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Christmas Eve box ideas – what to put in it and where to buy one, from Matalan to Not On The High Street

YET ANOTHER holiday tradition that has made its way over from the States, Christmas Eve Boxes are now big business in the UK. But how can you put one together for your little ones and what goes ins…

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YET ANOTHER holiday tradition that has made its way over from the States, Christmas Eve Boxes are now big business in the UK.

But how can you put one together for your little ones and what goes inside? Here’ all you need to know…

 People are handing out Christmas Eve Boxes to their kids with gifts for the night before the festive celebrationNot On The High Street People are handing out Christmas Eve Boxes to their kids with gifts for the night before the festive celebration

What to put in it your Christmas Eve box

The contents of your Christmas eve box is very much down to you, but here are a few ideas to get the creative juices flowing:

  • Matching pyjamas – pop down to Primark or Matalan and grab you and your family some festive matching pjs
  • A fun board game – the perfect family time activity while everyone’s gathered together
  • Hot chocolate in a festive mug – all you need now is a roaring fire

 You can buy this personalised box for £24.50 from Not On The High StreetNot On The High Street You can buy this personalised box for £24.50 from Not On The High Street

  • A Christmas movie – you can all settle in on the sofa for the night
  • Some sweet treats – well… it is Christmas
  • Reindeer food – in anticipation of the arrival of Santa and his pets
  • A mince pie – for Father Christmas of course
  • A little note from Santa – just reassuring the family that he’s on his way!

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Hilarious pet memes reveal what your animals are REALLY thinking this Christmas

IT’S less than a week to Christmas but that has not stopped the internet giving out some hilarious early gifts. The stockings are hung by the fire with care, and the cat’s sat in the co…

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IT’S less than a week to Christmas but that has not stopped the internet giving out some hilarious early gifts.

The stockings are hung by the fire with care, and the cat’s sat in the corner, choking on her hair.

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It’s hard to communicate with our pets at the best of times.

But with a house full of people, presents and party food, it’s easy to forget that our animals are caught up in the excitement, too.

These memes perhaps give us the best idea of just what our pets are thinking this Christmas.

It turns out that maybe we aren’t that different from our animals, after all…

There’s still time to fetch those last prezzies 

 There is more to this pup than meets the eye Splitpics.uk There is more to this pup than meets the eye 

This Kitty was just born for the part 

 Ears what you call a cat with a hatSplitpics.uk Ears what you call a cat with a hat

You spend all year waiting for December 1, and then…

 It's the most wonderful time of the year!Splitpics.uk It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Rudolph the Red Nose rein-cat… didn’t have a shiny nose

 This festive feline has dressed for the occasionSplitpics.uk This festive feline has dressed for the occasion

The sleigh might be a little slow getting off the ground this year

 This reindeer needs another year of training before he can head up with the Big ManSplitpics.uk This reindeer needs another year of training before he can head up with the Big Man

Sometimes it’s hard to muster the festive spirit 

 This mutt seems to be NOT feeling the Chrimbo vibeSplitpics.uk This mutt seems to be NOT feeling the Chrimbo vibe

Santa Claws gets stuck in with decorating the tree

 We need a hand hanging this year's tree paw-namentsSplitpics.uk We need a hand hanging this year’s tree paw-naments

The Elves did it…

 Sometimes the Christmas fridge is just too hard to resistSplitpics.uk Sometimes the Christmas fridge is just too hard to resist

Bah Hum-Pug

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Dear Santa, I’ve been a very good boy this year…

 There's always that one present that ends up at the charity shop before New Year...Splitpics.uk There’s always that one present that ends up at the charity shop before New Year…

When Grandma says that she will definitely still be awake for the Queen’s speech…

 It's a long way to 3 o'clockSplitpics.uk It’s a long way to 3 o’clock

The North Pole have been caught out trying to save on Elf wages this year…

 Times are tight, and Santa needs to recruit some new helpersSplitpics.uk Times are tight, and Santa needs to recruit some new helpers

 

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Amtrak train derailment in Washington State leaves at least three dead after high-speed plunge off bridge onto packed motorway during rush hour

AT LEAST three people have died after an Amtrak train derailed on a bridge about 40 miles south of the US city of Seattle, spilling carriages onto a busy road and causing mass injuries and casualti…

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AT LEAST three people have died after an Amtrak train derailed on a bridge about 40 miles south of the US city of Seattle, spilling carriages onto a busy road and causing mass injuries and casualties.

The accident happened over a highway in Pierce County, Washington state, on Monday prompting a major emergency response from local authorities, NBC News reported, citing the state transport agency and local media.

 One of the carriages hangs over the road, which had rush hour traffic at the timeTwitter @wspd1pio One of the carriages hangs over the road, which had rush hour traffic at the time  At least three people have died in the horror crashTwitter @PierceSheriff At least three people have died in the horror crash  The derailed train plunged onto a packed motorwayAP:Associated Press The derailed train plunged onto a packed motorway

Local cops confirmed the three dead and said multiple drivers were injured on the roadway, but no motorist fatalities have been reported.

A spokesman for Amtrak said: “Initial reports are that some injuries are reported to passengers and crew, and taken to local medical facilities for treatment.

“Amtrak regrets any inconvenience.”

Passenger Chris Karnes told CBS at least seven cars derailed from the tracks and the service was supposed to travel at a maximum speed of 79 mph at that section of track.

 The horrific accident took place 40 miles south of SeattleCNBC The horrific accident took place 40 miles south of Seattle  The train was believed to be carrying 78 peopletwitter @TacomaTransit The train was believed to be carrying 78 people  The train derailed and fell off a bridge over Interstate 5 near Mounts Road between Lakewood and OlympiaTwitter @PierceSheriff The train derailed and fell off a bridge over Interstate 5 near Mounts Road between Lakewood and Olympia  Amtrak train 501 which derailed onto Interstate 5 near OlympiaRex Features Amtrak train 501 which derailed onto Interstate 5 near Olympia  The Pierce County Sheriffs Department said three people have been killedEPA The Pierce County Sheriffs Department said three people have been killed

The train was believed to be carrying 78 passengers and five crew members.

He said: “We had just passed the city of DuPont and it seemed like we were going around a curve.”

“All of a sudden, we felt this rocking and creaking noise, and it felt like we were heading down a hill.

“The next thing we know, we’re being slammed into the front of our seats, windows are breaking, we stop, and there’s water gushing out of the train. People were screaming.”

He added that at least seven cars derailed from the tracks.

 A local mayor reportedly said it was 'only a matter of time' before someone was killedSky News A local mayor reportedly said it was ‘only a matter of time’ before someone was killed  There are already three confirmed dead in the 'mass casualty incident'Sky News There are already three confirmed dead in the ‘mass casualty incident’  Emergency services are responding to a Twitter @wspd1pio Emergency services are responding to a “mass casualty incident”  The high-speed train was on a new routeTwitter WSDOT Tacoma traffic The high-speed train was on a new route  Emergency services scrambled to reports of a 'mass casualty incident'Twitter @thenewstribune Emergency services scrambled to reports of a ‘mass casualty incident’

 

MAYOR PREDICTED ACCIDENT WEEKS AGO

A local mayor of Lakewood said it was just a matter of time before these high speed trains kill someone in a meeting on December 5.

Mayor Don Anderson said grade separations – such as overpasses – should be included in the new route plans to keep trains away from cars and pedestrians.

He asked Deprtment of Transport officials to “do better”, reports Komo News.

He added: “Come back when there is that accident, and try to justify not putting in those safety enhancements, or you can go back now and advocate for the money to do it, because this project was never needed and endangers our citizens.”

Photos from scene of amtrak passenger train derailment pic.twitter.com/gd09MzLCC6

— Pierce Co Sheriff (@PierceSheriff) December 18, 2017

UPDATE: Pierce Sheriff department confirms there are fatalities. No reports yet of numbers of injured or killed yet.
Pictures from the scene show the devastating impact of the derailment from a bridge onto the highway. pic.twitter.com/Sa8NBaUXHG

— News_Executive (@News_Executive) December 18, 2017  The train pictured before the terrifying derailmentTwitter @AlexRozierK5 The train pictured before the terrifying derailment

Reporter Zachery Lashway tweeted: “First responders are said to be treating this incident as a mass casualty event.”

KING5 Seattle reporter got off the train just minutes before it derailed.

He tweeted a video and wrote: “This is hard for me to watch. This was right before we got off the train. “Had we stayed on that train who knows what would have happened. It derailed minutes later.

“Thoughts and prayers are with the people injured or worse.”

US media has reported the Amtrak train 501 was on a new route from Taloma to Portland when disaster struck.

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Where is RAF Mildenhall, why was the Suffolk site on lockdown and what is the US air base used for?

A US airbase in Suffolk was put on lockdown after a car rammed into its gates. But what is RAF Mildenhall normally used for, and what was the security incident? Where is RAF Mildenhall? Royal Air F…

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A US airbase in Suffolk was put on lockdown after a car rammed into its gates.

But what is RAF Mildenhall normally used for, and what was the security incident?

 Police have put US airbase RAF Mildenhall on lockdownAlamy Police have put US airbase RAF Mildenhall on lockdown

Where is RAF Mildenhall?

Royal Air Force Mildenhall is a RAF station located near Mildenhall in Suffolk.

What is the air base used for?

Despite its status as a Royal Air Force station, it primarily supports United States Air Force (USAF) operations, and is currently the home of the 100th Air Refueling Wing (100 ARW).

On 8 January 2015, the United States Department of Defense announced that operations at RAF Mildenhall would end (along with those at RAF Molesworth and RAF Alconbury), and be relocated to Germany (Spangdahlem Air Base) and also elsewhere within the UK.

On 18 January 2016, the British Ministry of Defence announced that the site would be sold.

 A US Hurricane transport plane takes off from RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, England, September 15, 2001Reuters A US Hurricane transport plane takes off from RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, England, September 15, 2001

What’s its background?

RAF Mildenhall has the largest US Air Force (USAF) presence in the UK, along with RAF Lakenheath.

The site was first built for the Royal Air Force in 1933 and taken over by the US military in 1950.

The decision followed the 1950 invasion of South Korea by Communist forces, when it was decided to re-establish a strong American force in Europe.

Following the announcement that the site will be sold, it has been reported that the USAF will stay at the site until 2024.

The air base has had a few high-profile visitors too. King George V reviewed 350 aircraft there in 1935 on the occasion of his Silver Jubilee.

And five years ago RAF Mildenhall welcomed the then US First Lady Michelle Obama who met American military families based there.

Has Mildenhall been targeted before?

Both Mildenhall and Lakenheath have been targeted by protesters in the past.

About peace campaigners from the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament demanded the removal of around 100 nuclear bombs at Lakenheath in 2006.

In the same year, activists camped outside Mildenhall in protest at US flights refuelling there on the way to Isreal, reported the BBC.

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