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Flushable wet wipes ‘causing sewer blockages’

All wet wipes sold as “flushable” in the UK have so far failed the water industry’s disintegration tests, the BBC has found. Water companies say wet wipes don’t break down and are causing blockages which cost millions to put right. Manufacturers insist their test is adequate and say sewer blockages are caused by people putting non-flushable wipes down the toilet. Wet wipes are sold for everything from make-up removal to surface cleaning. Most importantly when it comes to flush-ability, they’re available as moist toilet tissue. The government has said it…

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Wet your whistle: a Croatian wine worth diving for

DRACE, Croatia (Reuters) – An experiment by two Croatian bar owners who decided to store their wine beneath the waves of the Adriatic Sea is set to go interactive as they invite guests to dive for their drink. Ivo Segovic inspects wine in amphora at the bottom of the sea near Zuljana, Croatia, September 25, 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic Ivo Segovic, a wine producer on the Peljesac peninsula in southern Croatia, and his partner Edi Bajurin placed their first bottles of red wine 20 meters below the sea surface in 2009…

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Italian Grand Prix: Sergio Perez fastest in wet first practice

The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon started on the second row at Sunday’s Belgian GP Force India’s Sergio Perez set the pace in an inconclusive wet first practice at the Italian Grand Prix. The Mexican set the fastest time by 0.550 seconds from Kimi Raikkonen with the last flying lap of the session. Force India’s Esteban Ocon was third from Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo. McLaren reserve driver Lando Norris, a contender for a race seat in 2019, was slowest but ran only…

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Bank holiday weekend washout: Wet and windy weather across UK

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption There were smiles amidst the rain at Notting Hill Carnival It has been a bank holiday washout for many across the UK, with heavy rain and windy conditions. Determined sports fans and festival-goers across the country have been braving the elements however, with events including Notting Hill Carnival taking place on Sunday. Dancers popped ponchos over their outfits, determined not to let the weather stop their fun. But riders and fans at the MotoGP British Grand Prix at Silverstone were left disappointed when the…

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Hamilton beats the elements to seize pole in wet Hungary

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Formula One world championship leader Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes on pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday after a qualifying session with thunder, lightning and plumes of spray. Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 28, 2018 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (R) celebrates after qualifying in pole position with second placed Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas (L) REUTERS/Lisi Niesner The Briton’s Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas will line up alongside on the front row of the starting grid for Sunday’s race, when…

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Hungarian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes superb pole in wet conditions

Lewis Hamilton took pole position in an enthralling wet qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix. The rain gave Mercedes the chance to upend the form book after Ferrari appeared set for pole in the dry. Hamilton headed team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 0.260 seconds, while title rival Sebastian Vettel could manage only fourth, behind Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen. Hamilton leads Vettel by 17 points in the championship heading into the race. Ferrari dominated the earlier practice sessions, as the Mercedes drivers struggled with a lack of rear grip in hot,…

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Golf: Zach attack flourishes at cold and wet Carnoustie

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (Reuters) – Former winner Zach Johnson continued his love affair with the British Open when he charged to the top of the leaderboard on six-under-par early in the second round on Friday. Golf – The 147th Open Championship – Carnoustie, Britain – July 20, 2018 Zach Johnson of the U.S. reacts after making birdie on the 18th during the second round REUTERS/Andrew Yates While the 42-year-old American was plotting his way to a four-under 67 in cold, wet conditions at Carnoustie, Tommy Fleetwood (65) and Rory McIlroy (69)…

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Golf: Spieth drags game out of ‘wet concrete’ for Open defense

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth hopes the imagination required to play bone-dry Carnoustie will bring out his best as he defends his title at the British Open this week. Golf – The 147th Open Championship – Carnoustie, Britain – July 16, 2018 Jordan Spieth of the U.S. during a press conference REUTERS/Paul Childs After returning on Monday a replica of the Old Claret Jug — which champions are allowed to keep for 51 weeks — Spieth spoke about how his game had become bogged down by technical thoughts during…

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Wet nurse: The mum who breastfeeds other women’s babies

Image copyright Samantha Gadsden Image caption Samantha Gadsden’s own children breastfed until they were four or five years old Any woman who has ever felt judged over her decision not to breastfeed her baby will have welcomed a statement issued by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) this week. On Tuesday, the organisation said if a woman decides to formula-feed her baby it is her choice and must be respected. But before the introduction of the feeding bottle in the 19th Century, women who were unable or unwilling to breastfeed…

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