Lonely this Christmas: Three million elderly dreading festive period cold and alone

Three million elderly Britons are dreading a lonely Christmas: Festive period brings back sad memories of lost loved ones Many fear leaving the house because of poor weather, says charity Age UK Research reveals 840,000 over 65s find Christmas brings back sad memories By Steve Robson PUBLISHED: 00:17 GMT, 20 December 2012 | UPDATED: 02:17 GMT, 20 December 2012 Around three million elderly people are dreading the thought of a cold, lonely Christmas, says Age UK. The charity, which surveyed 1,000 over-65s, said many will be spending it on their own.

Sandy Hook victims: America"s night of grief as citizens unite for candle-lit vigils

America's night of grief: Citizens unite as they attend candle-lit vigils to remember the 26 Sandy Hook victims Paper lanterns were released into sky at a vigil in Omaha, Nebraska Hundreds attended Newtown High School to see President Barack Obama preside over an interfaith worship vigil | UPDATED: 16:23 GMT, 17 December 2012 Americans were united in their grief last night as they attended vigils to remember the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. Many people lit candles as they stood in the dark clutching candles while silently reflecting on the tragic events of last Friday. Paper lanterns were released into the night sky during a vigil in Omaha, Nebraska

How nostalgia and even listening to the Beatles can make you feel hotter

How the fab four can warm you up: Researchers find nostalgia, and even listening to the Beatles, can make you feel hotterResearchers found listening to old music or recalling past events could make people feel physically warmer | UPDATED: 01:47 GMT, 4 December 2012 If you've drawn the curtains and turned up the heating but still feel a bit chilly, cosy up with some old photos. Nostalgic thoughts literally give us a warm glow, a study has found.

Britain begins the clean up operation after devastating floods as Environment Agency issues another 350 alerts for areas at risk

Families flee condemned terraced houses after flooding causes landslide as Britain begins huge clean-up operationSeven homes in Whitby will be demolished over the next 48 hours after gardens fell away threatening foundationsResidents given just 48 hours to move essential items out of their housesNumber of flood warnings across the rest of the country expected to fall throughout todayEnvironment Agency: 'We are over the worst in terms of flooding'Pumps continue to remove water from behind St Asaph flood defences Dry weather expected throughout today across the UKLocalised flooding expected along Trent, Severn and Thames rivers | UPDATED: 11:33 GMT, 28 November 2012 Seven houses will be demolished within two days after the ground beneath them disappeared when raging torrents of water caused a massive landslide. The 150-year-old row of terraced houses in Whitby, North Yorkshire, will have to be torn down after their gardens became saturated by rainfall and slipped away last night. However, despite being given two days notice residents have been told only to take essential items and the rest of their property will go with the houses.