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Shoppers have come up with a genius hack to unlock trolleys without £1

This is a great hack!



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Supermarket shoppers have shared a perfect hack to get a trolley even when you don’t have a pound! 

With face masks now being mandatory in supermarkets, the list of things to remember for your weekly shop is getting longer by the minute.

Mask, reusable bags and a pound coin – too much to remember for anyone that! 

One of them is going to give and with not wearing a mask landing you a hefty £100 fine you better hope it’s the pound coin and you struggle piling everything into a basket instead. 

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Some savvy shoppers have come up with a genius trick of using two 20p pieces together and it works ‘perfectly’.

Others are wary with one user writing “Tried this and it works but I couldn’t get my 20ps back [it] jammed the trolley.”

Others use their house keys while some use the key off a corned beef tin. 

You can get reusable key rings that work just as well – or just don’t forget your quid! But we can’t all be that organised, can we?!


Manchester’s ‘Kebab King’ set to eat 60 kebabs in a month to raise money for charity

Sweating thinking about that many kebabs.



Des Breakey

Des is planning on eating two kebabs a day for an entire month all to raise money for a charity very close to his heart.

Des Breakey is Manchester’s self-confessed Kebab King, describing himself as a ‘passionate and dedicated consumer of the almighty kebab’.

Des, originally from Denton, knows a thing or two about the classic late-night scran, and is an avid poster in the famous ‘Manchester Donner Connoisseurs group’. 

His current kebab-eating record stands at 39 kebabs in 28 days but he’s decided to challenge himself in the name of charity.

Des Breakey

Raising money for a charity very close to his heart, Nerve Tumours UK, Des hopes to raise £1,000 and currently stands at £300.

In explaining why he’s chosen this charity, Des said: “My beautiful 10-year-old bambino, Niamh, was born with the inherent condition NF Type 1 Neurofibromatosis.

“This condition affects one in 3,500 people globally and is incurable. So I believe any money raised to help the cause and research would be money well-raised.”

You can find out more and donate here. Good luck Des! 

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You can now stay in a cottage that looks almost identical the one from The Holiday

The perfect getaway.




You can now stay in a cottage that is almost identical to the one from The Holiday.

I think all of my Christmas dreams have come true! There is no doubt that the traditional looking English cottage from The Holiday is everyone’s dream winter staycation this Christmas (and every Christmas).

What more could you want than a cosy open fire, a rustic countryside kitchen to serve up your Christmas dinner and that tiny beautiful roll top bath – a dream.

With most people choosing to stay within the UK for their festive holidays this year, we think this might be the perfect spot.


Say hello to Acorn Cottage in Worcestershire – located in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds.

Amongst the stunning honey coloured towns and villages, you will come across this beauty. A dreamy, two-bedroom thatched cottage.

Positioned in the historical village of Bretforton, the cottage is full of character and charm, featuring wooden beams an inglenook fireplace and all things cosy.

The stunning cottage also has an open plan living area, with kitchen, breakfast bar and beautifully decorated living room.


Upstairs leads you to a charming double bedroom as well as a single bed with a further pull out stacker bed located on the landing.

I can almost picture myself singing Mr Brightside at the top of my lungs, dancing around pretending I’m Cameron Diaz.

If you’re brave enough to fight the winter weather there is also a garden with a lovely patio where you can sit out with cosy blankets and enjoy a glass of your favourite festive tipple.

Five minutes down the road you’ll find your local pub alongside village shops for all your essentials. The cottage also has Wi-Fi along, off road parking and one dog is welcome.


If you’re eager to get into the festive mood, you’ll be happy to know the Acorn Cottage still has some availability for November and plenty going into December.

One review states: “It is a great base from which to explore the Cotswolds and Acorn cottage is in a very charming little village. The owners of Acorn cottage have gone above and beyond in welcoming us to their beautiful cottage and this included a warm welcome to our dog Riley.”

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Woman’s life made a ‘complete misery’ by neighbour’s loud sex noises

This is awkward…



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Neighbours having loud sex has made woman and her family’s life a ‘complete misery’. 

Speaking to the MEN, the mum who wants to remain annonymous shared her tale of her noisy rampent neighbours. 

The mum claims the council aren’t doing enough to tackle a neighbour constantly having loud sex because it’s a ‘natural noise.’

The issue has been ongoing since the beginning of Lockdown in Abbey Hey and the says it’s making her life a misery for her and her family.

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She told the MEN: “It’s every night, it’s terrible. Before lockdown, it wasn’t really every night.

“Since lockdown it’s got worse. I think she lives alone but someone comes late every night.”

She added that she thought her neighbour was single before adding that ‘maybe she’s got a new boyfriend and the novelty will wear off. But I can’t use the room next to her.”

Although unsuccessful, the mum has tried to speak to her neighbour from the window as well as sending her a note.

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“She seems very unapproachable,” the mum said.

“From what I’ve heard, even when her friends are round, there is loud banging and arguing. I’ve heard how she is with people who are close to her so what would she be like with a neighbour?

“I don’t want to put myself or the children at risk.”

The mum first contacted Manchester Council back in July, from that the authority sent the letters to the neighbour twice! However due to COVID officers say they have not been able to come and assess the noise complaint from inside her property.

After endless sleepless nights the woman was told by officials there was nothing they could do. Currently renting her property privately the woman doesn’t want to consider moving.

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