A Christmas tree has gone viral after a writer explained that her toddler was let loose with the decorations.
It’s news to me that people have set ways of decorating the tree, I thought you just shove things on, take a step back at the end and be proud that the job is done.
However, some people are a little pickier than I am when it comes to putting baubles on a tree that will only be in your living room for around four weeks.
That does involve sometimes letting your kids inhibitions run wild with tinsel and fairy lights.
And this year is no different. One mum, AC Thomas, has shared her kid’s latest creation with the caption: “My toddler decorated my mother in law’s tree.”
The photo shows a pretty sparse looking tree with a few snowflakes decorations dotted around near the top and a silver angel on the top.
The bottom half is packed with red and silver baubles all rather perfectly placed at toddler height.
The tweet went viral getting over 410,000 likes and more than 38,000 tweets.
One person wrote: “Your kid has a good eye. Just needs some height”, while another added ‘give the kid a stepladder and you’re good to go’.
A third wrote: “Well they are on to something there! If you continue up using different blocks of coloured ornaments, that actually would look awesome!”
A fourth added: “You should make it so the kid decorates the tree every year and eventually the ornaments would get higher and higher as they grow!”
Oasis tribute band and 50 customers trapped in pub for three days by Storm Arwen blizzard
You could say they were trapped behind a Wonderwall of snow…
In what could be one of the most peculiar situations ever, an Oasis tribute band and fifty customers wound up trapped in a pub by a snow blizzard for three days.
The Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s ‘highest pub’ up in the Yorkshire Dales, became buried by around 5ft of snow on Friday night, trapping fifty customers and Oasis tribute band, ‘Noasis’, who were billed for the evening’s entertainment.
However, at around 9pm it became apparent that nobody would be able to leave, with both customers’ cars and the country roads leading up to the pub becoming fully blocked by snow and fallen power cables.
The snow drifted so high that, at one point, staff and customers had to dig a tunnel from the front door.
In total, sixty-one people were stranded in the pub for the whole weekend, with guests being forced to camp down and sleep on makeshift beds by the bar.
Despite the peculiar scenario, however, the punters, band and staff all rallied together ‘like a big family’ to make the best of a sticky situation. They enjoyed a pub quiz, movie night, karaoke and even a traditional Sunday lunch.
The pub’s general manager Nicola Townsend told The Guardian: “They’ve formed quite a friendship. Like a big family is the best way I can describe it.
“One lady actually said ‘I don’t want to leave.'”
Noasis were also posting regular updates on Twitter, writing on Saturday November 27th: “Sorry to announce we’re stranded @tanhillinn Yorkshire.”
The band then added the following night on November 28th: “Oh it’s a lovely war! Stranded for a third night – hope it rains tomorrow.”
While punters are now gradually making their way home, The Tan Hill Inn wrote on Facebook: “We will ALWAYS remember this group of amazing people who came together, and hopefully, in challenging circumstances, enjoyed what we all think was a life – changing experience.
“IF YOU are one of those people in the crowd, you could honour us by saying a few words in review and tag us in. I know as owners we are incredibly proud of our staff – each and everyone.”
Asda is trialling selling pints of draught beer in supermarkets
The motive behind the trial is to help boost recycling and sustainability
Asda customers may soon be able to stock up on fresh draught beer if a new experiment rolled out in the supermarket is successful.
The experiment has launched at one of the Milton Keynes stores, and enables the sale of refillable one and two litre containers of beer and cider.
Staff are using pub-style beer pumps located at the end of the alcohol aisles to pour drinks into refillable glass containers that can be kept and used – alternatively, the containers can be brought back to the store to be refilled again or returned for good.
There are twelve different types of brewski for shoppers to choose from including a Pornstar Martini IPA from Redchurch Brewery and Chew Chew Salted Caramel Milkstout from Fallen Brewing, as well as a selection of low alcohol and non-alcoholic alternatives.
A litre of beer of cider will cost from £5.90 to £8.20 – that’s £2.95 to £4.10 per 500ml (for reference, a pint is 568ml).
The motive behind the trial is to boost recycling and sustainability, along with working alongside smaller and local breweries – the supermarket has already had similar refillable schemes for dry goods, such as pasta, grains and rice.
Asda senior Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships Matt Harrison said on the trial: “The refillable element of the trial gives customers the chance to pick up a new tipple and make a small change to help them shop more sustainably in our Milton Keynes store.”
Craig Bell, co-founder of Craft on Draft who has reportedly teamed up with the supermarket, added: “We’re passionate about craft beers and ciders and aim to showcase the best small batch brews to bring something new and different to Asda customers.
“Although if they want to try them they’ll need to be quick, as there will be a limited number of serves available and once it’s gone, it’s gone.”
If the trial is successful in Milton Keynes, Asda plans to roll out the scheme to more stores across the country next year.
Nine-year-old schoolboy creates app to help non-verbal autistic children communicate
Sean wanted to create an app that would help non-verbal children like his little brother
A nine-year-old schoolboy has created a groundbreaking app that helps non-verbal autistic children to communicate.
Sean Porter, from Southport, came up with the idea for the app after he was asked to create a game for a school project. However, he decided to go one step further and design something that could help his six-year-old brother Adam communicate.
Adam was diagnosed as autistic at the age of two and has always struggled with his speech and communication – but now, thanks to his brother’s app, he can communicate a number of basic messages with just the tap of a picture.
Speaking to ITV News about his app, Sean said: “I knew that if I didn’t develop this app, then I don’t know anyone who would think of it.
“It feels absolutely amazing – I feel wonderful.
“People generally don’t think about other people. They think ‘if I make this amazing invention I am going to be epic and famous and have loads of money.’
“But they don’t focus on anyone else and how it affects them.”
Sean and Adam’s father Liam Porter said the app has helped Adam’s speech and communication skills to develop faster, saying: “Him asking for food, telling us he was hurt, asking to go to the toilet, it was basically guess work.
“This app has opened up more choice for Adam after we created the app he has asked for more things and is developing faster.”
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the boys’ mum Kirsty added that Sean wants to work more on the app and eventually make it user specific for each individual child.
She said: “At the minute it’s just ‘I want a drink’, ‘I want some food’, ‘I need the toilet’ and in order to make it more specific. Children with autism have specific drinks they want, you can’t just say to them ‘what drink’ they want that drink they are used to having.”
According to Autismspeaks.org, an estimated 40% of people with autism are nonverbal, meaning they may never speak more than just a few words.