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Andy Burnham urges people to use buses as price drop confirmed

He admitted that the region’s buses still need a lot of improvement, however…

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Andy Burnham has urged people to start using buses more often as cheaper fares are set to be rolled out across the region.

Yesterday, the mayor announced that bus fares across Greater Manchester will be capped at £2 a journey and £5 a day from the first week of September. 

Describing the price drop as ‘a glimmer of light in tough times’, Burnham also revealed that fares will be capped at £1 for under sixteens, and that passengers aged between sixteen and eighteen will travel for free.

Burnham added that the cheaper fares will be paid for by ‘more people using buses’, before pointing out that many are ‘a third or half full at the moment’.

In the wake of his announcement, Burnham then launched a campaign calling on the public to ‘Get On Board’ and use buses when the lower fares come into force.

However, he admitted that Greater Manchester’s bus system still needs improvement, pointing out that he won’t be using the buses because they wouldn’t get him to work on time.

He said, as per the Manchester Evening News: “I do get public transport all of the time. I just live in an area where I have to get the train because I wouldn’t get into the office on time.

“It’s just a reflection, I’m afraid, of where the bus system is at at the moment. It isn’t the easiest to use, the routes don’t always go where you want them to go and as quickly as people want them to go.

“So I’m a bit of a victim of that at the moment. But I do use public transport all of the time – I use the tram all the time, I use the bus – and I’m not asking anybody to do anything that I’m not doing myself.”

He went on to acknowledge the financial pressures people are under at the moment, which is a contributing factor to why local leaders agreed to subsidise bus fares. 

This comes as all buses in the city-region prepare to be brought back under public control for the first time in decades following a series of legal battles with bus firms.

But back in June, Burnham announced plans to fast-track the new fare structure from September to help passengers with the ongoing cost of living crisis. 

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Jelly Babies crowned UK’s favourite sweet as top ten revealed

What’s you favourite sweet?

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Jelly Babies have been crowned the nation’s favourite sweet, according to a new survey.

The cute little retro tots beat the likes of Wine Gums, Drumstick lollies, Love Hearts and Cola Bottles to the top spot.

The survey, conducted by research agency, Perspectus Global found that the sugary delights, made with a firm shell and soft centre and invented 160 years ago, still proved they were going strong even against new competition.

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Firm favourites in the hearts of the nation, Jelly Babies were closely followed by Fruit Pastilles in second place with 62% of the vote, and Wine Gums in third with 60%.

Jelly Babies were first manufactured in Lancashire in the nineteenth century. But their popularity began to wane before being revived by Bassett’s, in Yorkshire.

Bassett’s began mass-producing the sweets as ‘Peace Babies’ in 1918 but then later reverted back to calling them Jelly Babies, as we all know and love them today.

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Other popular choices included Cola Bottles, creamy Werther’s Originals, rainbow coloured Skittles and mouthwateringly fruity Starburst.

But surprisingly, oldies but goldies including Black Jacks, Drumstick Lollies as well as its modern-day partner the Drumstick Squashie, didn’t perform quite as well as some might expect.

The tongue colour-changing Black Jacks came in at 21 with 52%, and Drumstick Lollies and Squashies got 51% of the vote.

And the inter-galactic retro Flying Saucers, crash landed at 29 on the list with 49% of the vote. 

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But the survey also revealed that not only do Brits love a sugary, fruity and tangy sweet, they also love a minty one too as Polos, Tic Tacs and Mentos all made it on the list as fan favourites. 

Of the 2,000 polled, 78% said there was something magical about enjoying your favourite childhood sweets, 77% admitted they would rather have sweets for dessert than a pudding and 70% prefer sweets over chocolate.

On average, Brits chomp through around 19 sweets a week – which is not great news for our teeth.

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The UK’s 30 favourite sweets, according to the survey, are as follows:

  1. Jelly Babies 65%
  2. Fruit Pastilles 62%
  3. Wine Gums 60%
  4. Cola Bottles 59%
  5. Werther’s Originals 59%
  6. Skittles 58%
  7. Starburst 57%
  8. Liquorice Allsorts 57%
  9. Tangfastics 57%
  10. Rhubarb and custards 56%
  11. Jelly Tots 56%
  12. Fruit Gums 55%
  13. Love Hearts 54%
  14. Dolly Mix 53%
  15. Lemon Sherberts 53%
  16. Pear Drops 53%
  17. Turkish Delight 52%
  18. Maoam Stripes 52%
  19. Kola cubes 52%
  20. Daim bars (formerly Dime) 52%
  21. Black Jacks 52%
  22. Toffee Bonbons 52%
  23. Tunnocks Snowballs 51%
  24. Drumstick Squashies 51%
  25. Drumstick Lollies 51%
  26. Polos 50%
  27. Fruit-tella 50%
  28. Tic Tacs 50%
  29. Flying saucers 49%
  30. Mentos 45%

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Woman finds Easter eggs for just 75p in Morrisons and does trolley dash

Bargain!

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A woman took to social media to show off her Easter egg shop after hearing Morrisons had slashed them down to 75p.

If you need to stock up on Easter eggs for the upcoming holiday, or you’ve just got a sweet tooth and love a good bargain, you’ll be pleased to hear Morrisons are selling some of the chocolate goodies for a reduced price of 75p.

One woman heard the news and had to go and check it out for herself, sharing her chocolate egg haul in a video clip on TikTok.

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Savvy shopper and chocolate lover Tammy made sure to fill her trolley with a selection of the Cadbury and Nestle eggs currently on offer at Morrisons.

The retail giant has slashed its 96g – 126g Easter eggs down by half price from £1.50 to 75p.

However, there’s just one catch: to get this price, customers will need to scan their Morrisons More Card. Customers without a More Card will still have to pay the full price of £1.50.

However, shoppers will have to act quick to bag this bargain as these deals usually only last a week.

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Tammy’s TikTok clip shows her POV as she pushes her shopping trolley filled with 20 of the Easter eggs costing her a total of £15 – not bad. At full price this shop would have cost her £30, saving her a cool £15.

With surely enough in her cart to sort the whole family and have a few left over to treat herself to while watching a Netflix series, it’s no wonder the TikToker was so pleased with herself as she typed in the caption: “When you hear these eggs are down to 75p.”

The clip, posted just days ago, has already gained almost 10,000 views and over 1,000 likes, though viewers have been left divided over the haul. Some have been tagging their friends and family to hurry and make the most of the deal while others have called it ‘selfish’ – but Tammy clapped back at the commenter, saying: “chill out”.

Meanwhile, someone else said: “Literally picked 2 of all flavours for my children.” And another asked: “Is there a limit? My daughter’s birthday party is the day before Easter so I was going to bulk buy them to give to all the kids.” 

Responding, one shopper typed: “I wasn’t told there was a limit so it was worth a try. I just went to a self-checkout.” 

While Tammy replied with: “Yes it says two of each only. I was over the ‘limit’ but no one questioned it.” 

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You can get paid £400 a month to take a relaxing hot bath

A bathroom supplier is looking for someone to test out baths and give feedback

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If you thought your dream job didn’t exist, think again as you could find yourself being paid to soak in a bath tub.

Some people much prefer a shower, while others enjoy a relaxing soak in a nice hot bath. Either way, this job description sounds heavenly, especially for the latter.

Baths have come into the spotlight since the release of Saltburn and its shocking slurping moment in THAT bath scene.

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Perhaps a few shower people have been convinced to change over to the bath side. If you prefer a bath, perhaps you’ll want to take a look at this next job description.

Bathroom Deal are looking for someone to test their bath tubs and share feedback on them. If you successfully land the role, you could become a Bathroom Quality Assurance Tester.

But you’ll have to spend a good bit of time having a soak so that you can share your verdict on each tub before they’re sold to the public. On the plus side, you’ll be squeaky clean!

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If you land the role, you’ll need to make sure you have between one to four hours per week to meet the job’s needs and in return you’ll get a freelance rate of £25 per hour, which works out as up to £400 per month.

The job is also remote so you can take a dip in the privacy of your own home but applicants must be prepared to swap out their bathtub for a different one at least once a month by professionals.

With energy prices rising and water bills going up too, we all know the cost of having a bath has become more of a luxury and probably less of an occurrence for many. However, the extra cash may be worth it.

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On top of this, aspiring bathtub quality assurance testers should also be aware that experts warn not to spend more than 22 minutes in the bath.

According to a recent study at Victoria Plumbing, this is the perfect length of time to spend in the tub and anything over that can suck the natural oils out of your skin and even leave you feeling dehydrated.

So, if this sounds like the perfect job for you, submit an application on the Bathroom Deal website – you must be over 18 to be considered.

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