Hanukkah 2017: The eight cities to visit during the Jewish festival

While Hanukkah is probably the Jewish festival with the most mainstream recognition, it’s far from the most important period on the Jewish calendar. That’s good news for Jews and non-Jews alike who want to travel during the eight-day period: because it’s a joyous time instead of a period of mourning, shops, museums, and other attractions are open for much of ...

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Alaska Airlines passengers wearing 'ugly' Christmas jumpers can board flights early

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day is no longer just a made-up thing on 15 December – it can now legitimately get you special treatment. Alaska Airlines is running a one-day promotion in celebration, whereby passengers wearing ugly Christmas jumpers will get to board the plane 15 minutes early, skipping smugly past their staidly dressed counterparts. The perk is extended to ...

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Fantasy football scout tips gameweek 17: Harry Kane, Charlie Austin, Jonjoe Kenny, Heung-Min Son and more

Harry Kane Saturday looked like it would bring another disappointing afternoon at Wembley for Harry Kane, but then came a second-half brace against Stoke City that was welcomed by the many fantasy managers who had captained him. Can the Golden Boot winner for the last two years running finally find some consistency in front of goal? If he can, it ...

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Baby Max spends first year in hospital

A baby born with a rare heart and lung condition has spent his first year in hospital. Max Olivares has just celebrated his first birthday in Southampton Children’s Hospital. His parents, Hannah Bloomsfield and Wayne Olivares, have moved into the hospital and rarely go back to their Portsmouth home. The family are waiting to find out whether Max is strong ...

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Man dies in factory explosion

A man has died following an explosion at a metals plant. Fire crews and other emergency services were called to the incident at Timet UK, on Witton Industrial Estate in Holford Road, Birmingham at 02:44 GMT. The man, who was in his 30s, died at the scene. His family have been informed. Police said they were called after reports a ...

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Men feel more pressure to be in a relationship than women

(Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) You might think that ladz are born to be free and single – and that it’s women who do all the chasing in a bid to settle down. But you’d be wrong. It turns out that men actually feel more pressure to be in a relationship than women, and they suffer more from loneliness than women ...

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JK Rowling to become Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace today

JK Rowling, who has been made a Companion of Honour in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List (Picture: PA) JK Rowling is set to be made a Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace today. The Harry Potter author is celebrating 20 years since the boy wizard story was first published and will be honoured for her charity work and services to literature. ...

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Woman oredered to remove Christmas tree from sillborn son’s grave

Oskar’s grave at Earlham Cemetery (Picture: Denise Bradley) A mum was told to take down a Christmas tree left at the grave of her stillborn son. Stephanie Browne, 27, took the 6ft tree to the cemetery in Earlham, Norwich, to mark Christmas for him. She’s gone to see Oskar at least once a week for over seven years and always ...

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UK Gambling Commission warns ½ million children involved in video game gambling

It looks like the government is going on the offensive against CS:GO A new report on gambling in video games is set to focus on skin betting in games like Counter-Strike, but not loot boxes. Game review: Okami HD looks amazing in 4K on PS4 Around half a million children a week gamble via video games, a new report by ...

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‘I did not expect that for Christmas!’: James Corden kisses Harry Styles in Carpool Karaoke special

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video From Bake Off to Strictly, there’s Christmas specials of all our fave TV shows this year. But the Xmas special of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke has to be up there with one of the best we’ve seen so far. Former Gavin and ...

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