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Three families at most per flat in new Hong Kong shared housing plan, overseer says

Bigger flats in a newly launched co-living project in Hong Kong can accommodate at most three families, the head of a local NGO revealed. The remarks by Chua Hoi-wai, chief executive of the Council of Social Service, came after the group announced on Tuesday an affordable shared housing plan for the....

Toys ‘R’ Bust: the rise and fall of a retail empire built on child’s play

In the early 1980s, a week before Christmas, a woman walked into a supermarket-size store in Tysons Corner, Virginia, and became so dumbfounded that she started talking to herself. “Where’s the robot?” she said. “And the hairy monster?” A Washington Post story that recounted her muttering did not say she was delusional.

Amazon reportedly working on Alexa-enabled 'smart glasses'

Amazon wants to make Alexa a more formidable competitor to Google Assistant and Siri by letting you put it on your face and take it anywhere, according to a Financial Times report (paywall). The company is said to be developing a pair of normal-looking eyeglasses that tether to your smartphone and....

Nick Nairn recipes

Game season is here – and I’m thrilled. There aren't any rules about not enjoying jelly and ice cream as an adult, but it's rarely offered to us grown-ups! Spring vegetable soup is the simplest, freshest soup in the world and ideal for welcoming spring. Nothing beats homemade pasta.

Getting booked at the Boston Christmas Tree lighting

1 MONTHS AGO
I would like to play the Boston Christmas Tree lighting. What's the best way to get the attention of the Boston Parks Department and the sponsors? As many of you know, I'm a busker in Cambridge, and I recently started writing original music. One of t...

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Looking for good deals this festive season? Beware of these 5 sale traps

-1 DAYS AGO
It is that time of the year again when we loosen our purse strings and go on a shopping spree as everything we want and don't want are available at 'unbelievable' prices. From electronics to automobiles to home furnishing… the list is endless, as we ...

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Three families at most per flat in new Hong Kong shared housing plan, overseer says

-1 DAYS AGO
Bigger flats in a newly launched co-living project in Hong Kong can accommodate at most three families, the head of a local NGO revealed. The remarks by Chua Hoi-wai, chief executive of the Council of Social Service, came after the group announced on...

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Toys ‘R’ Bust: the rise and fall of a retail empire built on child’s play

-1 DAYS AGO
In the early 1980s, a week before Christmas, a woman walked into a supermarket-size store in Tysons Corner, Virginia, and became so dumbfounded that she started talking to herself. “Where’s the robot?” she said. “And the hairy monster?” A Washington ...

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Amazon reportedly working on Alexa-enabled 'smart glasses'

-1 DAYS AGO
Amazon wants to make Alexa a more formidable competitor to Google Assistant and Siri by letting you put it on your face and take it anywhere, according to a Financial Times report (paywall). The company is said to be developing a pair of normal-looki...

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Nick Nairn recipes

-1 DAYS AGO
Game season is here – and I’m thrilled. There aren't any rules about not enjoying jelly and ice cream as an adult, but it's rarely offered to us grown-ups! Spring vegetable soup is the simplest, freshest soup in the world and ideal for welcoming spri...

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Turkish Airlines Supports Maiden African Air Expo

-1 DAYS AGO
Istanbul-based Turkish Airlines is supporting the maiden African Air Expo, scheduled to take place from October 24-26, 2017 in Accra, with an amount of $15,000 (GH 65,000). The contribution of the airline, which flies to more than 20 destinations aro...

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Border crossers, and the wall that won't stop them

-1 DAYS AGO
It’s the fastest route north, but also the most dangerous. Migrants go without food as they ride the train. They face mutilation if they fall off and extortion from criminal gangs that charge to be on board. As they went, they joined a river of migra...

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Christmas Shipping Charges to Cost More

3 MONTHS AGO

Attention Christmas shoppers – your Black Friday and December shipping expenses are going up. UPS has declared that a peak-season surcharge will be added to all shipped items during traditional Christmas shopping events such as Black Friday, Cyber Mo...

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History of Christmas in July

3 MONTHS AGO

The modern image of Christmas is locked in as a season covered in snow, ice and frosty images of evergreens. Ironically, the actual setting for Christmas should take place in the dry desert heat. Christ, after all, was not born on December 25th. Hist...

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Five Things to Consider Before You Build That Mega Christmas Light Display

4 MONTHS AGO
Ron Behringer thinks back to his epic Christmas displays of the late 1990s with great fondness. “It was a new age for Christmas lighting,” he says. “Computer technology was really cutting edge. It was expensive but it was so exciting. It took it all ...

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The Christmas Movie They Will Never Make

5 MONTHS AGO
The world was underwhelmed with Mariah Carey’s breathless announcement this week that she is turning her 1994 Christmas tune – All I Want for Christmas Is You – into the next animated Christmas movie. This clearly isn’t the Christmas movie we are wai...

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With no ice rink, Mobile trying to figure out what it wants for Christmas

8 HOURS AGO

The Mobile City Council's budget discussions took a sleigh-ride detour on Tuesday, with the revelation that the city won't present an ice-skating rink this winter but could opt to spend $40,000 bringing back the North Pole Stroll. On the bigg...

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Ross Petty presents a Christmas Carol, The Family Musical with a Scrooge Loose

10 HOURS AGO

Ross Petty Productions is delighted to present the world premiere of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE FAMILY MUSICAL WITH A SCROOGE LOOSE! Holiday hilarity will ensue as this timeless tale is fractured to Ross Petty specifications. Tickets are on sale now for ...

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Call for 'elves' to fill seasonal vacancies

13 HOURS AGO

Julie Marshall from Swindon job centre is giving some tips to job seekers..Pic - Julie Marshall.Date 4/11/15.Pic By Dave Cox. The unusual job advert comes as the latest figures show that more people in Swindon are in work compared to the same period ...

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Can you help a charity send Christmas shoeboxes?

18 HOURS AGO

Operation Christmas Child is appealing to Worcester businesses for help so they can send Christmas shoeboxes to deprived children around the world. Operation Christmas Child are asking local businesses for space in a warehouse during November so its ...

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The 69th Emmy Awards Photo Gallery With Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Jennifer Nettles & More

20 HOURS AGO

The 69th Emmy Awards got more than a little country flavor last night as Dolly Parton, Keith Urban and Jennifer Nettles made appearances. Dolly and Jennifer were in the house as their made-for-TV movie, Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love , was ...

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Advance tickets on sale for Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve skating at Centre for Life

1 DAY AGO

Both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve get very busy at Newcastle's outdoor ice skating rink so you'll need to book up in advance Getting your skates on for a festive once around the outdoor rink at the Centre for Life in Newcastle has bec...

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Boozy Christmas baubles have been launched by two North East firms

1 DAY AGO

The spirit-filled baubles are by Lanchester Gifts and The Lakes Distillery, which say they will make at least A 2.5m in sales this Christmas Two North East businesses are dealing with a rush of orders after coming together to create a festive bestsel...

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Memories of Penn Station

1 MONTHS AGO
A reader recalls his father’s contract to decorate the old Penn Station for Christmas.

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Questions from Santa Fans Pile Up

3 DAYS AGO
Merry Greetings! Here at the North Pole we’re always making lists of things. Last night we got to talking about the questions kids are asking these days about Santa and we decided to make a...

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North Pole Post Office Floods with Worried Messages

4 DAYS AGO
Happy September Greetings! I must apologize. In my last post I said I was worried and that got a bunch of you worried and so many of you have sent messages of concern to the North Pole that Mrs....

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100 Days Until Santa Launches

5 DAYS AGO
Hi all! We have reached an important milestone in Operation Merry Christmas 2017 – Santa launches in exactly 100 days! We have 100 days to get all of our plans complete, from the wrapping to the...

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Anyone can Call Santa

9 DAYS AGO
There seems to have been some confusion about Santa’s phone number. Some mistakenly believe that the phone number was just for elves. That phone number is for anyone. You can call Santa at any...

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Elf Parade Committee Finalizes Plans

10 DAYS AGO
The Annual Elf Parade Organizing Committee held their final planning meeting late last night and settled on the theme “We are Santa’s Elves” for the 2017 event. The parade is...

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Silence from Santa is Deafening

11 DAYS AGO
Hey everyone, It has been almost 7 weeks since Santa left the North Pole. He said he would be gone for a while. He told us we would not hear from him. He even said not to worry. But franklyRead...

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Elves and Anxiety

15 DAYS AGO
The most recent crisis at the North Pole – Santa’s absence – seems to have sent waves of panic in the elf community. It has caused many of you out there to send in letters of concern. From nine...

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