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Marco Pierre White Jr escapes jail for using ex's bank card - 120 hours of unpaid work

THE son of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White has been sentenced today after admitting racked up thousands of pounds on his ex-girlfriend's bank card on goods it is thought he sold for drugs, a cour...
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Today's Horoscope

Aries Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

You may need to move around a bit so that you can get your finger in every pie in sight -- but that's what it's all about for you today! Your zippy energy ke...

Taurus Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

Just because your boss or mate is in a big hurry, that doesn't mean you need to drop everything and attend to their neuroses. Take the time to be polite, but...

Gemini Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

People need you to step up and say something -- there's no way you can get away with just letting the group reach its own conclusions. Move ahead quickly and...

Cancer Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

No matter what you've got to deal with today, you should find that your mind is up to the challenge. It's a good time for you to show off your mental skills,...

Leo Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

This is the perfect day to cross off all the chores from your to-do list that you've been dreading -- you could have fun doing almost anything! This should f...

Virgo Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

You may lash out at someone who totally deserves it -- but doesn't see it coming. It's best if you give them fair warning so they can't draw on sympathetic b...

Libra Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

Try your best to ensure that your people are dealing with each other as closely as possible -- one-on-one relationships are strongest right now. You can have...

Scorpio Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

Now is a good time to start in a new direction -- at work, at home or anywhere else! Your great energy is perfect for getting people to hand off the resource...

Sagittarius Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

You're crossing all sorts of things off of your lists today, and you should also be having more fun than you had expected. Your amazing personal energy is pe...

Capricorn Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

It may feel as if you've got a big decision facing you, but really, you're just feeling pulled in two very different directions. Let the stress exist on its ...

Aquarius Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

You're quite surprised by how things have been turning out lately, so see if you can keep up the streak and surprise others with your own out-there antics. I...

Pisces Daily Overview for December 08, 2016

Someone isn't quite what they seem to be today, but you may want to let the illusion stand if it's useful to you. Let them know you're on to them, but don't ...

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Strange but True

Is your fiver worth thousands of pounds?
People with £5 notes in their pockets are being urged to check them carefully, in case they could fetch thousands of pounds more.
Passport checker tells Asian man to open eyes
A New Zealand man had his passport photograph rejected because facial recognition software thought his eyes were closed. 
Goat on loose attacks pensioner named Billy
A pensioner had to be dragged to safety inside a shop after an angry goat went on the rampage down a main street of a quiet town.
Former Argos worker elected Gambia president
A former Argos security guard has ended the 22-year rule of the president of Gambia in a shock election victory.
Gritter Nicole Saltslinger has the X Factor
Oldham Council has named its new gritter Nicole Saltslinger after the X Factor judge and former Pussycat Doll.


Another Snapchat feature is coming to Facebook
Stop me if you've heard this one: Facebook is adding a feature that looks like it was lifted straight from Snapchat. Facebook "location frames" are its answer to Snapchat's geofilters. But don't expect them to appear in your Facebook app before Ch....
The next frontier in the fight against extremists online
When you send a tweet, post a Facebook status, upload a video to YouTube, or do anything on the internet, there's always a chance that little act will ripple out onto other social media platforms, taking on a life beyond your control.  Extremist c....
4 on-screen moments where Warp Striking could have changed everything
In the Shakespearean ideal of dramatic structure, we have tragedy and comedy. And while everyone loves a good rom-com, movies with tragic heroes tend to get remembered past the box office.   Now that you’ve mastered the Warp Strike, a brilliant at....

Interesting Things

Ethanol Batteries / High-energy cocktails
The next revolution in battery technology for cell phones, laptops, and portable electronics may be special fuel cells you can recharge with a thimbleful of your favorite cocktail..
Sears Modern Homes / Ordering houses by mail
For two decades in the early 20th century, Sears Roebuck and Co. sold entire houses through their mail-order catalogs, in the form of do-it-yourself kits that featured such modern amenities as indoor plumbing and electricity..
Hay-on-Wye / The Town of Books
A small Welsh town's claim to fame is that it has one bookstore for every 37 residents. An annual literary festival draws vast crowds of book buyers, not to mention some of the world's most famous writers..

Product Reviews

Review: Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K Action Camera Dual Pro Pack
Review: Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K Action Camera Dual Pro PackWhy aren't all of us making VR content today? Easy, because making VR content is hard. This camera aims to make it easier. The post Review: Kodak PIXPRO SP360 4K Action Camera Dual Pro Pack appeared first on WIRED..
Review: Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball
Review: Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless TrackballThe key update with this release of Kensington's much-loved trackball is its enhanced wirelessness. The post Review: Kensington Expert Mouse Wireless Trackball appeared first on WIRED..
Review: PicoBrew Pico
Review: PicoBrew PicoIf you're an avid fan of regional microbreweries, it's like having the ability to tap a keg 3,000 miles away. The post Review: PicoBrew Pico appeared first on WIRED..

The Onion

3 Cups Of Coffee Confident They Can Take Man’s Anxiety From Here
BOZEMAN, MT—Assuring reporters they could maintain the man’s elevated levels of stress and get his mind racing uncontrollably, three cups of coffee stated Thursday morning they were confident they could take local resident Ryan Hu....
Tips For Looking More Youthful
Matt Damon Dismisses ‘Whitewashing’ Controversy
Addressing criticism of his upcoming film Great Wall, in which he plays a savior of China, Matt Damon denied that his portrayal is an instance of Hollywood “whitewashing.” What do you think?.

Alternative News

California Cities Weigh "Netflix Tax" For Online Video Streaming
Government is on the verge of completely destroying the economy all because those in power are incapable of managing even a bubblegum machine, rages Armstrong Economics' Martin Armstrong. Local cities are desperate for money as their own pensions ....
Stocks Spike Higher As Bloomberg Terminals Hit By Outage
Just moments after we tweeted the following: almost time for today's gamma rebal freak out — zerohedge (@zerohedge) December 8, 2016 ... stocks surged again on a sudden heavy volume spike, as today's latest gamma rebalance kicked in again. Same sh....
Black American Confidence Collapses Post-Trump, Whites At 11-Month Highs
Despite an initial pop, it appears the Trump presidency has not been greeted by all Americans equally exuberantly as the stock market. While confidence among white Americans has spiked to 11-month highs, black American confidence has crashed sinc....

TV & Showbiz

Rita Ora steps out in uncharacteristically sombre outfit in New York City
The 26-year-old pop princess was dressed to impress when she stepped out in New York City on Thursday for an appearance on Live with Kelly.
Nicole Scherzinger parades pins as she prepares for X Factor final
The songtress has jumped on the double denim bandwagon as she sported her stylish interpretation of the Canadian tuxedo, stepping out of her London Hotel on Thursday.
Nicky Hilton joins husband James Rothschild at Cleveland Cavaliers game
Nicky Hilton looked a little disinterested as she attended the Cleveland Cavaliers and New York Knicks game on Wednesday alongside her husband James Rothschild.
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Hello Headlines

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews' wedding date revealed
Pippa Middleton will marry her fiancé James Matthews in a romantic ceremony on Saturday 20...
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, 73, becomes a father for the eighth time
Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger has become a father for the eight time, it has been...
Tamara Ecclestone and Sophia reveal what they want from Santa in our charity advent calendar
For Tamara Ecclestone, model and heiress of F1 billionaire Bernie, Christmas has always...

International News

Solomon Islands earthquake: Tsunami warning after magnitude 8 quake strikes Pacific Ocean
A magnitude eight earthquake has struck the Solomon Islands, sparking a tsunami warning..
Donald Trump to pick 'sworn foe' of minimum wage as labour secretary
Andy Puzder, the fast food CEO, is a vocal opponent of Obamacare, the minimum wage and overtime pay - Trump voters are likely to miss out as a result.
Donald Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon wanted to limit vote to property owners
Senior aide allegedly said it would be 'not such a bad thing' if millions of African-Americans lost right to vote.
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Body & Soul

Send a Mizpah Card
We live in a turbulent age of great challenge and change whilst trying to adapt somehow. But there are things that cannot be altered by time, distance or circumstances: symbols of love, goodness, kindness, caring, to mention only a few. A few hund....
The Spirit of Thanksgiving
  In eventful times such as these it can be easy to take certain things for granted. When we eventually stop to think about it, the things that mean the most to us are true gifts of love, and chief among these gifts is the time spent with our love....
The Right Romantic Gift
Sometimes, choosing that very special romantic and inspirational jewellery gift in the shops, catalogues and from the internet, can be a bit of a challenge. And there are quite a few regular occasions to cover, so here are a few useful tips on how....

Huffington Post

Commons People: Time Magazine's Person of the Year Is...
This week on Commons People, we discuss what the vote in favour of triggering Article 50 actually means and what happens now. Were Labour caught in a trap? And how do they reconcile their pro-EU stance with constituencies that voted to leave..
Charlotte Crosby Makeup: 'Geordie Shore' Star Launches Vegan Cruelty-Free Flique Range
Charlotte Crosby has launched her debut makeup range and the best news is it’s cruelty-free and vegan friendly. The former ‘Geordie Shore’ star has teamed up with Easilocks to create the 40-piece cosmetics line, which includes a contour pale....
Mick Jagger's Girlfriend Has Given Birth To His Eighth Child
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Buzzfeed Latest

What Do You Actually Want For Christmas?
♫All I want for Christmas… is for someone to pay off my student loans.♫ Have you ever just received a gift that you weren't wild about? Nickelodeon Animation Studios And then you....
Make Yourself A Drink And We'll Guess Your ~Emotional Age~
You can’t hide what’s inside!.
12 Stories Of People Experiencing A Glitch In The Matrix That’ll Freak You Out
These are stories of unexplainable happenings. The following stories are from multiple AskReddit threads found here, here, and here. The wife who was seen in two different spots. One evening, a man and hi....

The Daily Beast

DHS So Busted Even a General Can’t Fix?
The choice of John Kelly to lead DGS has soothed some fears, but are the threats so varied and the bureaucracy and oversight so convoluted that officials warn it could one war he wont win..
Is Princess Eugenie Engaged?
Princess Eugenie stepped out of a London club wearing a ring on her engagement finger last night. Is this why her father is seeking to upgrade any future spouse's official status?.
Vergara Embryo Case May Open Floodgates
The Daily Beast has obtained the extraordinary petition filed on behalf of two frozen embryos created by Sofia Vergara and her former partner. The unique case could change family law..

Aeon Magazine

How E E Cummings writes a poem
One of the most influential American poets of the 20th century, E E Cummings is famous for his experimental, distinctive use of capitalisation, punctuation and structure. In this video essay, Evan Puschak (also known as The Nerdwriter) explores on....
What would a rational criminal justice system look like?
The American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr wrote in 1925: ‘If I were having a philosophical talk with a man I was going to have hanged (or electrocuted) I should say, I don’t doubt that your act was inevitable for you, but to make it more avoida....
The minds of other animals
Animal consciousness is taboo in many areas of biological science. What’s so hard about the inner lives of other species?By Antone MartinhoRead at Aeon.


TV & Radio News

Strictly Come Dancing: Calls for Craig Revel Horwood to be FIRED over GoT ‘rape comment’

A LEADING charity has called for the BBC to sack Craig Revel Horwood from Strictly Come Dancing over a joke he was seemingly made about rape on a TV panel show.
Great British Bake Off format will remain the same on Channel 4, insists Paul Hollywood

GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF judge Paul Hollywood has said that the programme will still be retaining the same format when it moves to Channel 4.
Hairspray Live!: The best bits from the TV version of the hit musical

HAIRSPRAY LIVE! has already proved to be a big hit on the other side of the Pond after it aired last night.
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Food & Drink

Chicken Marsala With Mushrooms and Shallots
Quick and easy, this chicken Marsala is packed with flavor, thanks to Marsala wine, sautéed mushrooms, shallots, and garlic. The secret to success with this version is to....
Basic Ragù Bolognese
Ragù bolognese is one of the greatest meat sauces in the world, and an essential component of several pasta dishes, including the classic lasagne alla bolognese. This rec....
Classic Baked Lasagna Bolognese (Lasagne alla Bolognese)
A classic Bolognese lasagna is different from the version most common in the United States. Instead of thick layers of ricotta and mozzarella cheese, lasagne alla bologne....

New Gadgets

November 2016 was the best month ever for App Store sales
 Apple’s SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller announced today that the App Store had hit a new milestone. According to a statement he posted to Twitter, the App Store had a record-breaking month in terms of sales this November. Sales and downl....
Apple Music reaches the 20 million subscriber mark
 Apple Music’s growth has been nothing if not steady since launching in June of last year. The streaming service hit 13 million paid subscribers in April and beat the 17 million mark in September. This week, the company announced a nice round mile....
Samsung scores an 8-0 Supreme Court ruling in Apple patent case
 This morning’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling was nothing if not decisive. The nation’s highest court handed down an 8-0 ruling in favor of the South Korean smartphone maker in its on-going legal battle against its chief competitor. The case, which da....
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Time Magazine Entertainment

The Force Is Strong With Zack Snyder’s Star Wars–Batman v Superman Mashup
Will Superman resist the Dark Side?.
Yoko Ono Calls for Peace on the Anniversary of John Lennon’s Death
"The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience".
Michael Moore Compared Donald Trump to Pre-9/11 Bush: ‘This Is Our Safety’
The filmmaker begged Donald Trump to attend national security briefings.

Book & Film Reviews

They Have, Right Now, Another You
A few months ago The Washington Post reported that Facebook collects ninety-eight data points on each of its nearly two billion users. Among this ninety-eight are ethnicity, income, net worth, home value, if you are a mom, if you are a soccer mom, if you are married, the number of lines of credit you have, if you are interested in Ramadan, when ...
Russia, NATO, Trump: The Shadow World
Bill Clinton let slip some years ago that the American Secret Service had once found Boris Yeltsin, during an official visit to Washington in 1995, wandering drunk in his underpants down Pennsylvania Avenue looking for a pizza. Who knows what Russia might be like now if Yeltsin had been left to stagger on into the night, rather than returned to ...
Palestine: The End of the Bedouins?
Today, most of the Jordan Valley, undoubtedly one of the most ravishing landscapes on the planet, is situated in what is known as Area C of occupied Palestinian territory. This means that, with the exception of the ancient city of Jericho and its surroundings (which are in Area A, under Palestinian rule), the valley is under direct and exclusive...