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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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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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16 dogs with a Hallowe’en costume better than yours

16 dogs with a Hallowe’en costume better than yours

Man’s best friend may have a rough time of it on November 5th, so why not at least give your pooch a fun Hallowe’en?

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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 Olde Star inn Old Town Bridlington. A team of Ghost Busters investgate spooky goings on. Pictures by Paul Atkinson: NBFP PA1636-4f

Paranormal investigators film at Old Star Inn

Strange noises and light anomalies were some of the unexplainable phenomena that spooked staff and guests at the Old Star Inn.

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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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Mark thompson, owner of the Green Dragon and waterfall.
Picture by Gerard Binks

For sale: Yorkshire Dales pub and waterfall where Kevin Costner bathed naked (watch the video)

When they bought it there were holes in the roof and every time it rained water cascaded down the walls.

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Richard Priestley

Yorkshire sailor to replicate historic voyage of Christopher Columbus

A brave sailor is organising a series of live music fundraisers as he prepares to cast off on the same perilous route taken by Christopher Columbus more than 500 years ago.

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The so-called super-fleas are far bigger than other species of the bug and have a penis two and a half times their body length

Fleas with massive penises could invade bedrooms this autumn in their millions

Bad news for anyone with a fear of bugs, billions of super-fleas with massive penises are being predicted to invade British bedrooms in the coming months.

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SHOWING NO MORE: Pat the Peacock, who lived in the picturesque village of Thimbleby, North Yorkshire but is feared to have been shot dead.

Yorkshire beauty-spot villagers fear Pat the Peacock has become victim of foul play

A North Yorkshire village is at the centre of a baffling whodunnit after a tame peacock was apparently shot in the dead of night.

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The science of hangovers (and why there’s no miracle cure)

The science of hangovers (and why there’s no miracle cure)

A bacon roll. A cold shower. An industrial amount of Irn-Bru or Lucozade. Everyone has an opinion on what the ultimate ‘hangover cure’ is.

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Brazilian wandering spider aka the Banana spider or Armed spider. Photo: Bananovyi_Pauk

World’s deadliest spiders found in ASDA bananas

Dozens of the world’s deadliest spider were found crawling out of a bunch of ASDA bananas, it has been claimed.

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The three-bedroom suburban house.

How would you fancy living in Harry Potter’s old house?

The house where boy wizard Harry Potter lived in a cupboard under the stairs is up for sale for £620,000.

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Is this another sighting of Nessie?

Is this the Loch Ness Monster?

A whisky warehouse worker has taken a picture of what could be one of the most convincing Loch Ness Monster sightings to date.

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