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I use Lent to get bikini-season ready

For many Catholics, the 40-day period of Lent is something to be dreaded. For me, it’s an excuse to get bikini-season ready. Sure, it’s a solemn religious observance. But it’s also the perfect path to more superficial goals. And if I can stay in God’s good graces and drop a few pounds in the process....

These 50 brilliant Cornish entrepreneurs will make you want to set up a business

The Cornwall Live Entrepreneurs List brings you 50 innovators and risk-takers who have built up their own companies and brought new products to market. Some are just starting out in their ventures while others are experienced in creating, developing and running their own businesses and have taken on....

When the Mirror met Britain's tallest man: A day in the life of Game of Thrones star Neil Fingleton

Tributes have been paid to Britain's tallest man Neil Fingleton who died of suspected heart failure at the age of 36. The Game of Thrones star, who played Mag the Mighty and also appeared in Doctor Who, reportedly died on Saturday. Mr Fingleton grew up in County Durham before he moved to the US to....

Look back to the last days of this 160-year-old shop as it closed...

When Richard and Bryan Harris announced plans to close Noakes, their landmark shop in Tunbridge Wells, in 2009 there was widespread public concern. Regular customer Yvonne Vinall spoke for many when she said: "They are going to leave a huge void in Tunbridge Wells.You can get things here you can't get anywhere else.

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree, How Do I Store Your Sparklies?

1 MONTHS AGO
We can't take down our christmas tree until we figure out a new scheme for ornament storage. Halp! Our original "fabric box with cardboard dividers" storage has given up the ghost this year, and I'm trying to figure out what the best way to store the...

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Go or no?

2 MONTHS AGO
I am having some kind of emotional crisis and I am supposed to appear at a relative's house for Christmas tomorrow. I need help deciding whether to go. I can't stop crying, I am having an extended panic attack, and I am generally a wreck. I gave up o...

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Christmas-themed beach movies?

2 MONTHS AGO
My FiL wants to watch a Christmas movie with a beach theme. Think Elvis / Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello, but he might be perfectly content with something more modern.

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How to take photographs of Christmas trees and Christmas lights.

2 MONTHS AGO
I almost never take photos, but I'd like to take a few this season for sentimental reasons. I can take photos of a Christmas tree (and have), but I am embarrassed to admit that I haven't the faintest clue how to take a photograph showing the tree cov...

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Would you like a snowflake with your appetizer?

2 MONTHS AGO
I need help finding an appetizer for Christmas Day! Complications: travel, dietary preferences, pregnant cousin. My aunt has asked me to bring an appetizer for Christmas. I am known for complicated, delicious food. I don't mind a challenge as long...

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Tip for in-home daycare provider?

2 MONTHS AGO
I can't seem to find straight information on the internet! Our son is in a 12-kid in-home daycare five days a week--it's run by the owner, her mom, and two other women. We're in the D.C. suburbs. Should we be giving them a tip for the holidays and, i...

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Hermit Santa requests accommodating elves

2 MONTHS AGO
Secret Santa. $30 limit. Difficulty: Lives three time zones away. I am crap at this sort of thing. She specified wine, whiskey, and coffee in her likes. I wouldn't have much of an issue with if it were someone close by. I also know that she likes cut...

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Santa Delivered the Drone. But Not the Safety and Skill to Fly Them.

1 MONTHS AGO
The holiday season was a boom time for drone sales, bringing a heightened risk to people and property, particularly when neophytes are at the controls.

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A Voice of Christmas Past Returns, Asking for a Hippopotamus

1 MONTHS AGO
A Postal Service ad has revived interest in a 1953 Christmas novelty hit by the former child star Gayla Peevey. (She did get the hippopotamus.)

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After 15 Big Mall Fights, Police See a Culprit: Teenage Boredom

2 MONTHS AGO
The day after Christmas is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, luring shoppers looking for a bargain, and teenagers looking for trouble.

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Kept in Line by an Angel When Fort Apache Wasn’t Enough

2 MONTHS AGO
Memories of a South Bronx Christmas in 1963: wondrous toys and a lesson in self-control.

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Varieties of Religious Experience

2 MONTHS AGO
When unbelievers encounter the supernatural.

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Have Yourself a Merry Little 2017

2 MONTHS AGO
My song of the year is 72 years old, its original lyrics mostly forgotten — and never more relevant.

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After Terror, Berlin Finds Comfort and Joy in a Soccer Club’s Ritual

2 MONTHS AGO
An offbeat Christmas celebration, melding pep rally and church service, was suddenly tasked with helping a city heal in the aftermath of a truck attack on a market this week.

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Belief In Santa Could Affect Parent-Child Relationships, Warns Study

3 MONTHS AGO
In an article published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, two psychologists have raised the spectre of children’s moral compass being permanently thrown off-kilter by what is normally considered a magical part of the Christmas tradition.

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The Strange Permanence Of Hess Toy Trucks

3 MONTHS AGO
Hess gas stations may be a thing of the past, but the Hess toy truck has, somehow, remained a Christmas mainstay for decades.

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Thanksgiving, A Celebration Of Inequality

3 MONTHS AGO
For over a decade, Fox News has made it a talking point that Christmas is under siege from liberals.

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Jony Ive Designed A Christmas Tree And It Sucks

3 MONTHS AGO
In true Jony Ive fashion, the tree — which appears to be entirely unadorned — isn’t just a tree. In fact, the press release describes it as both “much more than a Christmas tree” and an “all-enveloping magical experience.”

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80,000 Reindeer Reported Dead In Latest Christmas Setback

3 MONTHS AGO
A pair of extreme weather events in 2006 and 2013 caused mass starvation among reindeer in Arctic Russia. Researchers have now linked these episodes to climate change and the associated loss of sea ice.

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That Time FDR Moved Thanksgiving

3 MONTHS AGO
In 1939, the fourth Thursday was set to fall late, on November 30. FDR worried that was too close to Christmas , and wouldn’t give people enough time to, ahem, stimulate the economy. So he up and moved Thanksgiving to the 23rd.

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Convince Your Friends Your Butt Generates Electricity

3 MONTHS AGO
Well, here's how to light your ass up like a Christmas tree, if that's something that interests you.

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My Private Christmas

1 MONTHS AGO
The presents are all unwrapped. Santa’s stockings are emptied. Signs of yet another great Christmas celebration are everywhere. And my husband and children are asleep. The lights on the tree still shine and this is my time for my private Christmas. I...

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Five Reasons NOT to take Down Your Christmas Tree Yet

2 MONTHS AGO
We live on a busy Main Street in our little town. We have a large picture window at the front of our house. Each Thanksgiving weekend we look forward to the beacon of light our Christmas tree becomes along our bustling street. But as the week of Chri...

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What You Don’t Know About Being Santa

2 MONTHS AGO

St. Nicholas Day comes and goes every December 6th with little notice. It is a shame that the Christmas season does not do more to honor the man who is the basis for Santa Claus. Once upon a time St. Nicholas was one of the most famous and revered pe...

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Beautiful Messaging of Christmas Commercials

2 MONTHS AGO

What makes Christmas commercials so different than other commercials we see on television? It is like the fact they tell stories that inspire and leave the selling to mere suggestion. Once upon a time American marketers were great storytellers. The c...

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The Story of O Holy Night

2 MONTHS AGO

O Holy Night is like the national anthem of Christmas songs. Hauntingly beautiful but so difficult to sing it is often presented a cringe-worthy performances by even the best of singers (Celine Dion is perhaps the best example of one who over-sings t...

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Tale of a Presidential Christmas Tree

2 MONTHS AGO

Christmas in 1902 was celebrated much as it is today. But the centerpiece of it all was the Christmas tree. Christmas trees were not always part of the American Christmas tradition. Christmas in America is well documented for decades before the Ameri...

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Lessons from a Christmas with No Money

2 MONTHS AGO

The best Christmas we ever had was the Christmas when we had nothing. A series of events during a difficult year led to that best Christmas. In early April I was diagnosed with breast cancer. A rush of doctor visits, a surgery, and months of recovery...

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MATOBO - President Robert Mugabe yesterday railed against unnamed Zanu PF elements whom he claime...

-1 DAYS AGO
MATOBO - 0 comments President Robert Mugabe yesterday railed against unnamed Zanu PF elements whom he claimed were formenting party divisions and plotting to dethrone him from power. Addressing thousands at his belated birthday celebrations in Matabe...

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I use Lent to get bikini-season ready

-1 DAYS AGO
For many Catholics, the 40-day period of Lent is something to be dreaded. For me, it’s an excuse to get bikini-season ready. Sure, it’s a solemn religious observance. But it’s also the perfect path to more superficial goals. And if I can stay in God’...

Read more...

These 50 brilliant Cornish entrepreneurs will make you want to set up a business

-1 DAYS AGO
The Cornwall Live Entrepreneurs List brings you 50 innovators and risk-takers who have built up their own companies and brought new products to market. Some are just starting out in their ventures while others are experienced in creating, developing ...

Read more...

When the Mirror met Britain's tallest man: A day in the life of Game of Thrones star Neil Fingleton

-1 DAYS AGO
Tributes have been paid to Britain's tallest man Neil Fingleton who died of suspected heart failure at the age of 36. The Game of Thrones star, who played Mag the Mighty and also appeared in Doctor Who, reportedly died on Saturday. Mr Fingleton grew ...

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Look back to the last days of this 160-year-old shop as it closed...

14 MINS AGO
When Richard and Bryan Harris announced plans to close Noakes, their landmark shop in Tunbridge Wells, in 2009 there was widespread public concern. Regular customer Yvonne Vinall spoke for many when she said: "They are going to leave a huge void in T...

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POLITICO Sunday Crunch: Labour crisis — Watson slapdown — Balls bash

27 MINS AGO
— Brexit immigration plan emerges. The Sunday Times has the details , which Home Secretary Amber Rudd all but confirmed to Robert Peston. Her plan: New five-year work visas in key sectors of the economy, without any right to claim benefits, the paper...

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UP polls 2017: Enough Mann Ki Baat, people waiting for 'kaam ki baat', Akhilesh Yadav to Narendra Modi

29 MINS AGO
UP polls 2017: Addressing media in Lucknow on Sunday Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, said, PM Narendra Modi is trying woo farmers in the state only to gain votes for the Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP ) and promise to erase loans of farmers in UP is just...

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3 MONTHS AGO
Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

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100 Days of a New Year 2017 eBook Available Now!

2 MONTHS AGO
100 Days of a New Year 2017 eBook Available Now!
 A Daily Dose of Inspiration for Navigating a New Year! 100 Days of a New Year 2017 eBook is a journey to a more focused, more productive YOU. Beginning January 1 through April 10, get inspired to set goals and find motivation for making 2017 your be...

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100 Days to Christmas. . .the Countdown Begins Today!

5 MONTHS AGO
100 Days to Christmas. . .the Countdown Begins Today!
100 Days to Christmas 2016 eBook Now Available   A Daily Dose of Inspiration & Motivation for a Busy Holiday Season! This eBook is a journey that begins on September 16, and leads you day-by-day toward a peaceful and meaningful holiday seaso...

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100 Days to Christmas 2016 Now Available!

5 MONTHS AGO
100 Days to Christmas 2016 Now Available!
A Daily Dose of Inspiration & Motivation for a Busy Holiday Season! This eBook is a journey that begins on September 16, and leads you day-by-day toward a peaceful and meaningful holiday season. This manual is 150 pages of holiday tips and ideas,...

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Young carer back on bike thanks to Good Samaritan

3 HOURS AGO

A FORMER colleague of a young carer's late father has proved to be a Good Samaritan after heartless thieves stole the boy's Christmas present. As reported in the Advertiser last week, thieves stole Conall Ifould's bike while he was away o...

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David Campbell reverses decision on toy guns

9 HOURS AGO

Not sticking to his guns: Today Extra's David Campbell reveals he now allows his son Leo, 6, to play with toy weapons after previously taking a hard stance against the practice In a piece penned for The Daily Telegraph , the Today Extra co-host r...

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TOWIE's James Argent checks into Thai rehab

13 HOURS AGO

'He's getting the best possible help': TOWIE's James Argent checks into Thai rehab to overcome 'cycle of depression' as he cuts-off contact with Essex pals to 'seek out help alone' The TOWIE star - who previously spent...

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a The Co-operative Bank's charity fund-raiser raises 52,000 for good causes

1 DAY AGO

Kind hearted staff at The Co-operative Bank have helped raise over A 50,000 for good causes in the Bank's annual 'festive fundraiser' event which pitches teams against each other in order to raise money for a variety of good causes, with ...

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Ghostly Women

1 DAY AGO

Every year, during the bleak months of winter, I try to read some ghost stories. Since mine is a gentle, pacific nature, I prefer classic tales, mainly from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

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'Butt dial' message records murder victim's final moments, prosecutors say

1 DAY AGO

The voicemail came just after midnight - only hours before a woman's mangled corpse was found abandoned near the seventh hole of an Indio golf course. It sounded like a barely audible conversation between a man and a woman, and Ian Thompson figur...

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'Father of the Selfie' charts life in photos

1 DAY AGO

Photographer Karl Baden has snapped a simple, black and white photo of himself every day for the last three decades to document his aging. He launched the project on Feb. 23, 1987, decades before the word "selfie" became commonplace.

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10 Months Until Christmas

2 DAYS AGO
Today marks just 10 months until Christmas Eve. Can you believe it? Life here at the North Pole has settled into a quiet, busy routine since Christmas. It snows, we work, and then comes night time –...

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11 Months Until Christmas

1 MONTHS AGO
Snowy greetings from the North Pole! It’s the 24th of the month and that means there are only 11 months until Santa rides again. Seems a long way away, doesn’t it? I know many of you feel that way...

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Launch Clock Reset for New Year

2 MONTHS AGO
A heavy snowstorm has moved over the North Pole and it was a group of really slow moving elves who tramped their snowy feet into Santa’s office this morning. As is tradition Santa convened a...

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Santa Thanks You for the Thank Yous

2 MONTHS AGO
It has been a blessed Christmas day here at the North Pole. Believe it or not the North Pole Post Office has remained on the job but over the course of the last 36 hours or so the nature ofRead more

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Santa is Cheered in His Return to the North Pole

2 MONTHS AGO
Santa has returned to the North Pole. The North Pole Christmas Party is now in full swing at the Claus residence. And that does it for us for another year. Thank you for being a part of it. Merry...

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Santa Makes Final Visits to Pacific Islands

2 MONTHS AGO
Santa is in Pago Pago at this hour, making some of his final visits. He’s got Mrs. Claus with him now and will begin his slow flight home. — Elf Ernest Click here to listen to the latest...

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Santa Wraps up in Hawaii and Alaska

2 MONTHS AGO
Hawaii and Alaska have reported there merry visits from Santa. Santa is on cruise control now. — Elf Ernest Click here to listen to the latest Kringle Radio News Report:...

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