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John Lewis Christmas advert 2019 – when will it be released?

IT doesn’t feel like Christmas until the John Lewis Christmas advert has aired – but the question on everyone’s lips is when will it be released?

Last year’s advert, The Boy and the Piano saw the life and career of musical legend Elton John. Here’s what we know about this year…

baby elton john in advert
The 2019 advert was a tribute to the career of Sir Elton John

When will the John Lewis Christmas advert 2019 be released?

For many Brits, the John Lewis’ festive advert marks the official countdown to Christmas and fans are already starting to wonder what this year’s will look like.

If past years are anything to go by, we could be getting into the festive spirit very soon.

Sadly, the official release date of the advert has not yet been announced.

sam and monty the penguin
The heartwarming 2014 advert told the story of Sam and his friend penguin friend Monty

We do know, though, that the advert usually drops in the first two weeks of November.

But, the release date of the advert has been getting progressively later each year.

Both the 2014 Monty the Penguin and 2015 Man on the Moon adverts were released on 6 November.

Opinions were mixed on the 2015 Man on the Moon advert

However, the 2016 Buster the Boxer and 2017 Moz the Monster adverts didn’t come out until 10 November.

And, last year’s Elton John advert didn’t drop until 15 November.

If that trend continues, we could be waiting even longer this year before we see John Lewis’ festive offering.

There’s also no news on the advert’s budget, but we do know that the last two years’ adverts both cost around £7 million to make.

What is this year’s song going to be?

Fans have been discussing who is most likely to feature on social media – and some have tipped Lewis Capaldi to record the track.

One user even suggested that Lewis should cover Billie Eilish’s song When The Party’s Over for the advert.

The Scottish singer has had a pretty good year – his single Someone You Love spent seven weeks at number one and has nearly 29 million views on Youtube.

Lewis was recently spotted hanging out with Elton John, who was the star of last year’s advert.

But John Lewis is unlikely to reveal the music to the advert until the day it is broadcast on TV.

What was John Lewis’ Christmas advert last year?

Your Song by Elton John was also used in John Lewis’ 2010 advert, when it was covered by Ellie Goulding

Last year, the John Lewis advert featured the life story of Sir Elton John, from childhood to superstar.

The ad, called The Boy and the Piano, begins with a dressing-gown clad Sir Elton gently tapping out the opening bars to Your Song.

The rest of the advert goes through key moments of his life from stadium tours and travelling on a private jet to playing at his local pub and performing at a school.

At each stage of his life the performance of Your Song is a recording of Sir Elton’s voice from that time.

Then, at the end, we see a four-year-old Elton John getting a piano from his grandmother for Christmas.

The advert closes with Sir Elton in his dressing gown again, playing the final notes of Your Song.

There’s no news yet about what this years advert might look like, but fans are sure to have high expectations.

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Google is raking in millions from scammers who are using its search engine to con savers into investing

GOOGLE is raking in tens of millions of pounds from scammers who are using its search engine to lure savers to invest in high-risk or potentially fraudulent schemes.

The internet giant is taking massive fees for promoting accounts from unscrupulous firms that advertise eye-catching savings rates aimed at those looking for the best cash Isas.

Google is raking in millions of pounds from scammers who are using its search engine to con savers

Google is raking in millions of pounds from scammers who are using its search engine to con savers[/caption]

Many claim to be regulated by the City watchdog the Financial Conduct Authority or have the protection of a financial services compensation scheme but that is not the case.

They also use words such as “secure”, “safe” and “low-risk” to convince savers their money will be protected.

Some use logos of official bodies that do not back them – as well as falsely boasting of links with reputable organisations, reports our sister newspaper

The Times.

Experts who have analysed the websites found during The Times investigation said Google makes many millions of pounds from them.

Google said it would conduct a thorough investigation of the websites it had approved for its ads service.

The FCA said that it would include the sites on its scams register.

It issued warnings over six savings websites reported by the newspaper.

Many victims of London Capital & Finance (LC&F), which was regulated but collapsed in March having taken £236 million from savers through unregulated products – put their money into it after finding prominent adverts on Google.

Baroness Altmann, the former pensions minister, said: “Surely there should be some responsibility on websites such as Google to check whether a company that claims to be authorised really is.

“It is simply not realistic to expect savers to know how to tell if a provider falsely claims it is regulated by the FCA. Customers clearly need better protection and the FCA is right to ask for more powers.”

After the financial crash, saving rates on accounts offered by banks and building societies have plunged from highs of about six per cent to an average of 0.62 per cent for a typical easy-access deal.

As a result, savers are increasingly using the internet to seek out the best rates.

Royal Mint launches new The Snowman coin – and it could be worth double its cost

COIN collectors can get their hands on a 50p coin with a new The Snowman design on the front – and it could be worth double its cost.

Royal Mint is releasing the commemorative coin following the success of a previous iteration depicting the children’s book character.

Snowman coin
A new The Snowman coin is being launched – but it won’t go into circulation
Royal Mint

A commemorative The Snowman 50p coin was first released in November 2018 to celebrate 40 years since Raymond Briggs’ Christmas novel was published.

The coin featured The Snowman flying through the sky above Brighton Pier alongside human pal James, and was available in brilliant uncirculated for £3.99, as a silver proof for £60 and as a gold proof for £775.

This time round, the design sees The Snowman standing firmly on a snow-carpeted lawn with James in front of him and the forest in the background.

There will be three versions for collectors to get their hands on, although they’re much pricier this time; an unlimited number of brilliant uncirculated coins will cost £10 each, 25,000 silver proof coins will set you back £65, and 600 gold-proof coins will be an eye-watering £980.

Royal Mint The Snowman
Royal Mint released its first The Snowman coin back in November 2018
The Royal Mint

As this is a commemorative coin designed in collaboration with publisher Penguin Ventures it will not enter circulation – so you won’t find it cropping up in your spare change.

And it’s worth pointing out that only the silver proof version will be coloured.

Colin Bellamy of the Coin Hunter website reckons the new coin will only be worth its face value until production of it ends or until the higher value coins sell out.

But silver proof versions of the first The Snowman coin have recently sold for almost double their initial cost on eBay at up to £117.

Meanwhile a rare Isle of Man 50p coin featuring The Snowman and James sold for a whopping £299.99 on eBay in September.

These coins are slightly different though, with 10,000 going into circulation on The Isle of Man back in 2003.

The top five rarest 50p coins

THE value of a coin varies depending on how sought after it is by collectors.

Rare coins – those with low mintage numbers – are often the most valuable but that’s not always the case.

We take a look at the top five rarest 50p coins still in circulation by mintage figures:

  • 2009 Kew Gardens (210,000 minted)
  • 2011 Wrestling, Olympic Games (1.1million minted)
  • 2011 Triathlon, Olympic Games (1.1million minted)
  • 2011 Judo, Olympic Games (1.1million minted)
  • 2018 Peter Rabbit and Flopsy Bunny (1.4million of each minted)

Nicola Howell, director of consumer at The Royal Mint said: “Following the fantastic response to The Snowman’s debut appearance on a 50p coin to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ classic tale in 2018, we are delighted to introduce the second coin in the series capturing James and The Snowman’s friendship.

In addition to the new coin, The Royal Mint is also launching a limited edition “Minty” piggy bank, which will feature a Snowman design.

Just 250 piggy banks have been made but they’ll set you back £95.

We revealed that a rare Samuel Johnson 50p coin has sold for £3,500 on eBay.

While, two new Paddington Bear coins have also finally been released after leaked versions sold for £16,000.

And rare Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter coins have sold for £840.

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Save money on filling your car up with petrol with our cash-saving tips – plus win two FREE Madame Tussauds tickets

THE average driver spends a frightful £56,000 on petrol in their lifetime – so today I’ll show you how to pay a bit less at the pumps.
CHECK FOR DEALS: Get 10p off every litre of fuel when you spend £60 at Sainsbury’s until tomorrow. Remember, it’s only worth it if you’re doing a big shop anyway. Filling a 60-litre tank would cost you around £76 normally but with the voucher it would cost you £70, saving you £6.

Save some money on filling up your car with petrol with our cash-saving tips
Save some money on filling up your car with petrol with our cash-saving tips
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COMPARE THE COST: Find the cheapest fuel in your area by using a comparison site. In Southampton, an Esso petrol station has unleaded petrol for 125.9p per litre. But reveals that just down the road, Tesco wins at 113.1p a litre. Getting 20 litres at the higher price would cost £25.18, but at the lower price it’s £22.62. With this £2.56 saving every week, you’d save £133.12 per year.

COMBINE YOUR ERRANDS: Did you know that when you drive after being parked for a few hours, your car engine is cold and uses more fuel for around the first five miles? If you can, combine your daily tasks into one big trip to help save fuel.

MAINTENANCE IS KEY: Motoring experts from lease­ emphasise that regular maintenance of a vehicle gives you the best chance of having all the systems working as efficiently as possible. They added: “Checking tyre pressures regularly can improve efficiency. Under-inflated tyres can cause you to use up to two per cent more fuel.”

CLEAR OUT THE BOOT: The heavier your car, the more fuel it needs to move the weight. Many of us are guilty of carting around all kinds of unnecessary baggage in the boot, and it could be seriously ramping up the cost of driving. Heavy items such as prams and sports equipment are the worst culprits as it’s often less bother to leave them in there, but you may want to re-think this in terms of long-term costs.

SLOW DOWN: Shaving time off your journey by going faster may cost you money. According to the AA, if you drive at 70mph, you’ll use up to nine per cent more fuel than at 60mph, and up to 15 per cent more than at 50mph. Taking it up to 80mph can use up to 25 per cent more fuel than at 70mph. For example, on a 200-mile trip, you may arrive around 20 minutes earlier by travelling at 80mph instead of 70mph, but according to experts, that time-saving could actually add up to £7 extra spent on fuel.

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Deal of the day

Royal Caribbean ship Anthem Of The Seas is running open days while docked in Southampton

ROYAL Caribbean ship Anthem Of The Seas is running open days while docked in Southampton next May so you can look round.

If you can prove you are scared of flying – a medical note or a 50-word story about your worst experience – you even get a free lunch.

Cheap treat

Options Belgian Choc Salted Caramel hot chocolate is just £2 at Asda – perfect for the cold evenings

INDULGE yourself with Options Belgian Choc Salted Caramel hot chocolate, £2 at Asda, down from £3.99. It’s delicious.

SAVE: £1.99

Top swap

Wilko’s Essence Lash Princess false-lash-effect mascara is just £3.30
You could save £24.70 by opting for the Wilko’s mascara instead of Chanel’s which is £28

I LOVE voluminous lashes, so was amazed when I saw Wilko’s Essence Lash Princess false-lash-effect mascara is just £3.30. That’s a steal compared with Chanel’s for £28.

SAVE: £24.70

Shop & save

Selected tubs of chocolate are two for £7 at Tesco

STOCK up on chocs for the festive season. Head to Tesco for two for £7 on selected tubs such as Quality Street and Celebrations.

SAVE: £3

Reader’s saving tip

CLIVE WHITBY, from Basingstoke, Hants, says: “In supermarkets, look in the World Food aisle because some products, such as tinned tomatoes, chickpeas and coconut milk, are often cheaper.”

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My Sun Savers fiver

COLIN BALLANTYNE, from Monmouth, Gwent, says: “My partner is my full-time carer so I’ll spend my £5 on flowers for her, to tell her she is loved very much.”

  • Send your Savers fiver stories, with your name and town, to and you’ll get 28 codes worth £5 if yours is used.

Superdays: Win two FREE Madame Tussauds tickets worth £70

DON’T miss your chance to get two FREE tickets to Madame Tussauds London worth £70, with Sun Superdays.

Grab your cape and join your favourite Marvel super heroes at the London attraction. Come face to face with the The Incredible Hulk, hang out with Spider-Man and blast off with Iron Man.

Meet Spider-Man at Madame Tussauds London with two FREE tickets worth £70

Then grab your seats in the mesmerising 4D cinema, housed in the iconic planetarium dome, where The Avengers will enlist your help to save the day from the evil Doctor Doom in a film specially created for Madame Tussauds London.

Plus, new for 2019, witness the epic powers of Captain Marvel in a new interactive experience.

Madame Tussauds London has also unveiled Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and diva Beyonce so you can see how you match up against the Hollywood giant and the soul diva on stage.

To get your free tickets, simply download the Sun Savers app or sign up at Next, head to the “Offers” section and click “Start Collecting” on the “Superdays – Madame Tussauds” page.

Then, collect NINE Sun Savers codes from those printed daily in The Sun until Tuesday, November 12. Today’s Sun Savers code can be found on Page 20 of the paper.

Enter your nine Sun Savers codes on the Sun Savers app or website. Lastly, click “Book” and you will receive a unique code via email with steps on how to book your day out on the Madame Tussauds London website.

Alternatively, you can collect TEN in-paper tokens and book using the form found online at

So what are you waiting for? Start collecting for your tickets today!

To get your free tickets, simply download the Sun Savers app or sign up at
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Play now to win £50,000 on the Sun Savers Raffle

YOU could win £50,000 in our Sun Raffle – just by picking up The Sun paper.

Whether you’re saving for a new car or have started preparing for Christmas, we know just how expensive life can be.

Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle
Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle

That is why we’re trying to help by giving away £50,000 to one lucky reader every month in our Raffle.

To enter, download the Sun Savers app or sign up at Then, opt in to each month’s Sun Raffle by clicking “Yes!” when prompted and start collecting the codes printed daily inside the paper – scanning in the app or entering online.

Today’s code is on Page 20 of the paper. Make sure you collect and enter your code today as the next giveaway is Saturday, November 30.

With every code you enter, you will earn a ticket into that month’s £50k Raffle.

There is no limit to how many tickets you can collect per month, so as November has just begun now is the perfect time to start entering codes to give yourself the best chance of winning.

Not already a Sun Savers member? Find out all about the great treats and rewards that you can earn with Sun Savers in the paper.

Fancy a free fiver?

YOU can get FREE cash with super Sun Savers just for buying your favourite paper.

Our brilliant new rewards club will pay back our most loyal readers.

Just pick up the paper each day to collect your Sun Savers codes and we will GIVE YOU £5 when you have ­collected 28.

This isn’t a one-off and there is no limit to how much cash you can save.

For every 28 codes you enter, we will give you a fiver. So over the course of a year, that could add up to £65.

We are keeping it super-simple. You don’t have to enter codes from consecutive days, so don’t worry if you forget a day or two.

Download our easy Sun Savers app and quickly scan your code using your smartphone. Or go online and enter your code at

To get you on your way, join today and we will put a bonus £1 in your Sun Savers wallet tomorrow. And the good news doesn’t stop with free cash.

With Sun Savers, we give you the best hacks, deals and tips to save money every single day.

TO JOIN: Don’t worry, folks — joining takes just 30 seconds, in three steps.

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An exciting new career in engineering could be within your reach thanks to Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

WANT to engineer yourself a bright future? Check out Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, which starts on Monday and aims to show what a good career engineering can be and the impact it has on the world’s wellbeing.

It is one of the UK’s biggest employment sectors, responsible for generating a quarter of our GDP. But despite its importance, it is in the grip of a skills shortage — with 186,000 recruits needed each year until 2024 to make up the shortfall.

Tomorrow’s Engineers Week will focus on helping more women and ethnic minority students get into engineering
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Now in its seventh year, 2019’s Tomorrow’s Engineers Week will focus on helping more women and ethnic minority students enter the sector. Fewer than 13 per cent of engineers are women, despite half of girls aged 11 to 14 saying they would consider a career in the sector.

Under eight per cent are from BAME backgrounds, compared to 12 per cent of the working population. The highlight of the week is The Royal Academy of Engineering’s This Is Engineering Day.

It takes place next Wednesday, when engineers, students, universities and colleges will share diverse images of the industry via social media accounts @ThisIsEng on Twitter and ThisIsEngineering on Instagram.

Engineering is one of the best-paid employment sectors, with average salaries around £47,000. Apprentice salaries are from £14,000 to £25,000 and top jobs pay six-figure salaries.

To find out more, go to

Ear, ear for Lucy

FORMER violin teacher Lucy Richardson is the acoustics engineering team lead at appliance firm Dyson.

The 30-year-old, who worked on the development of the new ultra-quiet Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, joined the firm as a graduate after studying acoustical engineering at the University of Southampton.

Lucy, from Malmesbury, Wilts, says: “I love seeing the products I have worked on in the shops – and in my friends’ houses.

“It is a great feeling when a mate tells you how much they love using their new Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, and how it no longer wakes up their housemates in the morning when they dry their hair.

“To be a good engineer, you need to be curious. Ask questions, pull things apart to find out how they work, then think about how you could make them even better.

“If you are a woman, don’t think of yourself as a female engineer but be confident in your abilities and proud of the different perspective you can bring to product design.”

Purpose trumps profits

COMPANIES can no longer simply sell a product to make money – they are also expected to think about their purpose as well as their profit. Here business expert Gavin Russell, author of Transformation Timebomb, reveals how to find an employer who really puts purpose before profit . . .

  • TALK to employees past and present. Many companies say they are purpose-driven but their staff can tell you if they practise what they preach. Sites such as LinkedIn can help you connect.
  • CHECK independent peer- review sites, such as Glassdoor and TheJobCrowd. They also measure factors such as culture, values and environmental awareness.
  • RESEARCH the ownership. Many companies are controlled or heavily influenced by third parties that may not have the same views as the potential employer.
  • IS the company B Corps- certified? This legally requires companies to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers, community and environment.
  • IF you get to interview, ask for an example of how the firm’s purpose has influenced its approach to profitability.

40-day job hunt

HOPING to find a new job in the new year?

Then you better get a move on right now.

The average job application process takes 40 days from submitting a CV to being offered a role, according to specialist recruitment firm Michael Page.

Add in notice periods and Christmas holidays and it means you will need to apply by the middle of this month if you want to be taking up a new role in January next year.

Nick Kirk, UK managing director at Michael Page, says: “The average process takes over a month.

“Those who start seeking a new role in January may find themselves actually moving in March.”

Land at Gatwick

GET on board with a job at Gatwick as the airport hosts its annual careers fair.

There are loads of jobs on offer at Gatwick Airport
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There will be more than 1,000 jobs on offer from 40 airport-based employers, including Sussex Police, Border Force, Govia Thameslink Rail, The Body Shop, KFC, Pret a Manger, Hamleys and Wetherspoon.

The event takes place on Thursday at the Arora Hotel, Crawley, West Sussex, from 10am to 5pm.

Lisa Clegg, from human resources at Gatwick, says: “It’s a great chance to speak to employers and to walk away with an exciting new job. Gatwick’s HR department will also be on hand to provide hints and tips on making your CV stand out.”

For more details, see

Asda, Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Spar recall 17 brands of houmous over deadly salmonella fears

DEADLY salmonella fears have sparked a huge recall of houmous products from supermarkets including Asda, Aldi, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Lidl and Spar.

As many as 17 separate items on sale across the UK are being stripped from shelves amid serious concerns they contain the dangerous bug.

Asda has as many as six houmous products that are being recalled over salmonella fears

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has urged customers to throw away or return the items – made by supplier Zorba Delicacies.

If you return the items to the store where you bought them you’ll get a full refund.

Among the items recalled are two brands of houmous sold at Aldi, seven sold at Asda, two at Lidl, two at Morrisons, two at Sainsbury’s, and one at Spar.

Also among the products is the highly popular Nando’s-branded Houmous + PERi-PERi Drizzle, which is sold at Asda, Ocado, and Sainsbury’s.

Salmonella fears: The full list of recalled houmous products

Aldi’s The Deli brand Reduced Fat Houmous Classic Triple Pack

Pack size 180g (3x60g)
Use by 3 November 2019

Aldi’s The Deli brand Reduced Fat Houmous Selection Triple Pack

Pack size 180g (3x60g)
Use by 3 November 2019

Morrisons The Best Pesto and Parmesan Houmous

Pack size 150g
Use by 4 November 2019

Spar Houmous

Pack size 170g
Use by 6 November 2019

Lidl’s Meadow Fresh Red Pepper Houmous

Pack size 170g
Use by 6 November 2019

Lidl’s Meadow Fresh Houmous Selection

Pack size 180g (3x60g)
Use by 6 November 2019

On the go Sweet Potato Falafel with Houmous (Sainsbury’s Food to go range)

Pack size 250g
Use by 29 October 2019, 30 October 2019, 31 October 2019, 1 November 2019

On the go Carrots & Houmous (Sainsburys Food to go range)

Pack size 130g
Use by 30 October 2019

Houmous with Nando’s PERi-PERi drizzle

Pack size 170g
Use by 29 October 2019, 30 October 2019, 31 October 2019, 1 November 2019, 2 November 2019, 3 November 2019, 4 November 2019

Asda Beetroot Houmous

Pack size 170g
Use by 3 November 2019, 7 November 2019

Asda Extra Special Roasted Red Pepper Houmous

Pack size 170g
Use by 31 October 2019

Asda Extra Special Extra Virgin Olive Oil Houmous

Pack size 170g
Use by 31 October 2019, 1 November 2019

Asda Houmous

Pack size 200g
Use by 6 November 2019

Asda 30% less fat Houmous Stacker (plain)

Pack size 180g (3x60g)
Use by 4 November 2019

Asda 30% less fat Houmous Stacker (flavoured)

Pack size 180g (3x60g)
Use by 4 November 2019

Asda Carrot Sticks & Houmous

Pack size 125g
Use by 28 October 2019, 29 October 2019, 30 October 2019, 31 October 2019

Morrisons Avocado Houmous

Pack size 200g
Use by 4 November 2019

An FSA warning said: “The products listed might be contaminated with salmonella.

“If you have bought any of the affected products do not eat them.

“Instead, return them to the store from where they were bought for a full refund.”

Sainsbury’s houmous products are also on the recall list

Salmonella infection is among the most common causes of food poisoning.

It can prove particularly dangerous to the elderly and young children.

Among the crippling symptoms of salmonella infection are diarrhoea, stomach cramps, vomiting and fever.

The Nandos-branded houmous on sale at supermarkets has been recalled
Red pepper houmous on sale at Lidl has been recalled over salmonella fears

Food poisoning: What are the symptoms of salmonella infection?

SYMPTOMS of food poisoning include:

  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • diarrhoea
  • being sick (vomiting)
  • stomach cramps
  • a high temperature of 38C or above
  • feeling generally unwell – such as feeling tired or having aches and chills

The symptoms usually start within a few days of eating the food that caused the infection.

Sometimes they start after a few hours or not for a few weeks.

Source: NHS

These Morrisons houmous products are among those being recalled

It can take up to 72 hours on average for symptoms to develop after ingesting contaminated food.

Once contracted, debilitating symptoms can last for as long as a week.

Most sufferers recover without medical help, but some serious cases require hospital treatment for dehydration.

In rare cases in vulnerable patients, salmonella poisoning can be fatal.

Salmonella is most commonly spread from raw meat touching cooked food through poor storage.

Aldi is recalling its triple-pack houmous products over the salmonella warning

An Aldi spokesperson said: “In line with other retailers, we have recalled this product due to the possible presence of salmonella.

“Customers are advised not to eat the affected batches of this product and can return it to their nearest Aldi store for a full refund. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

The Sun has contacted the other retailers mentioned too but we’ve yet to receive a response.

Spar houmous products sold at Lidl are being taken from shelves

Other recent recalls include Lidl’s pesto sauce.

While batches of Turkey Dinosaurs sold in Iceland have been recalled over fears they could contain metal pieces.

Birds Eye has also recalled chicken nuggets as they may contain pieces of plastic.

Evolution of Argos’ biggest ever products over the past five decades from computers to gaming consoles

IT has been a national staple since its launch in 1973, with excited children poring over its pages at Christmas.

Now Argos is putting every catalogue online for customers to reminisce – and The Sun has been given an exclusive early look.

Argos is going to put every catalogue since 1973 online for customers to reminisce about the ‘book of dreams’

From its first release to this year’s festive edition – called The Book Of Dreams in honour of its nickname, they give a fascinating insight into how technology and shopping habits have changed.

Here, we take a look at the evolution of some of Argos’s big products over the past five decades.

Personal Computers

In the 1970s, the Smith Corona Courier typewriter came with a type-writing course on cassette, £44.95.

But in the 1980s, the £189.95 Olympia Carrera typewriter came with an automatic correction function – the earliest form of spellcheck.

The 90s saw PCs enter our homes, but at a hefty price – this Opus was £1,098.

In the 2000s, computer towers and monitors are sold separately, like this £159.99 LG screen.

One of the must-haves for Christmas 2019 is a tablet, like this £99 Lenovo model.

Music systems

In the 1970s, you could play LPs and record on casette tapes with GEC’s £193 Music Centre.

Sony’s Walkman personal stereo led the way but this Ferguson cassette player, £28.95, was a cool(ish) alternative in then 80s.

A radio, CD, and cassette player came together in the Philips stereo, £99.99 in the 1990s.

iPods arrives with a bang in 2001, costing just uner £300, but prices fell and cost from £178.97.

Today, who needs a music player when it can all be done on your iPhone? The 64GB X model is yours for £899.

Watching the box

In the 1970s, this mini handheld Sharp telly had a 12in screen and manual controls, costing £69.95.

But in the 1980s, remotes were commonplace but viewers forked out £249 for the function on this Fidelity model.

Before the internet in the 1990s, there was Teletext – and it was a big selling point for this £239 Bush TV.

In the 200s, most TVs were HD ready and Freeview compatible, like the £299 one from Bush.

Now, we can get online videos, apps and more on smart TVs like this 43in LG, costing £299.

Gaming consoles

In the 1970s, you could plug the £31.99 Binatone into your TV to play tennis, squash and football, or buy toy hand guns separately for target games.

With Atari’s £69.99 video game console you could plug in various cartridges to play such 1980s delights such as Space Invaders or Pac-Man.

Sonic The Hedgehog was the cult game on the Sega console in the 1990s, costing £49.50.

The Xbox 360, £279, was hailed as the future with its high-definition images in the 200s.

Now, disc-free gaming is here – now you can go digital with an Xbox One console, £199.99.


This year's festive edition is called The Book of Dreams in honour of its nickname
This year’s festive edition is called The Book of Dreams in honour of its nickname

What the clocks going back mean for workers – and whether you’ll be working an extra hour for free

THE clocks go back an hour on Sunday October 27, meaning an extra hour in bed for lots of us.

But for many night shift workers the clocks changing could mean an extra hour of work, sometimes without even getting any extra pay.

Millions of employees might have to work an extra hour for free when the clocks go back
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More than 3million people work night shifts in the UK, meaning one in nine workers could be affected by changes to daylight hours.

Here are the rules around working when the clocks change and how to understand your rights.

Will I have to work an extra hour?

Whether or not you need to work an extra hour will depend on how your employment contract is worded.

If it says that you have to work specific times, for example from 12am to 8am, you are likely to have to work the extra hour.

But if it states the number of hours you should work, for example an eight-hour shift, you should be allowed to finish an hour early.

Will I get paid for working an extra hour?

If you’re one of the unlucky people who has to work the extra hour, whether you will get some extra cash depends on how you are usually paid.

If you’re paid by the hour, you should get some extra money for working longer.

But if you are salaried or paid a day rate, your company doesn’t have to pay you any more than usual.

The exception to this is if the extra hour pushes your equivalent hourly wage below the national minimum wage, which is £8.21 per hour for workers over 25. See for the rates for under 25s.

Night workers' rights

IF you work night shifts you have certain rights, according to the Working Time Regulations.

You are classed as night worker if you work at least three hours through the night, usually in the period between 11am and 6am.

If you do night work, you should not have to work more than eight hours in a 24-hour perid. This is usually calculated over a 17-week period.

Regular overtime is included in this average and workers cannot opt out of this limit.

Because of the health impacts of nightime working, your employer must offer you a free health assessment on a regular basis.

You also have rights to breaks.

If your shift is longer than six hours, you are allowed at least a 20-minute break.

You must also have at least 11 consecutive hours’ rest in any 24-hour period and one day off each week or two consecutive days off in a fortnight.

If you think your employer is not following the Working Time Regulations, employment rights firm ACAS says you should raise the matter informally first.

If this does not work, they you can raise a formal complaint in writing.

As a last resort you can consider making a complaint to an Employment Tribunal or Health and Safety Executive.

To calculate this, take the amount you’re being paid for the shift and divide it by the number of hours you’ve worked.

If you’re asked to work extra for no pay, then double check to make sure you won’t be dipping below the minimum legal requirement.

You can also report your employer to HMRC.
Even if you’re not entitled to extra pay, for instance because you’re on a salary and earning more than minimum wage, it’s worth flagging the issue to your employer.

Your company might ask you to start an hour later or let you leave an hour earlier. Or it might offer to pay you overtime for the extra hour.

What are my work rights for wages, holiday pay and rest breaks?

Employers could be forced to pay workers minimum wage under government plans.

Bosses will also have to pay casual workers if they cancel shifts under new rules.

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British Gas website and app down leaving customers unable to top up energy meters online or pay bills

BRITISH Gas website is down leaving customers unable to top up their energy meters or pay bills online.

When customers click onto the energy provider’s website they’re greeted with a message that says it is “temporarily unavailable”.

Customers are unable to top up meters online as the website and app are down

Frustrated bill payers have taken to Twitter to try and find out what is going on.

One user wrote: “I’m unable to top up my meters (PAYG) all your sites & app are offline.

“I’m disabled & only have emergency credit which I shouldn’t have to use. Can you please help me?”

Another worried bill payer said: “The emergency credit is running low. I’ve just been paid and would like to top up but your sites/app are down.

“A bit of communication would be appreciated.”

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Some customers have complained that they are down to using their emergency credit[/caption]

A new message that appeared on the British Gas website around half an hour after the problems began says that the energy provider is “carrying out important upgrades”.

The note also says that it doesn’t expect services to be back up and running again “until later this morning”.

British Gas is estimated to have around 25million household energy customers.

It’s not clear yet how many of them have been affected by the outage or whether the website upgrade was planned.

A member of the energy provider’s social media team has confirmed that there is an issue with its website.

A new message says that the site is down due to “carrying out important upgrades”
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In a reply to a worried customer, he wrote: “The website is down right now which is the root of all this – Ethan.”

Households who have a smart meter can add credit to it via the app or online rather than purchasing it from a shop.

It means that bill payers can buy credit to heat their homes without having to leave the house.

One customer on Twitter added that she had a smart meter fitted because she’s unable to “nip out” to buy credit.

Replying to Ethan’s message, she wrote: “Great. Yeah I have two [children] under two in a third floor apartment with no lift, so I can’t just “nip out”.

“That’s why I wanted the app to I can top up on there”.

Households who pay using direct debit can also make payments online via the website.

Late payments may be subject to a penalty charge, although this has not been confirmed.

Online, the energy giant says: “Thanks for your patience. We’re sorry for the inconvenience this might cause.”

The Sun has contacted Centrica – the firm that owns British Gas – for comment.

Financial adviser reveals top tips on how to be savvy with your savings including best accounts and debt advice

HALF of us are spending ALL the money we earn every month.

And high earners on £90,000 a year are just as likely to blow their entire salary as those on £9,000, new research has shown.

With Warren Shute’s tips, you can ensure that you’ll have something aside for a rainy day
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So how can you ensure that you put something aside for a rainy day?

Warren Shute, financial adviser and author of The Money Plan, shares his top tips on how to be a savvy saver


How to split your earnings

1. Spend

Half of your earnings should be in a current account to pay ­utilities and your mortgage or rent.

This money should stay in the account in which you receive your income and should only go towards paying bills.

Keeping everyday spending separate from this account is a good idea so you don’t fall behind on crucial ­payments.

2. Splurge

Thirty per cent of your monthly income should go towards variable spending items such as food ­shopping, fuel and any little treats.

I call this “walking about money” or WAM. Pay 7.5 per cent of your income into this pot weekly to avoid spending it all at once.

If your bills are higher than average or you live in an expensive area, try to lower your WAM percentage.

3. Save

Twenty per cent of your salary should go towards savings.

I advise my clients to use this portion of their income to build up a £1,000 emergency fund then pay off debts.

When you no longer owe any money, you can use this pot for long-term goals such as holidays and property investment.

Financial advisor Warren Shute says ‘structure can take some of the pain out of money problems’

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Best accounts

IF YOU’RE FORGETFUL: The app Monzo puts your finances into ­separate pots. You won’t make any money on this account but it’s helpful for tracking your WAM spending.

FOR FIRST-TIME BUYERS: Open a Lifetime Individual Savings Account (LISA) and put in up to £4,000 each year. You must be aged 18 to 39. The Government will give you a 25 per cent bonus, up to £1,000 annually.

IDEAL FOR REGULAR SAVERS: The M&S Monthly Saver account pays out five per cent fixed interest each year. You must put away between £25 and £250 every month but you cannot withdraw within that year.

FOR FLEXIBILITY: The Marcus account from Goldman Sachs offers unlimited withdrawals and 1.45 per cent interest each year.

IF YOU LIKE PAYOUTS: Put your £1,000 emergency fund in a ­premium bond. Returns are low — typically about £25 in the bond’s monthly draw — but the bonds are backed by the Treasury so they are guaranteed.

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Monzo is a great way to save money as the app puts your finances into ­separate pots[/caption]

Debit advice

SEEK CLARITY: If your debt feels out of control, list your income and what you spend per month. It will help you feel more confident about solving the problem.

DON’T CONSOLIDATE YOUR DEBT: Having one huge amount of money to pay off can be daunting. Break what you owe into smaller chunks and it will feel more manageable.

USE THE SNOWBALL SYSTEM: Pay off your smallest debts first and “snowball” your way up to the ­biggest. Little successes will encourage you to keep going.

FREEZE YOUR CREDIT CARD: Literally. If you overspend, put your credit card in a bowl of water and pop it in the freezer. If you want to buy something on credit, this will give you time to think it through.

BE KIND TO YOURSELF: We tend to think of ourselves as stupid if we do not know how to look after our finances but getting on top of your money is a long-term goal. It is not going to happen overnight.

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Knowing you are in control of your finances and saving will help you enjoy spending more[/caption]

Savings advice

BE FLEXIBLE: You might need to put more than half your income towards bills each month. If you do, make full use of comparison sites such as to get the best possible deals on what you buy.

PENSION PLAN: Even if you are a low earner, make sure you sign up for a workplace pension.

MAKE A WILL: Ensure your hard-earned cash goes to the right people after you die by drawing up a will.

FOLLOW THE RULES: Dealing with money can be emotional but you can take some of the pain out of it by following a ­saving structure.

TREAT YOURSELF: Spending your cash is not a crime but knowing you are in control of your finances will help you enjoy it more.