Bittersweet: The Sugar Tax

The UK government's tax on soft drinks was introduced in a bid to improve the nation's health. Based on studies into rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, it came into effect in 2018, as a result of pressure from medical bodies. The former chancellor, George Osborne, bowed down to pressure from doctors, scientists and campaigners in 2016, when he announced the sugar tax. Aimed at the soft drinks industry, it will hit them in the pocket if their beverages contain a high level of suga...
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Prince: Diamonds and Pearls

The legendary American singer, Prince, was one of the most successful musical artists of the 1980s, winning eight Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for his film, Purple Rain. He became an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and wrote many songs for other celebrity artists, such as Madonna, Chaka Khan, Stevie Nicks and Celine Dion, to name but a few. His 1984 single, When Doves Cry, was named by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as ...
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Should Pharmacies Join the Tech Trend?

As new technology is transforming every type of business across the globe, debate has turned to whether pharmacies should go technical. The topic is trending after the announcement, in January 2019, that pharmacy chain Boots had acquired the health technology company, Wiggly-Amps. Over the past decade, new technology has advanced at an astounding rate in the retail industry as a whole. According to surveys, the innovations are paying dividends by improving sales and customer satisfaction. ...
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A-ha: Hunting High and Low

The pop group, A-ha, is the most successful and enduring band ever to come out of Norway. They are still going strong 36 years after forming, and have released a string of hit singles, including the famous James Bond theme, The Living Daylights, in 1987. Their music remains a contemporary force, with one of their most famous singles, Take On Me, being featured in a key scene in the 2018 movie, Deadpool 2, reaching a whole new generation of fans and attracting more than five million hits on...
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Love Actually: Would you Like it Gift Wrapped?

One of the most successful modern-day Christmas films is Love Actually - a romantic comedy with an all-star cast, focusing on different love stories during the festive period. Released in 2003, it demonstrates how different couples coped with various trials and tribulations during the five weeks before Christmas. As the film progresses, many of the couples and their stories are seen to be interlinked. The course of true love doesn't always run smoothly, as Jamie (played by Colin Firth) fin...
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The Story of Selfridges at Christmas

There's nothing better to stir up the festive spirit than a stroll down the high street when the Christmas window displays are in full swing! Walking between rows of sparkling shop windows, decked with everything from giant robins to hand-painted sprouts, makes shopping a happy experience, rather than a chore. Every year, it's a race between the leading retailers to see who can erect their Christmas window display first. Selfridges on Oxford Street in London usually takes the crown, with i...
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Woolworths: Have a Cracking Christmas!

As an Aladdin's cave of toys and other festive gifts, Christmas time at Woolworths was always a glittering affair! Shoppers would flock to enjoy the Christmas cheer, including Santa's grotto and a multitude of baubles, tinsel and other sparkling decorations. Nothing compared to Christmas at Woolworths - a tradition that dated back to 1880! The very first Woolworths opened in New York city in 1879, when Frank Winfield Woolworth launched his first shop in Utica, in the Mohawk Valley, on 22nd...
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Best Cities for Christmas Shopping

We all have our own ideas about what makes the best Christmas shopping experience. It might be finding plenty of bargains, making a day of it and having lunch as well, being surrounded by sparkly decorations and listening to festive music as we browse, or being immersed in an Aladdin's cave of designer brands. According to a survey, British consumers adore Christmas shopping. A survey of 2,000 shoppers by Intu revealed that we would be dedicating, on average, 18 hours to shopping in the la...
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Returning unwanted Christmas Presents

However hard we all try, there's always going to be a Christmas present that just isn't suitable. Whether it's clothing that doesn't fit, an item of jewellery that you simply don't like, or you have been unlucky enough to receive an item that is faulty, you may wish to return something to the vendor. This can be a minefield for those of us who don't know how to return goods and don't understand our consumer rights. Some people think they have an automatic right to return non-faulty present...
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