‘BOOM, suddenly 14.99 less rich!’

9:30 Image copyright Olivia Davies 10:50 As I’ve got nothing to do until work, I had a quick browse online to do a little bit of TLC. As every girl knows, we’ve got this obsession to keep on top of our eyebrows, lashes, skin, and body, so I thought this extra time was a good excuse to treat myself! I ended up buying Bondi Sands everyday gradual tanning milk as everyone knows how much easier this is than trying to get that perfect streak-free finish with instant tan at 23:00. I also bought myself some facial wax strips! Being a dark-haired girl, the moustache and mono brow is always there. I got these products through Pretty Little Thing, where I’ve …

A Brexit message to UK from Central Europe

Bratislava: Slovak Liberal MP Katarina Csefalvayova Avoid ‘hard Brexit’: “Of course we respect the decision taken by the British people. I have to say first that we are terribly sorry, here in Slovakia, that the UK is leaving us. I think that it will damage both the EU and the UK. “It’s in the best interest of all to make this divorce as amicable as possible and to avoid a hard Brexit. Any bad feelings and any tariffs or visas or other obstacles will have a very bad effect on both our economies and the lives of the people on both sides.” Image caption Independent Liberal MP Katarina Csefalvayova is head of the foreign affairs committee in Slovakia’s national parliament …

Irish PM: Difficult to get Brexit deal by deadline

“[They] are saying that’s a concession and of course it isn’t really,” he added. Image Copyright @eucopresident @eucopresident Report Report Irish Foreign Minister Coveney said there was a “lot of misinformation” being reported and that his government and the EU were “working flat out” to achieve a Brexit deal. Last week, the UK published new proposals designed to replace the backstop in the original withdrawal agreement, which would have kept the UK in a temporary customs territory with the EU. Mr Johnson had rejected the backstop as “anti-democratic”, putting forward a plan to take the whole of the UK out of the customs union. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA new Brexit deal is possible but cannot …

Why a row over jets could raise the cost of whisky

The US is big business for the Scotch whisky industry. The value of exports from the UK has grown from £280m in 1994 to more than £1bn last year, according to HMRC. And for the last 25 years, selling Scotch whisky to the US has been tariff-free. This means that US businesses have not had to pay an import tax on Scotch shipped from the UK. Single malt Scotch whisky targeted by US tariffs US set to impose tariffs on $7.5bn of EU exports in Airbus row WTO warns trade wars threaten living standards and jobs For Ms Dillon, America was the next major market Speyside Distillers wanted to conquer. The maker of Spey single malt currently exports about 10% …

Harry Potter and the famous name

Image copyright Kris Bramwell “I’ve tweeted about my name before and it’s proved popular amongst people that follow me but that’s it. That Twitter account is for work. The stuff about my name is just a side thing.” Report End of Twitter post by @abbiejones86 Image copyright Harry Potter Image caption Harry says his colleagues have tried to make his academic work more interesting in the past Having a famous namesake does have its advantages though. When Harry was six, his family moved to Devon and someone from a local newspaper came to photograph him dressed as the famous wizard and gave him a book. He and his family were given a trip on the Hogwarts Express as a result …

Wrightbus loaned 2.5m by Invest NI last June

The group’s parent company, Cornerstone Group, also made donations of more than £15m to a related religious charity over a six-year period. Some workers have expressed concern that weakened the business. Politicians have also asked why Invest NI was giving grants to Wrightbus at the same time its parent was making big donations. Invest NI said that once the dividends were paid to Cornerstone, it was “a matter for directors of Cornerstone as to how they are put to use. “Invest NI neither currently, nor in the past, has had any support agreements with Cornerstone. Therefore the quantum or timing of any payments by Cornerstone are not a matter over which we have any control.” Cornerstone made a loss of …

Canal trust accused of Whaley Bridge cover-up

“The population of Whaley Bridge had very little confidence in the Canal and River Trust as things stood after the near disaster in August that could have potentially killed thousands of people,” he said. “This nonsensical black hole of a document does little to build upon any remaining confidence and faith in the Canal and River Trust to internally investigate the causes, let alone replace the neglected Toddbrook Dam.” Why were the inspection reports redacted? The inspection reports were sent to the BBC and other media organisations following Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. The Canal and River Trust said it had redacted the information “on the basis that disclosure would adversely affect national security and public safety”. It said: “The …

Children being denied new cancer drugs

Precision cancer medicine matches the specific mutation present in a cancer to drugs that target it. As well as getting to the root-cause of a cancer, these drugs can also lead to fewer side-effects. This approach is widely used in adults, such as the drug herceptin being used only in patients with the matching mutation. The study looked at how widely this approach could be used in children. How common is childhood cancer? About 1,850 children are diagnosed with cancer in the UK each year. However, childhood cancers are relatively rare – making up less than 1% of all the cancers diagnosed in the UK. Huge progress has been made in treating blood cancers such as leukaemia but progress on …

‘We’d rather be terrible than middle-of-the-road’

While the prospect of improvising to millions of listeners would give your average new indie band heart palpitations, frontman Geordie Greep says they are more comfortable wigging out on air than being plagued by the protocol of playing three-minute pop songs. ‘It’s kind of silly really’ “It’s quite silly how people break up music a lot of the time with ‘it has to be this long for whatever,’” he tells the BBC. “Because when you listen to an album, even though a lot of the songs are separated, you just hear it as one song, you know? “When you think of an album you like, you might think of it song by song – but it is just one thing. …

Businessman abducted, beaten and dumped by road

“Four masked men appeared, smashed the windows of Mr Lunney’s vehicle, forcibly removed him from the vehicle and bundled him into the boot of a black Audi saloon and drove him away from his home.” ‘Fears are justified’ Analysis: Julian Fowler, BBC News NI south-west reporter Kevin Lunney was a close associate of the County Fermanagh businessman Sean Quinn and worked with him in his attempts to regain control of the Quinn Group business empire that collapsed in 2012 after Mr Quinn made a disastrous investment in Anglo Irish Bank. There was a series of attacks in 2014 on property belonging to the new owners, including a fuel tanker that was driven into the headquarters building and set on fire. …

MPs ‘have time’ to block no-deal Brexit

He said: “One thing that I can say with some confidence is that there is a general view across the political spectrum… who do recognise that a no-deal Brexit was not what was voted for in 2016 [and] has no democratic mandate. “A move to rule out a no-deal Brexit is more likely to gain cross-party consensus and support than any more difficult alternatives.” But speaking on BBC One’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday, Michael Gove, the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, refused to confirm the government would abide by legislation blocking a no-deal Brexit. Image copyright UK Parliament Image caption Antoinette Sandbach has been the Conservative MP for Eddisbury in Cheshire since 2015 Mr Johnson said on Friday …

Gangs moving away from cities, police data shows

But just 20 miles away in Westminster, central London, drug crime more than halved over the same period, from 4,041 to 1,832. The pattern is repeated in many other areas around the capital, a BBC analysis of police-recorded crime showed. Sorry, your browser cannot display this map The map above used a statistical model to classify areas that have experienced a significant change in drug crime. Weight is given to areas with a strong overall trend of increasing or decreasing crime across several years. Where there is no strong overall pattern in a particular location, those areas have been labelled as having “no change”. Tap here if you can’t see the interactive map above In Liverpool drug crime has fallen …

Horrible Histories author ‘a fish out of water’

So you might assume that after writing more than 60 Horrible Histories books and seeing them adapted into West End shows, a Bafta-winning TV series, a major film and an art exhibition, Deary would firmly consider himself part of the literary elite. He doesn’t. “In the publishing industry, I’m a fish out of water,” he says. “I don’t do literary festivals. And I don’t mix with the literati.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The cast of Horrible Histories: The Movie at its premiere last month The new stage show, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain – Part Four, opens at London’s Apollo Theatre this week and runs until the end of the month – perfectly timed to catch the English school …