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A China teapot that was found on a shelf of a semi-detached house has sold for a staggering £1m - despite having a damaged lid.
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A Primark security guard who forced young girls to carry out sex acts after they were caught shoplifting, has been convicted of rape.Zia Uddin took advantage of CCTV blind spots to abuse four 15-year-olds while working at the Kingston branch of the clothing retailer in 2017.
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They've spent the past eight weeks together for almost 12 hours each day, so it's no surprise that Strictly's Kelvin Fletcher and Oti Mabuse have grown close. In fact, their bond is so great, Kelvin felt comfortable enough to ask Oti for a very surprising favour - to do his makeup! The former Emmerdale star explained on his Instagram Stories on Tuesday that he needed a little touch-up before filming a behind-the-scenes look at this week's rehearsals, and Oti was only too happy to oblige.Kelvin asked Oti for a touch-up"So I'm having my makeup done by Oti Mabuse. We've got a little producer chat, basically the little VTs you see before you see us dance," Kelvin explained as Oti applied some concealer under his eyes. "I normally just rock up and do them but Oti said this morning, 'Ooh you might want to put a little bit of makeup on you.'" But when Oti interjected that Kelvin had actually asked her to give him a more wide-awake look, he confessed: "True that. I must admit, I'm not the best in the mornings when I walk in, I always look a bit rough… but I look good! Don't I?"WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Kelvin and Oti answer your burning questionsMORE: Oti Mabuse says her husband Marius Lepure has warned off all her Strictly partnersGetting into the swing of things, Kelvin then asked Oti: "Have you got any mascara? Not too much, I don't want to look like a drag queen," but in the end he seemed very happy with the finished results, adding: "Oh look at this! Looks alright doesn't it?"Kelvin and Oti are heading to BlackpoolMORE: What Kevin Clifton told Alex Scott when the microphones were onThe couple are gearing up for Blackpool on Saturday and will be performing a Jive to Jailhouse Rock from Smokey Joe's Café. Viewers were shocked last Saturday night after the fan favourites scored 35 points for their racing-themed Salsa. The routine, which they performed to Let’s Hear It For The Boy by Deniece Williams, featured plenty of Kelvin's signature hip action, as well as some adventurous lifts, and many people watching at home thought the couple had been undermarked by judges Shirley Ballas, Craig Revel Horwood, Bruno Tonioli and Motsi Mabuse.Fans took to Twitter to make their views clear, with one writing: "It’s so clear Kelvin is by far the best in this competition yet if he’s been top of the leaderboard at all it can only have been once. Which is clear nonsense from the judges." While another added: "Really thought Oti and Kelvin would be a 40!"Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex are believed to be spending Christmas in the US, rather than joining the Queen for her traditional Sandringham celebrations. Every year, the royal family gather at the monarch's Norfolk estate for the annual festivities - but it seems there might be fewer places around the dinner table this December. Numerous reports state that Harry and Meghan are considering joining her mother Doria Ragland in the States for Archie's first Christmas. The couple, who are set to embark on a six-week break from royal duties next week, have plans to travel over the Atlantic for Thanksgiving, and there is a chance they will stay out there until the festive period. Alternatively, they might choose to celebrate quietly at home in Frogmore Cottage.Harry has always spent Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham, with the exception of 2012 when he was in Afghanistan. He has been joined by Meghan for the past two years. Reports that the couple have chosen not to join the rest of the royals in Norfolk will do little to quell speculation about Harry and Meghan's relationship with the family - but it could instead simply reflect a more modern approach to the celebrations. Prince William and Kate famously alternate between Sandringham and the Middletons' family home in Bucklebury; they spent Prince George's first Christmas in 2014 with the royals, while in 2016 the family were spotted attending a Christmas Day church service at St Mark's Church in Englefield, Berkshire, along with the Duchess' parents, Carole and Michael, and her siblings, Pippa and James. That year marked Princess Charlotte's first Christmas.MORE: Fearne Cotton reveals how Prince William and Kate Middleton made her realise her relationship was doomedThe royals traditionally gather in Norfolk for the festivitiesMORE: Why Sussexes and the Cambridges sit separately at the Festival of RemembranceChristmas Day at the Middletons' mansion is said to be a less formal affair than at Sandringham, with the Duchess's father Michael rumoured to wear fancy dress on the day. At Sandringham, meanwhile, everything from their arrival time to when they eat breakfast and retire to bed, is strictly timetabled. The royals take part in a number of annual traditions, including their ritual visit to St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham, and a group viewing of the monarch's televised Christmas message. Furthermore, the royals exchange their gifts on Christmas Eve, in honour of their German heritage. The official royal website confirms, "On Christmas Eve, the royal family lay out their presents on trestle tables and will exchange their gifts at teatime." It's also thought they follow a tradition of gifting each other joke presents. "They enjoy a bit of a giggle - they have a tremendous sense of humour," Alexandra Messervy, former employee of the royal household, previously revealed.
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Ruth Langsford is giving us house goals! The This Morning presenter has shared a video from her living room and judging by the clip, she has impeccable taste. Ruth, who lives in Surrey with her husband Eamonn Holmes and their teenage son Jack, was describing her perfect Sunday at home. Her mum was seen in the footage, relaxing on their corner sofa with her feet up as she did a crossword."Love Sundays with my Mum... crossword, Louis Armstrong, Sunday lunch and a cheeky sherry! Cheers sunday relax mum family chill," Ruth wrote. The TV star also included her glass of sherry in the shot. Ruth and her husband Eamonn, both 59, occasionally give fans a peek into their beautiful home. On previous occasions, the Loose Women panellist has shared posts of herself doing yoga in the middle of her living room. The lounge has neutral patterned wallpaper, wooden flooring and a large cream corner sofa topped with an array of cushions. And of course there's also a dog bed for their four-legged friend, Maggie.MORE: Simon Cowell looks slimmer than ever as he's spotted in LondonTheir stylish residence includes six bedrooms, two living rooms and even a special Manchester United-themed man cave for Eamonn that he has filled with memorabilia from the football club. The property also features a pristine garden, which Eamonn's fans have jokily compared to a Premier League football pitch.Ruth often does yoga in her living roomEarlier in the year, Ruth described her ideal day off, telling HELLO!: "I am very much a home bird and I don't get to spend as much time at home as I would like to because of work (which I love) so when I have some time off it's really spending time with family and being at home. I love cooking, it's my hobby and I find it very relaxing.MORE: Heavily pregnant Rachel Riley makes rare mention of her time on Strictly"There will be times when I am making roast dinner and we have family coming around, while Jack and Eamonn are watching the football. So spending time with family and friends really, that time is very precious to me." Eamonn added: "I am a keen gardener, I am always in the garden weeding, mowing the lawn. I am always going to my lawn."Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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Nigel Farage has been warned he has just 48 hours to "save Brexit" by his long-time ally and millionaire backer Arron Banks.Mr Banks urged the Brexit Party leader to pull candidates in marginal seats he “can’t win” and go for the “40 or so Labour seats where the Tories haven't got a hope".
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It's finally Blackpool week and the stars of Strictly Come Dancing are gearing up for one of the most exciting nights of the competition. But no one is perhaps as excited as Karen Hauer, who is celebrating a Strictly first thanks to her celebrity partner, comedian Chris Ramsey. The professional dancer revealed that this year marks the first time she has made it to the Tower Ballroom since she joined the show in 2012 without appearing in a dance-off beforehand! And Chris was the first to thank her for not breaking this news to him before last Saturday night's show.WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Karen Hauer gives HELLO! a tour of her stunning home Sharing the news on his Instagram Stories on Monday morning, Chris said on his way to rehearsals: "Big shout out to Karen. Karen revealed that this is the first time she has got to Blackpool without having been in the dance-off. Thank-you Karen for not telling me that at any point up until now cos I would have exploded under the pressure!" We definitely wouldn't blame him either; Karen has been partnered with some brilliant celeb partners over the years, including Charles Venn and Mark Wright, but still found herself in the bottom two ahead of Blackpool.Chris and Karen are heading to BlackpoolMORE: The Strictly Come Dancing relationships that didn't stand the test of timeBlackpool is a huge highlight in each series of Strictly, with couples aiming to reach Blackpool Week if not the final. As well as the springy dancefloor, each couple is given huge props, elaborate staging and lighting design and their very own backing dancers to help fill the huge dancefloor, which is the biggest stage the celebs will have danced on so far in the competition.Chris has helped Karen reach Blackpool without being in a dance-off beforehandMORE: Strictly pro Karen Hauer shares a peek inside her home with boyfriend David WebbLast weekend saw the exit of BBC sports presenter Mike Bushell and Katya Jones, who were voted out of the competition after finding themselves in the bottom two for the fourth time. In a surprise turn of events, the dance-off veterans were joined by RuPaul's Drag Race judge Michelle Visage and her partner Giovanni Pernice, despite their American Smooth to Etta James' I Just Want To Make Love to You landing them in second place on Saturday's leaderboard.Like this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.