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Prizes to win, Sat 19th May? Baftas, Eurovision, Post Codes, Telephone Codes, Tesco, Contact us.

look inside! . . . .This week's prizes to be won!

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Look for the Rain or Shine competitions in various sections and have a go!

Amazon Fire Tablet

Brilliant 7" tablet computer with 'Alexa' voice control - will become invaluble at home for so many jobs and fun. In red, blue, or black!

Any game for your console or PC

Win a game of your choice for your XBox One, PS4, Nintendo, PC or any other platform. You choose, we'll deliver!

Dinner for Two

You choose where and we'll pay £50! Yummy fun!

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Email us with an idea, a good laugh, something we all should know, a moan, or anything really interesting. The best five will each win £20.

. . . . and a Prize for the children

See the children's section and help your little ones win a lovely money box prize in their initial and with 20 £1 coins inside it - fab!

So what's your prefernce for Saturday 19th may?

The Royal Wedding

On BBC and ITV much of the day, with highlights in the evening.

Blackpool Tower Circus

Shows at 1pm and 4pm with 'Mooky the clown' and friends

The FA Cup Final

On BBC afternoon and evening. with highlights later on.

Extract from BBC report on uk eurovision performance.

We are amazed that this could this happen given the times we live in? SuRie must have been scared.

In the end we finished near the  bottom - but it was a good song and a SuRie gave a really good performance under difficult circumstances, but with Brexit and the degree of politics in this always strange event, it's no surprise. Anyway, she was a winner with us!

Casualty for bafta

Casualty beats Corrie to land Best Soap BAFTA.

Fans of all the soaps surprised at the result as Casualty steels the glory for only the second time ever! Some beaming faces from the cast and crew showed their delight. (Pic courtesy of 'The Sun')

bafta winners as reported by eonline

Peaky Blinders took the main drama prize, while the Handmaid’s Tale won the international category.

DRAMA SERIES

Line of Duty

Peaky Blinders — WINNER

The Crown

The End of the ******* World

LEADING ACTOR

Jack Rowan, Born to Kill

Joe Cole, "Hang the DJ" (Black Mirror)

Sean Bean, Broken — WINNER

Timothy Pigott-Smith, King Charles III

LEADING ACTRESS

Claire Foy, The Crown

Molly Windsor, Three Girls — WINNER

Sinead Keenan, Little Boy Blue

Thandie Newton, Line of Duty

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Adrian Dunbar, Line of Duty

Anupam Kher, The Boy With the Topknot

Brían F. O'Byrne, Little Boy Blue — WINNER

Jimmi Simpson, "USS Callister" (Black Mirror)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Anna Friel, Broken

Julie Hesmondhalgh, Broadchurch

Liv Hill, Three Girls

Vanessa Kirby, The Crown — WINNER

MINI-SERIES

Howards End

The Moorside

The State

Three Girls — WINNER

SOAP AND CONTINUING DRAMA

Casualty — WINNER

Coronation Street

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

CURRENT AFFAIRS

Raped: My Story

"Syria's Disappeared: The Case Against Assad" (Dispatches)

"Undercover: Britain's Immigration Secrets" (Panorama) — WINNER

"White Right: Meeting The Enemy (Exposure)

FACTUAL SERIES

Ambulance — WINNER

Catching a Killer

Drugsland

Hospital

REALITY AND CONSTRUCTED DRAMA

Celebrity Hunted

Love Island — WINNER

Old People's Home for Four-Year-Olds

The Real Full Monty

ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

Britain's Got Talent — WINNER

Michael McIntyre's Big Show

The Voice U.K.

COMEDY ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAM

Murder in Successville — WINNER

Taskmaster

The Last Leg

Would I Lie to You?

ENTERTAINMENT PERFORMANCE

Adam Hills, The Last Leg

Graham Norton, The Graham Norton Show — WINNER

Michael McIntyre, Michael Mcintyre's Big ShowRAM

Sandi Toksvig, QI

MALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM

Asim Chaudhry, People Just Do Nothing

Rob Brydon, The Trip to Spain

Samson Kayo, Famalam

Toby Jones, The Detectorists — WINNER

FEMALE PERFORMANCE IN A COMEDY PROGRAM

Anna Maxwell Martin, Motherland

Daisy May Cooper, This Country — WINNER

Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe

Sian Gibson, Peter Kay's Car Share

SCRIPTED COMEDY

Catastrophe

Chewing gum

This Country — WINNER

Time Wasters

INTERNATIONAL

Big Little Lies

Feud: Bette and Joan

The Handmaid's Tale — WINNER

The Vietnam War

FEATURES

Antiques Roadshow

Cruising With Jane McDonald — WINNER

No More Boys and Girls: Can Our Kids Go Gender Free?

The Secret Life of the Zoo

VIRGIN TV's MUST SEE MOMENT

Blue Planet II — WINNER

Doctor Who

Game of Thrones

Line of Duty

Love Island

One Love Manchester

LIVE EVENT

ITV News Election 2017 Live: The Results

One Love Manchester

Wild Alaska Live

World War One Remembered: Passchendaele — WINNER

NEWS COVERAGE

The Battle for Mosul (Sky)

The Grenfell Tower Fire (Channel 4)

The Grenfell Tower Fire (ITV)

The Rohingya Crisis (Sky) — WINNER

SPECIALIST FACTUAL

Basquiat – Rage to Riches — WINNER

Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain

Blue Planet II

Elizabeth I's Secret Agents

SHORT FORM PROGRAM

Britain's Forgotten

Eating with My Ex

Morgana Robinson's Summer — WINNER

Pls Like

SINGLE DOCUMENTARY

Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me

Louis Theroux, Talking to Anorexia

One Deadly Weekend in America

Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad — WINNER

SINGLE DRAMS

Against The Law

Hang The DJ (Black Mirror)

King Charles III

Murdered for Being Different — WINNER

SPORT

Anthony Joshua V. Wladimir Klitschko

Six Nations: Wales V. England

The Grand National — WINNER

UEFA Women's Euro Semi-Final: England V. Netherlands

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Telephone area codes

For a complete list of all UK telephone codes, just email us and we'll send you the list by return.

There are two lists - one alphabetical by 'area / town' name and the other by numerical code. We will of course send you both.

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Did you know ?

A weekly article about something of local interest that affects many of us. This week Tesco . . . .

One stop shop, Londis & premier are controlled by tesco.

No sign of Tesco's name on other local store brands they control: One Stop Shops, Premier & Londis.

Tesco is competing with itself having stores branded Tesco Express and One Stop Shop. The interior style of the two brands is different, but the opportunities for Tesco to offer poorer value in these ‘local’ shops is very apparent. In addition, Tesco now controls Londis and Premier - both of which have shops here in St Annes – read on.


This business frequently seems to be involved in unclear or murky sales and profit strategies: Falsely reported book-keeping and annual results, iffy directors, different prices at the til to those special offer prices shown 'on the shelf', now this? Shouldn't huge corporate companies with this degree of influence over our wallets, travel and shopping habits be forced to be clean, honest and transparent, especially as many customers of these 'local' shops often tend to be on lower incomes - is this not pure profiteering? Does social responsibility (ie fair play and value for money) come anywhere with this outsize greedy company?

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Personally I’ve now had it with Tesco – never particularly good value anyway, I take issue with the Tesco Express locally where they have now stopped selling Whiskas or other tinned cat food in favour of their own brand ‘sachets’ which represent awful value for money compared to tins, but clearly more profit to Tesco. I have also been told today that the shop’s new ‘plan’ now excludes 6 pint milk cartons and that the shop ‘doesn’t need them’. However they have always sold the full range of milk cartons including the 6 pint option. This now means that the largest offering is 4 pints (2.2L) at £1.09 – at least 9p more than Sainsbury’s and a massive 20p more than Aldi, Lidl, or Asda. There is also the inconvenience factor at what they describe as a convenience store. I always buy 6 pints as we drink a lot of semi skimmed milk.


Tesco’s ‘One Stop Shops’ are even worse offering physically smaller cartons at higher prices when comparing the actual milk you receive in the carton they sell.


Milk is an essential and this profiteering by Tesco is typical of their attitude to their customers – to milk them at every opportunity.


Tesco has massive buying power and is more than capable of providing items such as milk and pet food at reasonable and comparable prices in all its outlets.


In an email response to questions asked, Tesco responded: "When it comes to both One Stop and Express stores, we aim to absorb as many additional costs as possible and try very hard to keep pricing differences to an absolute minimum. Our aim is to be competitive and to offer our customers quality products at the best possible prices in comparison to other convenience stores."


- Really? - What other convenience stores? There are no other convenience stores close to any of the Tesco Express stores or the One Stop Shop where the two shops across the road closed down. When you have no competition, you can charge what you like! Seems more like monopoly than competitiveness.


They continued: " In addition to this, the stores are more expensive to run as they tend to be in prime, central locations where leases are more expensive." 


- The Tesco Express in 'The Square' is certainly prime, central and surely more expensive, but not St David's Road, Kilnhouse Lane and St Albans Road. LOL Tesco!


Why are we meant to be pleased when the news announces that our essentials providers, such as supermarkets, gas, electricity and water companies are making billions of pounds of profits from our wallets – because they’re British companies? -Ed

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More recently it was reported that Tesco has acquired 'The Booker group'. In a piece from The Guardian, “Tesco’s £4bn takeover of Booker has created a new powerhouse in Britain’s £200bn-a-year food market.


Booker is a grocery wholesaler supplying 125,000 independent convenience stores as well as 468,000 restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities such as cinemas. It employs 13,000 people and has sales of £5bn.


It is the UK’s largest cash-and-carry operator via its 172-store Booker chain and Makro, which has 30 outlets. Booker also controls the 'Premier', 'Londis', 'Family Shopper' and 'Budgens' symbol groups which make up about half of the retail clients it supplies.


Premier is the largest branded group with 3,358 outlets, while Londis has 1,903, Budgens has 150 and Family Shopper 52.”


That means that locally, another two convenience stores (Premier & Londis) now come under Tesco. There will soon be no convenience stores left that are non-Tesco. Is this healthy competition for us - the shoppers? Why did our government competition watchdog (haha) allow this? - What do you think?


CHALLENGE: Walk into any Tesco store and find a smiling and outgoing member of staff!


"Every little helps" eh Tesco?!

. . . . and St Annes is only a small seaside town. Try multiplying these numbers across the country. Will this monopoly result in reduced options for choice and will producers and farmers be squeezed even further to the point where we will have to pay subsidies to keep them going? According to The Guardian report and Wikipedia, Tesco controls 8,150 stores in the UK. This is not a 'Get at Tesco' campaign, but it is important to us all that we know who and what we are dealing with. Click on 'FIND OUT MORE' and check out:

 Tesco Express (pricing)

 One Stop (pricing)

 Corporate Social Responsibility

 Advertising: Face Scanning to target ads to individual shoppers (scary)

 Criticism (over recent years)



 – Little Johnny, why is your little sister crying?

– Because I helped her.

– But that's a good thing! What did you help her with?

– I helped her eat her jelly beans.