Luke Blackall

Luke Blackall edits the i's Caught and Social column.

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Going for gold: Dubai is offering its people incentives to lose weight

A diet scheme worth its weight in gold (or £27)

Competitive weight loss was the stuff of TV shows like The Biggest Loser, but now Dubai is taking it to the masses.

A woman cools her foot in a fountain during hot weather in Nottingham, central England May 8, 2008. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Heatwave, what heatwave? Hanging out in Britain's coldest spots

It's not all sweat and sweltering - from Ceredigion to Cornwall, find out what you could be up to in out of the heat

Man About Town: Meet Ronnie Wood and family

On Thursday night I was invited to his ex-wife Jo’s house for dinner - rather than being an exclusive thing anyone can pay to come along

Sam Neill runs away from dinosaurs in Jurassic Park III

The worst thing BuzzFeed’s ever done? Explaining Egypt, using only Jurassic Park Gifs

The website combines funny items with stories that actually matter

Charles Saatchi puts his hand over Nigella Lawson's mouth at Scott's in December

A very public divorce: Charles Saatchi uses newspaper to tell Nigella Lawson, 'It's over'

The much-covered marital break-up of Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson took another very public turn on Sunday, as Mr Saatchi announced in a Sunday newspaper that the pair were to divorce, apparently before he had even told Ms Lawson.

Man About Town: Glam and glee at Glastonbury

I don’t know what they were taking, but whatever it was, it should be handed out to politicians before major diplomatic conferences

'S***storm' is a word Chancellor Angela Merkel likes, having used it to describe the Eurozone crisis

Scheißesturm! Why foreign swearing is best (as Angela Merkel knows)

Despite the fact that German is a better language than English for compound nouns, the latest addition to German dictionaries has a particularly British ring to it.

Two lads partake in boozy banter

Internet searches: Mapping Britain’s capitals of top banter

If you’re looking for a flat share in a “lovely house”, where key features include “mucking in”, “movie nights” and “banter”, (or just want to avoid them) then you’re in luck.

Sunday was date night for the trim reality star and new husband Jay Rutland, with the pair popping into chicken chain Nando’s on Sunday before heading to the cinema

Why is Tamara so happy? Because, a new study reports, she's eating out in Nando's, and going to restaurants makes people happy

Wondering whether to go out for dinner tonight? Well take it from us, you should, it will make you happier.

Man About Town: Can I beat former Wimbledon champ Goran Ivanisevic? What do you think?

I felt like the quarry of a bird of prey who had been dropped from a great height, and was now stunned, and ready to be swallowed 

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