Like the stuff itself, petrol and diesel prices are volatile. And whether you drive or not, your life is affected by them. When the cost of a litre started to skyrocket some years ago, freight organisations and drivers groups said it couldn't go on.
Well it hasn't - and much to many people's surprise, petrol's almost below a pound a litre - and according to the boss of Shell, prices will stay low for months. But what does this mean for companies, and consumers, around the south-east? David Johns has been finding out.
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A football fan from Southampton has scooped nearly £93,000 after placing a £2 bet on football scores.
Dean Clay who's 48 and from Chandler's Ford won the money by successfully predicting the results of 14 matches over the weekend.
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A pair of rare Russian medals found in house in Dorset are expected to fetch around three to five thousand pounds each at auction.
The gold collectables date back to the 1700s and are believed to have been struck during the reign of Catherine the Great (1761-1796).
One of the coins depicts the establishment of the Foundling Hospital in Moscow. The auctioneer who discovered the medals, Timothy Medhurst, said that newspaper articles in the years after the site opened reported that up to 40 children per day were admitted to the institution which could hold up to 7000 children.
It is hoped the sale may attract some wealthy Russian bidders keen to purchase historical objects. The items will be sold at Duke's of Dorchester on 12th March.
Both medals depict important events in the history of Russia - the Foundling Hospital for example, was so important to the country that when Napoleon retreated from Moscow in 1812, he gave specific orders to preserve the building.
To find not one but two medals crafted in gold, an expensive material in which very few medals were ever issued and in this original condition is exceptional.
Christmas is now well and truly over and whilst the partying and over-eating may have come to an end, for many people a nightmare could be about to begin - the nightmare of debt. Faced with bills for hundreds or even thousands of pounds, some find the new year too much to cope with.
It's not just about Christmas of course - for some, debt is a problem that can come from drinking, gambling, drugs or other addictions. Our reporter David Johns has been to meet a former City high-flier who lost his job, house, wife and all his money because of uncontrollable gambling - and hear how he turned his life around.
He speaks to former gambling addict Justyn Larcombe; David Trice from West Kent Debt Advice; and military collector Neil Thomas.
Ten of the most terrible excuses for missing the 31 January tax return deadline have been revealed today by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Many of the excuses claim it was someone else’s fault – pets, girlfriends, work colleagues and even the President of the United States are named and blamed for taxpayers’ tardiness. The excuses were all used in unsuccessful appeals against HMRC penalties for late filing and payment. Here’s the full list:
- My pet dog ate my tax return…and all the reminders.
- I was up a mountain in Wales, and couldn’t find a postbox or get an internet signal.
- I fell in with the wrong crowd.
- I’ve been travelling the world, trying to escape from a foreign intelligence agency.
- Barack Obama is in charge of my finances.
- I’ve been busy looking after a flock of escaped parrots and some fox cubs.
- A work colleague borrowed my tax return, to photocopy it, and didn’t give it back.
- I live in a camper van in a supermarket car park.
- My girlfriend’s pregnant.
- I was in Australia.
People can have a genuine excuse for missing a tax deadline, but owning a pet with a taste for HMRC envelopes isn’t one of them. You need to file your2013/14 tax return online, and pay what you owe, by 31 January. But it’s best to do it now, to allow plenty of time to sort out any issues with your return.That way, you’ll avoid the busy period for our phone lines as the deadline approaches.
All outstanding 2013/14 tax returns must now be submitted online, as the 31 October paper-filing deadline has passed. To send an online tax return, you must be registered for HMRC Online Services. This involves HMRC sending you an Activation Code in the post, and you need to allow 10 days for it to arrive.
A couple from Chichester are thanking their lucky stars after a life-changing Thunderball win on Wednesday 10 December - making them £500,000 better off.
The lucky couple, David, 56, and Karen Ainger, 57, are still reeling from their good fortune and have hailed it the perfect way to round off the year.
Karen discovered she had won when she checked her ticket just before she went off to bed.
With David, who was on an early shift the next day, already in the land of nod, it took her a while to realise what she was seeing.
David took it all in his stride and went to work the next morning, whereas Karen spent a sleepless night planning how she would make the claim the next day.
We are a quiet couple who enjoy the quiet life. We will be using the winnings to pay off a small car loan and credit cards, and then the rest is going into investments for our retirement.
I’m a Friend of Chichester Festival Theatre and I love going, I try to attend at least one or two shows each season. Now that we can pay off all our debts, I will have more disposable income for tickets."
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