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Don't Phone Home
The first words uttered over what we now quaintly call a ‘landline’ was the plea: ‘Mr Watson, come here, I want you.’ Seven words from Alexander Graham Bell to his trusty assistant that changed the world. Three years later, in 1878, he was turning the...
Should people on their phones be refused service in supermarkets?
A Sainsbury's checkout assistant refused to serve a customer because she was on her mobile phone. 26-year-old Jo Clarke was told by a checkout assistant at the store in Crayford, south-east London, that she would not serve her until she put her phone...
The Daily: January 6
Police Pull over Space Hopper Man Bouncing Along the Motorway New Year's Day saw itself with a new type of police chase, cars vs. space hopper. In the very early hours of the morning a man was seen bouncing along the Marketgait underpass on a bright...
The Daily: April 27
BT to sell off iconic red phone boxes You could have the chance to become the proud owner of a classic K6 model red phone box as BT plan ro sell them off for £1,950. The last chance the public had to purchase one of the phone boxes was in the 80s. Head...
The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: 24 July
Dear Thomas, Am I right to be offended by a friend who suddenly cancels her invitation? There are lots of instances: the worst was getting an invitation to a party and being asked to spend the night, but nearer the date I was told I could not stay...
The Daily: January 20
Lucky eBay art buyer could have made up to £250,000 unknowingly Following an episode of BBC antiques programme Fake or Fortune, the search is on for a mystery eBay buyer who purchased a canvas for £3,000 on the online auction site eight years ago. The...
The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: 1 September
Dear Thomas I’m wondering how much banter is required on a technical support call. Recently I had to phone a certain well-known computer company quite a few times to resolve various problems. It’s true, there were long pauses when they asked me to...
Modern Technology is ‘Ruining’ Quality Family Time Together
Modern technology is ruining families' quality time together, according to new research. Almost nine in 10 parents think gadgets get in the way of their time together as a family – and 86 per cent admit there are times when everyone is at home, but...
Tips for Clean Sleeping
Dubbed by Gwyneth Paltrow as the 'biggest health trend of 2017', it's the latest lifestyle movement to get everyone talking, but what actually is clean sleeping and will it help us get a better night's kip? With research led by Silentnight and The...
The Daily: August 27
Duchess's first appearance since birth of baby George The Duchess of Cambridge has been pictured for the first time since Prince George’s birth shopping in Waitrose in Anglesey, picking up supplies for her new family. This was an unexpected appearance...
The Daily: June 8
Prince William qualifies as helicopter Captain The Duke of Cambridge, who turns 30 later this month, has passed his two-day tests to become a helicopter captain. In order to pass he had to complete tasks that involved finding people at sea and...
The Daily: March 11
Jilly named top dog The four legged spectacle that is Crufts reached its furry finale over the weekend, with talented Pooch Jilly named as best in show. Jilly, who is a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, or just plain adorable to you and me, beat 20,000...
The Daily: November 20
A Blue Sapphire Celebration The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh today celebrate 65 years of marriage. This is the first time a British monarch has reached such a milestone and less than 2,000 couples in the country are likely to match their record in...
The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: 29 September
Dear Thomas I am a churchgoer but I wouldn’t describe myself as extremely religious. I understand that people who have little or no belief in God might want to get married or have their child christened in church. But it’s a bit much, isn’t it, if the...
Modern Signs of Bravery Revealed - Including Confronting an Online Troll
Eating out on your own, speaking up against a boss, confronting an online troll – and wearing Lycra on the school run are among the modern signs of bravery, a study has found. Forget big acts of bravery, more than half are now considering small,...
Digital Detox: How to make the most of a country getaway
In this increasingly fast paced and digitally influenced era, it is incredibly difficult to find the time to switch off and get away from it all. With so many of us busy with work and checking our phones on a daily basis, it can sometimes seem a little...
5 ways to make yourself into a morning person.
Silentnight's sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan said: 'Not everyone is naturally a morning person but you can encourage your mind and body to be more alert and optimistic in the morning by practicing the following techniques: Eat Breakfast This is an...
The Lady Guide to Modern Manners: 7 August
Dear Thomas, The holiday season approaches, but are we to expect a tirade of shaming newspaper stories about the terrible behaviour of our fellow citizens at favoured holiday destinations abroad? Abigail Courtney, Exeter Dear Abigail, Yes, indeed. The...
The Daily: October 22
Land Girls' Work Celebrated In 2007 20,000 surviving land girls were honoured when the government announced that their efforts would be recognised with a commemorative badge. Yesterday the statue at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire...
The Daily: January 18
Going for Gold The Gold Rush may seem like a something of the distant past for many of us but for one amateur prospector it is very much a current phenomena. The man, who has not been named, found a gold nugget weighing 5.5kg in the Australian state of...

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