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Chuck out that spanking new Luis Vuitton (okay fake) bag you got for your holiday – it’s now probably way too big. The size of hand luggage is expected to shrink from 56cm by 45cm by 25cm (ish) to a minuscule 55cm by 35cm by 20cm. On the plus side, this will hopefully eliminate the variety of different size allowances on different airlines. At the moment Easyjet and British Airways allow 56cm by 45cm by 25cm while Virgin Atlantic only allow 56cm by 36cm by 23cm. Ryanair meanwhile only allows 55cm by 40cm by 20cm. Read more →
(Picture: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic) Who needs Baftas and Oscars cluttering up the downstairs loo when you can become a Commander of the most excellent order of the British Empire? The actor narrowly missed out on the prestigious awards earlier this year, losing out on the Oscar to Eddie Redmayne, but he’s gone one better. The 38-year-old is to receive an honour from the Queen instead. Benedict Cumberbatch is to be announced as a recipient on the Queen’s birthday, Saturday June 13 and will receive the honour for… Read the full story Read more →
Changing identity politics in England. Wonderful story pic.twitter.com/ZGK7KPtYPa — Sunny Hundal (@sunny_hundal) June 8, 2015 Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you proof that not everyone in this world is a massive A-hole. The letter appeared in a newspaper and has warmed hearts around the UK. It tells the story of a man queuing to buy a coffee and a sarnie only to be told the card reader was out of action and he’d have to get cash. As he prepared to do so, someone behind him piped up and offered to pay. MORE: Isle of Wight festival forecast: Mixed bag […] Read more →
Derby Road, Southampton, where the rape is alleged to have taken place (Picture: Google Street View) A teenager and a group of six men are alleged to have filmed themselves gang raping a woman in a four-hour ordeal that was caught on camera. The teenager and five of the men, who listened to proceedings through a Romanian translator, face one charge of rape while a sixth man faces two counts of rape. Mihaita Palie, 33, met the alleged victim in an underpass in Southampton as she walked home while visiting friends. He is believed to have taken her to a house in the […] Read more →
It’s about to get easier to change your contract (Picture: Alamy) We all shudder at the thought of a 24-month phone contract. By the time you come to upgrade there’s going to be at least seven new iPhone models and yours will look like a Nokia 3310. But ditching and switching your contracts could be about to get a whole lot easier. Sharon White, Ofcom’s new chief executive, is to warn the industry that it must improve its service to customers who still find it ‘too difficult’ to change provider and cancel contracts. She’s mooting plans to introduce a quality […] Read more →
(Picture Keele University) Many workies end up making the tea, or shuffling a few folders – but a 15-year-old British schoolboy on work experience actually found a new planet. He’s thought to be the youngest person ever to do so. Tom Wagg was on work experience at Keele University when he spotted a tiny ‘dip’ in the light of a star 1,000 light years away using hi-tech computer software. It was the telltale sign of a new planet, orbiting a star in our own galaxy. ‘I’m hugely excited to have a found a new planet, and I’m very impressed that […] Read more →