The stand-up comic, known for his work on stage and as a team captain on BBC Two’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, died of complications linked to cirrhosis of the liver, it is believed.In his last tweet, on October 8, he said he had gone to hospital. His spokesman said he died today.His former promoter Richard Bucknall told Beyond the Joke: "He was a pioneering, groundbreaking comedian who changed comedy with that live show."Hughes was born in London but grew up in Dublin, Ireland, where he honed his stand up routines. He appeared in the Comedy Store in Soho, with his first appearance in 1987.And he became a household name during his time as team captain on the BBC Two show Never Mind the Buzzcocks, from 1996 to 2002.Hughes became one of the youngest comedians to win the Perrier Comedy Award, which he was awarded in 1990 aged 24.The accolade, now known as the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, is awarded to what is considered the best show of the annual Fringe Festival in the city.Fellow … [Read more...] about Sean Hughes dead: Comedian and star of Never Mind the Buzzcocks dies aged 51
The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third childKate wore a baby pink dress to an event todayShe stepped out with husband Prince William and her brother-in-law Prince HarryKate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, 35, joined her husband Prince William, 35, and her brother-in-law Prince Harry, 33, at a charity event today.The pregnant royal wore a pink dress with flower motif appliquéd on.The 60s inspired smock dress featured a black velvet trim around the neck and a black belt just above Kate’s growing bump. She wore velvet pumps with a heel to the event at Paddington Station. Kate, William and Harry joined children from the various charities Her sparkling sapphire engagement ring was on her finger, and she wore a silver watch on the same wrist.She held a black clutch bag in her right hand.The Duchess’s hair, which was cut slightly shorter recently, was curled and blow … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton displays blossoming bump in BABY pink floral dress – is it a clue?
Roast dinners are part and parcel of British life and there's nothing better than a pub lunch at your local on a Sunday. And, finally, we can rest easy knowing the location of the best roast dinner in the UK. A judging panel, led by renowned food critic Charles Campion, has named The Feathers Inn in Stocksfield as the winner of the Best British Roast Dinner competition.The Feathers Inn saw off competition from hundreds of pubs across the country – winning over judges with its passion for locally sourced and foraged ingredients. The roast dinner is a signature dish for the whole nation, this is Britain at its very best Mystery diners were won over by the pub's perfectly cooked roast meats and wide selection of sides, and its dedication to catering for different dietary requirements.Charles Campion said: “The roast dinner is a signature dish for the whole nation, this is Britain at … [Read more...] about Best pub roast in Britain revealed: THIS Inn serves up the best gravy, yorkshires and meat
Sense of smell is closely linked with memory, and recent research suggests odour-evoked memories are stronger than any memory triggered by music. A study found that, when compared to music-evoked nostalgia, odours elicited more than twice as many nostalgic reveries. With this in mind, Google are opening up the Curiousity Room in Selfridges. Dubbed a 'playground for inquisitive minds', the venue has four areas of exploration: Animal Atelier, Scent Spectrum, Google Greenhouse, and Micro Kitchen. The Scent Spectrum is a five-minute workshop in which emotion, memory and science are fused and explained. Memory hacking is a term to show how memories can be easily influenced People who book onto the experience will sniff ten different aromas and share the memories they evoke. But can you ever be sure any particular memory is true? Dr Julia Shaw is holding a talk on 21st October discussing … [Read more...] about Sense of smell triggering a memory? GOOGLE to hold odour-evoked nostalgia workshop
The flu jab is on everyone's lips after chairman of NHS England Sir Malcolm Grant said he fears hospitals will be "inundated" with cases this winter. Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer for England, has urged the 21 million people eligible for free vaccinations to take up the jabs. It comes at a time when people fear in-coming Aussie flu symptoms. This is why the NHS are worried about the flu jab's effectiveness - doctors have stressed how important it is for people to continue with the vaccine regardless of the news. If you're not eligible for a free injection before the winter months, it can be bought privately across the country. Asda is currently where the cheapest vaccination is available, costing customers just £5. Where can you get the flu jab? Asda - £5As mentioned, the flu jab is available at all Asda's pharmacy services across the country for just £5. The supermarket has 255 stores nationwide and it's a … [Read more...] about Flu jab 2017: Get the CHEAPEST vaccine in THIS supermarket – Boots is charging double!
A mind-altering magic mushroom drug can treat depression by "rebooting" the brain, research suggests.Scientists tested the drug psilocybin on 19 depressed patients who could not be helped by conventional treatments.The patients reported an immediate mood improvement described by some as an "afterglow" effect that lasted up to five weeks.Brain scans indicated the drug had re-set the activity of key neural circuits known to play a role in depression. Several of our patients described feeling 'reset' after the treatment Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial College London, said: "We have shown for the first time clear changes in brain activity in depressed people treated with psilocybin after failing to respond to conventional treatments."Several of our patients described feeling 'reset' after the treatment and often used computer analogies. For example, one said he felt like his … [Read more...] about Depression treated with MAGIC mushrooms: Mind-altering drug ‘reboots’ the brain
Black cats, ladders, evil eyes: all things people will be avoiding today thanks to superstition.For those who believe in rumours and myth from the middle ages, black cats were believed to be evil and some even believe they have ties to witchcraftBut the truth of the matter is, black cats are just like any other kittens in town - and many believe they bring good luck to those who cross their paths. In fact, in the UK around 70 per cent of cats waiting to be re-homed are either black or black and white. Black cats are the least likely to be adopted from animal shelters While superstition is ridiculous to many, thousands still believe and it's because of this black cats are the least likely to be adopted from animal shelters. This Friday 13th, one animal charity isn't taking this lying down. Wood Green, The Animals Charity, has decided to live stream four black kittens on its Facebook page … [Read more...] about Friday 13th: Is it REALLY bad luck to see black cat? WATCH black kitten live-stream
Halloween is a date on the British calendar, with thousands taking to the streets to celebrate the traditionally American holiday. People get dressed up as their favourite film characters from the year, while others opt for more topical outfits. This year it's predicted Wonder Woman is set to make a return in a huge way, with a sexy outfit available for those who dare. Other outfits on the list include Suicide Squad's ever-sexy Harley Quinn and, curveball, the US First Lady Melania Trump. Harley Quinn - £39.98Suicide Squad was a movie featuring Margot Robbie back in 2016. The Australian actress's character hit a note with thousands of Britons who have since tried to recreate the outfit. The blonde bombshell wore a pair of red and blue hot pants with a matching jacket. Now Britons who fancy recreating the look can with great easy - and for a snip of the price. For under £40, Fancydress.com are selling a complete Harley Quinn Suicide Squad … [Read more...] about Halloween costumes for women: Where to buy Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn and Melania?
Venice is a brightly-coloured, sparkling jewel in Italy’s crown. The city has a population of 264,000 residents and an eye-watering 20 million visitors a year. But it’s not just the quaint canals and incredible food that draws in the crowds - and that’s certainly not all you should do if you’re planning a trip to the city. By all means hitch a ride in a gondola, if you’re feeling really brave you can pay €2 and take a standing ride across the grand canal like the locals. And yes, you should pay a visit to Piazza San Marco on your travels - it would be almost impossible not to stumble into the tourist hive on a trip to Venice. There are plenty of beautiful sights you should see that are off the beaten track where you’ll get a taste of the real Venice - not a selfie stick for miles. Rialto Bridge - FREEFor those of you who have been to Venice before you will know that is one of the most popular places for tourists to … [Read more...] about Things to do in Venice AWAY from tourist crowds: Cicchetti, wine and Ristorante Sempione
The 35-year-old, who is married to Prince William, is famed for her long, thick hair. Now the Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her third child, will her hair change thanks to hormones? Johanne Herald, Senior Master Stylist at Charles Worthington Salons explained how pregnancy affects a woman's hair. She said: "On average women lose around 50-250 hairs a day, regardless if their hair is thick or fine. As well as the daily 'shred' every few years women will go through a cycle lasting about three months where they will find hair 'everywhere', these cycles occur about 25 times in a lifetime "After giving birth or when stopping breast feeding, women will experience one of the 'hair everywhere' cycles. During pregnancy hair loss will slow down making hair look and feel thicker "Some women may not notice this as much and will only realise once they find short bits of hair (new hair) around … [Read more...] about Kate Middleton pregnant: How pregnancy might affect the Duchess of Cambridge’s hair
Rents in the traditional hotspots around the South East have dropped in the last three months, with rents in London at their lowest since 2013. According to the most recent figures from the Department of Communities and Local Government, an estimated 4.7million households in England alone are in privately rented accommodation, with this number growing significantly each year.Recent changes to the way that landlords are taxed on rental income from their properties together with the new tougher Buy To Let lending legislation, have contributed to some investors starting to sell off their Buy To Let properties.On one hand this has been positive, as it’s helped First Time Buyers to purchase properties due to homes becoming available that previously would have been owned by landlords.But for those who, for whatever reason, aren’t able to get a mortgage to be able to take advantage of the current window of opportunity and need to rent rather than buy, this has meant that as … [Read more...] about Rents are increasing across the UK but at their LOWEST in London since 2013
A whopping 84 per cent of straight couples are at ease showing affection to a partner abroad - in fact, the majority are even more affectionate than when at home. This stands in stark contrast to LGBT+ travellers; just one in twenty feel comfortable openly showing affection with a loved one whilst abroad. Sir Richard Branson said: “At Virgin Holidays, we believe everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, has the right to be whoever they are, wherever they are. "That’s why it is shocking that in today’s society some of us can’t even enjoy a simple holiday without fear of discrimination. It’s fantastic that Virgin Holidays are raising awareness around this important issue Richard Branson "It’s fantastic that Virgin Holidays are raising awareness around this important issue."A third of LGBT travellers … [Read more...] about Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson raises ‘important issue’ of discrimination on holiday
Strictly Come Dancing is one of the most popular shows on TV and star of the show Shirley Ballas embodies everything the show stands for: glamorous and professional. The TV star, aged 57, was born in 1960, and given the name Shirley Rich by her parents. A professional ballroom dancer, she started on the dance floor aged just seven years old and worked her way up the ranks to specialise in the International Latin division. In fact, so brilliant in that division - and after winning several championship titles - Shirley was dubbed The Queen of Latin on the dance scene. The BBC star looks years younger than her actual age - 57 - and oozes style when she steps out alongside her fellow judges Darcey Bussell, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli. Do you know how much Shirley Ballas' net worth is? Shirley Ballas' age is a hot topic - but the star looks younger than her years at 57 years old … [Read more...] about Shirley Ballas age: You will NEVER believe what the Strictly star used to look like
An eBay seller has rooted through all their change and discovered one of the most rare coins in Britain. SamsWirley1 has been a member of the digital marketplace auction site for seven years, but it looks like their luck has finally come in. The Battle of Hastings 50p coin is for sale at £1,800,000 and currently has six watchers. It comes after a rare £5 note was put on the site for £500,00. However, the scarcity index on ChangeChecker.org has revealed the coin might not be as rare as the user thinks. Change Checker 'Scarcity Index' revealed the coin was 'common' with 6.7m in circulation across the UK.Despite this, the listing on eBay writes: "This is a genuine, circulated, never-been-cleaned, fifty pence piece (50p) from 2016 portraying the Battle of Hastings."The coin is in excellent condition for a circulated coin and was recently classified by the media as a very rare piece. With one even being listed for £2.5 million."Open to reasonable … [Read more...] about eBay: Rare 50p coin selling for £1.8 MILLION…have YOU got one knocking around?
Melania Trump, 47, was pictured with her husband Donald Trump on the South Lawn of the White House this morning. The presidential couple were boarding the Marine One to travel to Las Vegas in the wake of the attack on Sunday night. The First Lady looked respectable as she strolled across the lawns side-by-side with the President. As the wind blew, the former model's coat revealed a flash of thigh walking in stilettos. The President and his First Lady are heading to Las Vegas in the aftermath of the mass shooting.Donald put a tender hand on his wife's back as they were greeted by a member of staff at the doors of Marine One. While Melania opted for an ankle-grazing black coat and her famous stilettos, the President decided on a blue suit and matching tie. Melania looked sombre as she stood next to Donald while he addressed members of the press. The mother-of-one wore sunglasses to cover her eyes, and kept the rest of her outfit beneath her … [Read more...] about Melania Trump wears long black jacket and THOSE stilettos for Las Vegas visit with Donald
Melania Trump, 47, was pictured with her husband Donald Trump on the South Lawn of the White House this morning. The presidential couple were boarding the Marine One to travel to Las Vegas in the wake of the attack on Sunday night. The First Lady looked respectable as she strolled across the lawns side-by-side with the President. As the wind blew, the former model's coat revealed a flash of thigh walking in stilettos. The President and his First Lady are heading to Las Vegas in the aftermath of the mass shooting.Donald put a tender hand on his wife's back as they were greeted by a member of staff at the doors of Marine One. While Melania opted for an ankle-grazing black coat and her famous stilettos, the President decided on a blue suit and matching tie. Melania looked sombre as she stood next to Donald while he addressed members of the press. The mother-of-one wore sunglasses to cover her eyes, and kept the rest of her outfit beneath her … [Read more...] about Melania Trump flashes bare legs in long black jacket walking alongside Donald Trump
Stylish Theresa May has made a name for herself in politics, stepping into power as Prime Minister back in 2016. Putting her powerful job to one side, today is Mrs May's birthday, and she's made no secret of the fact that she's a fashionista at heart. She told US Vogue back in March: "Look, throughout my political career, people have commented on what I wear. "That’s just something that happens, and you accept that. But it doesn’t stop me from going out and enjoying fashion. "And I also think it’s important to be able to show that a woman can do a job like this and still be interested in clothes." Designer Anita Massarella celebrates the PM's sense of style With that in mind, Haute Couture designer Anita Massarella celebrates the PM's sense of style as she turns 61 years old today.Massarella has designed for a plethora of famous faces and is no stranger to dressing … [Read more...] about Theresa May turns 61 – the Prime Minister’s fashion choices DECODED by fashion designer
More than a third of people remain unaware foot ulcers are a serious complication of the disease and the leading cause of lost limbs.Figures show eight in 10 sufferers die within five years of surgery.Foot ulcers and amputations are also very costly with £1 in every £140 of NHS spending in England going on foot care for people with diabetes.Type 2 diabetes symptoms: is it possible to REVERSE the condition?Dan Howarth, head of care at charity Diabetes UK, said: “Diabetes-related amputations devastate lives. While it’s positive that the majority of people are aware that amputation is a complication of diabetes, it’s very worrying that so many don’t know the dangers posed by foot ulcers.“That’s why it’s essential that people living with diabetes know how to look after their feet, and that they check them daily."It’s also crucial they know to seek urgent medical attention if they notice any problems with their feet; a matter of … [Read more...] about Diabetes EPIDEMIC causing 160 amputations a week – are YOU at risk?
Dr Chris addressed the nation's worries about so-called Aussie flu on This Morning during the Health Headlines with Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield. He said: "The flu outbreak in Australia has been the worst for 50 years. The flu they have in the southern hemisphere tends to be what we get afterwards, this is why in the UK we make our flu vaccines for this winter in March."In Australia they are having a very severe strain, and the strain of the virus is changing. The flu outbreak this winter will be a huge drain on the NHS if we're not ready for it."We have a flu vaccine for children over here - the nasal spray - which they don't have in Australia, which may be why it's been so bad over there."What is the Aussie flu? The flu virus is reportedly similar to one that circulated in the UK in the winter of 2014/15. Worryingly, it caused a significant number of deaths and elderly could be particularly susceptible to the Aussie flu.Symptoms of flu and symptoms of Aussie flu … [Read more...] about What is Aussie Flu? Doctor discusses KILLER outbreak coming to UK on This Morning
Mount Agung in Bail is causing worldwide chaos, and the northern Bali volcano is showing signs of a "heightened likelihood" of an eruption. Is it safe to travel to Bali?Qatar Airways are still running flights to the country, however. The airline was approached on Twitter by a passenger due to fly out to the island in two weeks' time. Dr Stobbeleere asked: "Just want to know what to do if mount Agung explodes. Does Qatar have alternative airports in mind?. We fly 16 october. Van i rebook online?" Bali volcano, Mount Agung latest pictures Wed, September 27, 2017 The airline replied: "Any cancellations will be posted on our travel alert page."The customer pressed further, saying: "If Qatar should cancel … [Read more...] about Bali volcano: Qatar Airways latest news and advice on bali volcano and flights