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Alice in Sunderland tackles kitchen cleaning

She’s tackled grimy bathrooms and unruly airing cupboards, but now Alice’s tour of Sunderland is coming to an end as she pops into the less-than-pristine kitchen of busy mum Katie. She’ll be rolling up her sleeves and sharing some genius hacks to make kitchen cleaning a breeze.

'I want a baby with my ghost boyfriend'

I'm not sure what it will turn out like, but that's part of the excitement

– Amethyst Realm

When Amethyst Realm first encountered her new partner in Australia, she was instantly attracted to his beautiful energy and powerful presence. Unwilling to be parted from her, Amethyst's lover then surprised her by silently appearing next to her on the plane back to the UK - which all sounds like the plot of a romantic movie.

But the twist in this tale is that Amethyst's new love interest is actually a GHOST, with whom she enjoys a spook-tacularly satisfying love life. The pair are so committed in fact, they are planning to get married and start a family.

Amethyst joins us now to tell us more about her out-of-this-world romance.

Is bribing your child lazy parenting?

It’s that time of year again when anxious teenagers await the exam results that could determine their future. But for some students, a string of top grades equals more than just a spot at uni. Figures suggest that almost half of students sitting A-Levels will have received a cash incentive from their parents.

So this morning we’re asking is bribery - at any age - just a good way to get your children to toe the line and get the results you want? Or is it quite simply the ultimate in lazy parenting?

Vote in our poll below!

10 years on... the world's first pregnant man

She said if I wanted a girl, I'd have to do it myself...

– Thomas Beatie

A decade ago Thomas Beatie made global headlines when he became the world's first 'pregnant man’.

After having gender reassignment surgery to remove his breasts, Thomas decided to keep his reproductive organs and in 2008 with his first wife, Nancy, the couple welcomed their daughter, followed by two sons. But how has life panned out for the unconventional family?

Thomas joins us alongside his new wife, Amber, to tell us what a difference a decade makes and to tell us why he might not have ruled out carrying a baby for one final time.

Could a diet of creepy crawlies help save the planet?

There are hundreds of diets out there to help you lose weight, or get beach body ready… but for Joy Nemerson, it’s ants-eggs rather than the Atkins, and a ‘five-a-day’ of creepy crawlies.

Despite being a self-professed ‘fussy eater’ from a young age, the creepy crawly culinary queen creates dozens of recipes using - that’s right - bugs! The insect-lover from Indianapolis joins us live from across the pond to discuss her - let’s say interesting - choice of pizza topping.

Joy Nemerson enjoys a crispy bug!

We’re also joined in the studio by critter connoisseur Seb Holmes who’s here to tell us about the benefits of bugs...oh, and he’s brought some tasty critters along as a light snack!

Are you bothered by unisex toilets?

Once reserved for just the disabled and our own homes, unisex loos can now be found across the country - in your local pub, your favourite restaurant and even in your workplace.

But yesterday, unisex toilets hit the headlines when it was reported that women at the Home Office were refusing to use them, flushing away almost £40,000 worth of taxpayers’ money in the process.

So we’re asking: are unisex toilets a step too far?

Vote in our poll above

Missing: Help find my daughter Georgina

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare: receiving the devastating news your child is missing. That’s exactly what happened to Andrea Gharsallah in March this year when her 30-year-old daughter and mum-of-two Georgina vanished. She was last seen on CCTV leaving a local shop and, since then, both her credit card and mobile phone haven’t been used. So where is Georgina? As her family desperately ask that question, former police officer Mark Williams-Thomas investigates.

Mark’s here alongside Georgina’s mum Andrea and younger sister Arij in a bid to find the fate of missing Georgina.

If you see Georgina or have any information about her, contact the police by phoning 101 or email quoting reference 603 or 17/03.

Missing people helplines