Defrost windscreen: Rubbing alcohol will thaw ice in seconds | Property | Life & Style

Defrosting your car windscreen is essential if it freezes and obstructs your view when driving. In fact, it is illegal to drive if your windscreen is not defrosted sufficiently to see. For those who find the process long and inconvenient, there is a simple trick to make it easier.  Using a £1.35 item mixed with water, you can thaw your windshield in seconds – leaving you free to drive. The item is rubbing alcohol, a common household item usually used as an antiseptic.  It also comes in handy for your…

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Pancake Day 2018: When is Shrove Tuesday and why do we celebrate? | Life | Life & Style

The tastiest day of the year takes place next week and is the perfect opportunity for a good serving of guilt-free pancakes. The good news is that Pancake Day, otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras – which is French for Fat Tuesday – starts earlier this year than in 2017. Pancake Day will also mark the last day of feasting before Christians worldwide begin Lent on Ash Wednesday.  So when does Pancake Day take place? When is Pancake Day 2018? The scrumptious day of feasting on…

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Fentanyl-related overdose deaths are almost TEN every month | Health | Life & Style

The figures show fentanyl was responsible for 113 deaths over the last 14 months – eight deaths a month compared with an average of 2.7 a month in 2015. Meanwhile figures from NHS Digital show the number of fentanyl prescriptions have doubled to 1.2 million.  Separate research shows the UK is now the largest host of dark web fentanyl sales in Europe, behind almost 10 per cent of illicit world sales and an average of more than 300 a month.  The revelations follow repeated warnings from the National Crime Agency…

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Low sex drive: Increase libido by adding these foods to your diet | Health | Life & Style

Low libido is a common problem that may be linked to stress, tiredness or relationship issues, according to the NHS. Stress, anxiety and exhaustion could all be playing a role in a loss of sex drive. Certain medications may also be causing your low libido. But, you could boost your sex drive by eating more of these aphrodisiac foods, according to nutritionists. “If you have little to no sex drive, you’re definitely not alone,” said nutritionist Dr Josh Axe. “The great news is that there are a lot of natural…

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Bitcoin price plummets as Virgin Money bans buying cryptocurrency on credit cards | Personal Finance | Finance

The value of bitcoin has fallen from $19,850 in December to $6,575 after the value of the cryptocurrency halved in less than two months. Banks are concerned customers will run up huge debts due to the volatility of cryptocurrencies. It is thought hundreds of thousands of people invested in bitcoin last year as the digital currency’s value soared in the final months of 2017.  Bitcoin value reached $19,600 in December, before rapidly falling to less than $6,000 today. The news comes amid growing international concerns about how the increasingly popular cryptocurrencies are…

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Cover your boiler so you don’t get left in the cold | Personal Finance | Finance

Living without hot water or central heating is a major challenge, especially in the midst of one of the coldest winters for years. Shona Eyre, energy expert at uSwitch.com, said boiler breakdown can be a nightmare: “It is especially dangerous for the elderly, vulnerable, those with babies and the chronically ill.” Your first step is to check whether you are covered by your home insurance policy, as some policies include boiler cover as standard. Eyre said those who need to borrow money for repairs should consider a credit card charging…

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