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Charity auctions off Elton John's platform boots

Elton John may be better known for his Tantrums & Tiaras, but it is a pair of the pop legend's platform boots that are up for auction.

The platforms are signed by Elton John.
The platforms are signed by Elton John. Credit: Amnesty International

The six-inch-high boots, complete with gold keyboard motif platforms and signed by the man himself, are among a number of pop memorabilia items being auctioned off on eBay to raise money for Amnesty International.

Bidding on the boots is open now and closes on 1 September.

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Second World War RAF station for sale on eBay

The sellers hoped putting Neatishead radar base on eBay would attract extra interest. Credit: Barlow Associates / eBay

A former RAF station - complete with high-security fence, underground bunker and a helipad - has been put up for sale on eBay for £2.5m.

The Neatishead radar base in Norfolk opened in 1941 and played an important role in monitoring Britain's skies during the Second World War and the Cold War.

The 25-acre site was decommissioned in 2006, and sold to a private company.

It's been rarely used since, and has been on the market for some time.

There are 16 buildings on the site, including former radar rooms, tennis and squash courts, station headquarters and the old officers' mess.

The RAF still carries out communication work for aircraft on a small part of the site.

That work would continue, alongside the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum, which was established on the air base 14 years ago.

The page has attracted more than 5,000 hits so far - but no offers have been made.

Bidding ends on Friday 8th February.

Online auction giant eBay avoids paying £50 million in UK taxes

Shopping giant and online auction service eBay is reported to have avoided paying nearly £50 million in corporation tax.

The firm paid just over £1 million in corporation tax - using legal accounting schemes - despite making almost £800m in British sales, according to a Sunday Times investigation.

It is thought eBay used legal tax-avoidance schemes to channel payments through Luxembourg and Switzerland.

An eBay spokesman said the firm "works with tax authorities and complies fully with all applicable tax laws and regimes".

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