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Meet Europe’s ‘only woman surfboard shaper’

[ad_1] Ellie Miller is thought to be Europe's only female commercial surfboard maker - or shaper, as they are known in the trade.She's built her specialist business over the past six years and keeps her production line to about 30 boards a year.She describes how she got involved and shares some tips for others who want to get started.Video journalist: Jonathan Morris [ad_2] Source link
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‘I’ve never got my full deposit back’

[ad_1] Image caption Estate agents face a clampdown on the fees they charge renters Campaigners say new laws going through parliament will not go far enough to stamp out all hidden fees and charges for renters. Charlotte Von Crease, a 27-year-old renter, says: "When we moved into our last property we were hit with nearly £3,500 worth of fees, before we even got the keys." However, those pre-tenancy fees are
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D&G: China shopping sites pull products in ad backlash

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Dolce & Gabbana products have been pulled from Chinese e-commerce sites as the backlash against a controversial ad campaign grows. The firm posted videos this week showing a Chinese model struggling to eat pasta with chopsticks.The brand also apologised for social media posts criticising Chinese people, saying it had been hacked. The controversy risks alienating D&G from one of the world's biggest luxury markets.The Italian
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‘I live in disused buildings for cheaper rent’

[ad_1] Image copyright Tom Hull Image caption Bella has lived in this former retirement home in east London since January Between them Bella and Rex have both lived in former retirement homes, empty schools and even an old pub. They are property guardians - people who live in disused buildings to keep squatters away in exchange for cheap rent. Supporters say ministers should embrace such schemes so empty buildings can
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Do property guardians have enough rights?

[ad_1] Fancy living in a large period property, offering low rent and lots of space? But it might not have any heating and you could be evicted with just a few days' notice. Could living in an old school, or even a disused police station be the answer to the UK's housing crisis? Property guardians are people who pay low rent to live in and look after vacant buildings. But
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How the fitness tracker became a million dollar idea

[ad_1] Fitness trackers - those things you put around your wrist to measure your physical activity and your health - have been on the mass market for fewer than 10 years. Nowadays, hundreds of millions are sold every year. But a lot of the technology inside these hi-tech gadgets was developed as long as a century ago, as the BBC's Aaron Heslehurst explains.Video journalist: Jeremy Howell [ad_2] Source link
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Warning on ‘misleading’ Black Friday deals

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionConsumer affairs correspondent Colletta Smith's top tips for online shopping The advertising regulator has warned consumers that some Black Friday deals may be misleading.Guy Parker, chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority, said that the rapid pace of change online is "fuelling people's concerns about whether everything they see and read is true"."It becomes more difficult to establish whether the price
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Government will miss smart meter deadline, watchdog warns

[ad_1] Image copyright Smart Energy GB There is "no realistic prospect" of the government meeting its own deadline to install smart meters, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).The public accounts watchdog has joined a chorus of voices - including a group of MPs and Citizens Advice - which say the target is impossible to reach.Every home in Britain is supposed to have a smart meter - which avoids the
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Americans find meaning in money more than friends or religion

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images As Americans gather with their family and friends for Thanksgiving dinner, they're being fed some grim home truths from the Pew Research Centre.Asked to rate what gave their life meaning, researchers found more people mentioned career and money, than friends or religion.Two-thirds of those surveyed said family was a source of satisfaction.But close to a third also cited work, while 23% said their finances made