2012: The year we felt that golden glow of resurgent Middle England (And not even my cringingly inept BBC could shatter the illusion)


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2012: The year we felt that golden glow of resurgent Middle England (And not even my cringingly inept BBC could shatter the illusion) | UPDATED: 02:04 GMT, 30 December 2012 Analysis: Michael Buerk believes 2012 was a proud year for Britain – despite a few low moments It's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment the mood changed and impossible, even in retrospect, to explain why. For me, it came when I was standing in the drizzle, six deep in a crowd massed at a corner of a Surrey lane, waiting for my first glimpse of the London Olympics. The rain stopped

How we spent 300m shopping online yesterday as the turkey was cooking: Retailers struggle to cope with demand


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How we spent 300m shopping online yesterday as the turkey was cooking: Retailers struggle to cope with demand | UPDATED: 00:47 GMT, 26 December 2012 Families spent an estimated 300million shopping online on Christmas Day morning as they shunned traditional activities to bag a bargain. Retailers struggled to keep up with demand as thousands logged on to buy cut-price tablet computers, smartphones and Kindle e-books

Amazon brings forward its sale to Christmas Day to take advantage of festive shoppers


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Amazon brings forward festive sale to 9am Christmas Day to take advantage of online shoppers trying out new gadgetsLast year, online shoppers spent 186million on Christmas DayCustomers were logging on to their favourite stores as early as 6amDebenhams say children's clothes are most popular Christmas Day bargainHarrods' winter sale also starts online on December 25 | UPDATED: 11:51 GMT, 18 December 2012 Amazon has followed in the footsteps of a slew of other retailers by bringing forward its Boxing Day sale to Christmas Day. The online store expects this December 25 to be its busiest after spending on the day trebled over the past five years, in part thanks to families trying out Kindles, iPads and tablets they have been given as gifts. The proliferation of smartphones, home broadband and other gadgets also makes it much easier to make a purchase – and the price-cuts will make logging on as tempting as another slice of Yule log.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announces his cancer has returned and he will travel to Cuba for surgery to fight his "new battle"


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Hugo Chavez announces his cancer has returned and he will travel to Cuba for surgery to fight his 'new battle'Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Saturday night that his cancer has returned The 58-year-old president first underwent cancer surgery for an unspecified type of pelvic cancer in Cuba in June 2011He said he would return to Cuba on Sunday to undergo surgery in the coming days | UPDATED: 05:56 GMT, 9 December 2012 Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced Saturday night that his cancer has returned and that he will undergo another bout of surgery in Cuba. Chavez, who won re-election on October 7th, also said for the first time that if his health were to worsen, his successor would be Vice President Nicolas Maduro

Text messages mark 20-year anniversary but have been overtaken by Twitter and instant messaging

SMS SOS! Text messages mark 20-year anniversary but have ALREADY been overtaken by Twitter and instant messaging Number of texts sent annually has fallen by one billion since last yearExperts say new ways of communicating – such as Tweeting and instant messaging – are taking over | UPDATED: 09:01 GMT, 3 December 2012 Addictive: Text messages took the world by storm in 1998, but less than two decades later it is in decline as new forms of messaging have become more popular A revolutionary form of communication is in decline – just 20 years after it changed the way that people interact with each other. Used by four billion people around the world, the SMS (Short Message Service) took the world by storm after its birth in December 1992.

Text messages in decline: Twitter and instant messaging become most popular ways to communicate via phone


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SMS SOS! Text messages mark 20-year anniversary but have ALREADY been overtaken by Twitter and instant messaging Number of texts sent annually has fallen by one billion since last yearExperts say new ways of communicating – such as Tweeting and instant messaging – are taking over | UPDATED: 23:53 GMT, 2 December 2012 Addictive: Text messages took the world by storm in 1998, but less than two decades later it is in decline as new forms of messaging have become more popular A revolutionary form of communication is in decline – just 20 years after it changed the way that people interact with each other.

More than 6.5m Britons believe they will be forced to work past pension age

More than 6.5million Britons believe they will be forced to work past pension age – and most of them are women | UPDATED: 10:10 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.