The great Easter getaway begins as 2million jet off to avoid the freezing weather

The great Easter getaway begins as 2million jet off to avoid the freezing weather There has been a rush for last-minute holiday deals to beat the cold snapForecasters say the freezing weather us due to last until May Canary Islands, Majorca and New York among most popular destinations French port officers' strike called off at last minute allowing ferries to run By Ray Massey, Transport Editor PUBLISHED: 00:54 GMT, 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 10:03 GMT, 28 March 2013 Forget the traditional Easter egg hunt. This year, it seems we’re hunting for the sun instead. Nearly two million Britons are preparing to fly away to escape the Arctic chill this Bank Holiday – up around 30 per cent on a typical Easter weekend.

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

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.

How skipping is better than cycling at helping you keep hunger pangs at bay

How skipping is better than cycling at helping you keep hunger pangs at baySkipping rope is better than cycling for repressing hunger By Pat Hagan PUBLISHED: 01:38 GMT, 21 February 2013 | UPDATED: 07:55 GMT, 21 February 2013 Craving Then grab your skipping rope If you fancy yet another slice of cake, start skipping.

On Christmas Day spend time at church, spend time with family… and spend a little time shopping online, says Church of England

On Christmas Day spend time at church, spend time with family… and spend a little time shopping online, says Church of EnglandChurch spokesman says online shopping is OK, as long as you spend time with your family and at churchChristmas Day 'is not about self-denial'Online spending set to spike today as sales start early | UPDATED: 00:37 GMT, 25 December 2012 The Church of England has urged people not to feel bad about shopping online on Christmas Day, despite concerns about the increased commercialisation of Christmas

"You"re the most hopeless criminal I"ve ever met": Kidnap victim gives captor a piece of her mind before escaping after 10 minutes

'You're the most hopeless criminal I've ever met': Kidnap victim gives captor a piece of her mind before escaping after 10 minutesJanice, 64, was snatched from her home Lymington, New Forest, Hants, by a male armed robber But he took her back home after admitting the kidnapping wasn't going wellRobber apologised before fleeing with her car and 100 in cash | UPDATED: 14:35 GMT, 23 December 2012 A pensioner kidnapped at gunpoint was released just ten minutes later after telling her attacker he was the “most hopeless criminal” she had ever met.

Christmas rush begins in earnest with 3.8bn expected to be spent on high street"s big day

Christmas rush begins in earnest with 3.8bn expected to be spent on high street's big day Retailers are predicting a last-minute spending spree of 3.8billion tomorrow on the British high streetUnprecedented rush could see as much as 5billion spent over coming two days, according to British Retail Consortium The spree – combined with predicted heavy downpours – is expected to result in gridlock in town centres across the country | UPDATED: 19:51 GMT, 21 December 2012 Retailers are predicting the biggest high street shopping day in British history tomorrow with a last-minute spending spree of 3.8billion. The British Retail Consortium believes as much as 5billion could be spent over the coming two days in an unprecedented rush

The great Christmas Eve skive! Record numbers head to work on Monday

The great Christmas Eve skive: Record numbers head to work on Monday… but many admit to focusing on online shopping | UPDATED: 20:27 GMT, 21 December 2012 Many workers suffer the Monday blues, a day where they try to shake off the excesses of the weekend and prepare themselves for yet another week of work

Incredible close-up pictures of ice captured in minute detail on the streets of Moscow

Freeze frame: Incredible close-up pictures of ice captured in minute detail on the streets of MoscowThey were taken by Russian photographer Andrew Osokin in MoscowHe braved the cold using Nikon D-80 and D-90 cameras and special lensesHe doesn't use a studio, just takes pictures of what he sees while walking | UPDATED: 19:10 GMT, 20 December 2012 These spell-binding pictures bring a whole new meaning to the term freeze frame. They look like painstakingly carved ice art that even the most experienced sculptors would be proud of

Are Nigella"s days as queen of the best-sellers over? Chef"s latest book outside top 20 in Christmas book charts

Are Nigella's days as queen of the best-sellers over Chef's latest book outside top 20 in Christmas book charts | UPDATED: 07:45 GMT, 20 December 2012 Languishing: In years gone by, books with her name on sold like hot cakes. But it seems the public may be losing its taste for Nigella Lawson, pictured In years gone by, books with her name on sold like hot cakes

Instant fog, Russian style: YouTube video shows man make a pot of boiling water disappear… by pouring it from his balcony

Instant fog, Russian style: YouTube video shows man make a pot of boiling water disappear… by pouring it from his balconyThe contents of the pot evaporates before it can even reach the groundWeather report shows outside temperatures at -41C | UPDATED: 12:54 GMT, 18 December 2012 An incredible video shows a Russian man making instant fog – by throwing a pot of boiling water from his balcony.