50p coin is selling on eBay for the princely sum of £150. The Girl Guides 50p is being sold by user ‘annit-uk2014’ on the site. Writing about the coin, the seller said: “Rare 50pence coin celebrating ‘100 years of girl guiding uk’. 2010 coin. Good condition.” Interested buyers can purchase the coin on a Buy It Now basis for £150, or auction from £100. Girl Guiding was honoured with this coin in 2010 and has become highly desirable for collectors. The piece was created for the centenary of…

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10 Facts 

Cricket: Top 10 facts about a great British sport

1. The word cricket has been used for a type of insect since at least 1325.  It was first used to refer to a game in 1575…  2. …but the earliest definite reference to it being played in England was in a court case in 1598…  3. …and the earliest known version of formal laws for the game was in 1744.    4. In 1611, two Sussex men were fined for playing cricket and not going to church on Easter Sunday.  5. The first international cricket match was held in…

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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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Technology 

These very British speakers leave the Audiophiliac gobsmacked – CNET

The Harbeth Monitor 30.2 40th Anniversary Edition speaker Harbeth Not all high-end speakers look, feel or sound like luxury objects, but the Harbeth Monitor 30.2 40th Anniversary Edition speaker absolutely does. Run your fingers over the speaker’s silver eucalyptus veneers and you’ll get a sense of craftsmanship that should be de rigueur on all similarly priced speakers, though it isn’t.  With well recorded music the M30.2s sound yields more color, more complexity, more substance, which is the way that live, unamplified music sounds to me. As you might assume from…

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Sport 

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

7th over: Australia 14-0 (Bancroft 7, Warner 7) Anderson still failing to hit the right spot but he’s at least over-pitching occasionally now, inviting the drive. Amy Bennett (@NeutronGirl) I suggest the MCG takes note of the wind protection here I’m a baby rocked in a sweet pocket of stillness and warmth. pic.twitter.com/S1NfFkgg0I December 2, 2017 6th over: Australia 12-0 (Bancroft 6, Warner 6) Broad now readjusting to a fuller length, inviting the drive, but there’s still not much doing for England, all the while putting Root’s decision to field…

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Top Stories World 

Bali volcano: British tourists TRAPPED in holiday nightmare as Mount Agung ERUPTS

Indonesian authorities ordered a mass evacuation from a danger zone six miles around the volcano’s summit. Around 3,000 Britons are among the 120,000 holidaymakers on the holiday island trying to get home. But the national airport has been shut for almost three days thanks to a huge 7-mile high pillar of thick black smoke and ash which has spread across the island. Holidaymakers were forced to abandon their idyllic beach holiday homes and have spent hours queuing at the airport as hundreds of flights have been cancelled. The airport has…

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Science 

Diesel cars unfairly DEMONISED for pollution with levels two times LESS than predicted

Nitrogen dioxide, produced by diesel cars, is one of the worst polluting gases in the world and can have dramatic impacts on the environment and human health. NO2 pollution is a series issue – however a new study suggests levels of NO2 in Europe could be two times smaller than previously believed. The average NO2 concentration at roadsides across Europe remains at least 70 micrograms per cubic metre, the study reveals. This is significantly greater than the EU limit – so Europe still has a huge air pollution problem. Researchers…

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Science 

Hallucination Machine Gives Users Experience Of Trip Without Drugs

It’s a psychedelic trip, without the psychedelics.  Scientists have created a machine that produces vivid hallucinations mimicking the powerful experience of taking magic mushrooms. Researchers at the Sussex University’s Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science in England made the virtual reality experience, the Hallucination Machine, to study how the brain processes the world and how that differs from reality and being in an altered state of consciousness without having to give test subjects drugs. Trending: Trump Tower Is Stopping People From Accessing Public Spaces, According To New Report Using virtual reality headsets,…

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