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‘Expert’ claims to have settled the lunch, dinner, tea debate once and for all

Oh dear…

Jamie Roberts

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If there’s one debate that’s guaranteed to get even the most placid Northerner going, it’s what to call the three main meals.

Now, obviously it’s breakfast, dinner and tea, but if you accidentally travel too far south the confusion begins, as they call the evening meal dinner – don’t arrange a dinner date in London or you’ll end up sat by yourself at midday wondering why you’ve been stood up.

Well, apparently the debate has been settled once and for all, by a so called ‘expert’ who clearly doesn’t have a clue.

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Etiquette expert William Hanson has claimed that dinner is lunch (or fucking luncheon), while tea is in fact dinner – nonsense.

He said: “The correct order of meals is breakfast, lunch or luncheon as it is technically called, and then dinner.”

According to Will the Expert, tea comes between the midday and evening meals, and is a spread of afternoon tea with things like finger sandwiches and scones. Jesus wept.



He went on to add that any food after the evening meal is supper, saying: “Then came supper historically and that was a light snack before you went to bed, maybe after the opera or theatre.”

A light snack after the opera? What about a massive sloppy kebab after you’ve stumbled out of the pub? Can we have a kebab for supper, Will?

So basically, Will is wrong, and the fact remains that the meals are breakfast, dinner and tea, as proven by school dinners, Christmas dinner and common sense.

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Groups of up to six people can meet up from Monday, Boris Johnson announces

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Boris Johnson has announced some changes to the lockdown measures in England which will come into effect from June 1st.

The Prime Minister led the daily coronavirus briefing from Number 10 today.

He announced that the five tests for easing restrictions have been met, meaning he can lift some of them.

Mr Johnson set out the next steps for easing lockdown restrictions in regards to schools, retail and social contact.

Schools will reopen to more children from Monday, as the government previously announced.

Shops will also start to reopen, with outdoor markets and car showrooms opening on Monday, while more non-essential shops will open from June 15th, as long as they follow social distancing guidelines.

Groups of family and friends up to six people will be able to meet from Monday, in gardens and other outdoor spaces, so long as people from other households observing social distancing.

This means people can now see parents and grandparents.

However, those who have been asked to shield must continue to do so.

According to the Prime Minister, transmission of the virus is much lower outside, which is why you’ll only be allowed to meet outdoors.

More to follow…

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Pubs and restaurants could reopen in June, Boris Johnson says

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As part of the newest updates on easing lockdown, in regards to the hospitality industry Boris Johnson has suggested ‘we may be able to do things faster than I thought’.

Potential plans to bring in a reduction in the existing two-metre social distancing rule to one metre mean pubs and restaurants could reopen as early as June. Mr Johnson has asked scientists to review the two metre rule in the ‘hope’ it can be reduced.

Previously, plans to reopen the hospitality sector were expected to take place at the beginning of July at the earliest, as part of phase three.

However, in a Zoom video link to the Commons liaison committee yesterday, the Prime Minister explained that hotels, restaurants and pubs may all open as soon as next month.

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He said: “It is really difficult to bring forward hospitality measures in a way that involves social distancing.

“But I am much more optimistic about that than I was. We may be able to do things faster than I previously thought.”

Boris Johnson is expected to announce new rules allowing two households to meet for barbecues later today, during the three week review of the coronavirus lockdown. 

In the roadmap, step two of the relaxing of the lockdown would not include the hospitality sector and personal care. Originally they came under step three which would start at the earliest on July 4th.

However, yesterday’s statements suggest that this could be moved forward. 

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From today you might get a call from the NHS telling you to isolate for 14 days

Track and trace starts today.

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From today, Thursday May 28th, you could get a call from the NHS telling you to self-isolate for 14 days, even if you have no symptoms.

This is because the government’s new track and trace rules are now in effect, in a bid to control the spread of coronavirus.

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said self isolation was our ‘civic duty’ at yesterday’s briefing, adding that it could be made mandatory if people don’t obey it, the Liverpool Echo reports. 

Mr Hancock said: “If you are contacted by NHS track and trace instructing you to isolate you must it is your civic duty so you avoid unknowingly spreading the virus and you break the chain of transmission.

“This is voluntary at first because we trust people to do the right thing but we can make it mandatory if necessary.”

He continued: “From 9am tomorrow in addition if you are contacted by an NHS track and trace adviser advising you you must isolate you must do that if you have symptoms or not.”

If you have symptoms, you must self-isolate then ask for a Covid-19 test, before working with a track and trace adviser to list the people you’ve been in contact with recently, who will then get a phone call and be asked to isolate regardless of symptoms.

According to Baroness Harding, who led the track and trace project, people must isolate themselves for 14 days, although members of their family won’t have to if no one has symptoms. 

Mr Hancock added: “If you have symptoms you must isolate immediately and get yourself a test. Yesterday 2,013 people tested positive and the next step is through contact tracing, like detectives, the NHS clinician and the person who tested positive work together to trace the possible movements of the virus.”

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