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The Repair Shop’s Jay Blades says reading words is ‘like having a book of ants’

Jay will talk about what learning to read has meant for him (Picture: BBC)TV presenter Jay Blades says that reading words is like ‘having a book of ants’ moving about on the page, having only learned the skill at the age of 51. The Repair Shop host, who got engaged in December to his partner with a ring made by his goldsmith co-star, revealed his limited literacy has not impacted much on his life but that learning to read has ‘opened up loads of opportunities’. His learning journey is to be documented in a one-off BBC One film, Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51, with the furniture restorer previously calling reading his ‘toughest challenge’. Asked about how he finds reading he told the PA news agency: ‘What I see is, it’s like having a book of ants. ‘So the letters are all ant

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Victor Lindelof backing Anthony Elanga to have a ‘great future’ at Manchester United

Anthony Elanga impressed against Aston Villa (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof is tipping Anthony Elanga to carve out a ‘great future’ for himself at Old Trafford. The 19-year-old was a surprise starter in United’s 2-2 draw against Aston Villa on Saturday and he certainly took his opportunity, coming close to scoring on two occasions and looking lively throughout. Elanga’s scored seven times in eight appearances for Sweden’s U21s and he’s pushing for a spot in the full national side, where he’d play alongside Lindelof. And the former Benfica ace is tipping his compatriot to make his mark for club and country in the near future, with Lindelof hailing the winger as a ‘great talent’. Lindelof has been impressed by his compatriot ...

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Laurie Brett reveals if she will return to EastEnders as Jane Beale

Laurie Brett is back and on stage! (Picture: REX SHUTTERSTOCK)The actress, 52, on starring in a thriller stage play, running away to join the circus and her friends from EastEnders. You and Adam Woodyatt are back playing husband and wife again! It’s déjà vu but I couldn’t be happier. Adam and I always had a certain chemistry from day one when we first started working together in EastEnders. I think that’s why Jane and Ian Beale lasted so long. We’ve stayed in touch over the four years since I left the show. Working with Adam is always a pleasure. We know what each other is thinking, whereas with some people it’s not so easy! Whose idea was it for you to join him on stage? Probably Adam suggested it. I’ve worked with the producer before when I was in the stage adaptation of Kay

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Fiorentina boss speaks out as Arsenal fans claim Dusan Vlahovic ‘waved goodbye’ in win over Genoa

Arsenal are reportedly in advanced talks to sign Dusan Vlahovic this January (Picture: Getty)Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Italiano was unable to confirm whether Arsenal target Dusan Vlahovic would be staying at the club following their thumping 6-0 win over Genoa, but insisted the striker remained ‘very motivated’ and ‘relaxed’. Genoa goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu saved Vlahovic’s attempted Panenka in the 11th minute, but Alvaro Odriozola, Giacomo Bonaventura and Cristiano Biraghi all netted to give Fiorentina an imperious three-goal lead at the halfway stage. Eyebrows were raised as Vlahovic came out for the second half with his arms raised in the direction of Fiorentina’s home support and the Serbian repeated the gesture after he extended the hosts’ advantage with an exquisite dinked

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Best friends find out they’re pregnant on the same day – and give birth an hour apart

The pair couldn’t believe it when they realised they were in hospital beds next to each other (Picture: PA Real Life)A pair of inseparable pals were stunned after tandem pregnancies had them discovering they were expecting on the same day – then giving birth four weeks early, just an hour apart. Gloucester buddies Bev Rimes and Hayley Russell, both 34, were astonished to find themselves in neighbouring hospital cubicles after their waters broke unexpectedly in the middle of the night and were delighted knowing their kids were on course to celebrate joint birthdays. Mum-of-three Bev was beaming when Lilly was born on January 16, 2018, at the Royal Gloucester Hospital and cried with joy for Hayley after seeing Henry, a rainbow baby, had been delivered fit and healthy by the same doctor

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Nasa’s Curiosity rover detects signs of past life on Mars

Curiosity has been roaming the Gale Crater for over nine years — drilling under the surface and sending the results back home. (Credits: PA)Nasa’s Mars rover, Curiosity, might have found the building blocks of life on the Red Planet. Research has found that rocks collected by the rover reportedly contained organic carbon which may have come from bugs that once roamed Mars. Analysis of sediments from half a dozen locations, including an exposed cliff, identified an ancient carbon cycle. The samples are thought to have a ‘biological basis’, resembling fossilised remains of microbial life in Australia that date back 2.7 billion years. Carbon has two stable isotopes, 12 and 13, the amounts of which give us a window into its origin. ‘The samples extremely depleted in carbon 13 are a

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3.5 earthquake reported Monday night in Riverside County

PALM SPRINGS — A magnitude 3.5 earthquake was reported at 11:39 p.m. Monday in Riverside County, four miles from Palm Springs, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was at a depth of 7.6 miles and occurred about seven miles from Banning, eight miles from Valle Vista, nine miles from San Jacinto and nine miles from Beaumont, according to the USGS. The USGS said on its website the quake, centered about 6 miles north northwest of Idyllwild, had also been felt in parts of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego counties  according to people who responded for its ShakeMap. In the past 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater centered nearby. An average of 234 earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.0 and 4.0 occur per year in California and Neva...

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Teen boy wounded in shooting in Bronzeville

A 15-year-old boy was shot Jan. 18, 2022, in Bronzeville. | Sun-Times file photoAbout 12:40 a.m., the boy was a passenger in a vehicle in the 4900 block of South Prairie Avenue, when he heard shots and felt a pain. A 15-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting early Tuesday morning in Bronzeville on the South Side. About 12:40 a.m., the boy was a passenger in a vehicle in the 4900 block of South Prairie Avenue, when he heard shots and felt a pain, Chicago police said. He was struck in the upper-right leg, and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital for treatment, police said. Area One detectives are investigating. ...read more Source:: Chicago Sun Times...

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The sun ‘once had rings – just like Saturn’, claim scientists

The sun is around 4.6 billion years old (Nasa)The sun once had rings – just like Saturn, according to new research. And without them life might never have begun, say scientists. They claim that the star was encircled by giant circles of dust that fuelled life on our planet. The rings prevented our Earth getting too big and developing massive gravitational pull which would have stunted the growth of organisms and made asteroid impacts more frequent. Without them life might never have got off the ground. Lead author Dr Andre Izidoro said: ‘In the solar system, something happened to prevent the Earth from growing to become a much larger type of terrestrial planet called a super-Earth.’ They are rocky planets between about two and ten times the mass – seen around at least 30

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Juventus line up Manchester United target Denis Zakaria to replace Arthur Melo if he joins Arsenal

The Gunners are working on a loan deal for the Brazilian (Picture: Getty)Juventus want to secure a replacement for Arthur Melo before letting him join Arsenal and they are ready to rival Manchester United for Denis Zakaria, according to reports. In the words of their manager, the Gunners have been left ‘very short’ in midfield following the departure of Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan to Roma, while the impressive Thomas Partey is away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana. Juventus midfielder Arthur – who has started just four Serie A games for the Old Lady this season – has emerged as their primary target to reinforce their squad. Arthur is believed to have agreed personal terms with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)But while Juve are open to letting the Brazilian

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WWE Raw results, grades: The Usos ambush Seth Rollins before Royal Rumble match with Roman Reigns

The Usos made a point on Raw (Picture: WWE)Roman Reigns sent a message to Seth Rollins as The Usos invaded Raw and took out his challenger less than two weeks before the WWE Royal Rumble. The Tribal Chief is set to defend the Universal Title against his former Shield teammate, and the SmackDown superstar’s cousins turned up on the red brand on Monday night to make the Bloodline’s presence felt. The shocking moment came at the end of a fantastic main event between Rollins and Bobby Lashley, who is also set for a huge bout at the Rumble as he finally gets his dream match against WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. One of the highlights of Raw this week was a typically top tier video package hyping up the highly anticipated clash between the two heavyweights, which has a genuine big fight fee

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Andy Murray through to Australian Open second round after impressive Nikoloz Basilashvili win

Andy Murray was made to work hard for his win over Nikoloz Basilashvili (Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Andy Murray is through to the second round of the Australian Open after beating world No.23 Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-1, 3-6, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4. Murray’s first match at the Australian Open for three years saw the former British No.1 play out a hard-fought four-set match to reach the second round where he’ll play Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel. The 34-year-old headed into his first round match in fine form having reached the final of the Sydney International last week and that purple patch continued as he stormed into an early lead, dropping just one game in the opening set. While Murray was on the front foot right from the off, his early lead was almost gifted to him thank

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Hollyoaks spoilers: 10 new images reveal seizure shock, huge return, and attack trauma

Lives are on the line and discoveries are made in yet another epic week in the village (Picture: Lime Pictures)Emotions run high in Hollyoaks next week, as one resident is faced with a ghost from his past, while another suffers a devastating collapse. We are, of course, talking about Warren Fox (Jamie Lomas), who takes a turn in front of son Joel Dexter (Rory Douglas-Speed) and has a seizure. The question is: will he be okay? Misbah Maalik (Harvey Virdi) is the person to ask, and subsequent scenes will see her confirm thay a change of lifestyle for the gangster is necessary. But will Warren listen to medical advice? Or will he, like always, do his own thing? Luke Morgan (Gary Lucy) is faced with a ghost from the past, as she comes face-to-face with Stephen McGregor, on...

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Holby City spoilers: Amelia and Jac receive an update on their brain tumours

An update (Pictures: BBC)At the beginning of tonight’s Holby City we see both Jac Naylor (Rosie Marcel) and Amelia Ebrahimi (Lucy Briggs-Owen) having scans. Both the women have brain tumours and have been on the same experimental treatment programme, but as Eli (Davood Ghadami) delivers the results to Max (Jo Martin) it’s clear that at least one of them is going to be dealing with very bad news. Is it Amelia or Jac? Or both? Whatever the news for Jac, she seems more worried about the future of Holby and is issuing orders to her team from her hospital bed – including asking Eli if he’d be willing to perform a very risky operation on her. Will he agree? Seven sleeps till we’re back! Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store… #HolbyCity pic.twitter.com/Xs6UwpME8F— BBC Holby City (@BBC...

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Aldi opens its first checkout-free store in Greenwich, London

The new store opens today in Greenwich (Picture: DanielGravesPhotography)You know what’s a lot of faff? Doing your big food shop and having to go through the process of checking out, whether you’re waiting in a queue or have to keep asking for help because there’s an unexpected item in the bagging area. These days, supermarkets are trying to save us from this pain by launching checkout-free stores – you’ll likely have spied an Amazon Go shop. Now, Aldi is hopping on the bandwagon, today opening their first Aldi Shop&Go concept store in Greenwich. It’s currently open for the public to test out the service (so be prepared for a couple of bumps in the road as Aldi perfect the offering), after having been tested by Aldi workers over the past few months. The way it works

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