Cen­trica warns of ris­ing en­ergy costs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

HOUSE­HOLDS were fac­ing the prospect of more price hikes af­ter Bri­tish Gas owner Cen­trica warned its costs con­tin­ued to mount. The UK’S big­gest en­ergy sup­plier dropped its stan­dard electricity tar­iff by 5 per cent in Jan­uary af­ter big rises in both gas and electricity bills over the sum­mer. But it warned that the trend for re­tail en­ergy costs “re­mains up­wards”, with whole­sale gas prices 15 per cent higher for next win­ter and other costs set to add £50 to the cost of sup­ply­ing the av­er­age house­hold this year. A round of price re­duc­tions by the UK’S ma­jor sup­pli­ers ear­lier this year were not enough to off­set price hikes over pre­vi­ous months, and util­ity bills have been a driver of the ris­ing cost of liv­ing that has squeezed house­holds. * SIR TOM JONES has said he’d rather die on stage than re­tire. The Voice judge, 71 - who has been singing for more than half a cen­tury - told The Star he has no plans to hang up his mi­cro­phone. “I hope my life comes to a nat­u­ral full-stop so maybe it’d be eas­i­est if I fell down dead on stage,” he con­fessed. “I hate the thought of not be­ing able to sing. I’ve no idea “Who the hell wrote this script?” - The Prince of Wales, com­ing across a ref­er­ence to “a few flur­ries over Bal­moral” while read­ing the weather fore­cast for Scot­land on TV. “If I go back to mu­sic in any arena, I will have to be care­ful how things are set by those around me and care­ful that I am re­ally be­ing loved and re­spected and taken care of and that I’m not just there to pay any­one’s mort­gage at any cost. I am not pre­pared to be pros­ti­tuted be­cause I have a gift” - Singer Sinead O’con­nor, who “suf­fered a melt­down” dur­ing a tour. “She is only 30. She doesn’t have to dress like the Queen yet” - Nancy Dell’olio crit­i­cises the Duchess of Cam­bridge’s dress sense. “I re­ally don’t have that big drive to ex­plore the lim­its of my craft. It’s just a job to me. My favourite thing to do is to not work” - Ac­tor Matt Leblanc. “I am not here to be beau­ti­ful. I am not here to be sexy. That’s for an­other movie. But for this movie it was sweat. More sweat, then more dirt. More blood” - Ac­tress Noomi Ra­pace on her role in a gritty new film. “Teeth are all right, thanks. I didn’t want to get the porce­lain ve­neer” - Ac­tor Rafe Spall’s re­sponse when asked if he had un­der­gone “Hol­ly­wood shine work” on his teeth.

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