Get Amazon Music Unlimited for free when you buy the latest Echo Dot

SAVE 49%: Get six months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free when you purchase the Echo Dot (4th Gen) for £49.99 on Amazon. 


Amazon has started strongly this Black Friday, and it has already launched plenty of impressive deals on pretty much everything, including its own devices. 

You can now get six months of Amazon Music Unlimited for free when you purchase the Echo Dot (4th Gen) for £49.99 on Amazon. This deal saves you 49% on list price, which works out at a discount of almost £50. 

This pre-Black Friday deal is only valid for new Amazon Music Unlimited customers who are Prime members. After the six-month subscription comes to an end, your plan will automatically renew for £7.99 per month, but you can cancel at anytime. There’s no pressure to continue with the service or pay anything extra.

The all-new Echo Dot offer a sleek and compact design that delivers crisp vocals and balanced bass for full sound. You can voice control your entertainment and stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, and more. It can also tell a joke, answer questions, play the news, check the weather, set alarms, and much more.

Bag the latest Echo Dot with Amazon Music Unlimited this Black Friday.

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Find all the best Black Friday deals in the Amazon Gaming Store

TL;DR: Discover products, events, deals, and more in the Amazon Store dedicated to gamers.


There are absolutely loads of deals that drop around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and it can be difficult to keep up. We can help you to find some of the best deals, but we can’t always be there to back you up. We’re sorry, but you need to learn to fly solo.

Fortunately, there are plenty of online retailers that are making your life a little easier during this hectic shopping season. Amazon is the latest to streamline things, with a dedicated store for all things gaming.

The Amazon Gaming Store is a hub of products, events, deals, and more, featuring products from all the biggest gaming brands. You can find laptops, desktops, consoles, games, TVs, monitors, keyboards, mice, and more from big names like Nintendo and PlayStation.

With Black Friday fast approaching, this gaming store can help you find the products you want at the lowest price. There is no guarantee that the best Black Friday deals will be featured on Amazon, but this store lets you cut to the chase, saving time and hassle.

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Cat Mascot At Northeast’s Highest Peak Dies After 12 Years On Duty

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. (AP) — A cat who patrolled the highest peak in the northeast U.S. for a dozen years as its weather observatory’s mascot has died.

Marty, a black Maine coon cat, succumbed to “an unforeseen illness,” Mount Washington Summit Operations Manager Rebecca Scholand said in a news release Monday.

Marty the cat, who has patrolled the Mount Washington Observatory in North Conway, N.H., for 12 years has died.



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Marty the cat, who has patrolled the Mount Washington Observatory in North Conway, N.H., for 12 years has died.

“As a past observer who lived on the summit for four years, I can tell you Marty was a special companion, entertainer and so incredibly loved by observers and state park staff and will be sadly missed,” she wrote.

The Mount Washington Observatory staff have had a cat at the 6,288-foot (1,915-meter) summit, called the “home of the world’s worst weather,” since 1932. The observatory had recently shared the news that Marty would retire from the mountain early in 2021.

“The summit feline tradition will continue,” the news release said.

Marty, a shelter cat, won 53% of the Mount Washington Mascot Primary in January 2008, the same time that Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican John McCain won their respective races in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Meryl Streep is a master of procrastination in HBO Max trailer for ‘Let Them All Talk’

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Our first look at Steven Soderbergh’s Let Them All Talk is here, and if nothing else it will make you feel better about occasionally getting writer’s block.

Meryl Streep, who stars in the HBO Max original film, plays an author who’s struggling to write another manuscript. She embarks on a cruise with two old friends (Candice Bergen and Dianne Wiest) her nephew (Lucas Hedges) and her literary agent (Gemma Chan) in hopes that inspiration will strike.

Reconnecting with her old pals doesn’t go as well as she’d hoped, however, and relationships become visibly rocky out on the seas.

The film will also mark the reunion of Streep with Soderbergh. As fans may recall, Streep played Ellen Martin in the director’s 2019 film, The Laundromat.

Let Them All Talk premieres Dec. 10 on HBO Max.

The real story behind the Queen’s intruder on Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

"The Crown"Season 4  tells the story of Michael Fagan's 1982 Buckingham Palace break-in....or at least it tells one of the stories.
“The Crown”Season 4  tells the story of Michael Fagan’s 1982 Buckingham Palace break-in….or at least it tells one of the stories.

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Season 4 of The Crown takes place over most of the 1980s, one of the royal’s family’s more eventful decades. Marriages, assassinations, wars, and the Thatcher years are crammed into just ten episodes, but the midpoint of the season takes a moment to reflect on one of the stranger incidents of the era — Michael Fagan’s 1982 break-in to the Queen’s bedroom. 

The Crown uses Michael Fagan as a symbol of a British everyman’s frustration with the government under Margaret Thatcher and further weaves the story of his break-in into the season’s larger themes of Queen Elizabeth II’s enforced distance from her family and subjects. It presents Fagan as a bizarre antihero whose actions remind the Queen of how little she has in common with “ordinary” people and encourages her to temporarily reassess her role as a figurehead. 

The real story behind Michael Fagan is difficult to pin down, as only the coldest facts about Fagan’s actions remain in the public record — when and how he broke into the palace, how long he was there, and what happened to him afterward. As is common with history, however, the spaces between those facts are the most interesting and least knowable parts. 

It is fact that Michael Fagan, then 31 years old, broke into Buckingham Palace on July 9th, 1982 and was discovered in the Queen’s bedroom. The Crown shows that the July incursion was Fagan’s second visit, but the only source for that first break-in (the one where he wanders the halls of the palace, sits on the Queen’s throne, and drinks a bottle of wine) is Fagan himself, who revealed his previous crime in a bizarre interview with The Independent in 2012. The initial police report from Scotland Yard detailing the incident mentions previous suspected break-ins at the palace but does not connect Fagan to any of those incursions. 

That police report also includes a disturbing detail that did not make it into The Crown: after his capture, Fagan told authorities that seeing the broken glass ashtray gave him the idea to cut his wrists in front of the queen, though “he had not entered the palace with this intention.” Fagan did not accomplish or even attempt this, but he did leave a bloodstain on the queen’s sheets from a cut on his thumb. Most of the report from that night goes on to describe the palace’s faulty security systems and says little else about Fagan’s motivations. 

The Queen has never said exactly what conspired between Fagan and herself for the ten minutes it took for her maid to arrive and alert authorities. The Crown goes with the common assumption that the Queen distracted Fagan with conversation, but Fagan later said in the aforementioned Independent interview that such a conversion never happened. In that version of his story, which has changed over the years and should be taken with a heap of salt, the Queen ran off in her bare feet and Liberty nightgown when she saw him in her room, after which a footman found him, said “fucking hell mate, you look like you need a drink,” and served him a glass of whiskey. 

It is safe to assume some, if not all of that story is not true, as may be Fagan’s first break-in. 

As for Fagan’s motivations, it’s possible they were less political than The Crown portrays. In the show, he seeks the Queen as a last-ditch after his MP jokingly tells him she’s the only one who can help ordinary people. In reality, both Fagan’s mother and sister stated at the time that Fagan had told them a woman named “Elizabeth Regina” was his girlfriend. His father also described him as a “royal fanatic.” Fagan’s own story of why he did it has changed over the years. He has alluded to The Crown’s interpretation regarding wanting to talk to the Queen on behalf of the British people, but he has also said that he did it to feel “naughty” and/or was under the influence of a catastrophic amount of shrooms.

Fagan was sentenced to six months in a psychiatric hospital after he was caught. In the years after his release he has continued to be a real character, garnering arrests for indecent exposure, fighting cops, and dealing heroin. He is now 72 years old and still unlikely to give anyone a straight answer about what transpired in the Queen’s bedroom, but that’s what shows like The Crown are for – filling in the moments when reality might be stranger than fiction. 

The Crown Season 4 is now streaming on Netflix

Get an extra 3 months for free with NordVPN’s Black Friday deal

SAVE 68%: A two-year subscription to NordVPN is on sale for £2.86 per month as of Nov. 16, saving you 68% on list price.


This is the best time of the year to save on cybersecurity, as all the leading VPN providers compete to offer the best rates. We haven’t seen too much activity from the major players just yet, but NordVPN has dropped its Black Friday deal.

A two-year subscription to NordVPN is on sale for £2.86 per month as of Nov. 16, saving you 68% on list price. This plan comes with an extra three months of coverage for free, which will be automatically added to your subscription. This deal runs until Nov. 29, so we don’t expect to see anything better from NordVPN this Black Friday.

NordVPN is one of the most popular VPN services on offer, with a wide range of advanced security features including next-generation encryption, P2P support, malware protection, and much more. It’s also one of the best options for unlocking streaming sites, with thousands of high-speed servers located all around the world.

All NordVPN plans come with a generous 30-day money-back guarantee. We hope you don’t need to use this, but it’s a handy thing to have on your side. You can test NordVPN without the fear of being tied down to something you don’t like.

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Life after death: Woman believes she met God and Jesus in afterlife ‘They spoke to me’

A person by the name of Erica temporarily died following an accidental overdose of medication. Erica was only clinically dead – which is the cessation of breathing or the beat of the heart – for a brief moment, but she claims she saw what awaits us when we die.

Erica said that God and Jesus Christ were sat on thrones in a “pure white” room who judged whether or not it was her time.

While Erica claims she was sent back to Earth, she is now convinced that the afterlife and God and Jesus are real.

She wrote on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation: “I left the room and was travelling down a tunnel with a bright light.

“As I went further up the tunnel, the light got bigger and brighter. Then I was in the throne room of God. Jesus Christ was seated next to God.

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Life after death: Woman believes she met God and Jesus in afterlife ‘They spoke to me’ (Image: GETTY)

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Erica said that God and Jesus Christ were sat on thrones in a “pure white” room (Image: GETTY)

“The throne room was pure white. Then I stood there in absolute awe at the beauty of Jesus.

“Jesus was wearing a white robe with a purple sash and had flames in his eyes.

“His golden crown had many bright jewels in it. The jewels were purple, green, and red.

“I looked back at Jesus and his sash. Then the sash turned red. I was looking into His eyes. I saw forever in them: He was so beautiful.

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“As I went further up the tunnel, the light got bigger and brighter.” (Image: GETTY)

“Then I remember bowing before Jesus and God. They both spoke to me, but I do not remember what was said by them.”

Erica suddenly woke up and was attached to a breathing machine, but the experience will stay with her forever, she said.

Researchers, however, are not so convinced, and state visions such as Erica’s are more to do with a surge in brain activity.

Neuroscientist Christof Koch, president and chief scientist of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, wrote in an article for Scientific American: “I accept the reality of these intensely felt experiences. They are as authentic as any other subjective feeling or perception.

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“I accept the reality of these intensely felt experiences. They are as authentic as any other subjective feeling or perception.” (Image: GETTY)

“As a scientist, however, I operate under the hypothesis that all our thoughts, memories, precepts and experiences are an ineluctable consequence of the natural causal powers of our brain rather than of any supernatural ones.

“That premise has served science and its handmaiden, technology, extremely well over the past few centuries.

“Unless there is extraordinary, compelling, objective evidence to the contrary, I see no reason to abandon this assumption.

“Modern death requires irreversible loss of brain function. When the brain is starved of blood flow (ischemia) and oxygen (anoxia), the patient faints in a fraction of a minute and his or her electroencephalogram, or EEG, becomes isoelectric—in other words, flat.

“This implies that large-scale, spatially distributed electrical activity within the cortex, the outermost layer of the brain, has broken down.”

Volcano news: Footage shows SCORCHING lake that could swallow ‘ten-story building’ deepen

A time-lapse video spanning from November 19 last year through last October 30 shows the lake’s evolution. The edited footage is composed of one webcam image per week.

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The USGS shared the video on its Facebook account on November 4 to mark Native Heritage Month.

The post also contained a mythological story relating to the volcano and the origin of the lake.

A statement accompanying the video read: “This animated image file includes a series of webcam images in a continuous loop showing the changes in the summit water lake between November 1, 2019 and October 30, 2020, using approximately one image per week.

“In the first image in this GIF the lake is at a depth of approximately 46 ft, compared to the last image where the lake is approximately 154 ft deep.

Footage shows scorching lake that could swallow ‘ten-story building’ deepen

Footage shows scorching lake that could swallow ‘ten-story building’ deepen (Image: Getty)

“The water table in this area is estimated to be ~230 ft above the crater floor, so the lake level will slowly continue to rise until it equilibrates with the local water table.”

Located atop one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the hot water lake is currently deeper than a ten story building.

A post shared by Hawaii Volcanoes National Park across its social media platforms, claimed that “a ten-story building could disappear into its depths”.

It added: “Within the massive crater it may look small, but perspective is everything.

“The lake is roughly 150 feet (46 m) deep and 885 feet (270 m) long.”In 2018, the Halemaʻumaʻu crater sank by almost 1,600 feet during an eruption.

According to Nasa Earth Observatory, “in May 2018, as part of a broader eruption that poured lava from fissures to the east, the lake swiftly drained and part of the caldera floor collapsed.

A year later, in July 2019, the lake appeared in the lowest part of the crater.

Nasa Earth Observatory added: “Water levels have risen steadily ever since.

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The most dangerous and active volcanoes in the world (Image: Express)

“Today, the lake—now with a rusty brown sheen on its surface due to chemical reactions taking place in the water—has an area larger than five football fields combined and a maximum depth of roughly 30 meters (100 feet).”

Don Swanson, a volcanologist at the US Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory explained how the water accumulated in the crater.

He said: “We have a drill hole a little more than one kilometre south of the crater where we measure the level of the water table.

“We know that the crater floor dropped a little more than 70 meters below the water table in 2018.

A time-lapse video spanning from November 19 last year through last October 30 shows the lake’s evolution

A time-lapse video spanning from November 19 last year through last October 30 shows the lake’s evolution (Image: Getty)

“Any time that you punch a hole below the level of the water table, water is eventually going to come in and fill that hole.”

Kilauea has been found to have erupted explosively 60 percent of the time for the past 2,500 years.

However, Mr Swanson asserted “we have been misled by how calm it has been”.

He added: “If this was 1720 rather than 2020, then we would we would not have seen a lava flow for more than 200 years, and we may have thought Kilauea was always an explosive volcano.”

Twitter pranksters flood pro-Trump march hashtag with pancake pics

Nothing hits back at a bad-faith effort to overturn the result of the U.S. presidential election like pancakes.

Scores of willfully misinformed Donald Trump supporters across the country gathered Saturday to spout conspiracy theories about nonexistent widespread voter fraud. And, unlike other gatherings of Trump supporters doing this exact same thing, this one got a special hashtag — a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by thousands of people now flooding #MillionMAGAMarch with pictures of delicious breakfast treats. 

The effort appears to have been kicked off by Shea Depmore, who on Nov. 11 launched a campaign of digital mischief aimed at the pro-Trump event. In a tweet of her TikTok (sigh), and accompanying website, she explained the idea.  

“Make yourself some pancakes, find a good stock-photo, or a Kpop star eating pancakes, and flood the hashtag #MillionMAGAMarch with syrupy goodness on Saturday,” she wrote.  

It appears that the internet listened. 

A tour of #MillionMAGAMarch on Twitter shows people advocating for the rejection of democracy, yes, but also syrup and pancakes.

It’s not quite turning lemons into lemonade, but flipping an attempted coup into breakfast inspiration isn’t too bad. 

Either way, president-elect Joe Biden will sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2020. Until then, enjoy the brunch and keep fighting for democracy. 

Watch the Premier League for free with Amazon Prime

TL;DR: Subscribe to Amazon Prime to watch the Premier League in December. 


We’ve got some good news for football fans around the world: Amazon has bagged the rights to a number of Premier League games in December, meaning you can watch every fixture for free with Prime Video.

Amazon is showing 20 Premier League fixtures in December, with two more still to be announced. You will need an Amazon Prime account if you want to watch any of these games, which will grant you access to Prime Video.   

You could sign up to Amazon Prime for £7.99 per month, or you could watch everything for free with a 30-day trial. Your subscription will automatically renew for the full price at the end of the 30-day trial period, but you can cancel at any time so there is no pressure to continue.

The first games on Prime Video take place on Dec. 15, so you could catch some of the action if you start your trial right away. We recommend holding off until the start of December though, so you can watch every game for free.

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