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In Pictures: Powerful Space Storm Treats UK to Special Aurora Show

A combination of a rare high geomagnetic activity level and cloud-free night skies treated many parts of the UK to a superb aurora demonstration last night, as the greenish skies were seen as far south as Norfolk and the Isle of Man. Here are some of the finest photos snapped from sky-afire UK. Read More >>

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Would You Welcome One of These Union Jack Redesigns if Scotland Votes for Independence?

As the debate around Scotland's possible vote for independence heats up, some have wondered what that will mean for the UK's striking Union Jack Flag. Should it retain the Scottish blue elements if the nation breaks away? And if it shouldn't, is it time a new flag was introduced? Read More >>

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Take a Dip in the Zaha Hadid-Designed 2012 Olympic Pool for Just £3.50

Forget gold postboxes or a new West Ham stadium -- the real meat of the 'Olympic legacy' was unveiled today, and it looks fantastic. As promised, most of the venues in the Olympic Park in Stratford are being reopened as places for the general public to go do sporty things; and crucially, they're all cheap and gob-smackingly beautiful. Read More >>

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The NHS is Flogging Patient Health Records to Insurers

For those of you not content with just the NSA stealing your personal information, good news: the NHS has been selling patient data to private insurers, which, combined with info from your credit report, can give a fairly detailed impression of who you are, when you last had a cold, and what you had for breakfast last Thursday. Read More >>

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Rare Kew Gardens 50p Coin Could be Worth £24

The 2009 edition 50p coin, with a pretty sketch of the Royal Botanic Gardens' pagoda on it, has become something of a rarity among collectors, with the 50p now netting around £24 when traded between hardcore money enthusiasts. Read More >>

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Earthquakes Join in With Kicking the UK While it's Down

It's all gone biblical down in the south west, with the epic flooding now joined by a new form of catastrophe -- the earthquake. Residents in as far afield places as Ilfracombe and Swansea experienced a 4.1 magnitude quake yesterday, as God callously moved another chess piece on his board of doom. Read More >>

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The 100 Richest Brits Together Have as Much Money as the Poorest 30 Per Cent of the Entire Country

Those lucky old rich people are continuing to get richer, with research suggesting the top 100 individual British moneybags grew their cash pots by a staggering £25bn last year. The 100 richest Brits have a combined total bank balance of £257bn, more than the estimated £255bn held in savings by the poorest 30 per cent of the UK population. Read More >>

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Careful, the Great Flood is Washing Up Unexploded WWII Bombs

The monstrous storms and very big waves we've been battered by so far in 2014 have been producing some exciting finds for beachcombers, with unexploded bombs turning up to worry dog walkers on some parts of our coastline. Read More >>

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Just Look How Much Airplane Wings Flex in Crosswinds

Landing in a crosswind can be terrifying, but just watch this video and see how much the wings of a Boeing 767 flex during severe turbulence. It's... disconcerting to say the least. Read More >>

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Locals Suggest £90k Anti-Flood Sausage Won't Work

This enormous thing has become known as the Chertsey Sausage, the media-friendly name for a temporary flood barrier the army and Environment Agency have stuck alongside roads in Surrey. Some like it, some try to climb it, some think it's a waste of time. Read More >>

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UK Flood Panic Triggers the Largest Emergency Response Since WWII Blitz

The UK is currently gripped by the sort of "Blitz Spirit" not seen since we all cheered when that nice man won his gold medal in the long jump back at London 2012, with a government minister claiming the fire and rescue response currently bailing out houses across the country is the largest mobilisation of trucks and blokes since WWII. Read More >>

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Flabby Coppers are Failing Compulsory Fitness Tests

Freedom of Information requests have unearthed some poor fitness levels among certain police forces, with 363 officers across 27 UK forces failing to puff their way through their new compulsory fitness exams. Read More >>

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The UK Floods in Pictures: South West Submerged as Waters Break Defences

Two months of heavy rains and stormy weather has left large swathes of the UK a soggy, sodden mess. Floods have caused damage to some 1,600 properties (mainly in the South West of England), and there seems little sign of the sorry weather abating. Read More >>

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Sealand: The Island Nation Off the UK Coast Founded by a Guy Calling "Dibs"

If you haven't heard of Sealand before, it is the site of the Maunsell Naval Sea Forts in the Thames Estuary that were in use during WWII. This particular one was originally named HM Fort Roughs. The fort's primary function was to keep tabs on the Germans who were laying mines off the coast of England at the time. Read More >>

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Stoke-on-Trent Attempting to Curb Obesity with Motivational Text Messages

The UK's number of obese people is on the rise, and is set to cause quite a strain on the NHS if something isn't done to prevent it. Taking a slightly-unorthodox (if forward-thinking) approach is Stoke-on-Trent council. It is hoping the power of the text message will get people up, out and exercising. Read More >>

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The Simpsons Lego House Goes on the Market for £179

If you have a spoilt child, a Lego-packed man-cave, or fancy making an investment for the future, that amazing The Simpsons Lego house is now on sale in the UK. You may need to take out a small mortgage on the plastic brick house to pay for it, though, as the Lego shop has priced it at £179. A small price to pay for a Ned Flanders minifig. [Lego] Read More >>

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