Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow

Fireworks light the sky around Glasgow to mark the 2014 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

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The Commonwealth Games have kicked off with a spectacular opening ceremony at Glasgow's Celtic Park.

Scottie dogs, kilts and native Glaswegian John Barrowman all took centre stage for the show which officially kicks off the 20th Commonwealth Games.

A gay kiss between openly gay entertainer John Barrowman and a kilted "bride" at a fake Gretna Green was praised extensively on twitter .

Dame Helen Mirren's 12 minute exercise secret

Dame Helen, who turns 69 on Saturday, says she is a 'classic yo-yo dieter'.

She has always fluctuated by 10lb - and is currently at the top end of those 10lb! But rather than hit the gym, she said that it takes her just 12 minutes of exercise a day to keep herself fit.

She follows the Royal Canadian Air Force exercise plan, which was created by a doctor in the 1950s. It is a stretching and toning regime originally designed to keep the men and women of the force fit in a quick way without gym equipment.

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Jay Z and Beyoncé to split up?

Jay Z and Beyoncé are going to split up once their joint On The Run tour is finished, after they failed to patch things up with marriage counselling.

The couple, who have been dogged by split rumours for months, are said to be planning a trial separation but do not want to go ahead with a divorce.

Jay Z and Beyoncé before the rumours started

So what's the truth of the matter and where did it all go wrong? Ross King is live in LA to tell us more!

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Rears of the Year go to Vorderman and Murs

TV star Carol Vorderman has been ranked top of the bottoms - for a second time.

The Loose Woman and former Countdown brainbox is the first person to take the Rear of the Year title twice.

The male winner of the prize is singer and television host Olly Murs, who showed he has the X Factor when it comes to a shapely bottom by beating Andy Murray amongst others.

The duo were chosen in a public poll for the annual award, with organisers saying they received more than 10,000 votes.

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Would you leave a four year old at home alone?

Lack of childcare during school holidays is costing Britain's economy almost £100 million a year, The Family and Childcare Trust has said.

  • More than a third of parents struggle to find affordable childcare during the summer break

According to the organisation, taking sick days or giving up work altogether are the only options for some parents during their children's six week summer break. Experts say a combination of unaffordable prices, lack of holiday childcare and inflexible employers is not only causing stress for parents, but also has a knock on effect for UK businesses and the economy.

  • Thirty-four per cent admitted to leaving children aged between four and 16 at home

Working mum Shona Sibary says she leaves her four-year-old daughter at home alone, but Emma B feels differently. Watch the debate to find out who you agree with.

We want to hear your stories about childcare problems over the summer holidays. Have you ever been forced to leave your children home alone?

  • Nearly a fifth said they consider it safe to leave a child under nine years old at home unsupervised

Get in touch on Twitter, Facebook or by emailing gmb@itv.com before 8am on Wednesday 23 July and we may use your comments in the show, you must be 18 and over, terms at itv.com/terms.

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