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Travel: Escaping the winter in the Algarve

The clocks have just gone back and it's cold and dark outside, so here's the challenge. Where do you go to get some warm winter sunshine at a great value price, a quality hotel on a perfect sandy beach, with a flight that lasts less than two and a half hours?

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Ever wondered what the most used emoji is?

Apple reveals the most popular emojis

The most popular emojis among US English speakers has been revealed by tech giant Apple.

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Chester's Christmas Market

Travel: Cheshire offers an historic Christmas twist

A shopping trip with a historic twist and a world premiere of a children's classic are among the compelling reasons to head to Chester and Cheshire at Christmas. Here's our top 10, with more ideas at at christmasinchester.com.

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Joe Marling (pictured in 2014). Joe: I tell children they will be looked upon with respect wearing a poppy.

Joe’s ‘The Poppy Man of Pitstone’

A dedicated Pitstone poppy seller is bringing wartime spirit to the village in honour of the Royal British Legion.

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John: I got to know the characters in my head and then wrote a couple of pages for each of their parents, so they already had a background.

Leighton author’s story of ‘sex, murder and revolution’ heads to the USA

A Leighton Buzzard author is celebrating an exciting request from an American publisher, as his gripping tale of sex, murder and revolution is set to hit the US market.

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Woburn resort named DEFRA Bees’ Needs Champion for green roofs

Woburn resort named DEFRA Bees’ Needs Champion for green roofs

The newest Center Parcs village, Woburn Forest, which opened in the summer of 2014 in Bedfordshire, has just been named a Bees’ Needs Champion by DEFRA at their annual awards ceremony.

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Above: Frankie (bottom left). She loved seeing all the babies dressed up!

Zombies, ghosts and ghouls gather for Pitstone girl Frankie and Rett syndrome awareness!

Kind Pitstone neighbours organised a Hallowe’en extravaganza to help raise funds for a young girl who has a rare condition called Rett syndrome.

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Seven of Leightons canary girls who worked at the Chaul End munitions factory. They are very young to be engaged in such dangerous work. Judging by the black arm band and black bars sown onto their uniforms they have already lost family members in the conflict.

Book reveals Leighton Buzzard and Linslade’s vital role in defeating the Germans

The dramatic story of how Leighton Buzzard and Linslade changed from a playground for the London gentry to take a vital role in the First World War is told in a new book out this week.

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HRH Princess Royal presenting Oakman CEO Peter Borg-Neal with the award

Royal seal of approval for popular pub restaurant chain

Local independent pub operator receives prestigious award from Princess Anne at St James’s Palace ceremony.

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Famous Treehouse accommodation is coming to Center Parcs Woburn Forest resort

Famous Treehouse accommodation is coming to Center Parcs Woburn Forest resort

Following the huge popularity of Treehouse accommodation at Sherwood Forest, Elveden Forest and Longleat Forest, Center Parcs has announced that three brand new Treehouses are being built at nearby Woburn Forest.

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What will you be eating in 2018?

Waitrose has revealed the food you’ll be eating in 2018

Japanese ‘dude food’, Indian tapas and plant protein look set to become the big dishes of 2018 according to a new report.

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The tweet has caused a stir on social media

Wetherspoons issues statement after parody account announces ‘poppy ban’ in pubs

Discount pub chain JD Wetherspoon has issued a statement after a Twitter account announced that staff would be not be wearing poppies ‘due to expanding multiculturalism’.

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Chocolate making at Cadbury World

Days Out: Hundreds of years old but Cadbury World maintains its Willy Wonka inspiring wonder

There is more choice than ever when it comes to taking the kids on a day out across the Home Counties and beyond but Cadbury World is still worth going that little bit further.

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The Stag. Credit: Google Street View.

Leighton pub’s petition power shows Stag’s community spirit

A Leighton Buzzard pub has signed a petition against proposed parking restrictions to protect the business and help elderly regulars access the premises.

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Michael at a World Challenge stall. At the quiz, punters will be guessing how many guinea-pigs Michael met!

Leighton Buzzard guinea-pig adventure to help fund World Challenge trip to Peru!

An adventurous Cedars Upper School pupil completed a gallivanting guinea-pig challenge to help raise funds for a once in a lifetime trip to South America.

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Dsseldorf's Star Market

Travel: Düsseldorf's Christmas Market promise

The Germany city of Düsseldorf promises to host more Christmas Markets on 2017 than ever before while giving visitors the chance to have fun on it's large ice rink next to the Königsallee shopping avenue.
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The Saga Sapphire at her berth in the Netherlands.

Travel: The Sapphire is a cruising gem

From the moment I stepped aboard the Saga Sapphire, I began to realise that I've probably not given cruising holidays a proper chance.

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Edinburgh was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthplace.

Travel: Sherlock Holmes' Scotland... it would be a crime to miss it!

It's exactly 125 years ago since the first collection of Sherlock Holmes stories were published, and the rest as they say is history.

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The White Hart Ampthill

Ampthill’s landmark Coaching Inn closes for 10 days to install early Christmas present

Time seems to have flown by since the White Hart at Ampthill was restored to its former Georgian Coaching Inn glory in May 2015.

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VIDEO: Parents warned as tot almost killed when she is dragged inside faulty tumble dryer

A mum is warning parents of young children to check electrical appliances after her 23-month-old daughter got dragged inside a spinning tumble dryer.

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