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People have had a lot to say about Olivia Wilde today - all because of an Instagram post about the one-and-only Harry Styles.

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I bought the leggings, I painted a geometric pattern on my wall, I tried a middle parting for the first time in 15 years - so inevitably it was time to cook some feta pasta.

For those that don't obsessively scroll through TikTok, a pasta recipe has gone viral over recent weeks. The baked pasta dish supposedly became so popular it caused a feta shortage in Finland. Countless videos of people making the meal have been uploaded, often ending with the creator biting into the pasta in surprised delight at how delicious the simple food is.

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A strange grey man in a suit with a smug grin and arms folded stands in front of a wall of financial stats. An orange arrow fires rapidly upward, invoking the dream of infinite growth. Superimposed over him is one word: "stonks".

Confused? So was everyone else. But herein lies the chaotic energy that inspired thousands of internet Davids to conspire to take down a Wall Street Goliath.

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One of Joe Biden's first acts as president was to sign an executive order rejoining the US into the Paris Agreement.Donald Trump decided to leave the deal in 2017, despite most countries in the world being a part of it.

It was a promising sign from the new president, showing a serious commitment to reducing America's carbon emissions, which are second only to China.

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Every country celebrating Christmas has its own unique traditions. From trees with spider's webs in Ukraine, to rollerblading to a church in Venezuela; the holidays comes in all shapes and sizes.

It's easy to think of British and American culture being similar. We watch a lot of the same movies and shows, speak the same language, follow similar celebrities - but of course, there are still huge differences.

With travel being nearly impossible this year, I'm spending my first Christmas in America rather than back home in England. With that being said, I've have gathered some festive British traditions the U.S. tends to forgo. If you're an ex-pat, or visitor stranded in the states this year, here are a few things you can bring to your Christmas to feel like you're back in Blighty. And, if you're unfamiliar with these traditions, why not try some out in the name of the special relationship?

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As George Eliot put it, "Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music." Or, perhaps more simply from Dimebag Darrel, "Music drives you. It wakes you up; it gets you pumping."

One of the greatest joys in my now fairly boring life is playing tenor horn (calm yourself, I know I'm cool), not just for the act itself but the people I've met and places I've been. From Scotland to New York to England, I've been in brass bands since I was a child (yes, it got even cooler).

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