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Lonely Oldham pensioner’s Christmas surprise leaves viewers in tears

Have an amazing Christmas Terrence!

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If you tuned in to BBC Breakfast this morning you were probably one of the many viewers left in tears from an emotional segment.

A pensioner from Oldham appeared on the show on Wednesday to talk about loneliness. Terrence explained that Christmas was ‘not a very good day’ for him, since his mum died 20 years ago.

Presenter Dan Walker was so touched by Terrence’s story he decided to organise a surprise for the Greater Manchester man – who had spent the last 20 Christmas Days on his own – this morning.

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The pensioner would usually spend Christmas Day watching TV and eating a sandwich rather than the traditional dinner, and never usually bought a Christmas tree.

However, this year students from Oldham College brought festive cheer to his doorstep, gifting him a Christmas tree which they decorated together, before he was led outside to see the student choir singing Silent Night outside his house.

The festive surprise left Terrence in tears, as it did a lot of viewers. One wrote underneath the video on Twitter: “You [Dan Walker], are a legend. My husband and I watched this story earlier this morning and we were both in tears. You’ve made such a difference to Terence’s Christmas this year, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Merry Christmas.”

And it turns out Terrence is no stranger to helping others himself, as he volunteers for Age UK, doing home visits to see a 90-year-old with severe dementia called Nancy.

He said: “I love doing volunteering, it’s helped me so much. I used to always be on my own. I am giving something back, because Age UK give me hope in the first place.”

What an absolute legend! We all hope you have a great Christmas and New Year Terrence.

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Loose Women viewers left divided after debate on banning school non-uniform days

The panellists clashed.

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Loose Women panellists clashed over whether school non-uniform days should be banned or not.

Was there anything more upsetting than forgetting about a non-uniform day in school? From experience, no there definitely wasn’t.

Yesterday, Loose Women viewers were left completely divided after a live debate discussing the issue of possibly banning non-uniform days.

The discussion came about as more and more headteachers are cancelling costume and non-uniform days due to concerns about them being unfair to children who may not be able to afford clothes to wear.

Studies have revealed that there has been a spike in the number of children missing school on non-uniform days.

During the live discussion, Stacey said: “It’s a hard one. I do totally emphasise with anyone who dreads non-uniform day, especially if they can’t afford a costume.

Although she additionally stated that she doesn’t think they should be cancelled, she added: “I do think it’s nice for the kids and I don’t think the kids worry as much as the adults do. The other day it was ‘wear red day’ for racism and I just gave Leighton one of Zach’s tops to wear – he wasn’t bothered
at all.”

Brenda disagreed, referring to her own experiences at school. She said: “I don’t think it’s a parent thing. For me, there were three lots of clothes – home, church and school uniform. I like a school uniform, it shows unity, there’s no reason for someone to pick you out of a crowd.

“It [non-uniform days] runs a risk of making that child feel like they’re left out of something.”

Loose Women viewers were divided by the debate with some supporting the view that they should be cancelled.

One tweeted, “When I was at school, I hated non-uniform days. As there was always the ‘pressure to look a certain way etc. It puts more pressure on the children and could create an opportunity for bullying”.

However, one disagreed tweeting “Banning non-school uniform days is nonsense”

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The Haunting of Bly Manor is now streaming on Netflix

Just in time for Halloween!

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The Haunting of Bly Manor comes to Netflix today, just in time for Halloween.

It’s the sequel to The Haunting of Hill House, the hit Netflix series that terrified everyone two years ago.

It’s part of The Haunting anthology and will have no connection to The Haunting of Hill House, with completely new storylines, characters and of course, a brand new terrifying house. 

And if you’re looking for something to binge, it’s being released with 10 episodes – making it the perfect thing to do this weekend (if you’re hard enough).

The Haunting of Bly Manor is based on Henry James’ ‘The Turn of the Screw’, a novella horror from 1898 that centres around two children, Flora and Miles, in a country house in Essex.

However, Netflix’s version will be set in the 1980s. Here’s what you can expect of the plot: “After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave hires a young American nanny to care for his orphaned niece and nephew who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen, groundskeeper Jamie and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose.

“But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.”

The series features newcomers Amelie Bea Smith and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, who play the orphaned niece and nephew duo, Flora and Miles. 

The show also features Rahul Kohli as chef Owen, Amelia Eve as the groundskeeper Jamie and T’Nia Miller who you might know from Sex Education as the housekeeper Mrs. Grose.

Bly Manor will also see the return of some of the original cast from Hill House, including Henry Thomas as Henry Wingrave and You’s Victoria Pedretti as Dani Clayton, the American nanny.

The Haunting of Bly Manor has dropped on Netflix today, just in time for a Friday night binge. 

 

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Paul Hollywood’s ‘rainbow bagels represent the NHS’ comment angers Bake Off fans

Twitter is unimpressed by the comment.

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Paul Hollywood has ruffled feathers on this week’s Bake Off episode, after saying rainbow bagels ‘represent the NHS’. 

The Great British Bake Off has been back on our screens for three weeks now, previously making headlines and even igniting enough anger in people to complain to Ofcom

This week, the headlines come after Paul referred to rainbow bagels – set as the technical challenge on this week’s episode – as representing the NHS. 

When describing the task in the clip where Paul and Pru try this week’s technical challenge, and we see what it’s actually supposed to look like, Paul said: “I think bagels are a great challenge when you’re making bread.

“You’ve gotta boil them which is unusual. I think the rainbow colours for me, although it originated over in the States, I think it represents the NHS. It does now certainly.”

However, Twitter was having none of it. 

The rainbow flag, designed by Gilbert Baker, has been used by the LGBTQ+ community since 1978, reflecting diversity and gay pride. 

Each chosen colour represents a specific meaning such as ‘Life’, ‘Art’, and ‘Spirit’. 

However most recently, throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the rainbow has been used to demonstrate our thanks to frontline NHS staff who have worked throughout the pandemic. 

What do you think, are Bake Off’s rainbow bagels for the NHS, Pride or just bagels?

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