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Lem­sip, af­ter new NHS guid­ance sug­gested that it and other “oral de­con­ges­tants” don’t do any­thing to re­lieve the symp­toms of head colds. Ac­cord­ing to the watch­dog Nice, there is lit­tle or no ev­i­dence that the de­con­ges­tants ac­tu­ally help with si­nus in­fec­tions, and suf­fer­ers would do bet­ter stick­ing to parac­eta­mol.

Michael Gove, who caused out­rage by jok­ing that be­ing in­ter­viewed by Ra­dio 4’s John Humphrys was like “go­ing into Har­vey We­in­stein’s bed­room... You just pray that you emerge with your dig­nity in­tact.” In re­sponse to a storm of crit­i­cism on so­cial me­dia, the En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary tweeted an apol­ogy for what he de­scribed as a “clumsy at­tempt at hu­mour”.

Lil­lith, the es­caped lynx, af­ter zookeep­ers, who have been scour­ing the Welsh coun­try­side in a po­lice he­li­copter, claimed to be clos­ing in on her. Lil­lith broke out of her cage at a wildlife park near Borth last week. Ex­perts said she was un­likely to ap­proach hu­mans, but might take pets or live­stock for food. Travel web­sites, which are fac­ing an of­fi­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims that they are “pres­sure sell­ing”. Ho­tel book­ing sites stand ac­cused of flash­ing phoney warn­ings such as “only three rooms left”, or “17 other peo­ple are look­ing at this ho­tel”, in an at­tempt to rush cus­tomers into mak­ing a de­ci­sion.

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