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Homeland Gets the Sesame Street Treatment

Carrie’s cry-face just got a whole lot cuter because <i>Homeland</i>‘s been given the <i>Sesame Street</i> treatment.<p>From the moody jazz-infused opening sequence to …

Why Carved Pumpkins Are Called "Jack O' Lanterns"

The name “Jack O’ Lantern” was originally one of the numerous names given to ignis fatuus (Medieval Latin for “foolish fire”), another of which is …

East Anglia

What Recruiters Look At During The 6 Seconds They Spend On Your Resume

Although we may never know why we didn't get chosen for a job interview, a recent study is shedding some light on recruiters' decision-making behavior. According to TheLadders research, recruiters spend an average of "six seconds before they make the initial 'fit or no fit' decision" on …

Employment

Brazil's Yacare Caiman—The Comeback Croc

<b>If you noticed them</b> at all, they’d look like nothing more than tiny, windblown seeds floating amid the rushes at the edge of a lagoon in Brazil’s remote interior. Wait until dark, when the vast conspiratorial hush of the wetlands gives way to a chorus of chirpings and rustlings, and those little …

Southampton’s hopes of beating Stoke City are gone with the wind

club metro opinion<p>In my preview blog piece I managed to upset the Stoke fans somewhat with my criticism of what was perceived as ‘typical Stoke’ …

Q&A: Stephen Merchant

'Being 6ft 7in is too tall. 6ft 4in is much better'<p>Stephen Merchant, 38, was born in Bristol. After studying film and literature, in 1997 he became Ricky Gervais's assistant at Xfm radio, and they went on to create the award-winning television series The Office. He toured the world with Hello …

Shaun Ryder on UFOs: 'It's not that I want to believe – it's impossible not to'

As singer with the Happy Mondays Shaun Ryder used to do a lot of drugs. But that doesn't explain the encounters with aliens he has turned into a new TV show, he insists<p>Shaun Ryder was 15 when he first saw one. He'd just started as a messenger boy at the post office, and was walking to the bus stop …

Rare hybrid solar eclipse to be visible in Europe and Africa

A rare solar eclipse is set to be visible later on November 3 in parts of Europe, the US and Africa.<p>It will be a type known as a ‘hybrid’ because on some parts of the earth people will see a partial eclipse – but in other parts of the world the sun will be completely blacked out.<p>Skywatchers in the …

WW1 memories: my grandfather's story

The Imperial War Museum wants us all to share stories of relatives who fought in the First World War. Toby Helm looks through the letters, diaries and photographs of his own grandfather and uncovers a harrowing and haunting picture of life on the frontline.<p>• Share your own wartime letters, stories …