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Good deed days – a hello from Martin Metcalfe as Goodbye Mr Mackenzie return

Good deed days – a hello from Martin Metcalfe as Goodbye Mr Mackenzie return

Martin Metcalfe has, by his own admission, learned to keep his mouth shut. Not, happily, for the duration of our chat, but when in what would usually be unfamiliar territory. “I was in the chip shop after soundcheck,” he says of a visit to Corby – an curio in England, founded by ex-pat Scots but […]

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Caffè Nero is giving away free cups of coffee this winter – here’s how to get one

Caffè Nero is giving away free cups of coffee this winter – here’s how to get one

In celebration of the launch of its new Christmas menu, Caffè Nero is giving away 10,000 free cups of coffee this winter. How can I be in with a chance of winning a free coffee? Every customer who pays via Caffè Nero’s loyalty payment app between 7 November and 24 December 2019, will automatically be […]

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Thousands of renters could be owed up to £320 thanks to new tenancy laws – here’s how to check if you are owed

Thousands of renters could be owed up to £320 thanks to new tenancy laws – here’s how to check if you are owed

If you rent a property, you could be entitled to a refund of more than £300 on your deposit fee, thanks to new legislation introduced earlier this year. The Tenancy Deposit Scheme (TDS) said renters have received returns of £320.27 on average since the new Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force on 1 June […]

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NHS doctors can now prescribe cannabis-based medicines – this is what you need to know

NHS doctors can now prescribe cannabis-based medicines – this is what you need to know

Two cannabis-based medicines have been approved for use by the NHS in England to treat epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. Advisory body NICE looked at cannabis products and their effectiveness in treating a number of conditions and advised their use in treating these illnesses. While charities have welcomed the move, a number of campaigners who have […]

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Currys PC World staff have been caught giving false warranty information to customers – here’s how to protect yourself

Currys PC World staff have been caught giving false warranty information to customers – here’s how to protect yourself

An undercover operation found that staff at Currys PC World have been giving false warranty information to their customers. In a letter to Curry’s PC World’s owners, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) reprimanded the retailer after a “mystery shopping exercise” in July 2019 found that “some customers may have taken out an extended warranty” […]

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Mamas and Papas has laid off 130 staff members and shut six stores – here’s the full list of closures

Mamas and Papas has laid off 130 staff members and shut six stores – here’s the full list of closures

Struggling maternity retailer Mamas & Papas has closed six of its stores and made 130 staff members redundant. The Huddersfield-based company went into administration on Friday (8 Nov) – just days after its biggest rival, Mothercare. ‘Pre-pack administration’ After collapsing into administration, Mamas & Papas – which is owned by Bluegem Capital – was immediately […]

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Greggs wants you to choose doughnuts with holes – this is why

Greggs wants you to choose doughnuts with holes – this is why

Greggs is known for its tasty treats, ranging from meat-filled pasties and sandwiches to a variety of sweet snacks. But the bakery chain is now pledging to fight the increasing problem of obesity by encouraging customers to buy certain doughnuts from its range. This comes as part of a new government obesity strategy, with the […]

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This is the day of the week your home is most likely to get burgled – and how to protect yourself

This is the day of the week your home is most likely to get burgled – and how to protect yourself

New YouGov research conducted on behalf of Co-op Insurance shows that November is the month when thieves are most likely to strike. A poll of 4,000 UK adults found that the number of theft claims increased by more than a third in the last two months of the year, with November being when most burglaries […]

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These are the norovirus symptoms to watch out for – and how to stop it spreading

These are the norovirus symptoms to watch out for – and how to stop it spreading

As is the case every year, cases of the winter vomiting bug norovirus are on the rise. Here’s a guide on how to spot the symptoms, how to treat the bug and how to reduce your risk of catching the norovirus. The NHS website notes that “norovirus, also called the ‘winter vomiting bug’, is a […]

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Toby Carvery will now deliver roast dinners to your door – these are the participating restaurants

Toby Carvery will now deliver roast dinners to your door – these are the participating restaurants

Those who love a roast dinner in the comfort of their own home but don’t feel like cooking now have an answer to their prayers, as Toby Carvery has launched home delivery. Teaming up with delivery service Just Eat, the pub chain will bring your roast dinner straight to your door. However, only 62 out […]

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