40 Hilarious Tweets About The Self-Checkout At Supermarkets

By Caroline Bologna

Self-checkout has changed the supermarket shopping game. For some, it’s a helpful convenience that reduces the need to interact with people and allows for petty theft (joking!). For others, it’s a confusing bother that takes jobs away from actual humans.

However you feel about it, you’re likely to find folks on Twitter who agree with you. We’ve rounded up 40 funny tweets about the self-checkout experience.

Using self-checkout lane so I don’t have to interact with anyone.

Scans first item.

Register: … “Please wait for assistance.”

— Kate Hall (@KateWhineHall) January 25, 2018

I’m just a girl, standing in front of a self-checkout, screaming that there’s no unexpected item in the bagging area.

— Abby Heugel (@AbbyHasIssues) July 20, 2020

I always keep my cool when using self-checkout machines because I want them to vouch for me as an ally during the robot uprising

— Ashes to ashes (an spooky female) ⚪️ (@adult_mom) June 20, 2017


target self checkout cameras: you are ugly. you are nothing. you are the scum at the earth. look at you LMAOOOO. EYE SPY A BUM.

— queen quen (@quenblackwell) July 13, 2019

you can tell how much someone hates people by how skilled they are at the self-checkout

— Mary Charlene (@IamEnidColeslaw) February 8, 2013

at target self checkout & a rambunctious child stuck his butt on my bagging area & the register was like “unexpected item in bag” !!!!

— Gabby Noone (@twelveoclocke) March 22, 2017

All I want to do before I die is make it through the self-checkout one time without needing an employee to turn a key.

— mark (@TheCatWhisprer) May 3, 2016

sure. we had self checkout back in my day. it was called shoplifting

— kim. (@KimmyMonte) December 15, 2017

Day 1087 without sex: Purposely messed up my self-checkout at the grocery store just to hear a voice telling me what to do

— Vision Booooooored? (@VisionBored1) January 8, 2020

Grocery store self-checkout may put people out of work, but at least it’s also awful & annoying for customers.

— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) May 9, 2019

they gotta turn down the volume on those self checkout machines in the grocery store. they be just screaming at me and making me nervous. give me fucking two seconds to put it in the bagging area please god damnit

— spooky blm donny (@_donnydrama) December 31, 2017

The cutest chick rang me up at the self-checkout today!

— Stephanie McMaster (@Smethanie) January 2, 2015

But if I use the self checkout who will see all of the pretentious food I bought?

— Life at Tiffany’s (@lifeattiffanys) February 7, 2017

This Target cashier seems frustrated that I need help with the self checkout like I am an actual employee.

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) February 18, 2020

The target self checkout camera makes you look ugly as fuck so you lose self esteem and don’t steal

— cayne (@c0mic_sans) October 24, 2018

I decided to use the self-checkout and a lady asked me to scan her stuff, so I did. Then another lady asked me, anyway long story short I’m still checking people out and apparently I work here now. I hope I get a break soon because I’m hungry.

— Marcy G (@BunAndLeggings) September 8, 2019

self checkout?! gotta check items out myself?!! self checkout what’s next??! what’s next do i get a job?!! do i get a job and support myself

— tara shoe (@tarashoe) January 29, 2015


“Unexpected item in the bagging area”


*notices that toddler has climbed up and is trying to bag herself*


— TheBabyLady (@thebabylady7) January 19, 2018

My daughter just learned how to scan items at the grocery store self-checkout, so a trip for bread & milk is now 45 minutes and 137 scan attempts long.

— Stephanie Ortiz (@Six_Pack_Mom) June 21, 2018

Scanning the PS5 as a bell pepper at self-checkout>>>

— T O R ï (@returnofthetori) September 16, 2020

I am not brave enough to scam at self checkout. I don’t have it in me.

— bri (@bigshitxtalker) September 3, 2017

A little boy changed his mom’s grocery self-checkout’s language to Spanish. She did not find it amusing. I did. #iheartboys

— Emily Volman (@emilyvolman) February 3, 2011

Sorry I sang “The Heat Is On” while you were using the self-checkout at Target.

— Kendra Alvey (@Kendragarden) May 15, 2018

Not bragging but I go thru the self checkout like it’s an Olympic competition

— Envy (@envydatropic) September 7, 2015

At least the self-checkout doesn’t ask me what I’m making for dinner with these items or when I’m going to call my mother.

— Just J (@junejuly12) October 13, 2019

Is it possible for the self-checkout machine to judge you?

— caprice crane (@capricecrane) September 17, 2012

If you want to know how much of a maverick I am, when the CVS self checkout says, “Please remember to take your receipt,” I just turn and walk away. I just leave the receipt in the machine like it’s nothing.

— Sandra Newman (@sannewman) June 29, 2018

*uses self-checkout to save time*
*waits 30 minutes for assistance after register freezes*

— mark (@TheCatWhisprer) July 15, 2015

[meeting god] sorry. you didn’t scan every item at the self checkout. looks like it’s downstairs for you, little lady

me: but free labor is theft. i paid myself for working as a cashier on behalf of a bloodsucking corporation

god: lmao, you got me. welcome to heaven, sis

— beth, uprising enthusiast (@bourgeoisalien) November 25, 2019

I’m always cool and confident until I’m paying for fruit at the self checkout.

— Possum Kingdom ? (@aissalanis) September 24, 2018

That camera at self checkout really humbles you

— Toks (@_Toks96) February 20, 2020

self-checkout lanes: because you hate people yet love doing someone else’s job for nothing

— Mary Charlene (@IamEnidColeslaw) September 22, 2012

With face recognition technology, grocery stores could save so much time by signaling the manager while I’m still in the self checkout line.

— Lurkin’ Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) December 8, 2016

I wish I could be like the self checkout machine and work when I feel like working.

— Jessie (@mommajessiec) March 24, 2018

Self checkout should just be called “payment optional”

— Swishergirl (@Swishergirl24) September 2, 2013

When you’re in self checkout and your son is screaming “it didn’t scan”

— Lake effect tech Ep 3 this Wednesday (@I_Exude_Sarcasm) October 4, 2018

having a panic attack because I’m 28 and I still use the self checkout to buy tampons because I’m too embarrassed

— Mary Charlene (@IamEnidColeslaw) December 28, 2013

Every time I almost think humanity will be okay, I see someone struggle with the self-checkout for 20 minutes.

— caprice crane (@capricecrane) December 16, 2011

self-checkout voice: remove item from bagging area
me: ok
scv: stand up straight
me: …ok
scv: the fuck are you wearing?

— keely flaherty (@keelyflaherty) September 13, 2016

If you can’t find the barcode on a product, maybe the self-checkout isn’t for you. Don’t be a hero.

— Abby Heugel (@AbbyHasIssues) January 23, 2016

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These Are The Best 10 Cities For Work-Life Balance

By Natasha Hinde

What do Amsterdam, Marseille and Alice Springs have in common? Their
10 Ways To Make Working From Home A Bit Cheerier Right Now

Holland & Barrett collected all this data so they could analyse which cities on the whole were best for upping your exposure to sunlight, and therefore getting a hearty dose of vitamin D.

Its ‘Sunshine Cities’ report looked at metrics such as how short the working day was (meaning more time to spend outside), how many hours of sunlight each city had, how many free outdoor attractions they had, and how many hours sleep people were getting on average.

In total, 210 cities around the world were analysed. Each of the metrics was awarded a weighted score and these were combined to give each city a score out of 100. Where data was not available for every metric, the city wasn’t counted.

Rome was crowned the vitamin D capital thanks to the Italian city seeing plenty of hours of sunshine each year, as well as being home to hundreds of free outdoor attractions and shorter working and sleeping hours (meaning more time to spend outdoors).

Alice Springs in Australia came in second place, while Madrid in Spain came third. Here’s the ‘Sunshine List’ in full:

  1. Rome, Italy
  2. Alice Springs, Australia
  3. Madrid, Spain
  4. Marseille, France
  5. London, UK
  6. Las Vegas, US
  7. Calama, Chile
  8. Tel Aviv, Israel
  9. Moscow, Russia
  10. Vienna, Austria



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Boris Johnson To Announce Manchester Lockdown Decision At 5pm Press Conference

By Arj Singh

: Feel The Burnham? What People In Manchester Think Of Row Over ‘Shambolic’ Lockdown

Local leaders have argued that existing tier 2 restrictions have not brought cases down for months, and that financial support needs to be scaled up to help people and businesses hit by further lockdown measures.

Communities secretary Robert Jenrick in a letter offered £22m to help the city enter tier 3, worth around £8 per person, with “additional support commensurate” with that offered in Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region.

But Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell said the government’s offer was an “insult”.

Where to start with government response to GM this am:
?not good faith discussion but only 2 ministerial meets
?been in Tier 2 since July when our rates lower than lowest regions today
?rates are falling in Mcr and stabilising across region
?£7.85/person offer is insult

— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) October 20, 2020

Speaking earlier on Tuesday, Burnham said he would “try to be positive and respond, and see if we can find a way forward” despite the “slightly provocative move” by the government.

“The letter is odd in that it is both an ultimatum but it references potential additional support that could be given to us,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“The thing is, we’ve never been given a figure for that additional support.

“What I’ll be proposing to the Greater Manchester leaders when we meet this morning, quite early, is that we write to the government setting out what we think a fair figure is for that support, given we’ve been under restrictions for three months and that has taken a real toll on people and businesses here.

“The second thing we would need is full flexibility to support the people that we think are going to need to be supported in a tier 3 lockdown.”

But he said he would not break the law if the government imposed the measures on Greater Manchester without the consent of civic leaders.

In his letter, Jenrick had warned there were now “more Covid-19 patients in Greater Manchester hospitals than in the whole of the south-west and south-east combined”.

“Despite recognising the gravity of the situation, local leaders have been so far unwilling to take the action that is required to get this situation under control,” he wrote.

“I have written to local leaders this evening to make clear that if we cannot reach agreement by midday [on Tuesday] then I must advise the prime minister that, despite our best endeavours, we’ve been unable to reach agreement.”



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Inventor Who Murdered Journalist Kim Wall On Submarine 'Tries To Escape From Prison'

By Sara C Nelson

A Danish submarine inventor jailed for murdering and dismembering a journalist has attempted to escape the prison where he is serving a life sentence.

Peter Madsen, who was convicted of torturing and murdering Swedish reporter Kim Wall in 2017, briefly escaped from Herstedvester Prison in Albertslund on Tuesday morning, The Copenhagen Post reports.

The newspaper says the 49-year-old was apprehended nearby by police snipers. Pictures from the scene appear to show a man surrounded by armed police in the area west of Copenhagen.

In Denmark, a life sentence equates to 16 years on average but can be extended.

Madsen was convicted of murder, sexual assault and the dismemberment of Wall, 30, after luring her onto his homemade submarine with the promise of an interview.

Madsen denied murdering Wall, saying she died accidentally inside the submarine, but has confessed to throwing her body parts into the Baltic Sea.

The trial heard Wall had “likely had begged for her life” while Madsen carried out “a sadistic, yes, inhuman, sexual fantasy”.

Violent videos in which women were tortured and killed were found on Madsen’s computer, Her cause of death has never been established.



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Tiger King's Carole Baskin Opens Up About Sexuality: 'I've Always Considered Myself To Be Bisexual'

By Ash Percival

Carole was asked by PinkNews if she thought Joe Exotic was a good representative for the LGBTQ community, to which she replied: “I think he’s an embarrassment to the human community.

“It’s not a matter of what your sexuality is, this man is just a deviant in the way that he treats human life and animal life.

“I think he’s a malignant narcissist, and that it’s all about him. It doesn’t have anything to do with any of the communities that he may associate himself with.”

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'It Gave Me Control Over My Body Again': 4 People On The Medical Innovations That Helped Them Get Their Lives Back

By Jennifer Barton, Commercial Editor, HuffPost UK

We are constantly surrounded by technological innovations, so much so that we hardly pay attention to how significantly these new releases tend to simplify and streamline our lives. Technological tools get faster, smaller and more powerful – in fact, a single piece of medical wire measuring a fraction of a millimetre can change someone’s life.

We chatted to four incredible people about their journeys and the advanced medical innovations that transformed their lives, giving them the chance to do what they never expected they’d be able to: competing as a world-class athlete after losing a limb, hearing the laughter of a loved one after going deaf, controlling the previously impossible-to-stop tremors resulting from Parkinson’s disease.

“You learn a lot about yourself and what you’re capable of mentally and physically” – ‘Monster’ Mike Schultz on his recovery following an accident

Minnesota-based Mike Schultz was living the dream as a professional snocross racer at the top of his game when an accident in 2008 saw him thrown from his machine, his left leg hyperextended 180 degrees in the wrong direction. The accident severed one of the main arteries, and over the course of the next three days, Schultz learned doctors would have to amputate.

“Hearing that from the doctors was a hard one to accept. My family and I knew that after all the discussion, that was the right choice. OK, we’re going to accept it and we’re going to move on. I thought my competition and racing days were over,” says Schultz.

His love of sport and mental focus helped him recover swiftly and in a positive mindframe: six weeks after the operation, he knew he’d compete again – he just needed the right prosthetic to do it.

With Schultz’s interest in mechanics and tinkering – and his background in extreme sports – he knew that he required a leg with suspension components that functioned as a shock absorber on a snowmobile or dirt bike, so his leg could absorb the impacts when riding.

The Moto Knee was born – as was Schultz’s company, BioDapt, which designs and manufactures lower limb prosthetics for athletes, and has been in business for a decade. He also created the Versa Foot, which works in conjunction with the knee system. Since 2012, he’s been using machining tools from Scandinavian mechanical engineering firm, Sandvik, which he describes as “incredible.”

“I believe in having the right tools for the job. I look at my prosthetic equipment as tools that allow me to do what I want to accomplish,” he says.

Whenever Schultz sees a new challenge or needs a new prosthetic for a sport, he hits the drawing board, eventually creating a product he shares with customers around the world – and his top competitors. He’s already launched next-gen iterations of the Moto Knee and Versa Foot, and a downhill ski foot is coming soon.

Schultz’s sports career has gone from strength to strength: he started skiing with the Moto Knee, a sport he enjoys in his downtime with his wife, and has picked up global recognition and a slew of medals in the ensuing years, including a gold and silver in snowboarding at the Paralympics in Pyeongchang in 2018, as well as 10 X Game gold medals for snowmobile, snobike and motocross.

“Getting to compete for Team USA at the Paralympic Games in 2018, winning gold and silver for my country, was the most surprising moment, hands down,” he says.

“It was also an incredible moment not just because I won, but because 15 athletes competing in snowboarding were using equipment that I developed.”

“I would not be able to do anything the way I do without it” –Jacob Johanen on the cochlear implant that’s given him a third act

36-year-old, Jacob Johanen, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, describes his life as happening in three parts, or acts.

Act one: in 2004, aged 19-20, he was a happy-go-lucky, super sociable young man with a part-time job and a girlfriend, who suddenly discovered he had a rare disease, Cogan syndrome, which causes vision problems, vertigo and hearing loss. In the space of a couple of weeks, Johanen’s hearing disappeared almost completely.

“It turned my life upside down,” he says. “It was a daily struggle. It was very difficult for me.”

With the help of medication, a hearing aid and strategies like lip reading, he was able to gain some hearing back. He still suffered quite a lot: constant tinnitus in his ear, exhaustion from trying to communicate and engineer social situations where he would be able to hear best and recurring eye inflammations during that period, which he describes as “torture.” He worked to reestablish his studies, social life and work, and coped quite well for the next eight years, a period he terms his “second life.”

Then, in 2012, the little hearing he had left went completely. Doctors re-introduced the possibility of a cochlear implant (when it was initially mentioned when he was first diagnosed, he rejected the idea).

“I was older. I had a different confidence, a different self image. At this point in life, I had much more to lose. I had built up a life, even with all these bad circumstances, that I wanted to continue living. I didn’t want to pause all of this,” Johanen says.

He also didn’t have a choice: if he was going to hear again, he would need the cochlear implant, which includes a microphone and speech processor that sits outside of the body, and uses EXERA® fine medical wire from Sandvik to stimulate the auditory nerves to deliver sound, while bypassing the damaged portions of the ear.

After hearing only tinnitus in his ear for eight years, Johanen finally heard sounds again. Part three of his life has a new soundtrack: his wife’s voice, his friends laughing around him, his social work clients calling him on the phone, asking for help or advice.

“When I put them on, I hear so well. I get constantly reminded of how much it gives me because at the end of the day, I take my aids off. In the morning, I wake up, I hear nothing. The cochlear implant affects me in all aspects of life, and it’s all positive,” he says.

“I feel safe” – Amanda Rosengren on the glucose monitoring device that’s allowing her to be a more independent teen

Born and raised in Stockholm, Amanda Rosengren is a 13-year-old girl who loves gymnastics, acting and art – activities she pursues with fervour alongside attending school each day.

Amanda is also managing Type 1 diabetes, which she was diagnosed with at the age of four. Her parents spent years taking finger prick blood samples to manually check her blood sugar levels – as many as 20 times a day.

“Me and my husband, we had to get up during the night and check her blood sugar with finger sticks. We had to set the clock in the middle of the night, so it was a 24/7 job to check because you didn’t know. You couldn’t really see and you didn’t know what blood sugar she had. It was like a surprise every time,” Amanda’s mother, Helen Blomqvist, tells HuffPost.

In 2014, the hospital where Amanda was a patient suggested she try a CGM device, which monitors her blood glucose in real time and has three parts: a monitor, a transmitter and a sensor that’s slimmer than a needle, which detects glucose levels in the blood, measuring a chemical reaction with glucose oxidase every few minutes. The glucose is converted to hydrogen peroxide, which creates an electrical signal as it reacts to the sensor, which is transmitted through a tiny wire, created by medical engineering group, Sandvik.

Amanda changes the device weekly, which she uses alongside her insulin pump. She simply needs to peek at the Apple Watch on her wrist – which is connected to her phone – to check her blood sugar levels while she’s at school. The watch vibrates if her blood sugar is too high or too low.

“I don’t think about it so much,” says Amanda, who is now able to be independent in school for the first time. Thanks to the device, she no longer needs to have someone monitoring her.

“It’s like day and night. Before, you worried a lot because you didn’t know what blood sugar level Amanda had. Now you can see it, it’s visualised. This is a life-changer for sure,” says Helen.

With Amanda’s blood sugar values transmitted every five minutes and pre-set alarms on the device, the family is finally able to sleep through the night.

“It has made me aware of how grateful I am for everything that I have in my life” – Andrew Johnson on his life-changing deep brain stimulation surgery

Andrew Johnson was working for a large New Zealand bank as Senior Legal Counsel, celebrating his son’s second birthday and looking forward to the arrival of his second child, when he was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s disease, aged 35. Parkinson’s disease is an incurable progressive degenerative neurological disorder affecting movement, motor function and cognitive skills.

“Physically, I was having trouble finding treatment that would allow me to live a relatively normal life. I was having difficulty finding periods of relative stability: I was either rigid and stuck, unable to move quickly or flailing wildly around with dyskinesia, the unwanted limb movement associated with particular medications,” explains Johnson.

A couple of years after his diagnosis, Johnson learned about DBS, deep brain stimulation surgery, which research has shown can prolong the efficacy and longevity of treatment in early-onset Parkinson’s. The surgery implants electrodes into the brain on a lead. A 0.1mm thin wire – part of Sandvik’s EXERA® fine medical wire range – attaches to the lead that runs through the body and connects to a battery-operated stimulator. Day to day, Johnson hardly has to think about the device, although you can program a range of settings to change the levels of stimulation.

Johnson doesn’t hesitate in calling the surgery “life changing.” These days, he enjoys exercising, socialising, reading, playing music and focusing on the now – instead of fretting about the future or rueing the past..

“It gave me control over my body again. It has made me aware of how grateful I am for everything that I have in my life. Close friends, an amazing wife, great kids, a warm place to live, good food and better wine (though much reduced in volume of consumption), the New Zealand health system and access to world class medical treatment… Then I forget I have Parkinson’s and make the best of the hand of cards I was dealt,” says Johnson.



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4 Things To Know About The Rapid Covid-19 Tests At Heathrow Airport

By Rachel Moss

You can now access a rapid Covid-19 test that’ll give you results before your flight at Heathrow airport – but you’ll still have to abide by the quarantine rules.

The tests, available from Tuesday, aim to deliver results within an hour and will be available at two new pre-departure testing facilities in Terminals 2 and 5.

Thinking of booking a holiday after hearing the news? Here’s what you need to know first.

The tests won’t be widely available

The tests will initially only be offered to passengers travelling to Hong Kong and Italy – two countries that require UK travellers to show evidence of a negative test result taken within 72 hours of travel.

Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airlines all fly routes that now require pre-departure tests.

The test at Heathrow costs £80, and passengers interested in using the facility are required to book a test online before making their way to the airport. The testing facilities will initially be open for four weeks.

Some countries that require a negative result upon arrival – for example, Italy – allow passengers to take a free test at the airport when they arrive as an alternative. However, if this comes back positive, beware you’ll be stuck quarantining in a hotel room or quarantine facility.

The tests are not the same as the NHS covid tests

To begin with, the facilities will offer LAMP testing – an abbreviation for loop-mediated isothermal amplification. These tests require a throat and nose swab. They are not the same as the PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests used by the NHS.

Unlike the PCR tests, LAMP tests can be processed without being sent to a laboratory. The use of rapid testing for Covid-19 is currently being evaluated, Professor Lawrence S. Young, from Warwick Medical School, tells HuffPost UK.

“These tests need to be validated against the gold standard laboratory tests used in hospital and PHE laboratories,” he says. “Rapid tests tend to be less sensitive than the standard test, but could be useful in some settings where infected individuals need to be rapidly isolated (e.g. care homes, hospitals).”

The lower sensitivity of LAMP tests compared to PCR tests “means that the rate of false negatives will be higher”, explains Dr Joshua Moon, research fellow in the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex Business School.

A pilot for LAMP tests within some NHS hospitals has also been announced. The airport facilities are expected to expand to also use antigen testing in the next few weeks. Again, these tests are thought to be less sensitive than the PCR tests.

You’ll still have to quarantine

The tests may help you to enter another country, but you’ll still need to self-isolate when you return to the UK if that country is not listed as a travel corridor.

For example, Italy was recently removed from the exemptions list. If you return from Italy, you’ll still need to self-isolate for 14 days.

It begs the question: why do we still need quarantine rules if the technology is there to test at all airports? “We need to be sure that rapid testing is reliable before it can be used to make decisions about travel,” says Professor Young.

Dr Moon adds: “Importantly, neither this nor PCR would be all that effective if individuals had gotten infected on the plane so the quarantine is still necessary.”

Unless accuracy is guaranteed, both Professor Young and Dr Moon say we’d need more than one test.

“What would be more effective in this case is multiple tests during the quarantine to ensure that negative results are true,” says Dr Moon. “Three negative results over, say, six days, would provide a reasonable justification for somebody leaving quarantine.”

It might not make much of a difference

Collinson and Swissport, the companies behind the new facilities, described the pre-departure testing regime as the “crucial next step toward keeping the travel industry moving while limiting the spread of the virus” – but not everyone is convinced.

Virgin Atlantic’s chief executive Shai Weiss believes: “As long as the 14-day quarantine remains in place, demand for travel will not return.”

Earlier this month, the government unveiled a task force to develop a universal coronavirus testing system as a potential way of easing quarantine restrictions for arriving passengers.

Weiss added: “Half a million UK jobs depend on open skies and a fully functioning UK aviation industry. The government’s global travel task force must act swiftly to replace quarantine with passenger testing in November.”

Does Professor Young think the new system will open up travel? Not particularly – “only when the tests are reliable and we are confident that they are robust and accurate,” he says.



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Borat’s Interview With Jimmy Kimmel Quickly Went Off The Rails

By Lee Moran

Borat Sagdiyev brought chaos to the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday.

British actor Sacha Baron Cohen‘s fictional alter ego began his interview with Jimmy Kimmel by spraying the studio with what appeared to be disinfectant in a bid to beat the coronavirus.

Things only went further off-the-rails from there.

Borat spouted wild conspiracy theories and tried to literally squash a Covid-19 particle as he promoted the sequel to his 2006 mockumentary, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, directed by Jason Woliner, is released on Friday.

The faux Kazak journalist then quizzed and inspected Jimmy for the virus, zinged late-night hosts Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien with a “liquid release” test gag and then forced Jimmy into swapping trousers.

Check out the full interview below…

Sacha Baron Cohen originated the character of Borat on his series Da Ali G Show.

The first Borat film, directed by Larry Charles, grossed $262 million worldwide and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars.

In September, Amazon confirmed it had acquired worldwide streaming rights to the new Borat film, which will debut on 23 October.

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Andy Burnham Accuses Government Of Fighting Coronavirus 'On The Cheap'

By Ned Simons

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has said he would not “break the law” if Boris Johnson put the region into tier 3 coronavirus measures, but accused the government of trying to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic “on the cheap”.

Johnson is preparing to impose stringent new coronavirus controls on 2.8 million people in the region after talks with local leaders failed to reach agreement on Monday.

Burnham and other local leaders have been lobbying for a better financial support package before agreeing to the lockdown.

But communities Secretary Robert Jenrick warned local leaders on Monday night that they have until midday on Tuesday to reach a deal or face unilateral government action.

Appearing on Sky News on Tuesday morning, Burnham was asked what he would do if further restrictions were imposed.

The Labour mayor said: “Of course we wouldn’t break the law. We’ve never said that we would.

“We would obviously have to accept that decision, in the end it’s the government’s prerogative.

“But I would say to them at this point are they sure that that is a wise thing to do?”

Burnham said he simply wanted to ensure the lowest-paid people in the region were supported if tier 3 restrictions were brought in.

“If we go into a lockdown where we don’t support people who are in the lowest-paid professions we will have a mental health crisis on top of a pandemic,” he said. “We’re trying to respond to a pandemic on the cheap, that’s how it feels.

The leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese said he still hoped it would be possible to find an agreed way forward in the hours remaining.

However speaking to BBC Newsnight he also acknowledged they would have no choice but to comply if ministers decided to impose the most stringent Tier 3 restrictions.

Jenrick said that after 10 days of negotiations failed to reach an agreement, the deteriorating situation in the region meant the government had no choice but to act.

“There are now more Covid-19 patients in Greater Manchester hospitals than in the whole of the south west and south east combined,” he said in a statement late on Monday evening.

“But, unfortunately, despite recognising the gravity of the situation, local leaders have been so far unwilling to take the action that is required to get this situation under control.

“I have written to local leaders this evening to make clear that if we cannot reach agreement by midday tomorrow then I must advise the Prime Minister that despite our best endeavours we’ve been unable to reach agreement.”

Asked what would happen if there was no agreement, Jenrick said: “That is a matter for the prime minister.”

The imposition of tier 3 controls would mean a ban on households mixing – including in private gardens or outdoor hospitality settings – while pubs and bars will be forced to close unless they serve meals.

So far only Liverpool City Region and Lancashire have come under the tightest restrictions in England – in each case with the agreement of local leaders.



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'Depraved' Man Who Had Sex With Chickens Is Jailed

By Sara C Nelson

A “depraved” man who had sex with his pet chickens while his wife filmed him has been jailed for three years.

Rehan Baig, 37, was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court after pleading guilty to offences including having intercourse with chickens, possessing images of himself and his wife engaging in sex acts with a dog and making indecent images of children.

His wife, Haleema Baig, 38, was handed a six-month suspended sentence after admitting that she filmed her husband.

The court heard that the offending was discovered when National Crime Agency officers executed a search warrant at the family home on Shepherd Street, in Bradford, in July 2019, after intelligence that Baig was in possession of indecent images of children.

Computer equipment was seized from the house and 49 indecent images of children were found – including 11 in the most serious category, some of which featured children as young as six.

Officers also found a “significant” quantity of extreme pornographic images, including a number of “first-generation, homemade movies” featuring Baig, and occasionally his wife, engaging in sexual activity with animals and saved under the file name “Family Vids”.

Some of the images featured the couple engaging in sex acts with a dog, while others “of some duration in length” were of Baig performing intercourse with chickens and also, on occasion, with his wife, who filmed some of the footage on a mobile phone.

Sentencing the couple on Monday afternoon, Judge Richard Mansell QC said the acts “would make any right-thinking member of society sick to their stomach” and were carried out for Baig’s “own depraved sexual gratification”.

The judge described Baig’s offending as “depraved, perverted and despicable” and said the creation of the videos was “simply beyond comprehension”.

The court heard that the images showed two of the chickens dead on the cellar floor and another video showed Baig placing one of the deceased animals in a bin bag. He was also filmed having intercourse with a chicken that had already died.

Judge Mansell said: “The pain and suffering you inflicted on these animals must have been horrific.”

Mrs Baig admitted three counts of aiding and abetting sexual intercourse with an animal, but said it was against a background of coercive and controlling behaviour by her husband.

Abigail Langford, prosecuting, said they found her to be a willing participant in the images found at their home, but told the court that a hidden camera had been found in the couple’s bedroom, of which she was unaware.

Langford said the chickens started as family pets and they all died as a consequence of Baig’s actions.

There were no chickens or a dog present at the house when it was searched by police.

Baig admitted three counts of making indecent images of children, three counts of possession of extreme pornography, three counts of sexual intercourse with an animal and two counts of possession of controlled drugs.

He was banned from keeping animals and placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.

Mrs Baig’s six-month sentence was suspended for 18 months, with a requirement to attend 20 days rehabilitation. She was placed on sex offenders’ register for seven years.



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Labour MP Brands Dan Wootton 'Dangerous Conspiracy Theorist' In Covid Herd Immunity Row

By Sarah Turnnidge

A Labour MP slammed Talk Radio host Dan Wootton as a “dangerous conspiracy theorist” during a row over the Welsh ‘firebreaker’ lockdown.

Chris Bryant, MP for Rhondda, appeared on Wootton’s show on Monday evening, during which Wootton claimed that “science had forever used herd immunity to deal with coronaviruses”, confirming that he subscribed to the so-called herd immunity approach alongside “protecting the vulnerable”.

Wootton, who has hosted a regular show on Talk Radio since 2018 alongside his work as a columnist and executive editor of The Sun, has long-criticised lockdowns with a recent tweet referencing “our [the UK’s] march towards an authoritarian Covid state”.

Dan Wootton and Labour MP Chris Bryant have a disagreement over the effectiveness of coronavirus lockdowns.

What are your views?@danwootton | @RhonddaBryant

Watch the show in full ►

— talkRADIO (@talkRADIO) October 19, 2020

When questioned by Bryant on how exactly the UK could protect the vulnerable amid a ‘herd immunity’ approach, Wootton declined to give specifics, opting instead to say there is “a whole load of ways to do it”.

Wootton did cite the Great Barrington Declaration, a controversial proposal was published by a right-leaning American thinktank, the American Institute for Economic Research, which garnered thousands of signatures from health professionals – as well homeopaths, therapists, or obviously fake personas such as Dr Johnny Bananas and Dr Person Fakename, Sky News revealed.

Bryant responded by saying: “You’re a nutcase, you’re a complete and utter nutcase, and you’re dangerous as well.”

Wootton then demanded producers “get rid of this man”, at which point Bryant’s microphone was cut off.

The most recent World Health Organisation (WHO) advice on herd immunity, published on October 15, clearly states that the term refers to “a concept used for vaccination” – not, as is commonly misunderstood, allowing a virus to move freely through a population.

The WHO has clarified: “Herd immunity is achieved by protecting people from a virus, not by exposing them to it,” adding “attempts to reach ‘herd immunity’ through exposing people to a virus are scientifically problematic and unethical.

“Letting Covid-19 spread through populations, of any age or health status will lead to unnecessary infections, suffering and death.

Bryant doubled down on his comments in the wake of the interview, tweeting: “I had no idea this man was such a dangerous conspiracy theorist.”

In response to accusations from Wootton that Bryant was in fact the “dangerous one” and “not listening to the science”, the Labour MP said: “You believe we should surrender to the virus which means additional unnecessary deaths plus the overwhelming of our NHS.

“I talk to my local physicians all the time. You’re just a loudmouth Trump-lite.”

You believe we should surrender to the virus which means additional unnecessary deaths plus the overwhelming of our NHS. I talk to my local physicians all the time. You’re just a loudmouth Trump-lite.

— Chris Bryant (@RhonddaBryant) October 19, 2020

Earlier in the interview Wootton said scientific evidence suggested there was “no link” between lockdowns and decreased mortality and urged Bryant to outline his reasoning for the lockdown.

Wootton did not cite his source for this claim, but it mirrors a findings of a research paper published by medical journal The Lancet, in which scientists said “rapid border closures, full lockdowns and and wide-spread testing were not associated with Covid-19 mortality per million people.”

But in the next sentence, the researchers state “full lockdowns and reduced country vulnerability to biological threats… were significantly associated with increased patient recovery rates.” Further down in the study, it is also stated that governmental policy of full lockdowns, when compared with partial lockdowns or curfews, “was strongly associated with recovery rates.”

The researchers involved have also highlighted the limited nature of the study, as the data capture ended on May 1 and only involved 50 countries – meaning the full impact of lockdown measures may not yet have been visible as restrictions had not been in effect for long enough.

Bryant responded to Wootton’s questioning by saying: “Well you don’t seem very bright then. It’s fairly simple. Our local hospitals are absolutely rammed full.”

Wootton asked for proof of statistics on hospital occupancy, claiming the government “was putting out false stats on this”, to which Bryant responded by saying his local intensive care unit (ICU) was around 75% full – around double what it was in 2019.

It’s not the first time Talk Radio has attracted controversy for its hosts’ presentation of the pandemic.

Presenter Jamie East left the station in late September, several weeks after colleague and comedian Mark Dolan cut up a face mask on air – a moment which then went viral as a video clip online.

It’s clear that TalkRADIO has a clearly defined idea of where it’s heading, sadly not many of those ideals were a great fit. So, off the back of the recent @thesmart7pod‘s success I’m able to wish them all the best for the future. Wear a mask, save lives.

— Jamie East (@jamieeast) September 28, 2020

Sharing the video East said: “It’s clear that Talk Radio has a clearly defined idea of where it’s heading, sadly not many of those ideals were a great fit.”



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The New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin For Exposing Himself During Zoom Call

By David Moye

The New Yorker has suspended staff writer Jeffrey Toobin after he reportedly exposed himself during a Zoom meeting last week.

According to a story first posted by Vice, Toobin’s transgression occurred during a virtual conference between New Yorker staff and local radio station WNYC.

In a statement to Vice, Toobin called the incident “an embarrassingly stupid mistake.”

He added, “I apologise to my wife, family, friends and co-workers.”

The reporter, who is also CNN‘s chief legal analyst, said the entire incident was accidental. “I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” he told Vice.

HuffPost reached out to Toobin for comment, but he did not immediately respond.

A spokesperson for The New Yorker confirmed that Toobin has been suspended “while we investigate the matter.”

In addition, Toobin is stepping away from his CNN gig, according to a statement given to the Associated Press.

“Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted,” a CNN spokesperson said.



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Why England Might Get A Circuit Breaker Anyway, Despite What Boris Says

By Rachel Wearmouth

Boris Johnson branded the idea of national lockdown “extreme” when he updated the public on coronavirus from the now-famous Downing Street lectern.

That included any suggestion of a two-week “circuit breaker” shutdown over half term, despite infection numbers in England “flashing at us like dashboard warnings in a passenger jet”.

But since he slid out of view, Johnson has become increasingly isolated over his decision on a short, sharp clampdown, as MPs, scientists and a majority of the public demand he change course.

On Monday, first minister of Wales Mark Drakeford announced there would be a “fire breaker” lockdown from October 23 to November 2, piling yet more pressure on Johnson to act. It followed similar moves by the governments in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Could No.10 be on course for yet another policy U-turn? Here’s the latest.

The Science

The most powerful argument for a circuit breaker lockdown is: the scientists advising government have been calling for it since September 21.

SAGE (the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies), known to you and me as “the science” that No.10 has repeatedly insisted ministers are “guided by”, published its most recent minutes last week.

The document made plain that, as well as an immediate two-week shutdown, SAGE members backed a string of measures, including banning all contact between different households and closing all bars, restaurants and gyms.

Johnson’s reaction was to ignore all demands apart from one, which was to change the official guidance from “go to work, if you can” to “where you can effectively, work from home”.

While the SAGE advice dates back almost a month, Jeremy Farrar, who sits on the committee, said on Sunday it was “never too late” to order the “reset” measure, saying: “It’s better to do it now than in a month’s time.”

Speaking to Sky on Sunday, Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove rejected the idea, however, telling presenter Sophy Ridge: “At the moment and it would seem to me to be wrong to impose restrictions on the economic and personal life of individuals in parts of the country where the disease is not spreading so intensively.”

Ministers have instead stuck to the new tier 1, 2 and 3 “alert level” system of local lockdowns.

But there are problems with Johnson’s “third way” approach also.

Red wall revolt over new three-tier system

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham speaking to the media outside the Central Library in Manchester, he has threatened legal action if Tier 3 restrictions are imposed without agreement.

With infections and hospitalisations rising at a higher rate in parts of the north, the government has tried to broker a compromise with its new alert level system.

It categorises Covid impact in parts of England as medium, high, or very high (tiers 1, 2 and 3) with the latter triggering the most stringent measures, such as blanket hospitality venue shutdowns.

While Liverpool is under tier 3, Greater Manchester local leaders, including mayor Andy Burnham, have rejected tighter restrictions, saying the pressure on hospitals does not merit it and that furlough support should be at 80% of workers’ wages, not the two-thirds proposed.

Burnham accused Johnson of treating the city region like a “sacrificial lamb” over the financial package but Downing Street hit back on Monday, saying the city’s ICU beds would be full by November 12 without new measures.

Opposition to the severest measures has not come solely from Labour politicians, however, with Tory grandees, such as Graham Brady – who represents Altrincham and Sale West – calling for an exit strategy from Johnson.

The PM also faces pressure from within his own cabinet to stick to the alert level system, with figures such as chancellor Rishi Sunak reported to be deeply concerned about the hit to the country’s economy over the long-term if closures continue.

And while the Welsh Assembly has backed a “circuit breaker” lockdown, Nicola Sturgeon is set to introduce a similar tier system in Scotland, with details to be announced later this week.

Keir Starmer applying the pressure

Labour party leader Keir Starmer in the House of Commons.

Labour leader Keir Starmer intervened to back a circuit breaker lockdown last week.

On the surface of it, this move corners the PM, especially given the opposition has so far backed the government’s Covid measures, but some commentators have suggested the opposite is true.

Following a series of embarrassing U-turns on free school meals, face coverings, test and trace, and much else, it has been claimed Johnson will not want to seen to be following his opponent yet again.

But Starmer’s decision to side with “the science”, coupled with pushback from “red wall” constituencies that broke with Labour for the Tories in December, undeniably heaps pressure on the PM to act.

Shadow Cabinet Office minister Rachel Reeves doubled down on Labour’s positioning on Sunday, saying her party would back a lockdown during other half-term breaks, too.

Johnson will also be troubled by polls saying a large majority of the public backs a circuit breaker. A survey conducted by YouGov found that almost seven in 10 (68%) would support stricter measures.

But there is a fight ongoing for Johnson’s ear at the cabinet table, as well as in the court of public opinion.

Cabinet clashes

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak

Since the early stages of the crisis, there has been tension in Johnson’s top team between two groups known as the hawks and the doves.

The doves, such as health secretary Matt Hancock and Gove, are said to prioritise the NHS and back tougher social distancing measures.

Hawks, meanwhile, who are led largely by chancellor Rishi Sunak, fear for the economy and say the burden of closures risks exacerbating the inevitable unemployment crisis that will follow the pandemic.

Johnson’s decision to reject SAGE’s advice on a circuit-breaker is viewed as a huge victory for the hawks, who underline to the PM that further lockdowns will have a deeper, “scarring” effect on the economy.

But could the government U-turn again?

The PM on Monday was locked in a battle to save his “balanced” approach, amid reports he will offer a deal to Greater Manchester worth “tens of millions” to enforce new measures.

And though figures for infections and hospital admissions, published daily by the Department for Health and Social Care, are not yet comparable with March, ministers may simply be buying time and delaying the inevitable.

Chief scientific officer Chris Whitty and chief scientific officer Patrick Vallance have both made clear that, in their view, the three-tier system is doomed to fail.

Whitty said while local lockdowns may help to slow the virus, he was “not confident” that the highest alert level alone “would be enough to get on top” of the virus. His statement was later backed by Vallance.

Labour shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds has also suggested that delaying lockdown could do more harm to the economy by prolonging restrictions in the medium term.

The PM is expected to hear again from scientists and his Cabinet colleagues in the coming days.

Whether he will stick to his middle road, or yet again be persuaded to take a new direction, remains to be seen.



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The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week

By Caroline Bologna

Kids may say the strangest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious quips from parents on Twitter to spread the joy.

Scroll down to read the latest batch, and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more!

My 5-year old is rebelling against zoom school by mouthing words instead of speaking so as to make her teacher think there’s something wrong with the unmuting function

— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) October 15, 2020

I want my 13 year old to understand how important honesty is but also know that she is 12 when kids eat free.

— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) October 10, 2020

I’ve started reading my children Roald Dahl’s Matilda, and there’s nothing like sharing one of the most pivotal stories of your formative years as your kids screech about how boring it is.

— Arianna Bradford (@TheNYAMProject) October 11, 2020

I literally troll my neighborhood for moms with stroller bassinets because I am so starved for socialization. Like hey, you look like you haven’t slept in months either! Can I get your number?

— Emily Favreau (@emilyfavreau) October 16, 2020

I got a call from the school nurse about my 6-year-old.

I thought for sure it was going to be covid.

Instead, my kid had accidentally poked herself in the eye with the corner of a book.

Words hurt.

— James Breakwell, Exploding Unicorn (@XplodingUnicorn) October 14, 2020

What I say: Be ready, we are leaving in five minutes.

What the child hears: Get undressed. Start finger painting. Lose at least one shoe.

— Rodney Lacroix (@RodLacroix) October 10, 2020

how to correctly parent:

1. dont give your kids iPads
2. dont feed them junk food
3. dont yell
4. give them iPads
5. feed them mcdonalds and ice cream
6. cry from frustration

forget rules and do the best you can, because sanity.

— That Mom Tho (@mom_tho) October 13, 2020

My son said he made “Tier 100” on Fortnite, so I asked him, “But are you Tier 100 in your schoolwork?” and just like that, my jeans rose 7 inches to cover my bellybutton, and a D.A.R.E. fanny pack appeared on my good hip with an AARP card inside.

— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) October 15, 2020

My 14yo is VERY SUBTLE when the bananas get brown enough to be used for muffins.

— Kiersten White News (@kierstenwhite) October 15, 2020

I accidentally ate all of my wife’s favorite ice cream, then I accidentally put the empty container in my son’s room so I wouldn’t get in trouble

— The Dad (@thedad) October 15, 2020

Can you imagine taking your kids somewhere fun and no one complains and everyone has a good time and then you come home and they say “thank you” and you don’t even threaten to cancel all fun until the end of time?

— Mommy Owl (@Lhlodder) October 16, 2020

As a parent, I’ve learned you apparently need an education from Hogwarts to make perfect slime.

— A Bearer Of Dad News ✊? (@HomeWithPeanut) October 11, 2020

You think you know what “loud” is and then your 4yo gets on a Zoom call with 15 other preschoolers.

— Dad and Buried (@DadandBuried) October 14, 2020

I’m not trying to brag or anything but my kids only made gagging noises like 3 times during dinner.

— Rhyming Monster (@sarabellab123) October 14, 2020

Welcome to parenthood, you’ll get to speak a complete sentence once in four days

— Vinod Chhaproo (@Chhapiness) October 14, 2020

The downside of being sarcastic parents is you get sarcastic kids

— Robert Knop (@FatherWithTwins) October 13, 2020

I let my kid have a piece of Halloween candy early.
I watched him bite directly into the KitKat rather than pulling it apart at the designated area, and now I have regrets.

— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) October 14, 2020

Toddler: *drinking greedily*

Me: Whoa slow down bathtime isn’t over yet

— Dude-Bro Dad (@thedadvocate01) October 15, 2020

Parent math:

If a toddler has a runny nose and wipes snot on 1,232,873 surfaces in the house, 1 day later, how many people will have a head cold?

— Unfiltered Mama (@UnfilteredMama) October 14, 2020



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I'm Young, I Have MS, And I'm Worried How I Fit Into A Post-Covid World

By Dearbhla Crosse

As we flit up and down levels in this dystopian elevator dance, I find myself gripped with hiraeth, a Welsh word to describe a nostalgia for a home you can never return to.

I long for the days that I could hug friends; go on a date where the prospect didn’t fill me with existential dread; a time where kissing people didn’t constitute an irreversible and life-threatening lapse in judgement. I yearn for long-haul flights to far-flung destinations and wine-spurred conversations before hitting the dancefloor, arms flailing wildly to one hit wonders. I may miss these things, but the reality is I was already in the throes of a health crisis of my own before Covid hit, so I haven’t had ‘normal’ for quite a while.

A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) just over a year ago at the age of 32 felt like my life was over. Thoughts of wheelchairs invaded my mind, a lazy symbol of disability – many of us living with MS don’t look visibly disabled so the unseen impact of the disease is frequently undermined. MS means my immune system is in a constant state of self-flagellation, mindlessly hacking into the protective layer of my nerves. This causes irreparable damage, affecting mobility, senses, and cognition. As my medication is an immunosuppressant, I am incredibly vulnerable to illnesses like Covid. It also carries fun side effects like liver failure and fatal brain disease; a life stake many of us take over the debilitating alternative.

At the end of last year, I had a relapse. Replete with peripheral numbness, leg spasms, and He-Man quantities of steroids, it took months to recover. Then Covid hit. As Ireland shut down, I fled Dublin to quarantine with my parents and grandparents in the countryside. For four months, our days were planned around mealtimes, the six o’clock news, Netflix, and walks through the surrounding woodland. Grieving for your health is a strange self-absorption and living with MS during lockdown meant grappling with crippling anxiety, cancelled neurology appointments, and worries over medication access. Yet, I was lucky in comparison to many others.

Perhaps we have reached the Hunger Games part of 2020, where our neighbours weep “it’s for the good of the economy”, while bolting us inside our houses.

Despite the commonality of Covid to bind us all, we are each experiencing this new emergence from lockdown differently. As I begin to unravel from my cocoon, I wonder where I fit into this new world? I believe people have grown weary at having to curtail their lives for the sake of the ‘weaker’ members of society. We all have virus fatigue driven by loneliness, financial burdens, and a need to reconnect with people we love. Gone are the rallying cries of solidarity underpinned by a new-found hope for a world devoid of material possessions.

Instead we are left in a Covid-wake, drowning in despondence for an unknown future. Everyone is taking little risks. People’s bubbles are merging into other bubbles and many are losing sight of why we locked down in the first place. To save lives. As we cannot rely on common sense, governments create regulations to keep us safe. The problem is that everyone has different ideas about risk and how to move forward.

As countries open up, there are many who argue we should adopt a policy of shielding the vulnerable, while the rest of the population go about their lives as normally as possible. Advocates for herd immunity amongst the younger, healthier members of the population look to Sweden, despite scant evidence to show it works. Sweden also has a wildly different demographic. It has the
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    MPs To Vote On Marcus Rashford Free School Meals Plan On Wednesday

    By Paul Waugh

    Marcus Rashford’s plan to extend free school meals over holiday periods will be put to a Commons vote on Wednesday in a bid to force Tory MPs to pile pressure on Boris Johnson to agree the move.

    Labour triggered the parliamentary event by tabling an Opposition Day motion after No.10 again refused to commit to the England footballer’s proposals to tackle child hunger in England.

    A vote will now take place on Wednesday evening, with Conservative backbenchers faced with a choice of backing Rashford’s plan or either abstaining or voting against it.

    Deputy leader Angela Rayner will lead for Labour in the chamber and the motion will read: ”This House calls on the Government to continue directly funding provision of free school meals over the school holidays until Easter 2021 to prevent over a million children going hungry during this crisis”.

    Labour hopes that the parliamentary threat will force the PM into changing his mind, just as its Opposition Day motion last summer resulted in a government U-turn.

    The move came after the party’s 72-hour deadline passed for a response from the government to announce a U-turn.

    Shadow education secretary Kate Green said: “It is essential the Government provides this support urgently.

    “We gave the Prime Minister the chance to change course, but he refused to do so. Now his MPs must decide if they want to vote for their constituents to get this vital support or if they will leave families struggling to put food on the table.”

    Labour wants the government to extend free school meals, starting with the October half term which begins next week in most places in England.

    The Labour government in Wales has already provided £11m in additional support to fund free meals over holidays upto and including next Easter.

    On Saturday, Rashford challenged Boris Johnson to honour his election pledge to “level up” the UK by introducing a comprehensive package to end child poverty and hunger.

    He called for major changes to the welfare system, including an end to the Tories’ two-child cap on Universal Credit and an increase in the value of healthy eating vouchers for pregnant mothers.

    Rashford has amassed nearly 300,000 signatures in just over five days for his online parliamentary petition demanding urgent action to stop children going hungry.

    No.10 Downing Street sparked anger last week when it flatly rejected his proposals, claiming that “it’s not for schools to regularly provide food to pupils during the school holidays”. It repeated its stance on Friday and on Monday.

    Merry Christmas kids…

    It’s also not for food banks to feed millions of British children but here we are. 250% increase in food poverty and rising…

    This is not going away anytime soon and neither am I…

    — Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) October 15, 2020

    Some senior Tories such as education select committee chairman Rob Halfon have called on the PM to think again.

    Former premier Gordon Brown last week also urged Johnson to personally intervene to fund the £20m a week cost of the holiday extension plan.

    Shadow children’s minister Tulip Siddiq wrote to every Tory MP on Monday night asking them to support the plan to provide additional support to over 1.4 million children in every school holiday until Easter.



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    These 10 Baby Names Are Also The Most Expensive Street Names

    By Victoria Richards

    If you live on a street that contains one of this year’s most desirable baby names, you could see the value of your property rocket. Hear us out.

    That’s according to Barratt Homes, who put together an online ‘
    These Are The 10 Luckiest Baby Names To Give Your Child


    A home on Alec Street could set you back as much as £5,807,701. No surprise when you consider that Alec is strong, meaning ‘defending men’.


    A property on Jenna Street could cost you a mean £2,916,000. Jenna means ‘fair phantom’ and comes from the English.


    Kathryn comes from the Greek, and means ‘pure’. It’s a variant of Katherine – and houses on a street bearing this name can cost as much as £1,965,000.


    A French name meaning ‘guide’ or ‘leader’, Guy has a definite hint of aristocracy about it. Houses on a road named after Guy come in at £1,831,694.


    Roger comes from the old French, meaning ‘fame’, ‘renowned’ and ‘spear’. Houses on roads of this name can set you back as much as £1,476,596.


    Buy a house on Darcie Street and you might have to fork out £1,440,000 for the name, which means ‘dark-haired’, ‘dark’ or ‘descendant of the dark’ in Irish.


    Mathew (yes, one ‘t’) means ‘gift of Yahweh’ and refers to the Hebrew God. A pad on a road named after Mathew could be snapped up for £1,207,892.


    The name Basil (royal, kingly) comes from the male Greek name Vassilios and means ‘brave’ or ‘fearless’ – houses can cost £1,110,767.


    The name Joel appears in the Hebrew bible and means “Yahu is god” or the modern translation “Yahweh Is God”. Houses come in at £877,332.


    The name Vivienne means ‘alive’ and is of French origin. Houses on Vivienne Street sell for a substantial £837,500.



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