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Boy finds 480 million-year-old fossil using set he got for Christmas

Boy finds 480 million-year-old fossil using set he got for Christmas

Technology
A six-year-old boy has found a fossil up to 488 million years old while digging in his garden with a fossil-hunting set he received for Christmas.Siddak Sing Jhamat, known as Sid, had been digging in his garden in Walsall, in the West Midlands, "for worms and things like pottery and bricks", he said. "I just came across this rock which looked a bit like a horn, and thought it could be a tooth or a claw or a horn, but it was actually a piece of coral which is called horn coral. I was really excited about what it really was." Image: The fossil dates back to the era of Pangea, 488 million years ago. Pic: Vish Singh/PA His father Vish Singh said: "We were surprised he found something so odd-shaped in the soil."He found a horn coral, and s...
Jeff Bezos to step down as Amazon boss as Christmas quarter sales exceed $100bn

Jeff Bezos to step down as Amazon boss as Christmas quarter sales exceed $100bn

Business
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is to step down from running the business as it reported record revenues for its core Christmas quarter, topping $ 100bn for the first time with help from the coronavirus pandemic.The e-commerce, cloud data storage and entertainment giant said Bezos would become executive chair during the summer, with Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy assuming the top job. Bezos said the shift would give him more time to concentrate on his other passions, including the fight against climate change, and that the company's latest results demonstrated it was the right time to make the transition. Image: Amazon has benefited from lockdown restrictions in key global markets Amazon recorded total sales of $ 125.6bn (£92b...
M&S clothing sales hit by COVID and trading restrictions in Christmas quarter

M&S clothing sales hit by COVID and trading restrictions in Christmas quarter

Business
Marks & Spencer has reported a big fall in clothing and homeware sales during the Christmas quarter, due to coronavirus and retail restrictions caused by the pandemic.The retailer also warned that the UK's new trade deal with the European Union had led to "potential tariffs" on part of the range it exports to the bloc. Revenue at M&S's clothing and home division slumped 25.1% in the 13 weeks to 26 December, its third quarter, following a 21.3% fall in the previous quarter.Between 5 November and 1 December - when England had extra coronavirus restrictions - revenue for this division was down 40.5%.UK sales fell 7.6% on a like-for-like basis during the third quarter, with food up 2.6% and home sales down 24.1%, but the November restrictions sent food and non-food sales falling 4.5% a...
Wham’s Last Christmas finally hits number one – 36 years after original release

Wham’s Last Christmas finally hits number one – 36 years after original release

Entertainment
Wham's Last Christmas has finally topped the UK charts - 36 years after its release.Written and produced by George Michael, it was kept off the number one slot by Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas? when it was first released in 1984. But, on the fourth anniversary of the death of the band's co-founder, the song has hit the top spot after being streamed 9.2 million times in the last week. :: Subscribe to the Backstage podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, SpreakerIn doing so, it set a new record for the longest time taken for a single to reach number one, beating the 33 years, four months Tony Christie's (Is This The Way To) Amarillo took when it hit the top in 2005. ...
Queen’s Christmas message returns to top of TV ratings

Queen’s Christmas message returns to top of TV ratings

Entertainment
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