Most Popular Day to Turn the Heat On

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Most Popular Day to Turn the Heat OnA survey has revealed the energy heatmap of the UK, which tracks when cities are most likely to turn on their heating for winter.

Belfast and Oxford residents are the quickest to reach for the thermostat, hitting the switch last weekend (7th October) while those in Plymouth are set to wait another month before succumbing to the dropping temperatures (11th November).

Money Super Market polled over 2,000 people across major UK cities to find out how long they are prepared to brave the cold for before flicking the switch. The research found that this coming Saturday 14th October is when Brits are statistically most likely to turn their heating on for winter, despite admitting feeling cold from the beginning of October.

The map reveals some surprising results, with residents of Cambridge and Oxford turning on their heating a week earlier on average than those in Wolverhampton, York and Edinburgh, despite being located further south. Although they are located on the same longitude, residents of London (10thOctober) and Bristol (10th November) turn their winter heating on a full month apart.

The gap of two weeks between when Brits say they start feeling the cold and when they turn on their heating has been termed ‘freezing fortnight’. During that time an incredible 75 per cent admit to putting on two or more extra layers around the house in an attempt to avoid turning their heating on.

Other popular ways to avoid turning the heating on include using electric blankets and hot water bottles, with half of Brits (49 per cent) turning to these methods before finally turning to the boiler. Over a third (35 per cent) said they turn to alternative methods to heat themselves up purely for financial reasons, as their energy bills are too expensive.

150 Million Giant Spiders Set To Invade Homes This Autumn

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Romsey Home News |   150 Million Spiders Set To Invade Homes This AutumnAn invasion of giant spiders is set to hit UK homes this autumn as breeding season officially begins.

From late September to the middle of October, Giant House Spiders commonly enter our homes for their breeding season. However, this year, we are being warned that there are more than ever.

Experts say that the warm summer we just enjoyed produced more flies for the spiders to feed on and consequently they estimate 150 million spiders will spawn across Britain.

Commonly know as the Giant House Spider, the species, Eratigena Artrica is usually a dark orange-brown colour and grows up to a fearsome 12cm in size.

Unfortunately, it isn't terribly easy to keep the creepy crawlies at bay but there are some things you can do to dissuade them.

Keeping your house tidy and maintaining cleanliness may deter them. You might also want to think about sealing up cracks in doors and windows and limiting the number of flies and gnats in your home by not having plants near windows and doors on the exterior.

Many people are frightened of spiders but don't panic - there are many ways to get rid of the eight-legged crawlers without killing them.

Trap the spider under a glass or jar and slide a piece of cardboard underneath before releasing it outside

Stuck in the bath? Drape a towel over the edge so the spider can crawl out and then shake it off outside

Gently sweep into a dustpan and lightly tap the pan to stop the spider from moving while you take it outside

Coax the spider onto a long stick or ruler and take outside. Vacuum up old webs


CAPLE Refrigerators Recalled Over Fire Risk

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Caple Refrigerators Recalled Over Fire RiskAn urgent electrical product recall on CAPLE refrigerators has been issued by the manufacturer as it could pose a serious risk to users.

The fridges have been recalled due to a risk of overheating and fire due to a component fault.

The affected models are:




Serial numbers affected are those in which the 14th and 15th digit are one of the following two digits:

71 / 72 / 73 / 74 / 75 / 76 / 77 / 78 / 79

7A / 7B / 7C

81 / 82 / 83 / 84 / 85 / 86 / 87 / 88 / 89

8A / 8B / 8C

Model and serial numbers can be found inside the fridge compartment, on the left hand side, behind the bottom tray.

If you have an affected applaince please contact CAPLE immediately. They will arrange for a free visit from an engineer to fix the problem.

If you used to have an affected CAPLE refrigerator please let CAPLE know so they can remove your details from their database.

Contact CAPLE by telephone on

0800 458 6318

Or by email at

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Only Fools and Horses Lost Episode Has Been Found

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Only Fools and Horses Lost Episode Has Been FoundViewers are to get a glimpse of a ‘lost’ episode of Only Fools and Horses for the very first time.

The never-before-seen episode filmed in 1984, titled ‘Licensed to Drill’, is said to have been lying on a dusty shelf for years.

It features Del Boy, Rodney and Grandad at the top of their game, and is especially significant as it was Lennard Pearce’s final appearance as Grandad before his death.

In the episode, Del Boy, played by David Jason, thinks he’s on to a winner when he reveals his new get-rich-quick scheme.

He buys an oil rig for the 'bargain' price of £400 and plans to extract some black gold of his own.

Del says: “We just lay low in our boat for a while and we wait for one of the big oil companies to move off the oil field and then we whip in a bit lively and use their hole.”

But unfortunately for the Trotters, they soon realise there’s not much in the way of oil in Peckham and Del Boy realises he’s been conned.

The episode was produced by the Maureen Oilfield Consortium and was exclusively made for British schools to teach them about crude oil and the things that can be mass-produced from it.

In addition to airing scenes from the forgotten episode, UKTV Gold’s 'The Story Of Only Fools And Horses' also features some of the very best outtakes from the classic sitcom.

Acknowledging it wasn’t all plain sailing during filming, Nicholas Lyndhurst, who played Rodders, says: "So you think we shot one perfectly every week? uh uh."

In one of the bloopers David Jason forgets his lines and exclaims: “We might as well start again because I’ve gone now.”

And in another Nicholas Lyndhurst mispronounces his onscreen wife’s name as “Ker-sai” rather than Cassie.

Gwyneth Strong, who played Cassandra ‘Cassie’ Trotter, said: “The outtakes brought back loads of memories for us, memories that you don’t even realise are there until you start seeing that material.

“I kept saying ‘Who knew!’ all the way through watching it.”

Steve North, General Manager for Gold said: “I am so excited to be working with the Sullivan family to help celebrate Gold’s 25th birthday this year, and really delve into the archives one of the most loved shows on the channel. Gold viewers will get a real treat.”

John Quinn, Executive Producer, North One said: “Thanks to the late John Sullivan’s family, we have access to some exclusive behind-the-scenes material - driven by first-hand insights and anecdotes by many of those who were there.”

The Story of Only Fools and Horses, airs on UKTV’s Gold Channel on Tuesdays at 8pm until 3 October, which is when scenes from ‘Licensed to Drill’ will be shown for the first time.

Gold’s retrospective series features interviews with the cast, rare and unaired scenes, bloopers and behind-the-scenes footage.

You can watch a clip of the episode here :