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Where pubs are bucking the trend of decline

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat’s keeping Highland pubs going? Pubs in the Highlands appeared to be bucking a UK-wide trend of pub and bar closures. Since 2008, almost a quarter of pubs in the UK have shut according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis. But the study shows that in the Highlands there are 14% more pubs than there were 10 years ago. Paul Waterson, of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, said a major factor behind the growth was that the pubs had done well…

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Halloween Day of the Dead makeover on trend

If you want to look on trend for Halloween, then a spine-tingling homage to the Day of the Dead is the way to go. “It’s a huge trend at the minute, although not actually anything to do with Halloween,” Norfolk artist Kate Elgood said. “The beauty of the look is that it can be as simple or ornate as you wish.” The intricate skull design has its origin in the Mexican festival that remembers those who have died. During Halloween last year people in the UK spent an estimated £52m…

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Hamleys sees ‘imperfectionism’ trend in toys this Christmas

LONDON (Reuters) – A robot bumping into things and a quirky creature with pointy ears are expected to be among the top children’s gifts this Christmas, according to the world’s oldest toy store, Hamleys, which expects an “imperfectionism” trend to drive sales. Aston Robertson-Jeyes, aged 3 and her brother Tristan, aged 7, play with some of Hamleys top toys for Christmas at a launch at their store in London, Britain, September 26, 2018. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls The London toy shop, which was founded in 1760, unveiled its “12 toys of Christmas”…

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‘Play anywhere’ trend in vogue as Germany’s Gamescom fair opens

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) – Playing video games anywhere is the new trend being promoted by the online entertainment industry as the annual Gamescom trade fair opens its doors in the German city of Cologne. People play Nintendo Switch at the computer games fair Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay More people play video games on their smart phones now than on computers, said Felix Falk, head of German industry federation Game, adding that subscription games and cloud gaming are also hot topics this year. The fair, which…

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Rose gold: The fashion trend that just won’t go away

Image copyright Stella Lunardy Couture Image caption Why are shoppers so obsessed with rose gold? Walk along a fashionable street, from London to Jakarta, and you’re likely to see passers-by wearing at least one item of rose gold clothing, or carrying a rose gold bag or accessory. The colour, an unusual shade of pink, seems to be everywhere these days, but it’s gone far beyond fashion and jewellery. At Milan Furniture Fair in April – the largest annual interior furnishings fair in the world – rose gold kitchens were all…

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