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Southerner says bacon butties are best covered in marmalade rather than brown sauce or ketchup

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A cookery writer has sparked outrage across the North of England for saying bacon butties are best slathered with marmalade instead of brown sauce or ketchup.

Award-winning British culinary writer Felicity Cloake, from Hertfordshire, told the Guardian that marmalade and bacon sandwiches are a secret match made in heaven, with her even preferring mustard to the more popular condiments of brown sauce and ketchup.

She said: “I feel like a bad British person for saying this – I much prefer English mustard in a bacon sandwich. And marmalade.”

Defending her controversial opinion, she added: “Think about it – ham is often glazed with mustard and honey. A friend introduced me to it, and it feels like Damascene moment every time I eat one.”

Cloake, who has been researching whether red or brown sauce go best with a bacon butty for her book Red Sauce, Brown Sauce: A British Breakfast Odyssey, admitted that brown sauce would be her preference over ketchup, saying she believes the red condiment is ‘more southern and middle class’.

She said: “It felt as though brown sauce was more Northern and ketchup was a bit of a newcomer, more southern and possibly more middle class.

“If I had to join a camp then I’d say brown sauce, with its spices, is the connoisseur’s choice. Ketchup just makes everything taste of ketchup.”

Read More: Tomato ketchup has been voted the best sauce for a bacon butty

Of course, Cloake’s comments didn’t sit too well with die-hard bacon butty fans, particularly those in the North. 

One person furiously wrote: “I like an occasional bacon sandwich but I would draw the line at MARMALADE! Never.”

One puzzled social media user simply wrote: “Marmalade in a bacon sarnie… MARMALADE?!”

However, some people (all presumably from the south) admitted that they already enjoy a bacon sandwich paired with marmalade, with one social media user proclaiming: “I have been advocating marmalade on a bacon butty for years!”

Another person even said they enjoy their marmalade on sausages, writing: “Award-winning foodie is right (as per). This reader has been using this recipe for 45+ years since first accidental encounter at mid-70’s prep school breakfast.

“Sausages, on the other hand, go well with either marmalade or ketchup.”

Now that’s taking things too far. 

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Dad accidentally buys 60 pairs of reading glasses

‘He thought the packaging was a little excessive’

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A dad accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses after misreading an order.

The dad has gone viral on Twitter for his massive order of reading spectacles. He was left baffled as to why the parcel was so full when it arrived at his address on Sunday March 26th, leaving his son in stitches.

Tom Arnold, 61, from Perranporth in Cornwall, thought he’d only ordered one pack to share with his wife — not a whole shop’s worth. Radio and podcast host, Chris Arnold could not stop laughing as he witnessed his dad open the parcel with a bewildered look on his face.

The viral tweet read: “My Dad has accidentally bought 60 pairs of reading glasses off the internet after misreading the quantity of his order.”

Speaking about the mishap, Chris said: “I just found it hilarious, he said he thought the packaging was excessive, then he opened it up and the box was full.

“He seemed confused as to what had happened. We looked at the order and he had ordered 12 packs instead of one, as they were for him and my mum, plus spares. The order came to over £100 but he’s managed to get a refund!”

He described the incident as ‘very funny indeed’, saying it ‘cheered up’ him and his family. As the tweet went viral and accumulated thousands of likes, Specsavers jumped in on the banter as they tweeted: “Do we even need to say it?”

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Chris joked in reply: “At this point guys, I don’t think you do. P.S. Are you interested in buying 59 pairs of reading glasses off my dad?”

They hilariously replied: “If you can’t shift them you might want to consider adding an extra 118 eyes to your dad’s face.”

Specsavers tweeted an update on the situation: “The glasses have been safely returned, but Chris’ dad deserves a bit of good luck. How about a free eye test and a brand-new pair of glasses for good measure?

“You really should’ve gone to Specsavers.”

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Aldi is selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort

Suitable for festival season!

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@parisdejager / TikTok

Aldi is now selling wearable sleeping bags for ultimate comfort — they even have arm and leg sections.

If you love to go to budget supermarket Aldi and have a wander over to the middle aisle, you’ll know you can find all sorts of handy and unusual things to buy.

Aldi shopper and TikTok user Paris de Jager sharedwith her followers how she picked up a wearable sleeping bag ‘onesie’, that even has leg and arm sections.

The social media user upload a video to her TikTok account @parisdejager showing her modelling the bright pink seasonal must have.

She wrote in a caption: “The sleeping bag one-z you never knew you needed until now.”

She ‘catwalked’ in her home as she showed off her incredible new bag suit by Adventuridge, looking ‘snug as a bug’.

Her video has racked up over 137k likes and many people were amazed at her incredible Aldi find.

Her followers flocked to comment and rave about the hot pink cosy number.

One said: “might just have to purchase for DofE.” Another added: “need for weekends.”

And a third joked: “Glastonbudget.” A fourth chimed in : “My reading outfit sorted.”

Aldi launched a similar wearable sleeping bag last year, and it weren’t long before the cosy suit sold out online.

You can purchase a wearable sleeping bag in time for festival season here.

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Grandma, 85, from Greater Manchester chosen as face of new Adidas advert

Well done, Barbara!

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BBC & Adidas

A ‘fit as a fiddle’ charity runner, 85, from Greater Manchester has been chosen to be one of the faces of a new Adidas advert.

Barbara Thackray, a grandmother from Altrincham, runs 10k twice a week to keep fit. She has been chosen — alongside the likes of Liverpool footballer, Mo Salah, Qatari hurdler Mariam Farid and Egyptian runner Khadija Hegazy in the new TV and YouTube advert — as one of the faces of to feature in it.

The retired college lecturer took up running eight years ago, aged 77, to raise funds for St Ann’s Hospice in Heald Green, Stockport.

She has been raising money for the hospice since her sister died there in the 1990s.

She said she watched the new advert ‘on a little screen’ and it was ‘fine’, adding: “So long as they were prepared to make a significant donation to St Ann’s Hospice, I felt ok about it.”

Ms Thackray has raised over £20,000 for St Ann’s Hospice in just a few short years, having been a champion of the organisation for over 10 years — including during her sister’s illness and eventual passing.

She’s not planning on stopping running any time soon.

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