A new plastic £10 note featuring the portrait of Jane Austen has sold for THOUSANDS of pounds on eBay. The new tenner which has the serial number AH17 75 - the year of the author's birth - sold for £3,600 on the auction website. We only searched for notes which were listed as sold but often bidders fail to cough up the money. That's because eBay has no power to make buyers pay. The Sun Online has contacted the seller to see if the cash has been handed over for the note. If it has gone through then the sale shows that there could be many more notes in circulation which could be worth much more than a tenner. So far the new note has failed to attract as much interest as the plastic fiver did last year. When the new £5 note launched last September, serial numbers became the talk of the nation. Those starting with AA - the lowest serial number - are thought to be the most valuable. Collectors hoping to make a fast buck queued at the Bank of England overnight to be first in … [Read more...] about Do you have a rare £10 note worth thousands?
The little robot on the table wakes up. Its eyes, a complex configuration of cyan dots on a black, rounded screen of a face, sleepily open and it lets out a digitised approximation of a yawn. A compact device that looks like a blend of a forklift truck and PC monitor bred for maximum cuteness, the robot rolls blearily off its charging station on a pair of dinky treads before tilting its screen-face and noticing I’m there. Its eyes widen, then curve at the bottom as if making way for an unseen smile. “Daaaaan!” it announces with a happy jiggle, sounding not unlike Pixar Animation Studios’ lovable robot creation, Wall-E. A message flashes up on my iPhone telling me that it, or rather he (being the gender that its manufacturer, Anki, has assigned Cozmo) wants to play a game. I’m not in the mood and decline. Cozmo’s head droops, his eyes form into a pair of sadly reclining crescent moons and he sighs. But he quickly cheers up, giving a happy jiggle when … [Read more...] about Would you want a robot to be your child’s best friend?
Losing your sense of humour, bingeing on comfort food and being unable to sleep through the night are all signs you need a holiday, according to a new study. Getting more angry than usual when held up in a queue, losing your temper with colleagues or clients at work and hitting the snooze button more than usual are also tell-tale signs. Forgetting people’s names even though you know them well, misplacing keys and missing a loved one’s birthday also made the list. Unsurprisingly, the research commissioned by Grace Say Aloe - the brand behind the popular aloe vera drink - shows getting fed up with friend’s holiday pictures being plastered all over social media is another indicator that it’s time for a holiday. For more than a third of us, the biggest signifier that a break is much needed is that little problems will start to feel massive, while a fifth of those polled claim spending way too long staring at the phone is a sign. It also emerged the average adult … [Read more...] about Losing your sense of humour and bingeing on comfort food are top signs you need a holiday
CEO of TotallyMoney.com, Alastair Douglas, spoke to Express.co.uk about how debt affects your credit score and the best ways of improving it.Discussing credit cards, he said: "Improving your credit score isn’t about how you have to have debt to demonstrate that you are worthy and can manage money, it is more about having lots of data points about you."Explaining what these "data points" are, he continued: "Lenders want to know you are a real person to begin with, so are you on the electoral roll, have you been in the same address for a few years, because if you move around a lot this can affect your score as this is one way you can run from debt."But if you are paying bills in your name, and have a current account, and maybe an overdraft too, before you know it you have four or five data points and you will be in pretty good shape. You don’t need to be taking out a credit card and running up debt just to demonstrate that you are a … [Read more...] about Do you need a credit card to build up your credit score? Expert reveals truth behind myth
I’m in the fourth year of my PhD. My funding runs out in less than two months. I do not have a thesis to submit. How did this happen? Nobody told me that a PhD was a trial by assertiveness. And, as I will explain, I’m about as assertive as a rice-pudding. I did an undergraduate degree in English and History. I nearly had a breakdown in my final year. It was important to me to do well in my exams to convince myself that I deserved to be at university. I came even closer to a breakdown during my master’s degree: classes were small and lecturers got to know your name. I couldn’t handle the pressure of being seen, of being judged by them. My supervisor suggested my thesis could be the basis for a PhD. She prompted me to apply for a scholarship. I applied, thinking I would never get it. My gut was telling me that I wasn’t ready to do this, that I wasn’t mature or confident enough. When I secured the scholarship my family were so proud. “My … [Read more...] about How do you finish a PhD when, as a working-class student, you don’t feel you belong?
I’m in the fourth year of my PhD. My funding runs out in less than two months. I do not have a thesis to submit. How did this happen? Nobody told me that a PhD was a trial by assertiveness. And, as I will explain, I’m about as assertive as a rice-pudding. I did an undergraduate degree in English and History. I nearly had a breakdown in my final year. It was important to me to do well in my exams to convince myself that I deserved to be at university. I came even closer to a breakdown during my master’s degree: classes were small and lecturers got to know your name. I couldn’t handle the pressure of being seen, of being judged by them. My supervisor suggested my thesis could be the basis for a PhD. She prompted me to apply for a scholarship. I applied, thinking I would never get it. My gut was telling me that I wasn’t ready to do this, that I wasn’t mature or confident enough. When I secured the scholarship my family were so proud. “My … [Read more...] about How do you finish a PhD when you don’t feel you belong at university?
Image copyright Getty Images On 1 October, Catalonia held an unofficial vote to determine whether or not the region should break away from Spain to become an independent state. It is not the first time that such a region has sought independence.But what things do you need to become an independent state?BBC World Service's The Inquiry has looked into how it might work.Could Catalonia make a success of independence? Image copyright Getty Images The four characteristics"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline." So said the rock musician Frank Zappa. But actually, international law experts are much more likely to identify four main facets of a state: a people, a territory, a government, and the ability … [Read more...] about How do you start a country?
PEOPLE often think that it’s the right handbag or a pair of killer heels that can make or break a look. However it’s actually what is underneath that counts. The truth is that good underwear is essential if you want to look your best in your clothes.After all, you wouldn’t build a house without laying the right foundations. Yet it is estimated that 80 per cent of British women are wearing the wrong size bra and if you haven’t been measured in the past six months, the chances are you could be one of them. Give your lingerie drawer a makeover with our easy-to-follow advice. Above, from left: You want... A CLEAVAGE A plunge bra is perfect if you are wearing a deep or V-neck top or dress. This bra is designed so the cups are joined together at a lower point with a smaller centre piece to show off maximum cleavage. Bra, £30; thong, £14, both Boux Avenue (bouxavenue.com)You want... GOOD COVERAGE A full-cup bra might not be the most glamorous of … [Read more...] about Do you need a lingerie makeover? Tips to choose the right figure-matching underwear
A British man unhappy with the Brexit vote has chosen to protest in an extremely unique way.Dr William Riches, who voted Remain, has declared his home an independent republic where guests need a passport to enter.The new 'state' is based in Newnham, Gloucestershire and is now named the Independent Republic of Middlewatch.After feeling that the 48 per cent who wanted to Remain were being ignored, he decided to take the situation into his own hands.A notice in the window of his house states: “The Independent Republic of Middlewatch."This Republic is a proud member of the European Union."All non-EU residents wishing to visit the Republic must have a valid EU passports."However, he also stated when Britain does leave the UK guests will have to pay £50 to enter his home.He has even issued visas to close friends and families, as well as designed his own passports with his wife. Mon, April 3, 2017 … [Read more...] about Man protests Brexit by declaring his home a REPUBLIC…where guests need a passport to enter
In a new case about digital age technology and privacy, the Supreme Court will consider whether police need warrants to review mobile phone tower records that help them track the location of criminal suspects. The justices agreed Monday to hear an appeal from Timothy Carpenter, who was sentenced to 116 years in prison after being convicted of armed robberies in Michigan and Ohio. Police obtained records from cellular service providers that placed Carpenter's cellphone in the vicinity of the robberies. The question is whether police should have to demonstrate to a judge that they have good reason, or probable cause, to believe Carpenter was involved in the crime. Police obtained the records by meeting a lower standard of proof. Courts around the country have wrestled with the issue. The most relevant Supreme Court case is nearly 40 years old, before the dawn of the digital age. The federal appeals court in Cincinnati ruled that police did not need a judge-issued warrant. … [Read more...] about Do police need a warrant to track your phone? US court to review access to cellular data
Even if you're well heeled and responsible with your cash, there are times you could use the expertise of a financial planner.Alan Crowhurst / Stringe / Getty ImagesDIY is all the rage, but there are situations when you should call in a professional - like when you're rewiring a bathroom or reworking your investment portfolio. If you're dealing with the former, call an electrician. Please. And when it comes to managing your money, you might want a financial planner on the job. What does a financial planner do? A financial planner looks at the big picture when it comes to your money and develops a comprehensive plan to address your needs and long-term goals. Ideally, he or she can advise you on investments, insurance, estate planning, and taxes, among other things. Your planner might be paid hourly, on a project basis, via a monthly retainer or with a percentage of any investments he or she manages on your behalf. Do you need a financial planner? If your finances are relatively simple … [Read more...] about 4 times you need a financial planner – even if youre good with money
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Voters in Coventry, Birmingham, Solihull, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Solihull go to the polls today to elect the first ever West Midlands mayor. The metro mayor will oversee the new West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) - dubbed 'Greater Birmingham' - and be responsible for strategic housing, transport, skills and economic policy. Labour candidate Sion Simon, an MEP, and Conservative Andy Street, former managing director of John Lewis, are seen as the frontrunners. Other candidates include James Burn, for the Green Party; UKIP candidate Pete Durnell; Liberal Democrat Beverley Nielsen, and Graham Stevenson, of the Communist Party of Britain. And in Warwickshire, residents are taking part in elections for Warwickshire County Council. If you have a poll card, it will give the address of your polling station on there. Read More ALL the … [Read more...] about Where is my polling station and do I need a poll card to vote?
Preparing for international travel almost always involves a last-minute scramble to locate one’s passport — unless of course you’re the Queen of England. That’s right, her Majesty the Queen has no need for commoner items like passports when she travels abroad. As the official website of the British monarchy describes: When traveling overseas, The Queen does not require a British passport. The cover of a British passport features the Royal Arms, and the first page contains another representation of the Arms, together with the following wording: Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary. In realms (Commonwealth countries where The Queen is Sovereign), a similar formula is used, except that the request to all whom it may concern is made in the … [Read more...] about Heres why the Queen doesnt need a passport to travel
PRIME Minister Theresa May shocked Westminster when she announced a snap general election - so what do you need to know? What happens now? Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, general elections take place every five years, meaning Mrs May would have had to carry on until 2020 before the chance to strengthen her position. She can call for an early election under the Act, but she will need the support of two-thirds of the 650 MPs in the Commons when they vote today (Wed). Labour have confirmed they will vote for the plan. When is the general election set to take place? Thursday, June 8. Am I eligible to vote? You can vote in the general election if you are registered and 18 or over on the day of the vote. You must also be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen or a British citizen living abroad who has been registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years. Do I need to register? You need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums. How do I know if I’m … [Read more...] about Snap election 2017: What do you need to know?
One of the most common nutrient deficiencies I see in client's diets is that of magnesium. This crucial mineral is needed for hundreds of bodily functions, particularly those related to energy production, mood balance and muscle health. If you are experiencing insomnia, cramps, constipation, high blood pressure, heart problems, migraine, depression, anxiety, fatigue – to name but a few of the conditions linked with magnesium deficiency – then it’s time to look at your diet and start increasing magnesium-rich foods. There are two main reasons why people are so often low in this nutrient: firstly, the average Western diet does not include plentiful daily intakes of dark green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds: the main food sources of magnesium. Dark green vegetables are particularly high in magnesium because it forms part of the structure of chlorophyll, the pigment that gives plants their green colour. Secondly, many people suffer with poor digestion and … [Read more...] about Do you need a spark of magnesium? (From York Press)
Get daily updates directly to your inbox + SubscribeThank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Once again you find yourself sat watching the TV, full up from dinner and yawning thinking it's probably time to head to bed soon. It appears though that there is a lot more to sleeping than just heading to bed early in order to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for your commute to work. There are so many online tools and apps out there, tailored towards analysing your sleep patterns and helping you get a good night's kip - but which one do you choose? Read More Bedtime Read More Even your iPhone can now have a say on when you should be hitting the sack. You can set your bedtime and wake-up time, rather than have it dictated to you, and a feature on the iPhone clock will just notify you when you should be heading to bed. You can also link this to your Health app which analyses your sleeping patterns. The app says: "Set a bedtime. Wake at the same time, … [Read more...] about Do you need a good night’s sleep? Have you tried any of these out?
Not having a TV licence is something which catches tens of thousands of people out each year. Thousands across the country are prosecuted for watching TV without paying the annual sum for a licence. And on Wednesday, the Government has today announced the TV licence will be going up from Â£145.50 to Â£147. And, even though conditional discharges are now available in the least serious cases of TV licence payment evasion, people can still be punished and landed with a Â£1,000 fine if they do not pay. With the rise of online streaming services such as Netflix and 4od, though, do you need to pay for your licence to watch them? When you don't need a TV licence More news: The ovarian cancer symptoms every woman needs to know It means with no licence you can still watch: On demand â including catch-up TV and on demand previews â through services like ITV Player, All4, My5, BT Vision/BT TV, Virgin Media, Sky Go, Now TV, Apple TV, Chromecast , Roku and Amazon Fire TV . On demand … [Read more...] about âDo you need a TV licence for Netflix, ITV Player, BBC iPlayer, 4oD or YouTube?
Wearable technology used to be a pointer that would designate, clumsily, that a cartoon was set in the future. Now there’s probably someone on your Tube carriage wearing an Apple Watch — and there’s definitely someone in your office wearing a FitBit. However, as long as these things have existed, so has a Luddite debate about their utility. Few deny the usefulness of the smartphone, but the smartwatch landed to scoffing not cooing, and fitness bands have been blamed for the growth of the quantified-self movement that’s turning us all into neurotics, furiously walking up and down the kitchen at 11.30pm to ensure we hit the requisite 10,000 steps and preclude the world’s end. Nonetheless, that doesn’t stop the engineers masterminding the next iteration of wearable technology: the ring. Do you need a high-tech ring? Apple thinks so — last week, the company acquired the patent for an ‘iRing’. It’s in its earliest planning stages … [Read more...] about Do you need a high-tech ring? Meet the new wave of smart finger candy including Apple’s iRing
Sophia Bush loves recycling. The actress is also huge a fan of Hervé Léger dresses, particularly black and white striped ones. Check out these two similiar dresses (both Hervé Léger) that she wore to recent red carpet events. Which one do you like best on Bush? Click over to mystyle and sound off! Find out which castmate Sophia looked cozy with at the Hollywood Style Awards! … [Read more...] about Do You See a Pattern to Sophia Bush’s Dresses?