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REVEALED: What Jane Austen’s Mr Darcy should REALLY have looked like

Bad news, ladies - everything you think you know about Jane Austen’s tall, dark and handsome Fitzwilliam Darcy is wrong.

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Partick Thistles terrifying mascot Kingsley in pursuit of Pudsey Bear. Photo: John Devlin

Beards, bagels and boiled eggs among kids' big fears!

Dogs and the dark are among British children's worst fears.
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Partick Thistles terrifying mascot Kingsley in pursuit of Pudsey Bear  (Pic: John Devlin)

Beards, boiled eggs and bagels - children’s 40 biggest fears

Spiders, dogs and the dark are among British children’s biggest fears - while beards, boiled eggs and bagels are among the most peculiar, according to new research.

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The limited edition Peter Rabbit coin

Rare 50p coins could make you a mint

Empty your purse, look under the sofa and check your pockets; because if you have a special 50p coin it could actually be worth hundreds of pounds

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Pet blues

Pets suffer ‘Blue Monday’ today too ... or do they?

Each year we’re told today - third Monday in January - is supposedly saddest day of the calendar.

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Blue Monday myth busted

'Blue Monday' is here ... but doom day just doesn't add up!

Blue Monday has long (well, 12 years) been red letter day for gloom-mongers.
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Triskaidekaphobia!

13 ways to stay lucky today ... Friday 13th!

Already well into Triskaidekaphobe's worst nightmare, branded unluckiest day of the year, we offer timely tips to try avoid misfortune, suitably accompanied by quiz and Friday the 13th 2017 film leaked trailer.
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Naked Attraction?

Sheffield singletons wanted for Channel 4’s Naked Attraction dating show

If you don’t mind showing your bare bum on national television in a bid to find true love apply to be on the new series of Channel 4’s Naked Attraction.
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Big year for Nigel Farage and, posthumously, David Bowie

Farage for PM, Bowie virtual tour, Brexit block brouhaha, trillionaire top Trump ... and other 2017 predictions!

2016 was an unprecedented year with massive global political upheaval, rise of Artificial Intelligence and centre stage being taken by issues such as post-truth, resurgent nationalism and technological unemployment.
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Brits are being urged to check their new fivers after engraved bank notes worth as much as 50,000 were circulated in a Willie Wonka-style 'Golden Ticket' giveaway.

Fivers with Jane Austen engraving could be worth £50,000

Brits are being urged to check their new fivers after engraved bank notes worth as much as £50,000 were circulated in a Willie Wonka-style ‘Golden Ticket’ giveaway.
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Calling keyboard warriors

QUIZ: Mark World Ninja Day by checking which keyboard warrior you are

International Ninja Day (yes, really!) affords topical opportunity to test your covert agent credentials.

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Alloa keeper Neil Parry preparing to take the fateful goalkick, with the unsuspecting seagull overhead

GULLKEEPER! Video of goal kick striking flying seabird

This is the moment a keeper's goal kick went astray after it was deflected ... by a gull.

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Carol Vordermna in this year's line-up for I'm a Celebrity

I'm a Celebrity... line up announced

All bets are off as we can now reveal the full lineup for I’m a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! 2016 which includes TV star Carol Vorderman, Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt and Emmerdale’s Adam Thomas.

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Watch With Rover: relaxing TV for dogs

PETFLIX: Films for cats and dogs to reduce weekend fireworks stress

Fifth of November can be fun for all the family but, remember, remember, firework flashes and loud bangs can prove pet-stressers across South Yorkshire.
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Thriller police style

VIDEO NASTY: The beat goes on with creepy cops' Thrilling dance moves

"South Yorkshire beware, you're in for a scare" is spooky tag line of a police video nasty.
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PICTURES: Families go potty for pumpkins

Halloween holds no fear for hundreds of families across the borough who have flocked to a Doncaster farm to pick their own pumpkins.

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Pumpcanine

GOOD GOURD! Six unusual things to do with a pumpkin!

We’re accustomed to seeing pumpkins with evil faces every Hallowe’en but there are plenty of other uses for our favourite Autumn vegetable.

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Eating and not paying for supermarket fruit is among the micro-crimes committed by three in four of Brits

11 ‘micro-crimes’ you’ve probably committed

Three-quarters of Brits are what is described as ‘micro-criminals’ - committing tiny crimes in shops and online to get a better deal.

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Household chores

Britons spend eight years of their lives on housework

Brits will spend nearly eight years of their lives doing household chores, a study has found.

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So haunted a priest was called in to perform an exorcism: Borthwick Castle near Edinburgh

Hallowe'en break favourite haunts!

For a more unusual weekend get-away, try one of these ‘haunted’ hotels, castles and guest houses where you can stay overnight around Hallowe'en – or any time of the year. Disclaimer: no guarantee of good night’s sleep!

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