UK-bound aircraft carrying 149 passengers narrowly avoided disaster after pilots forgot runway had been shortened by engineering works


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UK-bound easyJet flight carrying 149 passengers narrowly avoided disaster after pilots 'forgot' runway had been shortened by engineering works Calculations for take-off were mistakenly based on the normal runway length Pilots did not understand a pre-flight announcement in 'heavily-accented English' in the Czech Republic By Olivia Williams PUBLISHED: 01:39 GMT, 14 February 2013 | UPDATED: 04:21 GMT, 14 February 2013 Pilots of an easyJet flight returning to the UK from Prague started take-off forgetting that temporary works had considerably reduced the runway. The pilots of the easyJet Airbus, with 149 passengers aboard, only realised their mistake when they saw the temporary runway end come into view, an accident report said today. The plane approached the works closer than intended on its flight back to Stansted, but managed to take off at planned speeds, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) reported

Benefit cheat mother, 23, is now 64 a week better off after DWP rules she is entitled to MORE than the amount she was stealing


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Benefit cheat mother, 23, is now 64 a week better off after DWP rules she is entitled to MORE than the amount she was stealing Claimed 64 a week illegally but is told she can now receive 130Worked for a clothes shop and NHS trust while claiming income supportHer lawyer described mitigation as 'most ridiculous' he had ever broughtOrdered to do 80 hours community service and pay 100 court costs , Macclesfield Magistrates' Court heard she would not have qualified for any payouts. Gibbons' lawyer Mr Julian Farley said: 'This case is extraordinary and perhaps an indictment of the benefits system. 'If you work out what the overpayment was on the income support over 11 months, it's about 66 per week of overpayment

Today is "Frazzled Friday" – which means half of us will lounge on the sofa with the curtains closed after overdosing on food, alcohol and…


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Today is 'frazzled Friday' – which means half of us will lounge on the sofa with the curtains closed after overdosing on food, alcohol and relatives over Christmas 72 per cent of us have spent one day too long with our family and friendsToday will be a struggle thanks to overspends and overdosing on treatsAverage adult will have piled on 4lbs by todayWe will have battled through or witnessed five arguments over festive period | UPDATED: 04:57 GMT, 28 December 2012 Today has been named 'frazzled Friday' to mark three days after Christmas when the festive excesses finally get the better of us. Overdosing on food, alcohol and spending time with relatives, coupled with a realisation there is very little left in the bank to get through January, means today will be a struggle, a study has found. And as many as one in two of us will spend today lounging on the sofa with the curtains closed taking time out to settle frayed nerves

And you thought your Christmas was dull… More than 1,500 people spend Christmas Day filling out their online tax returns


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How dull must your Christmas Day be if you'd rather fill out an online tax return Maybe ask one of the 1,500 people who did | UPDATED: 18:13 GMT, 27 December 2012 While most of us spent Christmas Day enjoying good food and a well-earned break with family, some Britons were not so lucky. More than 1,500 broke off festivities on Tuesday to fill out their tax returns – an increase of 40 per cent on last year. And Christmas Day was not the only day to be filled with onerous duties, as thousands knuckled down to do their taxes on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day too

Puppet-master Gerry Anderson went to war with his real Lady Penelope


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Puppet-master who went to war with his real Lady Penelope: How Gerry Anderson was haunted by his divorce from the beauty who voiced his leading lady in Thunderbirds Gerry Anderson died yesterday aged 83 after battle with Alzheimer's diseaseBorn in 1929 and spent early life in a one-bedroom flat in north-west LondonMarried first wife Betty Wrightman in the Fifties and they had two daughtersBut he had affair with Sylvia Thamm and they were married from 1960-1975Sylvia voiced Lady Penelope but their split was acrimonious when son was 8 Wed Mary Robins, a secretary 20 years his junior, in 1981 and had one son | UPDATED: 00:30 GMT, 27 December 2012 Each week a young Gerry Anderson waited eagerly for letters from his elder brother who was training to become an RAF pilot at an American airfield in Arizona during World War II. Sergeant Pilot Lionel Anderson went on to fly two tours with 515 Squadron over occupied Europe. One day in 1944 his family received the letter everyone dreaded — they were told the pilot was missing in action over Holland.

Children go free and 500 off summer package holidays in tour giant price war


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Children go free and 500 off summer package holidays in tour giant price war | UPDATED: 00:10 GMT, 26 December 2012 Britain's two travel giants have launched a price war with families being promised savings of between 200 and 560 on summer package holidays. Thomas Cook and Thomson are going head to head with a series of eye-catching deals, including big discounts and free child places. In a first, Thomas Cook has decided to make sure all of its advertised prices, whether online or on the high street, are the same.

Fears of milk and cream shortages at Christmas as farmers picket dairies in row over amount they are paid


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Fears of milk and cream shortages at Christmas as farmers picket dairies in row over amount they are paid | UPDATED: 02:02 GMT, 20 December 2012 Militant farmers are threatening a shortage of milk and cream over Christmas through blockades at some of the country’s biggest dairies. The first was held last night at the Mller Wiseman Dairies in Droitwich, which is the biggest in the UK and produces two million litres of fresh milk a day for the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op. A further blockade is threatened today at an Arla dairy at Stourton, Leeds, which produces 1.75million litres a day for Asda and Morrisons.

Christmas travel: Planned strikes by two rail operators that would have caused Christmas chaos called off

Planned strikes by two rail operators that would have caused Christmas chaos called offWalk out cancelled after 'satisfactory' agreement reachedRow began over dismissal of colleague | UPDATED: 20:46 GMT, 19 December 2012 Planned strikes by workers at two train operators, which would have caused travel chaos in the run up to Christmas, have been called off. Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at ScotRail had been due to walk out on Saturday and again on Christmas Eve in a row over the dismissal of a colleague. The union was also set to hold a 24-hour walkout at CrossCountry on Friday in a separate dispute over industrial relations

Workers to have their redundancy notice halved to just 45 days: Unions condemn move as "utter madness"


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Workers to have their redundancy notice halved to just 45 days: Unions condemn move as 'utter madness' The consultation period required before bosses can make large-scale redundancies is being cut from 90 to 45 daysMove was welcomed by British Chambers of Commerce which said it would cut red-tapeBut news was met with fury from unions at a time of job insecurity and a faltering economy | UPDATED: 23:39 GMT, 18 December 2012 Bosses were yesterday given the green light to make their workers redundant more quickly. The consultation period required before large-scale redundancies are made is being halved

Christmas 2012: Hilarious pictures show what happens when Santa has one sherry too many


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Bad Santas! Hilarious pictures show what happens when Father Christmas has one sherry too many | UPDATED: 19:05 GMT, 17 December 2012 Everyone likes a drink over the festive period – even Father Christmas. But in this amusing set of pictures it looks like Santa has had a few too many seasonal sherries. In one snap Father Christmas must have been so drunk he lost the reindeer because he is seen passed out on a train seat.