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September 13, 2018 6:25 AM John Lewis Partnership profits drop 99 PERCENT: Waitrose owner latest high street victim

JOHN Lewis has announced an eye-watering 99 percent nose dive in half-year profits adding the high street retail giant’s stores are being crushed by the “most promotional market we have seen for almost a decade”. The John Lewis Partnership, which also owns Waitrose, reported that profits before tax crept in at £1.2million, down £95million on the same period 7

September 10, 2018 11:09 PM Michael Palin: Celebrating a 50th is rather un-Python

Michael Palin says “something will happen” to celebrate Monty Python’s 50th birthday – but marking a random year like 51.5 would be more appropriate. The first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was broadcast in 1969. Palin told the Press Association: “There are plans being hatched to flog our wares – you don’t miss an opportunity for an anniversary 12

September 10, 2018 12:03 PM UK businesses 'bordering on DESPAIR' over Brexit 'SOAP OPERA' says top business chief

A LEADING business chief has made a damning assessment of Brexit negotiations, claiming that business leaders felt “frustration bordering on despair” over the fractious talks. Confederation of British Industry (CBI) chief Carolyn Fairbairn made the comments as she discussed the effect of ongoing Brexit negotiations on UK business to the BBC’s John Pienaar 10

September 10, 2018 7:37 AM Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and John Legend become EGOTs with Emmy win

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice and John Legend have become the winners of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony (EGOT) after they picked up a Creative Arts Emmy for their live production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Only 12 other people have previously won all four prestigious awards in competitive categories, including Mel Brooks, Rita Moreno and Whoopi Goldberg 11

September 9, 2018 10:58 PM BBC Scotland splashes public cash to lure top talent from STV

BBC Scotland has been accused of poaching STV journalists for its new Scottish channel. STV chief reporter David Cowan, east-coast news anchor Laura Miller and Aberdeen presenter Laura Goodwin are among those jumping ship. At least nine STV staff have quit or handed in their notice to take BBC jobs funded by public money. The BBC is preparing to launch 12

September 8, 2018 12:34 AM Nursery staff claim they can't kiss children in their care over fears they would be accused of abuse

Nursery staff claim they can't kiss children in their care over fears they will be accused of abuse by parents Two thirds of nursery staff are not allowed to kiss children in their care, a survey revealed. Of the 1,125 respondents to the poll, only 33 per cent said they were permitted to kiss children at work. ‘It is very sad so many nursery staff feel unable 14

September 7, 2018 11:10 PM Strictly 2018 age gap is smallest in show’s history

At 32 years, the gap between them is the smallest since Strictly began in 2004. Last year’s series spanned a range of 34 years, from Paralympic athlete Jonnie Peacock, then aged 24, to TV and radio presenter Debbie McGee (58). The largest-ever gap between the youngest and oldest contestants was in 2016, which spanned 52 years from 18-year-old Olympic 11

September 7, 2018 10:30 PM Santa Fe Fiesta turns page on tribute to conquistadors

Santa Fe Fiesta turns page on tribute to conquistadors SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Civic leaders in New Mexico's capital city turned the page Friday on a grinding dispute over the annual re-enactment of a 17th century conquistador reclaiming Santa Fe following a Native American revolt. The decades-old pageant of Spanish soldiers in armor was replaced with new gestures 2

September 7, 2018 9:55 PM JFK's nephew Christopher Lawford, 63, may have died from hot yoga after suffering heart attack

'It must have been too much for him': JFK's nephew Christopher Lawford, 63, may have died from hot yoga after suffering heart attack in a studio that can reach up to 105 degrees Hot yoga may be to blame for John F Kennedy's 63-year-old nephew's death earlier this week. Christopher Lawford died Tuesday night when he suffered a heart attack in a yoga studio 2

September 6, 2018 4:30 PM ‘Tell me!’ John McDonnell angrily orders Lib Dem MP to reveal unhappy Labour politicians

LIB DEM MP Layla Moran mercilessly shut down Labour Chancellor John McDonnell after he claimed differences among party members have decreased. "There have been some differences over the anti-Semitism issue - we are coming out of that now - but the vast pocket of the PLP just want to get on with the job." Earlier this week Labour’s National Executive 13