Has Britain become a rude nation?

Julia Hartley-Brewer, who's no stranger to controversy, has found herself in hot water again after tweeting this conversation she had with a cab driver: "My Uber driver just proudly told me that his car has "zero emissions". I replied "I couldn't care less." Now he's looking sad".

Many on the social media site were quick to criticise both her apparent rudeness and the way she tweeted about the incident but she claims she shouldn't have had to listen to the driver's "eco politics".

A predictable Twitterstorm followed including this from Jack Monroe:"The Waiter Rule: If you want to know someone's true character, look carefully at how they treat service staff."

They both joined us this morning to debate the issue.

Is it inappropriate to use emojis in work emails? 🤔

New research claims using emojis in work emails makes you look incompetent, with researchers warning it could harm your job prospects after the results of their study showed it didn't help people come across as more friendly or warm but did make them seem more incompetent.

This morning we were joined by etiquette expert, Grant Harrold, who agrees there's no use for them in a working environment and social media trainer, David Glenwright, who doesn't see the harm in them. Who do you agree with?

Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. Donald Trump has caused more widespread anger after maintaining the violence that occurred in Charlottesville, resulting in the death of a protestor, was due to "blame on both sides". The President was criticised for his initial response to the clash between white supremacists and anti far right protestors for failing to single out the far right. Following a press conference yesterday in which he reiterated both sides are to blame, the former head of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke thanked him for his "honesty" and "courage" on Twitter.

  2. Principles for maintaining a seamless and frictionless border between Northern Ireland and Ireland will be laid out in a new UK position paper today - making clear there will be no return to the hard borders of the past. Peace in Northern Ireland cannot be a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations, the Irish Government has warned.

  3. HMS Queen Elizabeth, the most advanced and largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy, sails into her new home in Portsmouth this morning. The new jewel in the crown of the naval fleet cost £3.1bn and weighs 65,000 tonnes - and will be home to 700 crew. But is she fit for 21st century warfare - or is she a very costly white elephant?

  4. A gamekeeper who was crushed by a two-tonne tree was forced to cut himself free using a chainsaw after no one heard his cries for help. Kieron Robbins, 34, was in the middle of woodland in Abberley, Worcestershire when the 90ft-tall ash, which he had been cutting down, fell on his legs.

  5. And finally, while you might think that adding a 'smiley' emoji to a work email helps to convey a friendly tone, a new study suggests that the practice could be more of a hindrance than a help. Scientists indicate that using smiley face emoji in work-related emails can make you seem incompetent - especially if you don't know the recipient.The researchers hope their findings will encourage people to think twice before adding emoji to professional emails. Let us know what you think on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. The parents of Charlie Gard are setting up a foundation in their little boy's name with £1.3 million donated by well-wishers. Chris Gard and Connie Yates announced the Charlie Gard Foundation will use the money to help children with rare diseases. In a statement they said: "We feel that the foundation will be a lovely legacy for Charlie, and we hope that you will all continue to support us in honouring the life of our little warrior as he helps other poorly children and their families."

  2. A potentially deadly and drug-resistant fungus that was first discovered in Japan has been spreading in UK hospitals. Over 200 patients have been affected or found to be carrying Candida auris after it was detected in around 20 separate NHS Trusts and independent hospitals. The yeast, which can live on the skin or inside the body, is a particular danger to those with weak immune systems.

  3. The bereaved families of those who lost their lives in the Manchester bombing earlier this year are eligible to receive a quarter of a million pounds each from money raised by members of the public. The We Love Manchester Emergency fund has now reached £18 million and Councillor Sue Murphy, chair of the trustees of the fund, said: "We have [...] given around a third of the total to the bereaved families and £3.5 million to those who were hospitalised after the attack. In total this means we have allocated over half of the existing money already."

  4. South Africa's first lady has appeared in court today over an assault on a model in a hotel room. Grace Mugabe handed herself into police after allegations she attacked Gabriella Engels after flying into a fit of rage on finding her in a hotel room with her two sons. Ms Engels posted a photo of a deep gash to her forehead which she said was inflicted by Mrs Mugabe as her bodyguards looked on.

  5. The inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will focus on the cause of the fire and the actions of the authorities in the build-up to the blaze, the Government has announced.
    Prime Minister Theresa May said that while wider social concerns will not form part of the inquiry she was "determined" they would not be left "unanswered".

Jeremy Kyle beaten by child geniuses!

I bow down to both of your geniuses, we're terrible

– Jeremy Kyle's spelling can't match up to this 10 year old's!

Fabio and Olivia are two siblings with one amazing thing in common - they're both child geniuses.

The brother and sister, who get extra tutoring from their mum Susan and appear in the latest series of Channel 4's Child Genius, joined us this morning to challenge Jeremy and Kate in a spelling challenge.

So who won, the adults or the child geniuses? No prizes for guessing...

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Mum Susan definitely saw the funny side!

Should you smack children?

It's a topic that provokes the fiercest debates amongst parents - should you or should you not smack your child?

Dr Max Pemberton, a journalist and full time psychiatrist in the NHS, has controversially claimed this week that smacking doesn't cause "deep-seated psychological damage."

A Good Morning Britain poll results saw viewers in favour of smacking children as a form of discipline, with 54 percent supporting the notion and 46 percent disagreeing.

Earlier we were joined by parenting expert Sue Atkins, who is anti smacking and Katie Ivens, who thinks parents need to feel free to smack.

Watch the full discussion above

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Top five headlines you’re waking up to

  1. Today passengers will find out how much more they will have to pay for their train tickets. The prices are predicted to rise to 3.5%, which will be the highest increase in fares since 2012. Rail workers are expected to stage a series of protests across the country.

  2. The government has suggested a temporary customs arrangement to prevent chaos at Britain's borders after Brexit. David Davis said: "The united desire to avoid unnecessary disruption or a disorderly exit for the United Kingdom from the European Union is a strong foundation for the negotiations."

  3. Taylor Swift has won the sexual assault case against a former radio DJ who she said groped her during a backstage meet-and-greet in 2013. After the trial ended, the pop star made a statement: "I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."

  4. The former miner who was stabbed while trying to stop the extremist from murdering MP Jo Cox has died aged 79. Bernard Kenny was seriously injured as he intervened when Thomas Mair attacked Mrs Cox last year. The 'brave and selfless' man was awarded the George Medal for his bravery - the highest possible civilian honour.

  5. Ryan Reynolds has said he is "heartbroken, shocked and devastated" after a female stunt driver died during filming for Deadpool 2. Reynolds, who plays the title character in the film, wrote on Twitter:

Top five headlines you're going home to

  1. Over 300 people have been killed in Sierra Leone after an overnight mudslide brought on by heavy rain swept through the country's capital, Freetown. Officials announced the rising death toll as the military launched a desperate effort to reach people trapped in the flooding.

  2. Big Ben's famous hourly bongs are to be silenced while maintenance work is carried out on the great clock tower over the next four years. From Monday 21 August, the chimes will no longer ring out apart from on special occasions, such as New Year's Eve and Remembrance Sunday. The clock will be dismantled piece by piece and its four dials will be cleaned and repaired.

  3. The British hacker who was hailed a hero after he halted a cyber attack which threatened to cripple the NHS has pleaded not guilty to charges that he created another malware programme to gather bank details. Marcus Hutchins, 23, appeared in court in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, after being charged with writing and selling the code used in the so-called Kronos attack.

  4. President Trump is returning to Washington from a working holiday after being criticised for not appearing to single out white supremacists for condemnation when he responded to the Charlottesville violence. He tweeted: "Heading to Washington this morning. Much work to do. Focus on trade and military. #MAGA"

  5. The modelling agent who represented alleged kidnapped model Chloe Ayling has told Good Morning Britain he's "hacked off" after being dropped by her - but does believe her story is true. Speaking of Chloe’s decision to move to a different modelling agency upon her return Phil Green told us: “I am hacked off. It is disappointing. Chloe has had the most amazing year with the agency."