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  • 2 hours Tories Voted Against Free School Meals In Revenge For ‘Scum’ Comment, Nicky Morgan Suggests Huffingtonpost
    A former minister has suggested more Tories would have supported a motion to extend free school meals if Labour’s Angela Rayner hadn’t called Conservative MP Chris Clarkson “scum” during a debate.  Former culture secretary and serving MP Nicky Morgan – who voted against the motion brought by Labour following a huge campaign by footballer Marcus Rashford – made the controversial comment during an appearance on BBC Question Time on Thursday evening.  Asked by host Fiona Bruce if the vote against free school meals for the UK’s poorest children was ... more
  • 2 hours 10 Joyful Showbiz Moments That Put A Smile On Our Faces This Week | Good Vibes Only Huffingtonpost
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  • 2 hours Blake Lively Delightfully Rips Husband Ryan Reynolds After He Votes In His First US Election Huffingtonpost
    Blake Lively has poked fun at her Canadian-born husband Ryan Reynolds after he voted in a US presidential election for the first time. The Hollywood couple celebrated filling in their ballots with posts on Instagram, encouraging others to also use their vote. Ryan, who was born in Vancouver before becoming a naturalised US citizen in 2018, posted a picture of him and Blake together holding their ballots and the caption was suitably silly. “This is my first time voting in America,” he wrote. “I’d like to thank my wife ... more
  • 3 hours Matthew McConaughey Reveals What Led To Estrangement From His Mom Huffingtonpost
    Matthew McConaughey opened up about painful moments from his past in his new memoir, Greenlights. The Oscar-winning actor was estranged from his mother, Kay, for nearly a decade after she began leaking their personal conversations to the press and betraying his trust in other ways, he revealed in the book that came out Tuesday. “I was calling my mom at that time, after I’d gotten famous, needing to talk to my mom,” he told The Howard Stern Show. “And my mom was not the only one on the phone. The ... more
  • 3 hours UK Justice System Is Collapsing Under Strain Of Covid, Say Top Lawyers Huffingtonpost
    Criminal trials over Microsoft Teams, innocent defendants pleading guilty and victims’ families forced to wait years for closure. Coronavirus could deliver the knockout blow to a justice system brought to its knees by chronic underfunding. A decade of austerity was already taking its toll, but the shutdown at the start of the pandemic had resulted in a backlog of nearly half a million criminal cases as of June, according to the Ministry of Justice. That’s a 44% increase year-on-year and the highest number since 2012, when records began. The ... more
  • 3 hours 35 Funny Tweets About Kids Busting Their Parents Huffingtonpost
    You may think you’re in charge as a parent, but we all know who actually runs the show. Over the years, the funny mums and dads of Twitter have shared their failed efforts to be sneaky around their kids ― whether it’s eating their Halloween sweets or getting rid of excess toys. We’ve rounded up a hilarious selection. Scroll down for 35 relatable tweets about kids busting their parents.  My daughter caught me eating the last piece of her birthday cake & the look she gave me will haunt me for the rest of my days.— ... more
  • 4 hours I’m An NHS Doctor. Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Are Making Our Job Harder Huffingtonpost
    Through the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, I worked in acute adult medicine at the hospital front door and on the wards just like colleagues around the country who put their own health, and in some cases lives, on the line to keep the show on the road. In my 31 years as an NHS doctor, I have never witnessed anything as challenging and unaccustomed, as frightening for staff, or as distressing for their families.  We are professionals and looking after the sick is our job. We did it ... more
  • 4 hours 9 Questions Kids Will Ask About Christmas – And How To Answer Them Huffingtonpost
    One thing’s for sure, Christmas isn’t going to be the same as usual, this year. Not least because rather than facing the standard questions from curious kids – such as how Santa can possibly visit every child in the world in one night, what happened to the large glass of sherry we left for him and why does mummy have a hangover on Christmas morning – children are wondering, rightly, about how Covid will affect the most wonderful time of the year.  Here are nine questions you might find yourself fielding in the run-up to December 25 – ... more
  • 4 hours I’m An EndSars Protester In Nigeria. Despite The Brutality, We Won’t Give Up Huffingtonpost
    My favourite restaurant in Lagos, where I’ve celebrated birthdays and passing the Bar, is also the place where I have twice in the last year got a call to say someone I love had been kidnapped – by our own police. Young Nigerians like me have had to learn to coexist with the casual cruelty of our police, but most especially Sars, the so-called Special Anti-Robbery Squad. A rogue unit of the Nigerian Police Force known for torture, extortion and kidnapping, Sars do as they like, when they like. And if anyone dies under their watch, they face ... more
  • 4 hours Does The World Really Need A New Borat Film? Huffingtonpost
    In the year that the first Borat film came out, Hannah Montana premiered, Facebook opened to the public and YouTube had recently celebrated its first birthday. George W. Bush was president, and Tony Blair was still prime minister. Social media was very much in its infancy in 2006. The first tweet was sent eight months earlier, and Instagram was still four years away. Out of this transitional world of internet discovery popped Borat, the satirical Kazakh journalist headed to destroy middle America, played by British comedian and actor Sacha Baron Cohen. Borat was a smash hit, ... more
  • 6 hours Trump’s Debate Hail Mary: Lie After Brazen, Incoherent Lie Huffingtonpost
    Looking to turn around a trailing campaign, US president Donald Trump dug deep, chilled out and threw a bunch of garbage at the wall, hoping at least some of it would stick.  Trump opened Thursday night’s debate by falsely claiming a vaccine for Covid-19 was imminent, followed up by continuing to lie about his refusal to release his tax returns, then raised a series of nonsensical allegations about Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s son, and ended with a pack of mistruths about both his and Biden’s policy accomplishments and proposals. Trump mostly abandoned the constant interruptions and abrasive style ... more
  • 10 hours Four Symptoms GPs Want People To Get Checked Immediately Huffingtonpost
    People who have noticed an unusual or persistent symptom like a lump, bleeding, weight loss or pain that can’t be explained during the pandemic are being urged to see their GPs.  It comes as a survey by Cancer Research UK found more than half (53%) of GPs say they are concerned fewer older adults are contacting them with symptoms compared to before the pandemic. Other groups they were worried about hearing less from included patients with learning difficulties (40%), those whose first language is not English (35%), people from poorer backgrounds (23%), ethnic minorities (22%) and those with ... more
  • 10 hours Only Half Of England Understands The Coronavirus Lockdown Rules Huffingtonpost
    Nearly half of the public in England do not “fully understand” the current coronavirus lockdown rules, a study suggests. Researchers found that around half of adults (51%) in the country said they understand the current Covid-19 restrictions. Only 13% of the respondents said they “fully understand” them. And the people making the rules don’t seem to know them either. Numerous government figures have been caught publicly slipping up on the rules, including Boris Johnson, who stumbled over his explanation of the ban on households mixing last month as new ... more
  • 11 hours Has Boris Johnson’s Test And Trace Gone Beyond The Point Of No Return? Huffingtonpost
    You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening. “I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.” As the country struggles with this second wave of coronavirus, many will hope that Benjamin Disraeli’s words are being taken to heart by his self-proclaimed “One Nation” heir, Boris Johnson.‌ Way back in July, the PM did indeed echo his predecessor as he set out his new “Recovery Strategy”. “I know we can beat this virus,” he declared. “Hoping for the best, but planning for the worst.” With his ... more
  • 13 hours The Vanity Projects The Government Is Spending Money On Rather Than Feeding Kids Huffingtonpost
    On Wednesday, 322 Tory MPs voted against a measure to extend free school meals for the country’s poorest children over the half-term and winter school holidays. As millions face crippling financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the government opted to cut short a lifeline for the most vulnerable families. As a result, 1.4 million children risk going to bed hungry this Christmas. Instead, these are the vanity projects the government has deemed worth British taxpayers’ money: 1. The “Brexit Festival” (£120m) Even as the government urges musicians, actors and artists ... more
  • 15 hours 5 Times Journalists Thought They Were Scientists And Got It Wrong About Coronavirus Huffingtonpost
    Once upon a time, the phenomenon of your average Joe insisting they knew better than the experts was largely and happily confined to pub chat about the performance of [insert any football team here]. Alas, the rise of social media, “alternative” news sources, and the widespread belief that shouting on Twitter constitutes actual public debate mean there are many for whom watching videos on YouTube is now considered equal to a lifetime dedicated to the pursuit of science. pic.twitter.com/eI8QxCSuZY— Katy Lindemann (@katylindemann) October 20, 2020 During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, one class of professional has ... more
  • 16 hours Has The King Of The North Stolen Boris Johnson’s Crown? Huffingtonpost
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  • 17 hours Canary Islands, Mykonos, Denmark And The Maldives Added To Travel Corridor List Huffingtonpost
    The Canary Islands, Mykonos, the Maldives and Denmark have been added to the UK’s list of travel corridors, the government has said.  From 4am on Saturday, people returning to the UK from these destinations will no longer be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.  Liechtenstein, however, has been removed from the safe list by the Joint Biosecurity Centre and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office is advising against all but essential travel there.  This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter here, and on Facebook here. Related ... more
  • 17 hours Black Cat Escapes From Cattery And Returns To Owners 8 Years Later Huffingtonpost
    A cat who escaped from a cattery has finally been reunited with his loving family – eight years after he first went missing.  Mo the cat was staying on the outskirts of Swansea eight years ago, while his humans went on holiday for a week.  While one of the family’s cats, Tibby, was waiting for them on their return, they were devastated to find Mo had gone missing. “We were utterly shocked and heartbroken when we found out that the cattery had lost Mo, our little black cat,” says Izzy Harris, who was a teenager when her beloved ... more
  • 17 hours Donald Trump’s Twitter Account Was Hacked Using The Password ‘Maga2020!’ Huffingtonpost
    Donald Trump’s Twitter account was hacked by a Dutch security expert – using the password “maga2020!”. Victor Gevers also revealed the US president did not use a two-step verification, and he was allowed to roam in Trump’s direct messages, post tweets and change the profile name, De Volkskrant newspaper reported. “I expected to be blocked after four failed attempts,” Gevers said. “Or at least would be asked to provide additional information.” Gevers, dubbed an “ethical hacker,” said it took just five attempts to get into the president’s account, according to TechCrunch.    It started six years ago. ... more
  • 17 hours Test And Trace Becoming Ineffective, Sir Patrick Vallance Admits Huffingtonpost
    Boris Johnson has admitted his multibillion pound Test and Trace service needs to improve as his chief scientific adviser warned it was becoming ineffective.  The prime minister for the first time acknowledged failings in the service, which is run by Tory peer Baroness Dido Harding, after it posted its worst ever contact tracing figures this week. Chief scientific adviser Sir Patrick Vallance meanwhile warned that the so-called NHS Test and Trace service, which has been criticised for its level of outsourcing of the service to private firms like ... more
  • 17 hours Ministers Add To Confusion Over Covid Rules By Holding Meeting In Franco Manca Huffingtonpost
    Chancellor Rishi Sunak was accused of “adding to the confusion” over Covid-19 restrictions after ministers were pictured meeting business leaders in a pizza restaurant. The images show the chancellor with communities secretary Robert Jenrick and a business group at Franco Manca, near London’s Waterloo station. They were published by the Treasury on Thursday.  London is in tier 2 coronavirus lockdown, meaning no one should meet people outside their household or support bubble while indoors. Sunak and Jenrick do not live with each other, or with the business leaders they met. People are allowed to hold “business meetings” ... more
  • 18 hours Boris Johnson Gives Briefing Following Chancellor’s New Support Scheme Huffingtonpost
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  • 18 hours Angela Rayner Was Right To Give Scummy Behaviour The Name It Deserves Huffingtonpost
    It’s reassuring to know that even in the depths of a pandemic, we haven’t abandoned all claim to public decency. It’s these values which knit us together as a nation. That on a day when the government’s benches voted overwhelmingly against providing free meals to children from deprived households during half-term and the Christmas break, we can still find the bandwidth to be appalled at Angela Rayner for calling Conservative MP Chris Clarkson “scum.”  The deputy leader of the Labour party later apologised for her remarks made during a “heated” debate, brought by the opposition regarding the ... more
  • 19 hours Stoke-On-Trent, Coventry And Slough Placed Into Tier 2 Coronavirus Lockdown Huffingtonpost
    Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and Slough will be placed into tier 2 local lockdown from Saturday, Matt Hancock has announced. Speaking in the Commons on Thursday, the health secretary also said discussions are formally beginning with Warrington about moving to tier 3 restrictions. “I hope that with everybody supporting these measures and taking the actions that are necessary, we can keep these restrictions in place for as little time as possible,” he said. Tier 1: medium Nationwide restrictions, including: Only meet other people in groups of six or less (“rule of six”) 10pm curfew for hospitality Tier 2: high ... more
  • 19 hours I’m A Cleaner At Walter Reed. My Covid-19 Experience Was Nothing Like Trump’s Huffingtonpost
    Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, is a world-class facility dedicated to caring for those who bravely sacrifice and serve this country. When President Donald Trump entered the hospital earlier this month to be treated for Covid-19, he was greeted with a team of world-renowned doctors ready to provide him with gold-standard medical care, experimental vaccines and all of the resources he needed to recover. He stayed comfortably in the hospital’s presidential suite, equipped with a kitchen, living room, conference room and dining room with ... more
  • 22 hours Gavin & Stacey’s Rob Brydon Explains Why A Film Is Actually A Bad Idea: ‘It Would Be A Mistake’ Huffingtonpost
    It’s been almost a year since Nessa got down on bended knee and asked Smithy to marry her, and with Gavin & Stacey fans demanding to know what happens next, a film has been mooted as a possible follow up.  However, Rob Brydon – who plays Uncle Bryn in the BBC sitcom – has explained why a big screen adaptation is actually a bad idea.  Speaking to Digital Spy, he said he didn’t think creators and writers Ruth Jones and James Corden “should do that”, saying: “I think that would ... more
  • 22 hours The Tier System Is Doomed To Fail – But There Is A Way Out Huffingtonpost
    This was the week when things fell apart. Rumblings of discontent about the government’s handling of the pandemic turned into open revolt as the Northern mayors – particularly Andy Burnham of Manchester – stood up and refused to accept proposals to place them at the highest level of the new three-tier system of Covid restrictions. Why? At first glance it seems eminently sensible that different areas of the country with different levels of infection should be subject to different measures. Why close the pubs in Lowestoft (where the case rate per 100,000 is under 50) because of the ... more
  • 22 hours Rishi Sunak Announces Major Changes To Covid Job Support Scheme Huffingtonpost
    The Covid-19 job support scheme will be made more generous, with employer contributions reduced and the minimum hours requirement also cut, chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced. Speaking in the Commons, Sunak said employer contributions for hours not worked due to coronavirus restrictions will fall to 5%. Workers will only have to work 20% of hours, he said. The uplift in support from the Treasury means workers can get 73% of their wages for a minimum of 20 hours.  But the measures were described by Labour as a “sticking plaster” for the economy amid ... more
  • 22 hours Michael Eavis Just Gave Glastonbury Goers A Glimmer Of Hope About The 2021 Festival Huffingtonpost
    Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has given festival goers a glimmer of hope that next year’s event might still be able to go ahead. There has been huge doubts about the viability of the 2021 event amid the on-going pandemic, which had already cancelled the festival’s 50th anniversary event in June.  However, speaking at a Wells Festival of Literature Q&A event at Wells Cathedral School on Wednesday, Michael – who organises the festival with daughter Emily – revealed there could be a way forward with the implementation of mass coronavirus ... more
  • 23 hours Three Baffling Reasons Tory MPs Have Given For Voting Against Free School Meals Huffingtonpost
    On Wednesday evening, 322 Tory MPs voted against a motion to extend free school meals for children, as millions of families face financial hardship through the Covid-19 crisis.  Among the MPs voting against the motion – which has been fiercely campaigned for by footballer Marcus Rashford –  were children’s minister Vicky Young and Jo Gideon – a trustee of Feeding Britain. The government has come under fierce criticism for its approach. Even Nigel Farage came out against the vote, tweeting: “If the government can subsidise Eat Out to Help ... more
  • 23 hours Test And Trace Hits Another New Low With Worst Ever Contact Tracing Rate Huffingtonpost
    Boris Johnson’s test and trace service has hit another new low after it reported its worst ever figures for tracking down “close contacts” of people with Covid. The controversial system saw just 59.6% of cases in England being reached and told to self-isolate to stop the spread of the virus. The figure is the worst since the so-called NHS Test and Trace was launched in May, and down on the previous week’s 62.6% , itself a record low at the time. It means that nearly more than 40% of ... more
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  • 23 hours Boris Johnson Knew Test And Trace Wasn’t World Beating – And Ignored it Huffingtonpost
    The last few weeks has seen us reach a grave place in our fight against Covid-19. The number of cases is rising across the country. There are now more people in hospital with Covid-19 than on March 23 when we went into national lockdown. The spread of infections is hitting all age groups.  All of this – along with the advice from the government’s scientists – is why Keir Starmer and the Labour party have been calling for a short, sharp circuit break of two to three weeks to fix the broken Test and Trace system, protect the ... more
  • 24 hours Facebook Dating Launches In The UK – With A ‘Secret Crush’ Option Huffingtonpost
    Got dating app fatigue? Facebook has decided to shake up the market, with a new dating service to rival Hinge, Bumble and Tinder.  The social media giant has launched Facebook Dating in the UK – at a time when we’re in a tiered lockdown system and many people can’t go to pubs and bars. A bold choice.    The service allows users to create a separate dating profile, independent of their main Facebook page or Instagram account. You’ll then be shown potential matches – from friends of friends, or people ... more
  • 24 hours Jennifer Lawrence Used To Be A Republican But Donald Trump Soon Changed That Huffingtonpost
    Jennifer Lawrence has revealed she was a Republican before Donald Trump was elected as US president. The Oscar-winning actress, who is from Kentucky, said she grew up in a Republican household and first voted for Republican John McCain in 2008 when Democrat Barack Obama defeated him. She told the Absolutely Not podcast with Heather McMahan: “It’s extremely hard to talk about politics, you don’t want to, I’m an actor, I want everybody to see my movies. “I grew up Republican. My first time voting, I voted for ... more
  • 24 hours Joe Wicks Undertaking ‘Savage’ 24-Hour Workout Challenge For Children In Need Huffingtonpost
    Not content with keeping the nation moving during lockdown and raising thousands for the NHS, Joe Wicks is now taking on his most gruelling challenge yet.  The Body Coach has announced he will be attempting to work out for 24 hours as part of this year’s Children In Need.  Joe, 35, is hoping to raise millions after signing up for next month’s “savage” ordeal, and admitted he could “burst into tears”.  “It’s going to be tough, I’m not going to sleep, there’s no end to it. I’ve just ... more
  • 1 day Covid Vaccine Trial: What Scientists Say About A Volunteer’s Death Huffingtonpost
    A volunteer taking part in the clinical trials of a promising Covid-19 vaccine has died in Brazil, leading to a number of alarmist headlines and speculation on social media.  Oxford University is in advanced stages of testing an immunisation being developed with AstraZeneca, with volunteers in countries including Brazil, the UK and the US. Scientists have emphasised there is no cause for concern.  The cause  Most importantly, the volunteer is not thought to have received the vaccine and may have been given a placebo.  The trial would have been suspended had ... more
  • 1 day Dawn French Confirms RuPaul’s Drag Race Judging Role And We Could Not Be More Excited Huffingtonpost
    We have our first guest judge for the second series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, and it’s a good one.  Dawn French has confirmed she will be taking a seat alongside Mama Ru when the hit BBC Three series eventually returns.  The comedian and actor is the first celebrity name to be announced for the upcoming series, and revealed she is due to film her stint on the panel in a couple of weeks.  Making an appearance on Jessie Ware’s Table Manners podcast, Dawn revealed: “Here’s a ... more
  • 1 day Lily James Makes First TV Appearance Since Dominic West Controversy Huffingtonpost
    Lily James has made her first TV appearance since the controversy surrounding her trip to Italy with actor Dominic West. The Downton Abbey star was pictured in Rome with the married actor earlier this month.  He then flew home and held an impromptu press conference with Catherine FitzGerald outside of their home in the Cotswolds to address the state of their relationship. “Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together,” he told reporters, before the couple shared a kiss. Lily and Dominic will star ... more
  • 1 day Tory Minister Tells Public To ‘Educate Themselves’ About Lockdown Rules Huffingtonpost
    The public has a “duty” to go off and “educate themselves” about the lockdown rules, police minister Kit Malthouse has said. A chief officer leading the policing response to Covid-19 made has made “strong representations” to the government that tier rules should be the same wherever they were applied. Assistant chief constable Owen Weatherill told MPs on Wednesday he was continuing to push for simplified messages that are easy for the public to understand. But speaking to the BBC on Thursday morning, Malthouse said there was “plenty of information out there on the internet where people can go and ... more
  • 1 day Jessie J Appears To Confirm Channing Tatum Split In ‘Single Life’ Instagram Post Huffingtonpost
    Jessie J appears to have confirmed she has split from Channing Tatum.  The singer shared a post about enjoying “single life in a pandemic” on Instagram on Wednesday, after much speculation about her romance with the Hollywood star.  Jessie uploaded a video montage that showed her drinking wine and attempting to twerk, captioning it: “What my pupils are actually doing while I calmly stare at you trying to get a quick read on your energy... Single life in a pandemic is [crystal ball emoji].” She added: “It’s supposed to ... more
  • 1 day The UK Is Now The Second Biggest Hub For QAnon Internet Activity In The World Huffingtonpost
    The UK is now the second biggest hub for QAnon internet activity in the world, a new report has revealed.  Falling second behind only the US where the far-right movement originated – and has been bolstered by the president – a quarter of people in the UK now say they believe in conspiracy theories that align with QAnon.  Originating in a 4chan message board in October 2017 with a single post from an anonymous user identified only as ‘Q’ claiming to be a Donald Trump insider with access to ... more
  • 1 day Trump Is The Biggest ‘Superspreader’ Of Anti-Asian Racism, Advocates And Scholars Warn Huffingtonpost
    Since March, a coalition of Asian American advocacy groups and scholars has been collecting and documenting the alarming surge in anti-Asian racism related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The thousands of incidents, from respondents across the country, have ranged from being called racial slurs, being spat on and/or physically assaulted, as well as being denied services, experiencing workplace discrimination and other potential civil rights violations. On Wednesday, the group, STOP AAPI HATE, laid the blame right at the feet of US President Donald Trump, unveiling research that concludes he is ... more
  • 1 day Martin Bashir, Veteran Journalist And Celebrity X Factor Star, Seriously Unwell With Covid-19 Huffingtonpost
    Veteran journalist Martin Bashir is “seriously unwell” with coronavirus-related complications, the BBC has said. The 57-year-old, best known for his 1995 interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, currently works as the BBC News religion editor. A spokeswoman for the BBC said: “We are sorry to say that Martin is seriously unwell with Covid-19 related complications. “Everyone at the BBC is wishing him a full recovery. “We’d ask that his privacy, and that of his family, is respected at this time.” Bashir began working as a journalist in ... more
  • 1 day Chris Evans Goes All Captain America On Donald Trump During Biden Fundraiser Huffingtonpost
    Who besides Thanos could get the Avengers to assemble together? Well, apparently there’s one person. The Avengers took on President Donald Trump in a fundraiser for Democratic nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris — with the “fate of the universe once again on the line,” as Avengers director Anthony Russo said in his opening remarks. The virtual event, called “Voters Assemble,” included Chris Evans, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana and Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo as well as California Sen. Harris. Early on ... more
  • 1 day Man Takes Banksy Art He Pulled From Wall To Antiques Roadshow And It Doesn’t Go Well Huffingtonpost
    Any hopes that one man may have had of cashing in on a stencil purportedly painted by Banksy were dashed when he took it onto the Antiques Roadshow for valuation. The unidentified man claimed to have removed the piece — which looks like one of the artist’s trademark rats ― from a wall on the seafront in Brighton, in the early 2000s. “It looked loose. Went over, pulled it off basically, a little bit of a tug,” the man told one of the show’s art experts, Rupert Maas, in the clip. ... more
  • 1 day 18 Tweets That Speak To An Introvert’s Core Huffingtonpost
    If you’re an introvert, you value your alone time. You tend to think before you speak. You’d much rather socialise one-on-one than in a group. A phone call is probably your worst nightmare. But most of all, you are silently strong. It can be tough to prefer being alone in a world that values sociability. But take heart, quiet types: Twitter has your back. Each month, we round up spot-on tweets that capture what it’s like to be an introvert. Scroll down for our latest batch. 1.  I haven’t gone out over the weekend for like eight ... more
  • 1 day We Asked Over 70s What They Think About Calls For Them To Be Effectively Locked Up All Winter Huffingtonpost
    Earlier this month a minority group of academics released a document calling for a new approach to tackling coronavirus in the UK dubbed “Focused Protection”. The so-called Great Barrington Declaration (GBD) gained wide traction and coverage helped not least by the attractive premise it held for many – most people could carry on with their lives as normal, gradually building herd immunity, while vulnerable groups shield from the virus. What the document did not contain was a plan to achieve this other than to say “retired people living at home should have groceries and other essentials delivered to ... more
  • 1 day Your Ultimate Beginner’s Guide To Autumn And Winter Foraging Huffingtonpost
    With a push on outdoor entertainment amidst the pandemic, there’s never been a better time to try your hand at foraging – and you’ll find plenty to take home this season.  2020 is a bumper year for autumnal nuts and fruits, according to Forestry England – and it’s all because of a natural phenomenon known as a “mast year”, where some tree species produce very large crops of seeds.  “Part of the fascination of experiencing a mast year is that we don’t completely understand the complex blend of factors that give rise to them and allow plants and ... more
  • 1 day 9 Thoughtful Quotes About Being A Stepparent From Kamala Harris Huffingtonpost
    Kamala Harris has made it clear she loves being “Momala” to her stepkids. The Democratic vice presidential nominee is stepmother to her husband Doug Emhoff’s son Cole and daughter Ella. Since marrying Emhoff in 2014, Harris has shared glimpses of her blended family experience. In honor of her birthday, we’ve rounded up nine quotes about being a stepparent from Harris.  On Treading Carefully “As a child of divorce, I knew how hard it could be when your parents start to date other people. And I was determined not to ... more
  • 1 day How Long Coronavirus Tiers 1, 2 and 3 Will Last In England Huffingtonpost
    possible pic >  <asset-code id=“5f902d6c24000018089ad14c” type=“image”></asset-code>   England’s tiered lockdown system, designed to simplify the rules and restrictions around coronavirus, appears to be causing even more confusion. Since the tier system came into effect  it has been unclear what areas can do to move back down to lower tiers with fewer restrictions. This has fuelled growing unease among members of the public and MPs alike. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 committee of Tory backbenchers, recently urged the government to “set a clear end date and a strategy ... more
  • 1 day Obama: Trump Can’t Even Protect Himself From The Coronavirus Huffingtonpost
    Barack Obama delivered a powerful speech on Tuesday that blasted President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response, saying he has given Americans plenty of evidence that he’ll never take the pandemic seriously.  “Donald Trump isn’t suddenly going to protect all of us. He can’t even take the basic steps to protect himself,” the former president said, referencing Trump’s recent bout with Covid-19 that required a three-night hospital stay. It was one of several scathing lines Obama delivered about his successor at a drive-in rally for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Philadelphia. Trump ... more
  • 1 day Prince William Got Trolled By KFC And It’s Finger-Lickin’ Funny Huffingtonpost
    Prince William, also known as the Duke of Cambridge, has picked up yet another title: “His Royal Thighness.” The duke earned the unique label from none other than Kentucky Fried Chicken after the royal was spotted peering into the windows of the fast food joint during an engagement on Tuesday.  Will and Kate Middleton stepped out to meet participants in the duchess’s Hold Still photography project, which she launched back in May to document the coronavirus pandemic. But the photos of the visit attracted more attention after KFC’s Twitter account tweeted out pictures of William – whom we’re dubbing Lord ... more
  • 1 day Boris Johnson Begins To Say No, Apart From When He Says Yes Huffingtonpost
    You’re reading The Waugh Zone, our daily politics briefing. Sign up now to get it by email in the evening. Just say no. From Nancy Reagan’s famous war-on-drugs slogan (I’m old enough to remember the Grange Hill single) to Margaret Thatcher’s refusal to bail out manufacturing industry, saying ‘no’ was all the rage in the 1980s. By contrast, Boris Johnson has often seemed like the man who likes to say ‘Yes’. His love of being loved (politically and personally) is well documented, and his modus operandi is to give the impression that he hates disappointing anyone. Allies say his reluctance to sack people stems ... more
  • 2 days A Tory MP Declares He Doesn’t Believe In ‘Nationalising Children’ And People Are Very Confused Huffingtonpost
    A Conservative MP has made clear he doesn’t believe in “nationalising children” in an apparent attack on proposals to extend free school meals for the poorest over the holidays. On Wednesday, MPs voted against a measure spearheaded by England football star Marcus Rashford which called for the scheme to be extended over school holidays until Easter 2021. The Manchester United player told politicians to “stop stigmatising, judging and pointing fingers” after Labour’s motion was defeated by 261 votes to 322, a majority of 61. The debate preceding the ... more
  • 2 days Rudy Giuliani Caught On Camera Touching Genitals During ‘Borat’ Prank Huffingtonpost
    Rudy Giuliani, New York City’s former mayor and US president Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, was caught on camera touching his genitals in front of a woman he believed was a journalist, but was actually an actor involved in the sequel to Sacha Baron Cohen’s movie “Borat”. Baron Cohen’s follow-up to his 2006 hit comedy, to be released Friday, features a scene with Giuliani touching himself in the presence of a woman pretending to be a conservative reporter, as multiplepublications have reported. After holding a mock interview with Giuliani, actor Maria ... more
  • 2 days Black Lives Matter Accuses Tory Minister Of ‘Denying Racism’ After Dismissing White Privilege Huffingtonpost
    Black Lives Matter has hit back at a Conservative minister after she branded the movement as “anti-capitalist” and “political”, and claimed teachers who present the idea of white privilege as a fact to their students are breaking the law. Kemi Badenoch, the women and equalities minister, told MPs on Tuesday: “We do not want to see teachers teaching their pupils about white privilege and their inherited racial guilt. “And let me be clear, any school which teaches these elements of political race theory as fact, or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police without offering a ... more
  • 2 days People Are Setting Donald Trump’s Rally Dances To The Funniest Songs Huffingtonpost
    Donald Trump’s bizarre little dances at his campaign rallies have captured the imaginations of late nightcomedians and have even become a TikTok challenge. People on Twitter, too, are joining the act, setting the president’s moves to the funniest songs. “Baby Trump, doo doo, doo doo doo doo,” anyone? Check out the president — who has been criticised for dancing on stage in front of packed crowds of mostly maskless fans during the coronavirus pandemic  ― appearing to dance to the “Thomas The Tank Engine” theme tune and more here: ... more
  • 2 days Government Suffers Fourth Defeat On Post-Brexit Child Refugees’ Rights – But Still Won’t Budge Huffingtonpost
    The government has suffered a fourth defeat on protecting the rights of child refugees after Brexit The Lords, by a majority of 78, once again backed an amendment proposed by Lord Dubs to ensure lone child refugees in Europe maintain their right to be reunited with family in the UK once the Brexit transition ends on December 31. It was the fourth attempt by Dubs, who came to the UK as a child fleeing the Nazis on a kindertransport, to ensure the continuation of children’s family reunion rights after ... more
  • 2 days Brexit Talks Back On Days After Boris Johnson Told UK To Prepare For No Deal Huffingtonpost
    Brexit negotiations are back on – less than a week after Boris Johnson dramatically told the nation to prepare for no deal. Downing Street said it was “ready to welcome the EU team to London to resume negotiations later this week” after Brussels chief negotiator Michel Barnier signalled concessions. Earlier this week, Barnier agreed to discuss a legal text for a trade deal for the first time, and on Wednesday morning he told the European Parliament that EU negotiators would “seek the necessary compromises” and promised to treat the ... more
  • 2 days Strictly Come Dancing Week 1 Song And Dance Choices Revealed – And They’re As Eclectic As Ever Huffingtonpost
    This year’s Strictly Come Dancing has felt like a long time coming thanks to a month delay (because, corona), but the first live show is finally upon us.  And in anticipation of the competition kicking off properly this weekend, Strictly bosses have let us in on what the contestants and their partners will be dancing to.  As ever, it’s an eclectic mix, with the routines including a Cha Cha to one of Dua Lipa’s biggest hits, a Paso Doble to a Beyoncé classic and a Foxtrot to, errrmm, Monty ... more
  • 2 days Nottingham Trent Students Fined £10,000 Each For Breaking Covid Rules With House Party Huffingtonpost
    Police dished out more than £40,000 in fines to Nottingham Trent University students after breaking up a house party on Tuesday night. Four students were each given £10,000 bills after ignoring police orders. Nottinghamshire Police say the third year students told officers they were “spoiling their fun” on the eve of the area potentially going into a tier 3 lockdown. Nottingham has the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country with 672.0 per 100,000 people as of October 16, though the figure is down on the previous week’s. ... more
  • 2 days Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Unveil New Website For Their Archewell Organisation Huffingtonpost
    The website for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s new organisation, Archewell, is now live.  The meaning and origin of the nonprofit’s name is splashed at the top of the site against a neutrally coloured background. It’s a departure from the instantly recognisable navy the couple used for posts on their Sussex Royal Instagram account.  “Arche: Greek word meaning ‘source of action,’” the text says, alongside “Well: a plentiful source or supply; a place we go to dig deep.”  The site also includes an email sign-up to keep subscribers informed about the “activities and initiatives” of the organisation, along with an ... more
  • 2 days End Sars Protests: Here’s Why People In Nigeria Are Demonstrating Huffingtonpost
    At least 11 people were shot dead and hundreds injured during widespread protests against police brutality in Nigeria on Tuesday night. Thousands of predominantly young demonstrators marched through the streets for the eighty day running, bringing major cities to a standstill. The perpetrators of violence were overwhelmingly the police themselves, and the matter has garnered international attention with public figures such as Beyonce, John Boyega, Rihanna and Hilary Clinton all calling for Nigeria’s government to immediately tackle this issue. Meanwhile, the UK government is being lobbied for intervention by ... more
  • 2 days The Crown’s Imelda Staunton Feeling ‘Pressure From Every Angle’ As She Prepares To Take Over Queen Role Huffingtonpost
    Imelda Staunton has admitted there’s “pressure from every angle” as she prepares to take over as the Queen in The Crown.  It was announced earlier this year that the actor will succeed Olivia Colman as the monarch in the fifth and sixth series of the hit Netflix drama.  Appearing on Wednesday’s edition of This Morning, Imelda spoke of the desire to live up to expectations as Elizabeth II.  “There’s pressure from every angle,” she told hosts Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes. “I’m following two extraordinary actresses, but ... more
  • 2 days Meghan and Harry Warn Of ‘Global Crisis Of Hate’ In Social Media Huffingtonpost
    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have said there is an “overwhelming desire” for truth as they described the “global crisis” of misinformation that spreads online. The couple talked about how the internet affected critical issues such as racial justice, gender equity, climate change and mental health, as they discussed how to create a safer digital world as part of Time100 Talks. Meghan said: “It was only in the past couple of years we both started to connect the dots… all the work I was doing on women’s empowerment or young girls and their sense of self worth, ... more
  • 2 days Angela Rayner Accused Of Calling Tory MP ‘Scum’ In Commons Huffingtonpost
    Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner has been accused of calling a Tory MP “scum” during a Commons debate on Covid-19 restrictions for Greater Manchester. Chris Clarkson, who represents Heywood and Middleton, had said Labour was guiltily of “opportunism” and “hindsight behaviour” after high-profile rows between mayor Andy Burnham and Downing Street.  He also criticised Labour shadow education secretary Kate Green, who recently was forced to apologise for saying Labour activists should not “let a good crisis go to waste”.  Rayner could be heard heckling Clarkson from her position on the Labour benches. “Excuse me, did [Rayner] just call ... more
  • 2 days Two Killed In Southall Gas Explosion Huffingtonpost
    Firefighters say two people have been killed in a suspected gas explosion in west London. There are no details of the fatalities yet, though a child and four adults were rescued following the blast in King Street, Southall, on Wednesday morning. Emergency workers are involved in a “complex” search for anyone who may still be inside the collapsed building.  London Fire Brigade (LFB) station commander Paul Morgan said: “We can confirm that sadly two people have died at the scene. “It has been a painstaking and protracted incident with firefighters working systematically to stabilise the building ... more
  • 2 days Tory MPs Vote Down Labour Motion To Implement Marcus Rashford Free School Meals Plan Huffingtonpost
    Tory MPs have voted down a move by Labour to implement footballer Marcus Rashford’s plan to extend free school meals for poorer children over holiday periods. The defeat came after Boris Johnson and Downing Street signalled they would not U-turn on the issue. Keir Starmer’s motion called for free school meals to be funded outside term time to ensure vouchers and support were available for pupils right through until the Easter holidays next year. But it was defeated by 322 votes to 261. The majority of 61 was less than ... more
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