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Can pubs stand many more Dry Januarys?

Can pubs stand many more Dry Januarys?

Business
"As a small independent bar group, we do feel a hit at the start of the year," says Tom Jackman, director of the Northcote, Venn Street and Old Street Records bars in London. In January people are naturally recovering from the over-indulgence of Christmas, he explains, and have less cash to splurge on nice dinners, bottles of wine and going out. But he's faced an extra challenge over the last few years: Dry January. The charity campaign, which encourages people to stop drinking alcohol for the month, began in 2013 when just 5,000 people took part but an estimated 4.2 million Britons said they would participate this year. That may be good news for people's health but less so for pubs and breweries. Is it worth giving up alcohol f...
Mourinho is easy target but Man Utd players must stand up – Rooney

Mourinho is easy target but Man Utd players must stand up – Rooney

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is an "easy target" and the players "have to do better", says former Old Trafford striker Wayne Rooney.Mourinho has come under pressure after United made their worst start to a league campaign for 29 years."The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season," ex-England forward Rooney said. "I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up." Man Utd boss Mourinho's comments to TV camera investigatedUnited fought back from ...
Taylor Swift's mum takes stand at groping trial: 'I wanted to vomit and cry'

Taylor Swift's mum takes stand at groping trial: 'I wanted to vomit and cry'

Entertainment
Taylor Swift's mum made an emotional appearance in court, as she testified about the moment she learned the star had been groped backstage at a concert."I went into the dressing room and I saw her face," Andrea Swift told jurors in Denver. "I could see that there was something horribly wrong. "She said, 'Mom, a guy just grabbed my ass,'" she continued. "I wanted to vomit and cry at the same time."Swift is suing radio DJ David Mueller over the incident, which he denies.Taylor Swift 'certain' she was gropedTaylor Swift trial: What you need to knowThe alleged assault occurred in 2013, during a Denver stopover on Taylor Swift's Red tour. Mueller, then a host on the top-rated radio station KYGO, had been invited to meet the star before the show. As they posed for a photo, Swift claims, "he put ...