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BT workers vote on strike that could disrupt internet services for remote workers

People working from home are facing “clear disruption” to internet services as thousands of BT workers vote this week to go on strike. As many as 45,000 engineers and call center staff will decide whether to begin industrial action in as little as two weeks’ time. This makes up the vast majority of the company’s …

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Duchess of Cambridge joins squaddies for drills as she marks Armed Forces Day

The Duchess of Cambridge seemed more than happy to get her hands dirty when she joined squaddies in learning some of the basic skills they will need on the front line. New pictures released to mark Armed Forces Day show the Duchess visiting Pirbright Training in November, when she spent time with the 101 Operational …

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Wet wipe ‘island’ in the Thames prompts call for ban

Wet wipes should be avoided unless really necessary and never flushed down the lavatory, a minister has urged the public, amid concern they are blocking sewers and worsening river pollution. The Government is considering a ban on wet wipes containing plastic in a bid to cut the pollution caused by them being flushed down the …

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Give back pension rise cash if you don’t need it, suggests Therese Coffey

Britons should give back cash from next year’s pension rise if they do not believe they need it, Therese Coffey has suggested. The Treasury confirmed on Tuesday the pension “triple lock” will be reinstated after it was paused during the pandemic, taking retirees’ annual payout beyond £10,000 for the first time as the state pension …

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Prince William’s 40th birthday photos offer clues as to what he’ll really be like as king

Taken shortly after the Platinum Jubilee weekend as the Duke sold copies of the magazine in Rochester Row, near Victoria in London, they serve to illustrate his blueprint for the future – others before self, action before image. The Duke, whose mother introduced him to homelessness charities when he was just 11 years old, pledged …

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Brown avocados getting you down? Try the ‘smart’ alternative to cling film

An environmentally friendly clinging film alternative could slow down how quickly avocados turn brown. Harvard University academics created a spray in a lab that covers the surface of the much-loved stoned fruit favored by bourgeois cafes and their millennial clientele. Their proof-of-concept is the first time a team has managed to produce a one-step method …

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Prince William shares charming family photo for Father’s Day

Well the children are certainly enjoying themselves, even if Prince William looks slightly anxious that little Louis may be about to tug his ears. But then Father’s Day just wouldn’t be the same without the children having fun at Dad’s expense. In this engaging photograph released by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to mark …

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Prince William at 40 – his ‘limbo’ years might well turn out to be his best

Yet he is not a man who is likely to spend his 40th birthday fretting about the state of his legacy. Those close to him say he is “more comfortable in his skin than ever”, and does not regard his birthday next Tuesday as a significant moment, even though he has joked that turning 40 …

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GCSE and A-level grades ‘will be the most generous ever’

While this year has seen a return to in-person examinations, Ms Saxton told the conference that she wanted to see students receive qualifications that were not “devalued to the extent that they could not serve progression or employment purposes”. “It does remain the right thing to start to return to normality… We want to get …

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