The Labor Council increases taxes by 21%, but reduces waste collection and dims street lighting

Birmingham residents will face reduced services despite council tax rises, adding £350 to average bills – AARON CHOWN/PA Street lights are to be dimmed and waste collections will take place fortnightly at England’s largest local authority – while council tax will rise by 21 per cent. The Labour-run Birmingham City Council, which effectively declared itself … Read more

“How do I make it clear that each partner should be quite adventurous in bed?”

‘I wouldn’t bring out the collar on your first date’ – Mark Long Do you have a sex or relationship question? Ask Rachel via the form below Dear Rachel, My last relationship was the affair that ended my marriage and perhaps because of that it started with a kind of steamy intensity that made it … Read more

Hours of queues on M25 clockwise after crash

Stock image of a subway train (PA Archive/PA Images) Motorists on the M25 are experiencing delays of around an hour on Friday afternoon due to an accident. National Highways warned that motorists should expect around eight miles of traffic on the clockwise carriageway at Junction 27, near Epping, where the outer lane is closed due … Read more

Why your £10 haircut at the barbershop could be fueling the small boat crisis

Why_your_£10_haircut_could_fuel_the_small_boats_crisis The barbershop’s red and white striped pole, which promises everything from a quick haircut to a beard sculpture and a scalp massage, is a staple of the British high street. And now that male grooming has gone mainstream, the number of barbershops has exploded. There are now 17,702 branches nationwide, a 50% increase since … Read more

Family who left arranged bride in vegetative state after forcing her to swallow pills jailed

A family who left an arranged bride in a vegetative state after she was forced to swallow pills and doused with a caustic substance have been jailed (West Yorkshire Police) A family who left an arranged bride in a vegetative state after she was forced to swallow pills and doused with a corrosive substance have … Read more

Steve Wright, crazy BBC Radio 1 and Radio 2 DJ who won a huge audience with his ‘zoo’ format – obituary

Steve Wright (1994): widely regarded as the sharpest operator at the microphone since his idol Kenny Everett – Trinity Mirror/Mirrorpix/Alamy Steve Wright, who has died aged 69, presented the anarchist breakfast show on Radio 1 for a year before moving to Radio 2, where he became a chatty fixture on weekday afternoons with mainstream pop … Read more