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Ramsbottom woman’s furious rant over price husband paid for Tesco leg of lamb goes viral

The viral post has been dubbed ‘LambGate’ by amused locals



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A woman’s impassioned rant about the price her husband paid for a leg of lamb in Tesco has gone viral this week.

Rozalia Linder took to her local Facebook community group What’s on in Ramsbottom to vent about the steep price of the lamb, which her husband Clive had brought home from their local Tesco over the weekend.

Rozalia said she was ‘mortified’ by the price of the 2.360kg piece of meat, sharing a photo and writing: “Sent Clive to Tesco for a leg of lamb… £30.86p!!!… Absolutely Mortified at the price!!”

She went on to explain that Clive did question a member of staff about the price, but simply accepted the answer and bought it anyway.

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Rozalia’s rant continued: “I’m Not prepared to pay this!! [sic] some families don’t even have £30 a week to feed their children…. Something Needs to be done.

“I will be taking this item back to Tesco tomorrow and asking for my money back!!!!!!”

The impassioned post was quick to go viral and, instead of receiving the sympathy and advice she was looking for, Rozalia was instead bombarded with an influx of jokes and memes.

The post was inundated with ‘#SaveClive’ and ‘#LambGate’ comments, with one Facebook user writing: “It will be hereafter known as the Clive Paradox: Is it better to go home without lamb and really pi** the wife off, or buy an expensive leg of lamb and really pi** the wife off?”

Another joked: “I think Clive has been silenced. Just like the lambs.”

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Someone has even set up a fundraiser in Clive’s name, titled the ‘CLIVE AID for RAMSBOTTOM PANTRY‘, with the aim of raising money for Ramsbottom’s local food bank.

The GoFundMe, which has raised an impressive £605 at the time of writing, has a pun-riddled description which reads: “If LAMBSBOTTOM has given you a giggle, it would be wonderful if *ewe* could all donate enough to buy 10 legs of Tesco lamb (or whatever supplies are needed) for RAMSBOTTOM PANTRY…

“And then maybe CLIVE will do a free *meat* and greet.”

Thankfully, Rozalia has been able to see the funny side to the reaction to her original post, with the fifty-two-year-old telling the Manchester Evening News that while she’s taken the comments in good humour, Clive isn’t too impressed.

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She said: “He keeps swearing at me and telling me to go out of his room but I find it hilarious.

“I can just imagine him walking through Rammy [sic] and people beeping their horns at him saying: ‘Clive’s alive’. Clive will not see the funny side which makes it even more hilarious for me.

“Everyone has been saying he needs to get a t-shirt saying ‘don’t worry I’m alive’, he’ll never be able to go in Tesco again.”

To donate to the Ramsbottom Pantry fundraiser, click here.

Tesco is yet to comment on the ‘LambGate’ scandal.

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Elon Musk says he’s ‘buying Manchester United’

The world’s richest man seemingly has his eyes set upon Old Trafford…



Elon Musk sent football fans into a frenzy last night after announcing his plans to purchase Manchester United.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO – who has a net worth of around £200 billion, making him the richest man in the world – submitted a bid in the region of £31 billion to buy Twitter back in April, though he is now attempting to exit the deal.

At the time, Manchester United fans urged Musk to instead splash his cash on their team amid fierce protests against the club’s current owners, the Glazer family. 

And in the early hours of this morning (August 17th), Musk seemingly made those wishes come true by following up a joke about political parties in the US with the tweet: “Also, I’m buying Manchester United ur welcome”. 

While Musk is known for his tongue-in-cheek tweets, his announcement last night sparked excitement and speculation amongst Manchester United fans, who seemed to support the idea of the South African businessman running the club. 

One United supporter replied: “You have absolutely no idea the sheer amount of hope you just have to a million fans worldwide. Please do buy us though.”

Another encouraged: “If you want a real challenge in life, it’s not putting people on Mars, it’s making @ManUTD successful again. Buy out the Glazers [and] with our 600m global followers you instantly become the most popular person in the world!”

A third made a joking reference to the peculiar name Musk chose for his son, writing: “At this point, I don’t care if you rename Old Trafford as ‘X Æ A-12 Musk Stadium’. Just buy the club.”

However, a couple of hours after his initial tweet, Musk backtracked on his claim, revealing to his 103.4 million followers that he was only joking. 

Replying to a follower who asked if he was being serious, Musk wrote: “No, this is a long-running joke on Twitter. I’m not buying any sports teams.”

Though he later said if he were to buy a sports club, it would be Manchester United because ‘they were my fav [sic] team as a kid’.

Manchester United are currently bottom of the Premier League, for the first time since August 1992, after a humiliating 4-0 loss to Brentford on Saturday. 


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Cat owner receives threatening letter from neighbour over ‘abusive’ collar

The letter also threatened to report the owner for ‘animal abuse’



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A cat owner has been forced to turn to the police after her neighbour posted an anonymous letter threatening to take her pet.

Beth German, twenty-one, started letting her six-month-old kitten Elton outdoors two weeks ago and, as a way to warn any birds and animals of his presence, attached a bell to his collar.

However, upon returning to her home in Hazel Grove yesterday (August 15th), Beth was greeted with an anonymous hand-written letter from one of her neighbours, who ordered her to remove the ‘abusive’ bell or face having her kitten ‘rehomed’.

The letter read: “Take the bell off the cat’s collar or I will rehome it and report you for animal abuse.”

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An extra note scrawled on the back of the letter added: “You wouldn’t like it if I did it to you”.

Beth said she has an inkling as to which neighbour posted the letter, noting how she’s had issues with someone stealing her bins and ‘generally being awkward’ in the past.

Her Ring Doorbell also caught the culprit in the act and, while she couldn’t see their face clearly, she said it ‘looked very much like them.’

She told Proper Manchester: “I went straight to the neighbour we’ve had issues with before and she said it wasn’t her, but I’m not convinced.”

To ensure she wasn’t ‘abusing’ her cat with the collar, Beth decided to contact her vet, who reassured her of the safety of collars on kittens and ‘laughed at such a horrendous accusation’.

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She also rang 101 to file a report under ‘malicious threats through the post’, with the police being confused as to why anyone would pen such a letter.

Beth explained: “The police have said to keep doing what I’m doing because I’m not doing anything wrong. They said if they do it again, they’ll come out and talk to them themselves.”

Despite the police’s support on the matter, however, Beth is now too worried to let Elton or her other kitten Etta outdoors out of fear they will be taken.

Greater Manchester Police have been contacted for comment.

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Three in four Tory voters back Labour’s emergency energy plan

Labour leader Sir Kier Starmer plans to ‘freeze’ energy bills



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Three quarters of Tory voters support Labour’s emergency energy plan as they come under increasing pressure to do more to address the cost of living crisis.

Yesterday, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer laid out plans for his £29 billion emergency plan to prevent energy bills rising to unprecedented costs in the next six months. 

Starmer explained that the package would be mostly paid for by a big increase in tax on oil and gas company profits, something the Conservative Party has famously failed to implement throughout the crisis. 

He also pledged to backdate the windfall tax to January, reduce inflation with lower energy bills and to drop the £400 energy rebate and other pledges made by Tory leadership candidates to raise £14 billion. 

This plan, Starmer promised, would save people £1,000 on their energy bills. 

However, while both the Tory leadership contenders – foreign secretary Liz Truss and former chancellor Rishi Sunak – have rejected Starmer’s proposal of freezing bills, reports by The Times claim that three in four Tory voters support his plan.

Energy companies have also pitched their own version of Labour’s offer, with the industry proposing a voluntary pause on bills for two years, with a promise to spread the cost of the gas price crisis over a decade or more.

The energy minister Greg Hands, meanwhile, said the Conservative government is ‘working up further options for this winter’ to present to a new prime minister, and acknowledged that ‘more is going to have to be done’. 

He also criticised Labour’s ‘magical solution to just wish it all away’, saying price increases could not be ‘abolished’ and that freezing bills would ‘inevitably lead to higher taxes’. 

Current Prime Minister Boris Johnson also warned that freezing bills is a ‘very expensive thing to do’, saying: “What [the bill freeze] does achieve is to protect everybody entirely from the increases in energy prices.

“So if that’s what you want to achieve, that’s what you need to do. But you do need to recognise that is a very expensive thing to do.”

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