Woof woof... Meet the Scruffts prized pooches!

Bourbon the dog tries out the doggy dream home

Everyone loves an underdog, which is why the Scruffts dog awards are so popular. They started 15 years ago to honour the pooches that didn't meet the pedigree standard - so we sent correspondent Nick Dixon down there to take a look at the prize pooches.

Later today six crossbreed dogs will be competing for The Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year competition, and just for you we've a gallery of the greatest lookers we could find!

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Bourbon the dog

11-year-old-boy dresses up as Christian Grey

The cable ties he had were tiny little Christmas ties I use for Christmas decorations.

– Mum Nicola Scholes on her son's fancy dress costume

Fifty Shades of Grey has been a huge hit in the box office and the main character, Christian Grey, has an army of fans. But would you dress your child up as him and send him to school?

That's what one Manchester mum did yesterday, she helped her 11 year -old son dress up as the character with a dark side for World Book Day. Talking to Good Morning Britain mum Nicola Scholes said it was Liam's idea and that she'd rather buy him a new suit than a cartoon character's costume - so was thinking long term.

Liam said "with the character being so big and popular over the last few years", he continued, "he's everywhere and it's all the girls talk about."

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Harrison Ford recovering after plane crash

Hollywood actor Harrison Ford is said to be recovering in Hospital after a plane crash in Los Angeles. A World War Two plane he was piloting crashed during an emergency landing on a California golf course.

His son, who visited him at the hospital, tweeted to say his father was "battered, but OK" following the incident.

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Newlyweds surprise guests with their weight loss

Newlyweds Laura and Chris Wheal lost so much weight for their big day that some of their guests thought they were at the wrong wedding - the husband and wife lost 12 stone between them!

When Chris proposed to Laura, the couple weighed a combined 37st and Chris had a 40 inch waist. They both started dieting after Chris proposed, and lost a combined 12 stone in the 18 months leading up to the wedding. Whilst they didn't purposely keep guests in the dark, they hadn't seen many of them in a while and so they were shocked to see the transformed couple of their big day.

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Laura and Chris before and after their amazing weight loss

How addicted to your smartphone are you?

Are we addicted to our smartphones? New research from the University of Derby says that the more narcissistic a person is, the more likely they are to be addicted to their smartphone. The studies also found we spend an average of 3.6 hours per day on the gadgets.

The research advises that prospective buyers of smartphones should be pre-warned of the potential addictive properties of new technology.

So how addicted do you think you are? Take our fun quiz to find out!

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Apprentices earn more than graduates

Apprentices earn almost £4,000 more than graduates per year in their first job. New research has uncovered the average starting salary for those entering their first job after completing university and after completing an apprenticeship. Those who undertake an apprenticeship are likely to earn, on average, £3,729 more per year than those who have attended university; in terms of their first job.

While 9 per cent of parents believe apprenticeships to be a good thing, two thirds still prefer their own child to go to university.

We look at the case of Naz Hoque, who couldn't afford uni so took an apprenticeship at a law firm. He now has a full time job with Dentons, the largest law firm in the world.

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Do you worry about the best before dates?

Supermarkets are being overly cautious in setting best before dates and could help families to avoid wasting food by adding an extra day or two to the recommended life of some products, a report has found. It revealed shoppers could save £600 million a year.

Katy Rickitt investigates, finding out what we can eat after the best before date - and also meets Sam Joseph, who lives off food from a skip and runs a cafe that sells food that is past its best before date.