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The non-emergency 101 number was unavailable but police warned against calling 999 (Picture: PA) The non-emergency 101 number was unavailable across the country today but police advised members of the public against using the 999 number instead. The Sussex force confirmed the 101 system was down nationally on Twitter, with the Met police re-affirming this through a statement on its website. ‘The Metropolitan Police is currently experiencing technical issues with the 101 non-emergency number. As a result calls are not being received via this route,’ it wrote. ‘The 999 system is unaffected but Londoners are reminded that this should only […] Read more →
Preston Hall is a Grade II-listed Jacobean mansion (Pic: supplied) Can’t decide between new build AND old? Now you can have both, writes Ginetta Vedrickas New build homes are sometimes accused of blandness but many buyers don’t want the maintenance of a period property. Happily there is a solution as developers transform grand old buildings and create smart new homes. The latest addition is Preston Hall in Aylesford, Kent, a Grade II- listed Jacobean mansion. Weston Homes is creating 36 apartments, with one, two and three bedrooms, but is keeping period features including wall panelling, fireplaces, ceiling coving and mouldings. […] Read more →
Click to enlarge: All the words you hate in a nice word cloud (Picture: Metro) It promises to be a godsend for social media users everywhere. A new pre-tweet service, launched today, will strip all the irritating abbreviations, phrases and words out of your social media posts before you share your sanguine thoughts with your followers. Amaze. The service, which is free, checks draft tweets against a database of several hundred phrases identified as highly annoying by research carried out among 500 ‘avid’ social media users. These words and phrases were described by one user as ‘the digital equivalent of chewing ice or chalk […] Read more →