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Boohoo says its ‘sale’ will end in minutes – why is it back in a couple of hours? 20 Jan 9:10am Updated Boohoo says its ‘sale’ will end in minutes – why is it back in a couple of hours?
Countdown clocks and phrases such as ‘hurry now’ are used to to panic shoppers into buying On Monday night I saw that the Boohoo fashion website was having a fantastic sale – “20% off everything”. But I had to act pronto: “Hurry ends 11pm!” it shouted at me, or more accurately, the millions of 16- to 24-year-olds it targets. A countdown clock on screen warned that the sale would be over in just 54 minutes and 59 seconds. “Hurry ends soon!” messages were plastered over the screen. Blimey, I thought, I better get my skates on and buy now. I’m glad I didn’t. The next morning I opened the Boohoo site again. It did not matter that the sale had ended as promised at 11pm, as it had started again. Once again I was told to hurry – because the exact same 20%-off-everything deal was going to end at midday. It was 9.06am and the website had reset the clock, telling me to “Hurry!” as I only had 2h 53m 14s left.
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Milton Keynes: UK capital of ‘right-to-buy-to-let’ 20 Jan 7:13am Milton Keynes: UK capital of ‘right-to-buy-to-let’
More council houses have been sold to private landlords in the town than anywhere else – then rented at up to triple the price The floor in Elina Apse’s house on the Netherfield council estate in Milton Keynes is so cold that when one of her four children spills anything it freezes by the morning. She cannot phone the council to complain because she is renting from one of the town’s many private landlords, who have taken advantage of the right-to-buy policy to hoover up social housing and turn them into highly profitable rental investments. “I would love a place I could call home – this is just a house to me. When we first moved in we put a lot of effort into making it nice but my landlord could give us a section 21 notice and we would be out in a couple of months,” she says, curled up on a small couch in her sitting room to keep warm.
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‘Paris is home’: a creative couple’s colourful apartment | Homes 20 Jan 6:00am ‘Paris is home’: a creative couple’s colourful apartment | Homes
This entrepreneurial French family never stays in one place for long, but for now a bright Paris apartment is home Paris’s centuries-old apartment buildings,
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How to grow chillies | Alys Fowler 20 Jan 6:00am How to grow chillies | Alys Fowler
Our gardening expert on the rewards to be reaped by early sowers Let’s face it, January is a dark and dastardly month: sowing most things is pointless. But the
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Tickets: is this the system to finally beat the touts? 20 Jan 4:00am Tickets: is this the system to finally beat the touts?
Ticketmaster’s new software will trawl Facebook and Twitter to check if you’re a ‘genuine’ fanYou might think you’re a real fan of an artist or show, but how far would you be prepared to go to get your hands on tickets to see them? Would you be willing to hand over your personal information – name, phone number, email address and so on – to a faceless third party, and let someone nose around your Facebook page and Twitter feed, so they can try to establish whether you are a “genuine” fan? Would you be prepared to boost your chances of getting a good spot in the queue for tickets by splashing out on pricey merchandise – or even providing a sample of your DNA?
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Where to move for wellbeing 20 Jan 3:00am Where to move for wellbeing
Where’s the best place to live in the UK if you want to be well? (Hint: it has green hills, decent house prices and lots of sheep) I’d like to be well, wouldn’t you? Well, well-er. I’m OK. Midlife dampens expectations, and I’m easy to please. But where could I be well-er? Quality of life indices boomed in late-70s America, as a way of charting – and promoting – places after the urban crisis when New York nearly went bust. They arrived in the UK during
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The UK’s capital of ‘right-to-buy-to-let’ landlords 20 Jan 2:00am The UK’s capital of ‘right-to-buy-to-let’ landlords
More council houses have been sold to private landlords in the town than anywhere else – then rented at up to triple the price The floor in Elina Apse’s house on the Netherfield council estate in Milton Keynes is so cold that when one of her four children spills anything it freezes by the morning. She cannot phone the council to complain because she is renting from one of the town’s many private landlords, who have taken advantage of the right-to-buy policy to hoover up social housing and turn them into highly profitable rental investments. “I would love a place I could call home – this is just a house to me. When we first moved in we put a lot of effort into making it nice but my landlord could give us a section 21 notice and we would be out in a couple of months,” she says, curled up on a small couch in her sitting room to keep warm.
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The Amazon worker: paid £18,000 to shift 250 items an hour 20 Jan 1:30am The Amazon worker: paid £18,000 to shift 250 items an hour
Aaron Callaway is 24 and works four nights a week alongside robots in the retailer’s warehouse If I’ve learned anything from doing this job, it’s that money can’t replace time. I work four nights a week in an Amazon warehouse near my home in Southend-on-Sea. It’s quite a cold place to work and, apart from two half-hour meal breaks, I’m on my feet for 10 and a half hours. I scan the items the trucks bring in from distributors and place them into the right cart for the robots to take to the correct place in the warehouse. I have to put away each item in 15 seconds or less, and get through 250 in an hour, or I’ll be given a warning by a manager. Stepping away from my station to, say, get a drink of water can have a big impact on my performance.
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Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens review – a heady tour of earthly delights 20 Jan 1:00am Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens review – a heady tour of earthly delights
Monty discovers how his great-great-great-grandmother made pots of money from marmalade on his fragrant trip to gardens inspired by the Qur’an Looking out at a miserable rectangle of urban waste, AKA my garden, I’m hoping for inspiration from
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