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Farmers who live in house in middle of M62 share insight into life there

‘A lot of people say it’s bleak and like Wuthering Heights but I don’t see it like that. I think it’s beautiful’

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A couple who live in the famous farm that sits right in the middle of the M62 motorway share an insight into what it’s like to live in the awkwardly placed home.

Us Northerners all know the farm; the one which sits right in the middle of junctions 22 and 23 of the M62 near Huddersfield as the motorway splits in half.

It’s been the main talking point of travellers taking the route to go on family trips out for years, with the tale being that the farmer refused to budge when the road was being built in the ’60s, and so they built the motorway around him.

It’s fascinated many passengers and children who’ve wondered why a farmhouse would be situated in such a strange and awkward place, and what it must be like to live there?

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Married couple Jill Falkingham and Paul Thorp, and their son, John-William, have made Stott Hall Farm their home since its previous owner Ken Wild passed away.

Ken refused to move from his farm when plans to build the huge stretch of road were underway. The house was eventually saved when it was determined that land there was too steep to hold the motorway.

Paul came to work on the farm as a young 22-year-old lad who was ‘mad about farming’.

He moved into the farm in 2008 and Jill moved in the following year. They work together as sheep farmers, looking after 900 ewes and 20 Angus cattle, which graze on the hills surrounding the motorway.

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Appearing on Channel 4’s show ‘The Pennines: The Backbone of Britain’, the couple both gave an incredible insight into what life is like living here and now all our questions have finally been answered.

Paul told the documentary: “To get an opportunity to take on a farm this size were once in a lifetime, so it’s my home now. It’s just everything.

“It’s just like any other farm really. You’ve got to know your land, know your job and plan around it.

“The only thing is, we’ve got six lanes of traffic through ours. It throws up its challenges, it’s very unique.”

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Speaking about her experience when she first moved into the unusual home, Jill said it really isn’t that different to living near any other road, explaining how they took extra measures to minimise noise or constant surrounding traffic.

Jill explained: “We have treble glazing and it’s no different to living anywhere that has a road.”

Although her husband has no issues with the sound of passing traffic, she admitted that it does sometimes bother her, saying: “The noise does affect me as I’m quite noise sensitive.

“Paul is fine with it but it does grate on me. It’s the sort of thing that if you’re having a bad day the noise is the last straw. But it’s not going away.”

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About the volume of traffic, Paul added: “The mind boggles as to where everybody’s going everyday.”

Aside from the noise, the traffic also presents other problems. Paul and Jill have to ensure their animals are safe from passing vehicles. The answer to this modern-day issue is the dry-stone walls which have marked out the Pennine hills for hundreds of years.

Paul explained: “As my grandad said the stone in Yorkshire were put underneath Yorkshire so it could be used on top of Yorkshire.

“There’s nowt else that would last, if you put a concrete wall up here, it would just erode in no time.”

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If any of their animals happen to jump over the fence, Highways England staff have to call the couple and the motorway is shut until they recover their livestock.

Jill also spoke about the condition of land their farm is built on, adding: “ The grass doesn’t grow because we are so high up and it’s so cold.”

Despite it’s obvious issues, the couple are very satisfied with the plot they call home, as Jill said: “A lot of people say it’s bleak and like Wuthering Heights but I don’t see it like that.

“I think it’s beautiful.”

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Woman shares sneaky trick on how to get a half price Maccie’s

You can do what?!

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She went viral on TikTok for sharing the little known hack where hungry fast food fans can bag a Maccie’s for better than half price.

TikTok user Caroline (@caroline.shops) shared the sneaky trick with her followers where McDonald’s lovers can get a burger and fries for £1.99, saying it works ‘every single time’.

The content creator shares numerous thrifty tips and tricks on her account along with her other passions for wigs and fashion.


So how can I get a Maccie’s for £1.99, I hear you ask. Well, according to Caroline you should order something cheap such as a small soft drink at McDonalds and make sure to get a receipt.

She explains that on the receipt, there is a web address and a code. If you head over to the website and enter the code you will be asked to give feedback on your recent Maccie’s visit.

But Caroline has shared that if you skip past answering the questions by selecting that you do not want to answer, you will eventually come to the end where you will receive a voucher code.

This code will allow you to get a Big Mac and fries or a McPlant and fries for just £1.99.


According to Caroline, this thrifty trick also works on a McChicken Sandwich and fries, a quarter pounder with cheese and fries, a Filet-o-Fish with fries or six McNuggets with fries.

As she says: “This code or voucher and go and get the food – you then end up with a drink and burger and fries for £3.18, which is less than half of what it would usually be.”

If you’d rather order a medium drink it will cost you 50p more but you’ll still be saving quite a bit on a meal that would usually cost around £6.49.

And, another way to bag yourself a free meal is by playing the McDonald’s Monopoly, which is running at the moment. Caroline points this out in her clip also.

Social media users jumped to the comments to say how they are already onto this cheeky tip, with one clever person suggesting: “Order a dip next time it’s 10p still get a receipt.”

Another commented: “I have been using this for years.” And a third said: “I do this every time. I also do this all whilst logging into the app at the ordering machines so I earn points too!!”

Meanwhile, others had no idea about the handy hack and thanked Caroline for bringing it to their attention. One person typed: “I didn’t actually know this, thanks!” A second put: “Smart move,” added a second.

And, a third said: “Thinking about all the mcdonalds receipts I’ve thrown out.”

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Man divides internet with ‘genius’ method of cooking a fry-up

But some people weren’t so sure

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A man has gone viral on TikTok as he shared the strange method of how he cooks a fry-up, with some labelling it as ‘genius’.

TikToker Lawrence (@lawrencetiktok90) stunned followers with the rather different way he likes to make a Full English.

There’s already a huge debate around what does and doesn’t belong on the plate of a full brekky, with many who believe hash browns do not and others claiming neither do black or white puddings.


Afterall, the dish is a British staple and has been known to be the cure for many a hangover. However, we all don’t seem to disagree much over the way to put one together.

But people have been left absolutely gobsmacked at seeing how Lawrence chooses to cook his fried breakfast.

Apart from the tinned items, the rest of the food is usually fried – except those who choose to make it a little healthier and use the grill.


The usual cooking method means multiple pans are being used across the hobs at once and involves quite a bit of washing up to do.

Well, not when Lawrence cooks. He likes to pack all the ingredients into just one pan, including the tinned items – and the tins aswell by the way.

In the video he wraps his hand in a tea-towel and warns his audience: “Be careful it’s not too hot.”  He then removes the lid off the beans he describes as ‘lovely’,  and slops them out onto the plate.


Then he carefully opens the tin of plum tomatoes and scoops some out onto a plate, while using the tea towel to hold the heated tin.

If you’re not a fan of the clean up job after cooking a Full English then this hack could be the way forward. The one pan does make for less washing up and some have even called the technique ‘genius’.

Commenting on the clip, one user simply said: “That sir is genius.” While another put: “Easiest way to heat up food while camping keeping it in the tin but never thought of doing it at home.”

Someone else wrote: “Lawrence with the 200 IQ cooking move.” While someone who clearly hates doing the dishes typed: “One pan dinner, love it.” And another added: “This is pure gold!”

Others weren’t as convinced by the idea, as one penned: “Hazardous.” And someone commented: “The tea towel dipping into the food upset me more than the tins on the pan.”

Another asked: “How do you know that the tin is hygienic to be on the pan with the other food (sorry I’m a bit ocd).”

Completely against the idea, a fourth said: “Nah. Beans and tomatoes cooked in the can IN THE PAN is bananas.”

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Heinz set to launch new curry flavour range of its baked beans

There’s a new twist on the staple

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Baked beans brand Heinz has announced it will be launching a range of new flavours of its baked beans, which is sure to have fans divided.

The new flavours are sure to add a little spice to the tomatoey blend of sauce and beans as it brings out three new curry flavours.

The new twist on the original will see them come in the flavours of  Tikka, Jalfrezi and Vindaloo, and will be available to shop in Asda from this Thursday (October 5th).


The launch coincides with National curry Week which celebrates traditional Eastern cuisine which became a favourite dish among Brits.

Now, households can spice up their beans on toast with all the taste of their favourite takeaway.

Around 40% of Brits already admit to adding some form of spice to their beans, but now they don’t have to with these three new flavours.


The Tikka Masala beans come in a creamy warmly spiced sauce, the Jalfrezi has a medium kick to it, while the Vindaloo is much more fiery and intense.

But will the new curry range go down as well with baked beans fans? We’ll have to wait and see. The manufacturer already sells up to 2.5 million tins of beans a day.

Alessandra de Dreuille, director of meals and insights for Heinz, said: “We think it’s about time that two of the nation’s favourite dishes, curry and Heinz Beanz, came together, and as soon as we heard that Brits were adding spice to their Beanz, we knew we were on to something!”


According to The Sun, the new curry range announcement comes after some Heinz fans realised the company had cut the number of beans and upped the amount of sauce in their cans this year.

The 415g cans went from 51% beans to 50%. It works out as around an estimated 10 fewer beans per tin.

Meanwhile, the price has gone up from £1 to £1.40 in the past year.

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