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'Condoms and porn don't mix' is a stupid and unhealthy belief

One might think that when a person makes their living having sex with strangers, as porn industry performers do, using condoms would be a no-brainer. Yet despite the prevalence of STDs in the industry, the ill-conceived notion that condoms and porn don't mix seems to have trumped common …

Pupils' Christmas 'ruined' by vicar's Santa Claus origins story

A vicar has caused a festive furore after accidentally breaking the news to a group of primary school pupils that Father Christmas doesn't really exist.<p>Parents at Charter primary school in the Wiltshire market town of Chippenham were left fielding some very awkward questions after Canon Simon …

Christmas shop window displays in London

A selection of festive displays currently on show in the UK capital's shop windows

This young woman shows how she is putting the pieces of her broken brain back together

Lotje Sodderland's story of how she is piecing the fragments of her mind back together after she suffered a stroke that left her unable to read and write is beautiful<p>Watching Lotje Sodderland struggle to find words and remember details of her life that just two years ago she would have had no …

Dear Microsoft: there are better ways to help women eat less than 'smart bras'

Tis the season for shoving a third gingerbread man into your mouth after mum's passive-aggressive comment during the holiday meal. But this year, Microsoft has got an app for that – and also, a brassiere.<p>The Microsoft Research Institute and the University of Rochester are working on a "smart bra" …

James Blunt: 'My girlfriend's a lawyer not a model and my yacht is a blow-up dinghy'

<b>Hi, James. You</b> <b>told The Daily Mail in 2012 you were retiring</b><b>. But, erm, you've recently released a new album. What's going on?</b><p>First, you need to stop reading the Daily Mail. Second, I didn't tell them that. I'd just stepped off a world tour. They said: "What are you up to?" I said: "I've just …

Friday's Daily Telegraph front page: - Speak English or lose benefits - Bus drivers and bank staff to look for dementia - The 'sticky fingers' that drove the Queen nuts - Equality laws 'should aid the working class' - I was hallucinating and saw angels, claims 'schizophrenic' Mandela interpreter

Christmas number one: Sam Bailey versus the rest of the world in the race to the top

X Factor winner Sam Bailey looks set to take the Christmas number one tonight but she still has to fight off ACDC, Lily Allen and ... the Retrobot. Here are the runners and riders<p>It’s going to take some doing this Christmas to halt the X Factor winner’s rise to the <b>top of the charts</b>. For the past …

Classic Kids' TV Shows That Still Rock Our World

News that <i>Animaniacs</i> may be getting the reboot treatment sent a thrill through the big kid in us. It also got us thinking about other old children's …

Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat talk The Time of the Doctor and Peter Capaldi

Arriving this Christmas at 7:30pm on BBC One is the final <b>Doctor Who</b> adventure for Matt Smith as both he and Jenna Coleman (The Impossible Girl) bring …