Christmas is a time to spoil your friends and family, but one mum has divided opinion with the vast yearly present haul she gets for her kids.
Emma Tapping buys hundreds of gifts for her family, and has previously admitted spending a whopping £1.5k on her children.
She’s back again this year, sharing a video of 2019’s present pile, and the footage hasn’t gone down well with some people.
Back in 2016 Emma appeared on This Morning to defend her spending, saying: “I work hard for my money. I start in January, shop all the way through the year, and that’s the pile at the end of the year. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
Then in 2017, a photo of the 39-year-old’s presents went viral again, as they were stacked so high they almost reached the top of her Christmas tree.
Even though she’s received some negative feedback, it hasn’t stopped her from carrying on the tradition, and this year she shared a video of the presents on Instagram, with Wham!’s classic festive hit Last Christmas playing in the background.
Emma wrote in the caption: “I’ve managed to make another #magical #christmas for my family. Lots of planning. Lots of sales and deals. Roll on the big day.”
Opinion was split, with one person simply commenting: “Be less materialistic.” (She responded underneath with ‘Be less judgmental.’
Another added: “Are they decent gifts, though? Because the article I read said the only things your kids hadn’t used one year was a popcorn maker and a notepad, but a notepad is a sh*t gift so are you buying them actual presents or naff fillers just so it all looks more impressive than it is?”
It wasn’t all negative, however, with one follower saying: “I think if you can afford to why the hell not? I don’t understand why people feel the need to put negative comments about things like this, it’s not like you’re asking them for the money to pay for it. I love seeing posts Like this tbh. Why anyone should try and make people feel guilty for being able to spoil their kids at Christmas is beyond me. Merry Christmas to you & your Family”.
Another person agreed: “Love it ! Who cares how much you spend on how many presents , spoil your kids and don’t give two hoots what anyone says ! Have a great christmas”.
Fair play. It must take pretty much the whole day to unwrap all of those presents though…
Huge meteor captured on doorbell camera lighting up the sky over Wigan
‘This particular piece of asteroid spent most of its orbit between Mars and Jupiter’
Meteor caught on camera lighting up the sky over Wigan.
The meteor was spotted just before 10pm on Sunday February 28th, and sent a sonic boom across parts of England. Scientists explain that it is likely to have been a small piece of an asteroid entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
A woman named Nikki posted a video of the meteor on Twitter, captured on her doorbell camera near her home in Appley Bridge on Sunday.
UKFall said the bright light could be seen all the way from Ireland to the Netherlands and is set to break the record as the most reported ever.
Over 758 reports have been made on the International Meteor Organisation’s website already.
UKFall’s Dr Ashley King, said: “The video recordings tell us its speed was about 30,000 miles per hour, which is too fast for it to be human-made ‘space junk’, so it’s not an old rocket or satellite.
“The videos also allowed us to reconstruct its original orbit around the sun. In this case, the orbit was like an asteroid’s.
“This particular piece of asteroid spent most of its orbit between Mars and Jupiter, though sometimes got closer to the Sun than Earth is.”
UKFall also said that it is likely ‘a few fragments’ reached the ground as the meteor fragmented in the atmosphere.
Dr Katherine Joy of the University of Manchester said: “If you do find a meteorite on the ground, ideally photograph it in place, note the location using your phone GPS, don’t touch it with a magnet, and, if you can, avoid touching it with your hands.”
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All the cute baby animals you’ll be able to see when Chester Zoo reopens
There’s been a baby boom at the zoo
Chester Zoo is set to reopen its doors next month and there are plenty of cute baby animals to see.
After a challenging year for Chester Zoo, the news from Boris Johnson last week that means outdoor attractions such as zoos and theme parks can reopen from April 12th was welcomed.
And over the course of lockdown, there has been a baby boom in the zoo too!
There’s everything to see from tree frogs to penguin chicks and rare baby lemurs.
Of some of the smallest to see are 12cm long baby Mongoose triplets that were born back in May last year.
Even smaller, a pair of Eastern Pygmy Marmosets were born in December measuring just two inches long at the time.
The babies are part of the most miniature primate species on Earth and are normally found in the rainforests of western Brazil, south-eastern Colombia, eastern Ecuador and eastern Peru.
Some of the largest species at the zoo saw new additions, like the birth of a rare baby rhino. The birth of the Eastern Black Rhino was celebrated globally as fewer than 1,000 remain on the planet.
You’ll also find baby penguins born at the start of lockdown last year, plus baby Great Green Macaw Parrot chicks that hatched back in April 2020.
These colourful birds live in the lowland forests of Central and South America with a global population estimated at fewer than 2,500.
In March last year, twin ring-tailed lemurs were born to parents Fiona and Dog.
Rare Mexican frogs were born at Chester Zoo in September – the first of their kind born in a European zoo.
As part of a successful breeding programme, 100 Mexican Leaf Frogs hatched at the zoo after keepers recreated the scorching conditions of their natural environment.
A critically endangered Western chimpanzee was born by 43-year-old Mandy in August at Chester Zoo. Normally found in West Africa, there are as few as 18,000 Western chimpanzees remaining in the wild.
It’s also the first subspecies of chimpanzee to be added to the list of critically endangered apes, making this birth vital to the future of the subspecies.
A critically endangered Bornean orangutan was born in October, a surprise to keepers as mum Leia had a negative pregnancy test just a few months prior.
Estimates suggest fewer than 55,000 Bornean orangutans remain on the island of Borneo in Indonesia, the only place you can find them in the wild.
Earlier last month, Chester Zoo bosses revealed that the zoo is losing £1.7m a month, totalling to £11.5m in losses if the zoo can reopen on April 12th.
Primark confirms what date it will be reopening after lockdown
The news Primark fans have been waiting for
With the details of the ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ revealed yesterday by the prime minister, non-essential retail has been given the chance to start planning its reopening.
Non-essential retailers can reopen during the second stage of restriction easing, which will happen no earlier than April 12th.
Retailers which don’t sell ‘essential’ items have been closed since January 4th, and were only able to open sporadically throughout last year.
If the data let’s stage two go ahead on its planned date, then the high street should once again come to life on Monday April 12th.
That includes Primark, who has now confirmed that it will be opening stores on April 12th if the government allows it.
A Primark spokesperson told The Sun: “Primark welcomes the news that we have a provisional opening date of April 12th for our stores in England.
“We know our customers will be thrilled and we can’t wait to welcome them back into our stores.
“Our priority will be to do that safely, building on all the lessons we have learnt across our European operations in the past year.”
Joining Primark in reopening on the 12th will be John Lewis, Dunelm, H&M and JD Sport, who all plan to let customers enter stores on the first day it is allowed.