Generation of parents receive "hand-me-ups" this Christmas: Children pass on unwanted gadgets such as iPads, Kindles and smartphones

Generation of parents receive 'hand-me-ups' for Christmas: Children pass on outdated gadgets such as smartphones and Kindles Survey of 2,000 finds quarter of people gave old technology to parentsNearly half of people between 18-24 passed on 'hand-me-up' for ChristmasMain reason is that people don't want to own 'outdated' technology | UPDATED: 22:01 GMT, 26 December 2012 It's a festive phenomenon that saves youngsters money and keeps Mum and Dad in the technological loop. This Christmas saw the rise of the ‘hand-me-up’ gift – when children pass on the still-desirable, hi-tech gadgets they don’t want any more to their parents. A survey found over a quarter of us gave second-hand technology to our mothers and fathers

So you want to legalise cannabis? You must be as dumb as Nick Clegg

So you want to legalise cannabis You must be as dumb as Nick Clegg | UPDATED: 00:50 GMT, 16 December 2012 Perhaps 15 years from now they will be selling Cannabis Cookies in the supermarkets, and the drug itself will be available at your local corner shop. You can guess which famous brand names will be on the packets.

Peter Hitchens: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparents

Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparentsPeter Hitchens says that the Census is not just a description of the state of things on a day in 2011 but a prophetic document telling us where we are goingChristianity is on the decline while Islam is on the up and fewer of us are married for the first time ever | UPDATED: 11:15 GMT, 16 December 2012 Unrecognisable: Peter Hitchens argues that a real and irreversible transformation has only just begun The future will be another country. They will do things differently there

Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparents

Alien nation: The new census reveals a Britain that would be unrecognisable even to our grandparentsPeter Hitchens says that the Census is not just a description of the state of things on a day in 2011 but a prophetic document telling us where we are goingChristianity is on the decline while Islam is on the up and fewer of us are married for the first time ever | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 15 December 2012 Unrecognisable: Peter Hitchens argues that a real and irreversible transformation has only just begun The future will be another country. They will do things differently there. The Census is not just a description of the state of things on a day in 2011, it is a prophetic document telling us where we are going, whether we like it or not

Almost 7 million believe they will be forced to work past pension age – and most of them are women

More than 6.5million Britons believe they will be forced to work past pension age – and most of them are women | UPDATED: 01:56 GMT, 28 November 2012 Around 6.5 million people currently over the age of 50 say they plan to work beyond the State pension age – and women will be the biggest losers, a report reveals today. The finding highlights the social impact of Britain’s pensions crisis as gold-plated schemes which pay for a comfortable old age are approaching extinction in the private sector. When asked why they will continue working, the most common answer given by workers over the age of 50 is that they will be 'forced to do so to survive financially’.