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‘Worst place to live in England’ revealed

And other stories from the stranger side of life

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Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire has been voted the worst place to live in England, scoring 25% more votes than runner-up Huddersfield in an annual poll. Luton, Liverpool and previous winner Peterborough made up the top five. Rotherham, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham, Rochdale, Doncaster and Keighley were in the top six last year, but managed to escape the top 10 this time.

Comedy to be prescribed for trauma patients

Trauma patients will be invited to free comedy sessions after health experts concluded that laughter is sometimes the best medicine. Professional comedians Charmian Hughes and Jack Campbell will help to deliver the sessions, which are available through the Bristol Wellspring Settlement Social Prescribing Team. Comedy lecturer Angie Belcher said comedy is “a force for good”, adding that people do not realise how much it “can change people’s lives”.

Man finds love with robot woman

A man who “never thought he would find love” has revealed he plans to marry a robot woman. Geoff Gallagher, from Queensland, Australia, had given up all hope of finding a partner until he read an article about AI robots and decided to splash out £3,000 on a synthetic girlfriend. He told 7 News: “The robots were very lifelike. Their skin even warmed up like a real human. I decided on a robot called Emma. With pale skin and beautiful blue eyes, I thought she looked lovely.”

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