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People share heartbreaking stories from last Christmas after news of the ‘Downing Street party’

‘I stuck to the rules. I didn’t see my Dad. He was in a care home with dementia’

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People from across Greater Manchester are sharing their own heartbreaking stories from Christmas 2020 following the news of Downing Street’s alleged Christmas party.

Last night, ITV News released a damning video that showed the Prime Minister’s former spokesperson Allegra Stratton on December 22nd last year laughing and joking about a so-called ‘Christmas party’, which she said was a ‘business meeting’ with no social distancing.

Laughing and gesturing to the camera, Stratton says: “This is recorded … This fictional party was a business meeting and it was not socially distanced.”

Since the video was released, people across the nation have been reacting in horror, particularly those from Greater Manchester, who were living under strict Tier 3 restrictions at the time. 

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham tweeted simply: “To think of all the sacrifices they asked people in Greater Manchester to make.”

Throughout the day, thousands of people have been replying to the mayor’s tweet with their own heartbreaking stories of loss, separation and isolation from Christmas 2020. 

Twitter user and NHS worker @annienic123 wrote: “We missed our beloved auntie’s funeral. I worked every day in the NHS and it didn’t cross our minds to have a Christmas party. We worked, we wore masks, we took our lateral flow tests, we came home and showered and prayed we weren’t bringing the virus home to our families.”

User @NorthAngry also replied: “I stuck to the rules. I didn’t see my Dad. He was in a care home with dementia. On that day we had a ‘window visit’ and he was worried that I was cold and why couldn’t I come in for a cuppa. He died in April. I cannot forgive this.”

Claire B explained how she couldn’t be there to support her mum following a terminal cancer diagnosis, writing: “I couldn’t accompany my Mother on her journey to hospital, or be with her when she received terminal cancer diagnosis, only getting to visit her on 29th December, because of an act of astute clinical confidence by a skilled nurse in Aintree (remember there?).”

Respiratory nurse Morag C recalled a shift over Christmas, writing: “Don’t even go there… I lost my Mum and Sons granda [sic] to covid. I’m a respiratory nurse and worked last Christmas night. We were short-staffed, despite my Boss’ best efforts, I never got home till 10am. I will NEVER forget what I seen that night.”

Twitter user Tammy shared her heartbreak over her dad dying alone, writing: “My Dad spent last Christmas alone and died New Year’s Day alone due to this government’s rules whilst they was having a party #govermentparty @BorisJohnson absolutely shameful #Disgraceful.”

The Prime Minister has profusely denied that any party took place.

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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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