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The top 10 worst places to live in England for 2020

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When it comes to ranking the worst town in England we’re really spoiled for choice, and whatever list you come up with it’s sure to divide opinion.

But that’s exactly what ilivehere.co.uk has done, and after the roaring success of their 2019 list they’ve come back with the worst places of 2020 – here’s last year’s top 10 in case you missed it.

They asked their audience to vote for the crappest places to live in our glorious country, and the results didn’t disappoint, with a record 80,172 people voting for the top 10 worst towns to live in for 2020.

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The list has some big changes from last year, and this time round only one Greater Manchester spot made the list, with Yorkshire making the strongest showing.

Without further ado, here’s the 2020 top 10 in full:

10) Halifax

A new entry for 2020, the West Yorkshire town of Halifax is first on the list. If you’ve not been before, get yourself down to the Acapulco Club (or the Acca if you’re local) when lockdown is over, as it boasts 75p drinks and the stickiest floors in the UK. Some people were less than favourable with their description of the town, with one saying: “I soon realised that I would need an interpreter in Halifax as the locals spoke only in grunts and squints”

9) Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent is up next, with the top 10 shithole regular making a triumphant return after missing out on a spot last year. However, the Staffordshire city probably wished it’d stayed out, as it got absolutely slammed: “It’s like somebody kidnapped every single village idiot in the world, gave them a shite accent and dropped them here.” Ouch…

8) Wakefield

Another new entry and another West Yorkshire spot, Wakefield‘s been hovering around the top 10 for the last decade and has finally broken through –  well done. People didn’t hold back when panning Wakey, with one saying: “I can’t stress how bad this place is. Little 9 year olds telling you to fuck off when you are waiting at the bus stop, 6 people crammed into a small shitty car all with snapbacks on with a smirk-ish grin on their faces, etc etc etc. Need I go on.”

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7) Keighley 

There’s a theme developing here, as our third new entry to the list is also located in West Yorkshire. This time it’s Keighley: “I have never encountered such a depressing, unfriendly and dull place in my life. The more time I spent there, the more I felt I was trapped in some groundhog day loop of repeating misery.”

6) Nottingham

Finally a new entry that isn’t from the West Riding of Yorkshire – Nottingham stormed into the top 10 as a surprise entry, with a last minute surge of voting on the final day catapulting it from shithole obscurity to a respectable sixth spot. Here’s what they had to say: “The most famous street in Nottingham is Forest Road. A quick trip to Radford will beggar belief. Prostitutes stand at every corner and crevice along this god-forsaken road.”

5) Rotherham

South Yorkshire’s Rotherham moves up one spot to fifth this year, with one former resident revealing why they moved away from the town: “After a year of reading headlines in the Rotherham Advertiser like ‘Chip Pan Fire Guts House’, ‘Body found outside Takeaway’ and ‘Asbo Grandad at it again’ I decided I somehow didn’t fit in and moved away.”

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4) Rochdale

Greater Manchester’s only entry this time round – down from two last year – Rochdale has dropped down one place to fourth. Whoever wrote this didn’t think much of the inhabitants: “The cesspit of the universe, where evolution took a break and told them to breed with their sisters over and over and over.”

3) Huddersfield

After being crowned the king of crap towns in 2018, Huddersfield fell into second spot last year, and has dropped down one further in 2020, only managing third place and a bronze medal. According to one local: “Huddersfield should be avoided by all those who desire to keep their wallets, mobile phones and most of all their sense of smell”, while another succinctly added: “Not all of Huddersfield is bad… just 70% of it.”

2) Doncaster

Doncaster had threatened to make the top ten for years, before finally breaking through last year with a respectable fourth spot. Well, this year Donny has gone two better, rising up to second place and losing out on the crown by a meagre 157 votes – there’s always next year lads. This local isn’t a fan: “A night out in Donny is magical, with bums sitting on steps drinking white lightning near the old Purple Door strip club or the Jobcentre and lovely ladies with near nothing on, looking to volunteer to contribute to Doncaster’s rising pregnancy rate.”

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1) Peterborough

Peterborough has done it again, after taking the number one spot last year as a surprise entry the city has retained its crown as the biggest dump in England. One local says: “The atmosphere in Peterborough is draining. You feel totally isolated from the rest of the world and life in general, as though everything else is going on and you’re not part of it as you’re stuck in this dump”, while another added a word of warning to would-be travellers to the area: “One thing to bear in mind, if booking a weekend getaway in Peterborough, it is customary if a stranger holds eye contact with you for more than three seconds, to shout “WHAT”??? and become extremely aggressive.”

You can see the original list in all its glory here.

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Stockport restaurant recognised with new ‘Green’ Michelin Star

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Where The Light Gets In has been given a ‘green’ Michelin star, the only recognise the region received this year. 

The Stockport restaurant by Sam Buckley became one of 23 businesses in the UK and Ireland to receive the brand new accolade.

The new ‘green’ star celebrates sustainable gastronomy practises and recognises the restaurants who are leading the way in sustainability. 

Where The Light Gets In has a daily-changing menu created with ingredients on hand each day from sustainably-sourced seafood to fruit, vegetables and herbs grown on the restaurants own farm. 

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Diners sit down to order the £65 menu with no idea what they will be easting until their food arrives.

Tucked away in an old coffee warehouse in Stockport, the 30-seat restaurant had already racked up a whole range of accolades as well as rave reviews from locals and national restaurant reviewers.

The virtual Michelin event hosted last night by Davina McCall saw the likes of L’Enclume in the Lake District, and Hypha in Chester receive the Green Star. 

Greater Manchester’s only star belongs to Mana, the Ancoats-based restaurant that brought the first star to the region since 1977.

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Where The Light Gets In opened the restaurant adapting their offering in lockdown to offer provisions each week. You can grab everything you need for a slap-up three-course meal complete with recipe cards for inspiration on what to make.

There are also breads and pastries made-in house by baker Rosie Wilkes plus a wine cellar complete with sommelier so you can be guided to the perfect wine for you.

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Get an exclusive discount on a 3-day virtual holistic retreat in Ibiza this weekend

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Two of Ibiza’s most respected holistic wellness organisations are hosting their first ever virtual retreat this weekend. 

Guaranteed to uplift your spirits and transport you to the sunshine of Ibiza, Ibiza Retreats and Transformation Station are hosting ‘Human R’Evolution, their first ever virtual festival. 

This extra special collaboration is set to benefit anyone across the globe and hopes to make wellness guidance accessible to all.

The virtual retreat taking place this coming Friday 29th January until Sunday 31st January will give people the opportunity experience the calming magic and unique spirit of Ibiza at home. 

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Founder of Ibiza Retreats, Larah Davies, emphasises the necessity to heal the body and mind throughout the pandemic.

The retreat will aim to provide guidance on how to better mental wellbeing through holistic mind-body practices. 

You can expect one-to-one wellness coaching, daily, professionally taught creative and intuitive flow and Kundalini yoga classes, which are hosted in incredible Ibiza locations, guided meditations, visualisations, yoga nidras (self-healing deep-sleep support), restorative yoga, nutritional guidance, MET (Tapping – Emotional Freedom Technique), Wim Hof workshop and sound healing. 

There will also be an ongoing support network for participants plus practise tools and techniques that can be incorporated into daily lives.

The three-day retreat will usually set you back €149 but you can get an exclusive discount using the code ‘FINEST’ at checkout to make the retreat €99.

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Pets could need vaccines to help stop spread of Covid-19, scientists say

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Scientists explain that cats and dog could need vaccines to help control the spread of coronavirus.

A separate rollout to vaccinate pet cats and dogs against Covid-19 may be necessary. It’s not clear how many and cats have been infected and if symptoms appear at all they seem to be mild. 

The University of East Anglia has found that coronavirus can infect a wide range of species including cats, dogs, mink and other domesticated species.

In an editorial published in the journal Virulence, scientists from the Norwich-based research facility wrote that the evolution of the virus in animals followed by the transmission to humans ‘poses a significant long-term risk to public health’.  

They added: “It is not unthinkable that vaccination of some domesticated animal species might be necessary to curb the spread of the infection,”

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One of the writer’s, Cock van Oosterhout, professor of evolutionary genetics said dogs and cats can contract coronavirus but there are no known cases of them carrying it on to humans.

He said: “It makes sense to develop vaccines for pets, for domestic animals, just as a precaution to reduce this risk.

“What we need to be as a human society, we really need to be prepared for any eventuality when it comes to COVID.

“I think the best way to do this is indeed consider the development of vaccines for animals as well.”

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He added that Russia has ‘already started to develop a vaccine for pets’ despite ‘very little information’ being about. 

Denmark’s government last year culled millions of mink after it emerged hundreds of Covid-19 cases in the country were linked with coronavirus variants associated with farmed milk.

Editor-in-chief of Virulence, Kevin Tyler, said: “The risk is that… it starts to pass as it did in the mink from animal to animal and then starts to evolve animal-specific strains, but then they spill back into the human population and you end up essentially with a new virus which is related which causes the whole thing all over again.” He added that ‘it’s not an obvious risk yet’. 

Professor van Oosterhout wrote the editorial along with Professor Tyler ad the director of the Earlham Institute Neil Hall, and Hinh Ly of the University of Minnesota.

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They wrote: “Continued virus evolution in reservoir animal hosts, followed by spillback events into susceptible human hosts, poses a significant long-term risk to public health.

“SARS-CoV-2 can infect a wide range of host species, including cats, dogs, mink and other wild and domesticated species and, hence, the vaccination of domesticated animals might be required to halt further virus evolution and spillback events.

“Whilst the vaccination campaigns against SARS-CoV-2/ Covid-19 are being rolled out worldwide, new virus variants are likely to continue to evolve that have the potential to sweep through the human population.”

The added that to keep coronavirus under control, in particular the more transmissible virus strains such as the UK variant, more people need to be vaccinated.

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“Vaccination against a viral pathogen with such high prevalence globally is without precedent and we, therefore, have found ourselves in uncharted waters,” they wrote.

They have called on the government to consider strict control measures such as masks and social distancing to reduce the evolution and spread of new variants. 

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