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Reader offer: Win tickets to Harrogate Gin Festival

Three pairs of tickets for the Gin Festival in Harrogate this Friday night must be won!

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Watch: Red Kite Trails volunteers’ mannequin challenge

It’s the viral video craze sweeping the world - prople freezing on camera with music playing the background as part of the mannequin challenge.

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Reader offer: Win a £100 voucher to spend in-store

Ponden Home Interiors is set to open a new store in Ripon next week, and we have five £100 vouchers to give  away.

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NASA astronauts currently have two options, if theres no inside toilet on their spacecraft...

NASA want you to invent something better than a nappy for astronauts

NASA has launched a public appeal to come up with a solution to an age-old question: how do you go to the toilet if you’re in a spacesuit?

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Revealed: The top 10 girls’ and boys’ baby names of 2016

Revealed: The top 10 girls’ and boys’ baby names of 2016

The most popular names for your little bundles of joy have been announced for another year - but is your chosen name on the list?

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Enid and Peter Nutland (l) from the Blackpool Church return the ancient cross to Canon Barry Pyke, Canon for Rural Engagement and Education and Ripon Cathedral Dean, The Very Rev. John Dobson (s).

Back in Yorkshire! Ripon Cathedral return for ancient Saxon stone

Ripon Cathedral held a special service to mark the return to the city of an ancient Saxon stone, which had been housed for many years in a Lancashire church.
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The banana and bacon trifle is part of the Waitrose range.

Heston Blumenthal launches banana and BACON Christmas trifle

Heston Blumenthal is launching yet another bizarrely flavoured Christmas product - a banana and bacon trifle.

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The team prepare for the 2016Country Living Christmas Fair (s).

Reader offer: Win tickets to the Country Living Christmas Fair in Harrogate

The Country Living Christmas Fair is in Harrogate this weekend - and we have ten pairs of tickets to give away!
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Phone that charges in seconds and lasts a week

Phone that charges in seconds and lasts a week

Smartphones may soon be charged within a few seconds and last a week thanks to a bendy device smaller than a postage stamp.

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When will you be putting your Christmas decorations up this year?

When should you put your Christmas decorations up?

We’re not even into December and we’ve already spotted a few houses with their Christmas decorations up.

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WATCH: Meet Buster the Boxer: John Lewis releases 2016 Christmas Advert

WATCH: Meet Buster the Boxer: John Lewis releases 2016 Christmas Advert

Get your tissues at the ready (for both laughter and tears) as you tune into this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert.

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Hundreds of thousands of people have already had their heartstrings inadvertently tugged by an A Level students spoof version.

VIDEO: Thousands fooled by ‘fake’ as nation awaits John Lewis ad

The big festive countdown is on. And by our reckoning, there are only three days to go until… the new John Lewis Christmas advert arrives.

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Ewan McGregor and Ewan Bremner filming in Edinburgh Credit - Jane Barlow.

VIDEO: Official Trainspotting trailer released - Warning explicit content

The first official trailer for the long-awaited sequel to the cult film Trainspotting has been released - watch it below.

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Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Credit: 2016 Warner Bros Entertainment.

VIDEO: Google adds spellbinding new phone feature for Harry Potter fans

If you’re one of the millions of Harry Potter fans that has wished they could cast spells like JK Rowling’s boy wizard then you’re in luck - sort of.

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When do the clocks go back? Why do we do it... and what do we hate most about it?

When do the clocks go back? Why do we do it... and what do we hate most about it?

For exactly 100 years, we have been putting the clocks back at the end of October - and we’ll do so again at 1am GMT this Sunday (October 30, 2016). But according to a new poll, we still haven’t got used to it.

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VIDEO: Smelly foreign ladybirds invade UK homes

Plagues of foreign ladybirds have been spotted in the UK as they seek shelter in warm houses.

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There are some seriously spooky going-on across our district...

Mapped: Yorkshire's 50 most haunted

Is Yorkshire Britain's most haunted county?

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The eBay auction has been pulled from the site, but many copy-cat versions are now online.

eBay ‘upside down’ fivers selling for silly money

Online auction site eBay is being flooded with listings for ‘upside down’ five pound notes - with some attracting bids of thousands of pounds.

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The top 3 Halloween trends as predicted by MBNA.

Top pop culture Hallowe’en costumes of 2016

Hallowe’en costumes are increasingly being influenced by the TV shows and films we watch.

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Northerners found to be the least grumpy about winter

It's official... Northerners have been found to be the least pessimistic bunch about the winters snowy settings, shorter days and freezing temperatures.
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