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Ten Steps to being a good MP and Minister

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Rod Clark’s guide to being a Minister reads like The Thick of It.

So what tips does the civil servant offer to those new to the ministerial jobs?

  1. Enjoy it! If you do, it will inspire others as well.
  2. Your diary secretary is your new best friend.
  3. Prep, prep, prep. Preparation is vital.
  4. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Don’t put decisions off – they’re the essence of being a minister.
  5. Prioritisation. The department’s priorities and definition of what is important may differ from your own.
  6. Explain Parliament to your private office.
  7. Keep your political edge. Don’t get cut off from colleagues.
  8. Communicate with your Secretary of State – either through structured catch-up sessions or more ad-hoc.
  9. Special Advisers and Permanent Secretaries are not just the Secretary of State.
  10. Make space for families – eg. don’t have red boxes delivered at 7am on a Saturday morning.

Looks like the Independent on Sunday got the story, and the UK press are sharing (without linking) like mad. So we might as well join in as well!

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We’re back with a new summer look for The Daily Dust

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Welcome to the new look Daily Dust. We’re still bringing you the best of British from around the web, but we thought it was time for a little summer spruce up around the site.

We’ve been online now since late in 2008, and in that time we might have moved a pixel or two, but we’ve not sat down to see what works on the site and what needs work. Well, now we have, and the results are here for all to see.

Highlighting our favourite stories of the day was one goal, and we’re going to bring a featured story to the top of the index page on a regular basis. A lot of you commented that regular visitors were having to really look to work out what was new. So we’ve merged the categories on the front page to a single river of news, but you can still jump to your favourite section from the top menu bar.

If you’re looking to reach out to tens of thousands of UK readers, the new design will make it easier for us to run competitions, look at new products, and talk about  new services for our British audience, as well as give a great start to some recently graduated journalists who are working with The Dust.

You can join in as well, by letting us know what’s happening around you, by getting in touch directly with the editorial team or suggesting a story through our quick and easy form.

And now, onwards to more fun and frolics with your good news newspaper, The Daily Dust.

Coffee shots by Alfonso Surroca via Flickr.


PS… If you could just ignore any teething troubles with the new site, it would be appreciated, there’s still one or two points we want to add, but we’ll do that out in the open so we can bring you the best of the web every day!

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Have you ever heard such language?

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Top 100 insults

The 100 greatest movie insults of all time.

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The Top Germany v England Videos

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Ahead of Sunday’s vital match, it’s time to see what support the internet has for this classic fixture.

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Top McDonalds Happy Meal Toys

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Is it time to look back at the life of the Happy Meal toy?

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Top Ten International Hangover Cures

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So you’ve woken up with a throbbing head and a mouth that tastes like the bottom of a chicken coop?

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Top Ten EastEnders Moments

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Tonight sees popular British soap opera ‘EastEnders’ celebrate it’s 25th birthday!

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Top Ten Most Wanted Celebrity iPod apps

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Gordon Ramsay version

There is no doubt that the iPhone and iPod have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people ever since they first arrived in the UK.

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Ten Alternatives to Jedward singing for the UK at Eurovision

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Who can stop the Terrible Twosome from an appearance at the Telenor Stadium in May’s Song Contest?

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The Top 10 UK World Cup Songs

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Last week the FA confirmed that as the England management intend to focus entirely on the game, there will be no official song for this year’s South Africa World Cup.

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The Top Mixed and Mashed TV Theme Tunes

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It’s one TV show opening up another TV show!

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Top Ten Goals From The Halfway Line

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After Wigan’s Maynor Figueroa scores from his own half against Thomas Sorensen of Stoke, we take a look at the ten best halfway line goals.

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Top Ten Christmas Songs You’ve Probably Never Heard

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Who needs the chart toppers when you have the undiscovered classics to ring out!

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Top Ten Xmas Songs (and Bob the Builder)

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Hello to all The Daily Dust readers. I’m Nigel Slater and with Christmas just three weeks away, we are making a trip back to memory lane in our Top Ten Xmas songs of all time.

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The Top Ten Sexiest Male Accents

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Which country comes top of the class for sexiness?

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The Top Ten Sexy Calendar Girls

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With the new cast shortly arriving at the London Stage show, we thought we’d put together our list of favorites from both the film and stage

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Top 10 Sci-Fi Insults

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Insults Raw

A list of some of the best insults from a galaxy far, far away.

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Hey Jude, What Would Ringo Say?

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Babs and Ringo

It’s the anniversary of the release of the world record beating Hey Jude, and we ask what did Ringo do?

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Top 10 Excuses For Not Paying TV Licence

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Dog-Watching-Tv Raw

In the current financial climate many of us could be excused for trying to avoid paying the bills.

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The Top Ten Doctor Who Sitcoms

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What if the BBC really did think Doctor Who was meant to be funny?

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Our Top Tribute To Keith Floyd

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With genius chef Keith Floyd heading upstairs to organise the reception party for Patrick Swayze, we at The Dust are going to miss the maverick celeb chef. Here’s why.

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The Top Ten DJ’s Radio 2 Need To Hire

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Chris Evans, Breakfast Radio? Is Radio 2 the new Radio 1? here’s who else needs to be hired.

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Batman Voted Britain’s Favourite Superhero

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The Caped Crusader has won the hearts of the British public.

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Dark Side of the Moon voted greatest album ever

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Long agreed to be one of rock’s most influential albums, the Pink Floyd masterpiece ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ has now been voted as the greatest album of all time, by listeners of one radio station.

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Take The London Underground to Shimmer Math

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Can you puzzle out the Top Ten jumbled stations on the London Underground Anagram Map?

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The Top Ten Jokes at the Edinburgh Fringe

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Funniest joke at the Fringe is Dan Antopolski’s Hedgehog, says TV’s Dave.

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8 Human Moments in Politics

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Politicians! The stony-faced leaders of the worlds many nation-states and superpowers often seem very distant from the everyday men and women of Britain.

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Ten Greatest Film Trilogies Ever

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We all love a good box set and we here at the Daily Dust think it’s time for a trip down trilogy lane and remember some of the best box sets to grace our shelves.

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Sir Bobby Robson’s Top Ten Football Matches

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In memory of the man who brought joy to so many through his desire to succeed as a manager and to help others in need; Daily Dust writer and Newcastle United fan Jack Ling picks out Sir Bobby’s 10 greatest matches in time order.

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The Top Video Games That Should Be Films

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What titles should make the jump from the silicon screen to the big screen?

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The Top Ten Dog Names (All Human)

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Dogs are increasingly being thought of as part of the family with the entire top 10 names this year all being human.

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Top Ten Facts About Big Brother’s Marcus

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Things you never knew about the eyebrow wielding Marcus from this year’s Big Brother.

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The UFO Scourge of 2009

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Only time can tell whether global financial meltdowns lead to an increase in UFO sightings, but as reported in the Dust previously, 2009 has been a record year for strange lights in the sky.

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Five Great British Inventions and Inventors

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Lobsters strutting along the Costa del Sol in Union Jack shorts help us realise why the British are more suited to inventing things in the garden shed than trying to look good on the beach. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Top Five Man Utd Moments

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As Cristiano Ronaldo begins his work at Madrid, Sam Cooper takes a look at his more memorable moments in the red of Manchester United.

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The 5 Bloodiest British Battles

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Let’s be honest, modern Britain is woefully misinterpreted.

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In Memory – The Top Ten No1 Singles By Michael Jackson

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In Memory of the World’s Greatest Ever Pop Star, Michael Jackson, Here Are His Top Ten No1 Singles

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Top Ten MP’s Expenses Claim (So far!)

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MP's Expenses

Want some irony? The UK has it today, in spades. But only if that spade has been bought by an MP and claimed on expenses.

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Top 10 Premiership Players Ever!

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Since the Premiership first formed back in 1992 there have been a number of stars who have graced the pitches up and down the country. Here is the Daily Dust’s Top 10:

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Top 5 Secret Sex Expenses Of UK Men

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British men are set to spend a credit crunch busting £4.2billion on sleazy fun this year

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Ten British bands that changed the music world

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For a small island, we Brits are awfully creative.  We’ve also given the world some hugely influential artists, especially when it comes to popular music.  We’ve come up with 10 British bands that, quite simply, changed music the world over.  So, in no particular order, here they are…

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Top 10 Women Who are Hot, But Probably Shouldn’t Be

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Miss Piggy, Guess Jeans Pig

Facial symmetry, high cheekbones, luscious eyes, heavenly bosoms and child bearing hips aka (a smokin’ round booty) are some of the physical features that have been attributed to attractive women. However, sometimes our judgement has been proven wrong. We’ve compiled a list of the alternatives to the cookie cutter sexy lists of yesteryear…

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The Greatest UK Resignations Of All Time

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With Hazel Blears and Jacqui Smith resigning from the Government, we look back at some of the memorable resignations in UK political history.

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Twitter’s Top Ten Kids TV Facts

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Your childhood is sacred, until it is mined for comedic effect!

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The 2008/2009 Football Season Reviewed

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With the Barclays Premier League finished for another year Sam Cooper takes a look back at what has surely been an eventful season.

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Top Five Final Day Scraps of All Time

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Whilst the Premier League title is tied up and in the bag for Manchester United, there is a still a hell of a lot to play for at other end of the table on Sunday. Sam Cooper takes a look at some of the more memorable final day battles.

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Top 10 Dodgy Expense Claims By MPs

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Well, what a ludicrous week it has been in terms of political mishaps.

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Second Place in Eurovision for the UK

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Can Jade Ewen make the BBC’s dream come true and finish second in this weekend Eurovision Song Contest?

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Eight Things To Expect On A Bank Holiday In UK

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Most of us are enjoying a relaxing day off today but what are the defining events we can expect every Bank Holiday Monday?

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The Crap Urban Legends of Twitter

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Sooty is not an Urban Legend

Everything you read on Twitter is true, and these urban legends prove it.

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7 Other Countries That Salute St George

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Today is St George’s day and England should be awash with the St George cross flag, but did you know England is not the only country to celebrate it..

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Top Ten Phrases To Watch For In Today’s Budget

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With Alistair Darling due to give his second Budget as Chancellor, what should you be watching for?

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Where’s Harry Hill To Help Decide?

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Mirror, Dust, Dust, Mirror… there’s only one way to find out!

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The Top 10 Quotes from Prince Phillip

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In honour of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh becoming the longest serving UK Consort, we here at the Daily Dust decided to look back on some of his greatest quotes.

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50 UK Celebrities To Follow On Twitter

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So you joined Twitter but have no idea how to find celebs to follow?  Here is a list of 50 famous UK Twitter users for you to follow.

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10 of the Most Memorable Onscreen Stripteases Ever

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Throughout movie history sizzling onscreen scenes have set cinema goers tongues wagging. Where once a kiss was thought to be the height of onscreen sexuality the last few years have seen movies and TV go further than ever before with scenes that will drive you wild with desire. We take a look at the 10 most memorable onscreen stripteases ever.

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Top 5 ‘Battle of Britain’ sporting events

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There are many great sporting events that deserve a ‘Battle of Britain’ tag, but here is our top 5.

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Top Ten Songs on Lewis Hamilton’s iPhone

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It’s going to be a long weekend for Lewis Hamilton after the fun of his disqualification, so we here at The Daily Dust have set up a nice playlist on his iPhone for the flight home.

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April Fools Day Gags You May Have Missed 2009

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As ever, the British press and Internet companies were out in force covering unusual topics that they clearly made up to celebrate April Fools Day

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Top Ten Reasons Why Duran Duran Are Better Than Spandau Ballet

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There is no argument, Duran Duran are so much better, says lifelong new romantic Ewan Spence .

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Reading the Fine Print from Broadband Providers – Money Saving Tips

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Choosing the broadband provider that is right for you can sometimes be a daunting task but once you have made the decision and are ready to sign a contract with your provider of choice there are a few things that you should look out for..

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Ode To The Sleeping Lions

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Whenever I clap eyes upon my beloved England team, I do so with an anxiety undoubtedly expressed poignantly by my compatriots

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The Top Formula 1 Teams Named After Their Owners

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Now Ross Brawn has his own F1 team, with his name on it, he follows a long line of team owner racing under their own name.

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Top Six Highest Paid Premier League Managers

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We know Jose is the special one, earning a corking £7m per year at Inter Milan but who earns the most in the Premier League?

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The Best Lego Models In The World Ever

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In honour of the news that 99% of architects played with Lego when they were younger (what no rounding error to make it every architect?) we at The Daily Dust wondered what the best Lego model sets were?

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Survive The Recession With Dragon’s Theo Paphitis

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Dragon’s Den Feisty Guru Theo Paphitis gives the 12 Rules To Run A Successful Business.

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Questions You’ve Always Wanted To Know The Answers To

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Ever wondered why you only feel sick when sitting in the back of a car or whether chewing gum does stay inside you for years, the answers are now published in a new guide

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20 Strange Things The Daily Mail Say Will Cause Cancer

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Today the Daily Mail published an article on why sites like Facebook can cause cancer, we thought we’d take a look at other strange things the Daily Mail has written about that can cause cancer.

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Music To Watch Immigrants Go By – The List

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What music should the UK send to the rest of Europe to stop people wanting to live here?

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Top Ways For Single People To Not Celebrate Valentines Day

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Alone on Feb 14th

Sometimes the world doesn’t revolve telling someone you love them. Sometimes all it takes is a Mars bar. Here’s how to celebrate the 14th on your own.

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Five Great Ways To Cross A Road – No, Really

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We all do it every day, but how can you make your road-crossing an exciting and memorable experience? Why not look to the stars for the best way to cross the tarmac outside your office.

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Top Ten Pet Names For Lovers Revealed By A Jeweller

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Sexy Pig and Poo Face are among the top 10 nicknames couples use according to High Street jeweller H Samuel.

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Top And Worst Jobs For Getting Sex

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A poll reveals that those working in the housing business are hot property between the sheets, where truck drivers just can’t get into gear..

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Top Twitter celebs to be stuck in a lift with

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Which Twitter celebrities would you like to be stuck in a lift with?

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The Top Stories On The Daily Dust

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What caught your eye on the UK’s Good News Newspaper last week? Let’s find out.

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The Top Brits In America

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With the Oscar nominations released today, the Daily Dust compiles a list of the top 10 Brits in the USA.

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You Have Been Reading…

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Last week’s top stories on The Daily Dust…

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Diane Warren’s Famous Songs

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She’s writing our Eurovision entry, so let’s explore her back catalogue.

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This Weeks Top Articles on The Daily Dust

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What’s caught your eye in the last week?

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Top Recent Eurovision Classics From The UK

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How well has the UK done recently at choosing a Eurovision entry? Not very well, as we find out here.

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Top Of The Words for December

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Top Stories on The Daily Dust for December 2008.

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Ten Most Watched Presenters On TV in 2008

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Who was the most watched presenter on UK television this year?

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The Top Christmas Number Two Songs

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Every race needs a second place, even the Christmas number one.

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Top Sexy Celebrities in Christmas Outfits

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Who’s the best wrapped celebrity at this festive time of year?

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Top Ten Worst Male Celebrity Haircuts

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It may be the summit of man, but some of the heads of hair in the world are truly terrible…

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7 Alternative Christmas Dinners

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The traditional British Christmas dinner – How do other countries celebrate?

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Top Ten Sexy Celebrity Mothers

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Our pick of the top ten sexy celebrity Mothers..

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9 Things for Brits To Know About Thanksgiving

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Today is Thanksgiving in the USA, we wanted to unravel a few facts for those not in the know..

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8 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Hair Loss

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Out of all the different side effects of aging, the loss of hair is counted amoung men as one of the most painful.

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Ten Ways To Reform The BBC and the TV Licence

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Some really unique ways to fund the BBC.

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7 Most Annoying One Hit Wonders

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With the news that Top of the Pops is set for a comeback on the BBC, we take a look at the most annoying one-hit wonders ever to grace the UK charts.

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10 Things Uncovered by Freedom of Information Act

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The Loch Ness Monster and Dolphins

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13 of the Best Football Manager Bargains Ever

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With the release of Football Manager 2009 we take a look back at some of the best bargain buys from the Football Manager and Championship Manager series.

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Top Ten Sexy Women Over 40 years old

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Who would be in your top ten?

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Top seven iPhone fails..

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Have an iPhone 3G?  Here are the top seven fails according to us..

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Top ten things to do in a recession

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The markets are plunging, jobs are lost, the UK is in trouble..

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