Martin Lewis is urging motorists to check their driving licence is still in date - or risk a £1,000 fine. Writing in the latest MoneySavingExpert email , he warned how two million drivers have photocard licences that are no longer valid. The MSE founder said: "Photo driving licences usually expire after 10 years... If you don't renew, you ultimately risk being fined." Fines for out-of-date driving licences can be up to £1,000. Photocard licences replaced paper licences in 1998 and must be renewed every ten years. This is not just to do with road safety - it's more about catching people driving illegally. Make sure your licence is up to date - or you could face a huge fine ( Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Renewing your licence means submitting a true-to-life photo of yourself, as yoour appearance will change over the course of ten years. Doing this helps the police spot drivers using the wrong licence. How to check and renew your driving licence … [Read more...] about Martin Lewis warns two million drivers at risk of £1,000 fine over simple error
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Boris Johnson ’s government has continued to slowly fall apart as a growing number of ministers head for the door. A wave of resignations was triggered when health secretary Sajid Javid left the Cabinet last night over the handling of the Chris Pincher groping scandal. Minutes later, chancellor Rishi Sunak walked, two moves which threatened to bring down the government entirely. Outrage is growing over Johnson’s admission that he knew about a sexual assault allegation when he promoted him to deputy chief whip. No 10 changed its line a few times – initially saying the PM wasn’t aware of the claims, then saying they were either ‘resolved’ or ‘did not progress to a formal complaint’. But then, a former top Foreign Office diplomat Simon McDonald revealed that complaints made about Pincher’s behaviour in 2019 were indeed made at an official level. Since then, there has been a steady drip of resignations from government, including from solicitor general Alex Chalk and … [Read more...] about Slow motion collapse of Boris’s government continues as more ministers quit
"Tuesday’s column about mistaken drink orders reminds me of a childhood trip with my parents and sister," says Edie Bender, of Baton Rouge. "We were in Germany, visiting a traditional beer hall. Daddy had studied German, so he was ordering. "When he ordered for my sister (I think she was about 14) she asked, and he translated, her request for water. The waiter’s surprised response was 'Ist sie schmutzig?,' asking 'Is she dirty?' "I suppose that’s the only reason anyone orders water in a beer hall." Which reminds me A while back I ran a story from a reader just back from Ireland, proud home of Guinness and other strong, dark stouts. One day in a typical Irish pub, he heard some tourist order an American beer. The bartender replied that they didn't have American beer — but how about a glass of water instead? An old-fashioned nun Another in our series of "fun nun" stories: Guy LaBauve, of Baton Rouge, says, "as Redemptorist High students, my wife and I annually took … [Read more...] about Smiley: No bathing allowed in this beer hall!
The Department of Internal Affairs has hit back at Rotorua Lakes Council after its rejection of Three Waters reform, saying it "stands up” to scrutiny. It follows Rotorua Lakes Council’s blunt rebuttal of the reform at a full council meeting on Thursday, which saw just one councillor – Trevor Maxwell - continuing to defend it. The reform , announced in June last year, would create four water service entities to take over responsibility for the three waters – drinking, waste and stormwater – from councils. Originally an opt-in programme, it was made mandatory in October last year and had been met with opposition from some, including at least 31 councils nationwide. READ MORE: First tranche of 'better off' funding from Three Waters about to start flowing Big cost projects may affect service levels at SDC Govt could have a 'revolution on its hands' if it pursues proposed water reforms STUFF Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta says the … [Read more...] about Rotorua’s Three Waters rejection: DIA says reform ‘stands up’ to scrutiny, new funding hinted
By Lauren Turner Published 26 October 2020 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing It's the start of half-term week, and Lucy is making pancakes for her two children for breakfast. But these are made with water, as she doesn't have any milk left. The eggs are from the chickens in her garden. And she is wondering what else she will feed her children until they go back to school. Lucy Houghton, 36, usually relies on the free school meals her children are entitled to and had vouchers over summer to spend in a supermarket for their food. But now it's half-term, and MPs have voted against the vouchers being continued through the half-term and Christmas holidays. "I know it's only a few pounds to some people - it's an expensive coffee and a muffin in London - but it can make the difference between my children eating or not," she says. "It's going to be tough this week." She's … [Read more...] about School meals: The mum trying to feed her children through half-term week
The most famous story about modern presidential campaigning now has a quaint old-world tone. It’s about the showdown between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in the first debate of their 1960 campaign, which was also the very first nationally televised general-election debate in the United States. The story is that Kennedy looked great, which is true, and Nixon looked terrible, which is also true—and that this visual difference had an unexpected electoral effect. As Theodore H. White described it in his hugely influential book The Making of the President 1960 , which has set the model for campaign coverage ever since, “sample surveys” after the debate found that people who had only heard Kennedy and Nixon talking, over the radio, thought that the debate had been a tie. But those who saw the two men on television were much more likely to think that Kennedy—handsome, tanned, non-sweaty, poised—had won. Historians who have followed up on this story haven’t found data to back … [Read more...] about When Donald Meets Hillary: Who Will Win the Debates?
If you follow news about food you will be aware that the new free Trade Agreement with the UK means cheesemakers won’t be able to use the name ‘feta’ in nine years time. While large corporate cheese makers like the various Fonterra brands export a significant amount of cheese to Europe, feta is a tiny component but for our artisan, small and medium size cheese local cheesemakers who sell about 95% of their produce in the New Zealand marketplace it will have a big impact. On a much more positive note, at the 2022 NZ Champions of Cheese Awards one Nelson producer, who has always had a total focus on producing the highest quality cheese they can, has had their efforts rewarded by being awarded one of four Supreme Champion Trophies. Little River Estate was awarded the New World Champion of Champion Cheese Award - Mid-sized cheesery with their Little River Mt Richmond which is a firm favourite cheese in our house. READ MORE: Challenging year like no other finally at an end … [Read more...] about Say Cheese: Creating award-winning European-styled cheeses in Nelson
“D uck and cover!” a mechanized voice screamed. The ground shook and the window rattled. I rolled from my bed to the floor of my trailer and felt for the armor I’d forgotten in my office. I lay there and sweated and swore. The voice from the loudspeaker urged me to get away from the windows. I was inside a tin can. I crawled to the door. My hand was on the knob when I realized I was naked. The next impact knocked the air conditioner to the floor. I grabbed a light-blue cotton robe and bolted. To hear more feature stories, see our full list or get the Audm iPhone app. I raced along a row of sandbags, one hand holding the robe closed. The duck-and-cover bunkers were 100 feet away. Another series of explosions, and I hit the rocks. I was lying there, panting, when I saw a bright-yellow bunker tucked behind a row of sandbags and palm trees. I was up, running, full out. My robe fell open and flew out behind me. Another hit. I was 20 feet away. Ten. Five. I crashed into the … [Read more...] about What I Wish I’d Known About Sexual Assault in the Military
A delegation of Cabinet ministers are set to meet Boris Johnson at No10 as he heads out of a car crash Liaison Committee meeting this evening to tell him to go. 'Men in grey suits' Welsh Secretary Simon Hart, grim-faced Transport Secretary Grant Shapps and Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis are set to tell the Prime Minister he had lost the confidence of his party. The revelation the PM knew about claims against “grope” accused MP Chris Pincher, then promoted him, then “forgot” he’d been told, was the last straw for many MPs. Chancellor Rishi Sunak and health secretary Sajid Javid led the way yesterday for a wave of Tory resignations . The doomed PM has seen dozens of his own MPs quit in 24 hours, including ministers, parliamentary private secretaries and trade envoys. Meanwhile, Tories have discussed changing the rules of no confidence votes - to force the PM out as soon as next week if he opts to squat in No10. In a day of feverish drama at Westminster the … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson leadership LIVE: Cabinet members queue up to tell PM he must quit
Ukraine: Dog rescued from wreckage in Nikolaev Sign up for FREE for latest news plus tips to save money and the environment SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Stuart Good, 61, was walking his dog Ella in Port Sunlight River Park, Wirral, when she yelped out in pain and scrambled out from the undergrowth. Mr Good and Ella were joined on the walk by friend Clive Ransom, who said: "She shot out as if something had spooked her and let out a little yelp." Related articles Nick Kyrgios slapped with biggest Wimbledon fine along with 13 others Man Utd could announce De Jong signing today for very Glazers reason He added: "We carried on the walk and then I went back to my place, Stuart went back to his … [Read more...] about Urgent warning as Britain’s ‘most dangerous plant’ kills dog while out on walk