BBC forced to apologise to One Direction prize winners after "failed promise" to meet band turned into "disappointment of a…


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BBC forced to apologise to One Direction prize winners after 'failed promise' to meet band turned into 'disappointment of a lifetime' Hannah Hastings and Louisa Marsden won a BBC radio competition Then spent 350 to travel to Belfast to meet One DirectionOn arrival were told there was a mistake and they wouldn't meet them The girls then found that their seats were a 'long way from the front PUBLISHED: 11:43 GMT, 21 March 2013 | UPDATED: 12:26 GMT, 21 March 2013 Two fans of One Direction experienced the 'disappointment of a lifetime' when they won a Radio 1 competition to meet the band but were told at the last minute that they wouldn't. The BBC was forced to apologise after friends Hannah Hastings, 20, and Louisa Marsden, 21, claim they were left disappointed by Radio 1.

A holiday they"ll never forget: Couple stranded in the Amazon after being infected with flesh-eating parasites that crawled out of their skin


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A holiday they'll never forget: Couple stranded in the Amazon after being infected with flesh-eating parasites that crawled out of their skinAlly Vagg and boyfriend Bryan Williams got mosquito bites on Amazon trip Fly larvae penetrated bites to live under their skin, feeding on their flesh Parasite could hatch into maggots and crawl out of their skin within weeksAustralian couple stranded in Bolivia until they are free of the parasite By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 16:43 GMT, 10 January 2013 | UPDATED: 18:45 GMT, 10 January 2013 For Ally Vagg and her boyfriend Bryan Williams, their trip to the Amazon basin was meant to be the holiday of a lifetime. And it has been just that – but for all the wrong reasons. The couple, from Australia, are now stranded in Bolivia and are not allowed to return home after contracting a rare flesh-eating parasite

How that extra mince pie or tot of brandy could take years off your life


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How that extra mince pie or tot of brandy could take years off your life Smoking, eating red meat and watching TV can each knock at least 30 minutes off your life expectancy for every day you indulgeBut you could claw back time by sticking to just one alcoholic drink and eating plenty of fruit and veg | UPDATED: 23:30 GMT, 17 December 2012 Every over-indulgence can reduce your life expectancy by at least half an hour, say Cambridge scientists Having that extra mince pie, seconds of roast turkey or an extra tipple takes hours off your life, new research suggests.

Bradley Wiggins wins Sports Personality of the Year after historic victory in Tour de France and Olympic gold


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Cyclist Bradley Wiggins crowned Sports Personality of the Year after historic victory in Tour de France and stunning Olympic gold Wiggins presented award by Duchess of Cambridge in her first public appearance since falling ill Heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis in second, tennis star Andy Murray thirdLondon 2012 chairman Lord Sebastian Coe wins Lifetime Achievement award Swimmer Josef Craig, 15, crowned Young Sports Personality of the YearWon London 2012 gold after smashing world record in 400m freestyle S7Martine Wright wins Helen Rollason Award for 'achievement in adversity'Lost both legs in 7/7 bombings, but went on to compete in sitting volleyball | UPDATED: 07:33 GMT, 17 December 2012 Bradley Wiggins' dream year came to a perfect conclusion tonight as he was named winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award in the city where he cruised to Olympic glory this summer. Having clinched gold in the time trial at London 2012 just 10 days after becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France, Wiggins was always the strong favourite to win the prestigious award at London's ExCeL Arena. And the cyclist duly took home the gong tonight after receiving a 30.25 per cent share of the 1,626,718 votes cast.

Stephen Hawking wins science"s most lucrative prize for lifetime contribution to physics


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Stephen Hawking wins 1.8m from science's most lucrative prizeCambridge scientist is the latest winner of the Fundamental Physics PrizeHe says he will help autistic grandson and maybe buy holiday home Top scientists from CERN also share special prize of the same value | UPDATED: 12:45 GMT, 11 December 2012 In the money: Physicist Stephen Hawking has been handed a 1.8million prize in recognition of his lifetime's contribution to theoretical physics Stephen Hawking says he might splash out on a holiday home after he was handed 1.8million in recognition of his lifetime contribution to theoretical physics.

The 100,000 degree: Middle class graduates face repaying more than three times the cost of fees


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The 100,000 degree: Middle class graduates face repaying more than three times the cost of feesEnormous debt compares with repayments of 42,000 for richest graduatesIncluding living costs, average student debt predicted to hit 53,000 | UPDATED: 07:33 GMT, 10 December 2012 When Universities Minister David Willetts trebled the cap on tuition fees, he said a graduate would earn an average of 100,000 more over a lifetime. That figure appeared to justify many universities charging students 9,000 a year for their education.

Autumn Statement: Pensions raid will hit 340,000 high earners


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Pensions raid will hit 340,000 high earners: Public sector fat cats among those targeted in the 1bn tax grab Pension tax-breaks to be cut to from 50,000 to 40,000 a year to raise 1bnChancellor insists wealthy must shoulder more of Britain's debt burdenTax-free allowance for pensions cut from 1.5m to 1.25m over a lifetimeExperts say cuts will not just hit fat cats and will discourage savers But basic state pension is to rise by 2.5% next year to 110.15 a weekCritics say that it still leaves one in five pensioners in poverty | UPDATED: 01:55 GMT, 6 December 2012 A 1billion raid on pensions will hit tens of thousands of middle and high-income earners, experts warned last night. George Osborne yesterday announced he was cutting the tax-free amount an individual can put into their pension each year from 50,000 to 40,000. It comes just a year after the annual limit was cut from 255,000