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Christmas Trees are coming! Be Prepared this December

Types of Christmas Trees

There are various types of Christmas trees available, and you must choose the one that is perfect for your home during the holiday season. There are various types, as you will see below:

Nordman Fir

The Norman Fir Christmas Tree barely drops its needles, making it the most popular choice in Modern times, due to the safety issues related to children and pets, and the sharp Christmas tree needles. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, and their needles are a lot fleshier.

Norway Spruce

The Norway Spruce Christmas tree, brings the classic smell of childhood to your home. Its needles do drop a lot more than other varieties, but it more than makes up for that with its beautiful smell, and really traditional tall and narrow shape.

Potted Christmas Trees

The Potted Christmas tree is a great choice if you would prefer your tree to last longer than just a few weeks, as potted trees are more likely to live on through the year, and be fine to use again a year later. The come in both varieties, the Nordman or Norway Spruce, and are often a little cheaper.

Where to buy a Christmas Tree

You can normally buy Christmas trees at your local garden centre, or check online for your nearest Christmas tree farm. Sapcote Garden Centre, Leicester, LE94LG, 01455 274049, (http://www.sapcotegc.co.uk/christmas/christmas-trees) has a range of Nordman Fir, and Norway Spruce Christmas trees for sale, and the price is the same as 2012.

I am sick of tennis ‘girlies’ in skimpy whites says RACHEL JOHNSON

By

Rachel Johnson for The Mail on Sunday


Published:
19:21 EST, 4 July 2015

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Updated:
03:08 EST, 5 July 2015

When it comes to Wimbledon fortnight, I put a line through the diary – and would trample over both my grandmothers’ graves to go to SW19.

On Monday, I Tubed it to Southfields. The sun had got his hat on and the gods were also smiling down as both Murray and Federer were drawn to play their first-round matches on Centre Court.

I wasn’t expecting five-set thrillers at this stage in the tournament but some decent exhibition tennis, and this is what both male players delivered in spades.

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Sorry Ladies, but you only offer half of the entertainment of the men, so you deserve less pay

Sorry Ladies, but you only offer half of the entertainment of the men, so you deserve less pay

 
 

More from Rachel Johnson for The Mail on Sunday…

The canapé before my two meaty main man-courses on Centre Court was reigning champion Petra Kvitova. She dispatched her opponent Kiki Bertens before the ice in my Pimms slushie had even melted, in just 35 minutes, even faster than she closed out last year’s final (a blink-and-you-miss-it 55 minutes).

In contrast, the men’s match between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 was the game’s longest ever, in terms of time and games played, at more than 11 hours, while 36 Grand Slam men’s matches have lasted longer than five hours.

With the stunning exception of one shining star, our own Heather Watson’s nail-biting, enthralling and comparatively epic 134-minute duel against Serena Williams, most women’s tennis can be a bit of a swizz as a spectator experience.

Hate to say this to you ladies, but someone has to and it might as well be me. You get the same amount of prize money as the gentlemen, but you do less work and, most of the time, provide only half the entertainment value.

I call for a referendum before the grass-court season ends.

As Heather Watson and our soccer Lionesses have just shown us, women are perfectly able to play up and play the game just like men (even when they aren’t cushioned by fat sponsorship deals, and telephone-number salaries).

Eleven of Britain’s finest played Japan in the semi- finals of the Women’s World Cup in Canada last week. Over the full 90 minutes, they didn’t wilt in the 80F heat. Their legs lasted. They showed that women can be big boys and compete in men’s sports on men’s terms.

And the nation – whose only previous experience of women’s football was one viewing of the Bend It Like Beckham DVD – got behind them and watched in their millions, even though the Lionesses lost the match through an unlucky own goal.

But back to the greensward, the white kit, Wimbledon and the Grand Slam circuit, where the ethos is neo-Edwardian. When it comes to tennis, only the women players can break for ten minutes when the ‘heat stress index’ reaches 30.1C (86F). As it happens, the grass is a good heat-absorber so the rule hasn’t been activated yet in this tournament, but still.

If women’s tennis wants to routinely be so much more than golden-limbed blondes in skimpy whites grunting and glowing for half an hour, it has to get as serious and competitive – and as much of a spectacle – as the men’s game. So it’s past time that women tennis players insisted they play as many sets as the men – perhaps young Heather can lead the way.

Yes, this would cause havoc with schedules of play, both on court and for the broadcasters. As commentator and former British No 1 Annabel Croft tells me: ‘I’m not in favour as they tried it before in the USA and the TV couldn’t schedule it as it was so unpredictable how long matches would go.’

But this isn’t the point. Nor is the point that some people would probably pay not to watch five sets of women’s tennis.

The point is, there is a legal principle at stake, established in 1970, which is that men and women can demand equal pay for equal work.

In 2013, the CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association said that women players were ‘ready, willing and able’ to play longer matches at Grand Slams. So what are we waiting for? Why am I the one complaining about this, not the wonderful women players who train and train and bring their A-games to too many matches that are over before they’ve even begun?

And why aren’t men complaining that, when it comes to tennis, there is no equal pay for equal play, unless, of course, they consider it ungentlemanly to bring it up in the home of lawn tennis and croquet?

I’m calling a referendum to settle this once and for all.

Vote YES to five sets for all in the grand slams and NO for women’s tennis to stay – with honourable, unforgettable exceptions – girly.

The ball’s in your court, Wimbledon.

Rihanna… shocking, explicit and irresistible

Forget about the rape scene at the Royal Opera House – now cultural faux outrage attaches to the new Rihanna video. 

It’s so violent, explicit, abusive, shocking, blood-spattered, and un-PC that it makes the most misogynistic rapper track on MTV look and sound like a TED talk about ‘safe spaces’ or sustainability. 

I loved it. Bitch Better Have My Money is my song of the summer. 

Rihanna's video is violent, explicit, abusive, shocking, blood-spattered, un-PC ... and I love it

Rihanna’s video is violent, explicit, abusive, shocking, blood-spattered, un-PC … and I love it

The two crowned Queens of Wimbledon are Sheffield-born Mrs Gill Brook, wife of the club chairman, and Judy Murray of Dunblane. 

Both are slim, groomed, blonde and glamorous, to the extent that they are hard to tell apart, from a distance anyway. 

A word of warning. 

If you want your gold-plated invitation to high tea in the clubhouse or the Royal Box to arrive promptly as usual – do not, on any account, mix up the two.

A shaggy cut’s not naughty

First the BBC idiotically announced that the name ‘Titty’ in Swallows and Amazons would be changed to ‘Tatty’ for broadcast. 

And now there’s tut-tutting over L’Oreal’s new promotion of ‘Blonde Shag’ and ‘Black Shag’ hairstyles.

Admittedly, when I put these words into Google, I came up with some interesting results: www.shagablonde.com does exactly what it says on the tin. 

But calm down, dears. Think of gay, or screw: English words have always held dual meaning. 

Over to L’Oreal: ‘The poster refers to the ability of a hairdresser to create “the shag cut”, which is an on-trend hairstyle, and clearly shows a woman having a haircut.’

As far as this blonde is concerned, L’Oreal is in the clear. A ‘shag’ is just as likely to be my messy, layered hairdo or a species of seabird.

So titter and tut ye not.

Speaking of hair… it’s nice that more and more women are glad to be grey, from Anna Murphy, the fashion editor, and author Jane Wellesley, to broadcaster Caitlin Moran’s badger stripe. 

After all, it’s weird when men dye their hair, so why should all women have to? 

But now model Cara Delevingne at 22 has gone grey as well as gay (as announced in US Vogue), I’m not so sure. 

Dyeing your hair grey when you’re young and hip and gorgeous only underlines how juicy and vibrant etc you are compared to everyone else. Let’s leave grey to the silver foxes – of both sexes.

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Stars turn out for Britain’s Everyday Heroes and join the MoS’s mission to make first-aid compulsory

  • Britain’s top doctor backed calls for first aid lessons on school curriculum 
  • Sir Bruce Keogh spoke at St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards
  • A number of emotional celebrities revealed their own lifesaving encounters
  • MoS readers voted for a special award for young people who save lives 

By

Judith Keeling For The Mail On Sunday


Published:
16:02 EST, 4 July 2015

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Updated:
02:35 EST, 5 July 2015

NHS England's medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh backed calls to put compulsory first-aid lessons on the school curriculum

NHS England’s medical director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh backed calls to put compulsory first-aid lessons on the school curriculum

Britain’s top doctor has backed calls to ‘build a nation of lifesavers’ by putting compulsory first-aid lessons on the school curriculum. 

Speaking at the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards in London last week, which honour men, women and children for astonishing acts of bravery, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh said: ‘First aid should be universally taught in schools.

‘There are two reasons – first, adults can be fearful to intervene but children aren’t inhibited. And also, if you teach kids stuff, they share that information with brothers, sisters, mums and dads.’

Sir Bruce, medical director of NHS England, also paid tribute to St John Ambulance volunteers who tended to his eldest son Chris after he suffered a serious back injury during a rugby match.

‘I owe them a great debt of gratitude. My son was looked after very well and is fine now,’ he added.

Echoing this newspaper’s own Teach Every Child To Be A Lifesaver campaign, St John Ambulance chief executive Sue Killen said: ‘This autumn, Parliament will look again at the issue of putting first aid on the curriculum, and we must do everything we can to urge them to help us build a nation of lifesavers.’

During the emotionally charged evening – held in association with The Mail on Sunday – a number of celebrities told of their own lifesaving encounters.

Former Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah was close to tears as she recalled how her mother had saved her life when she choked on her own tongue in a freak accident at the age of 18.

‘I was having a cup of tea with my sister at home and we were laughing about something – and I laughed so hard that I swallowed my own tongue,’ Amelle said.

Sky presenter Kirsty Gallacher, who hosted the ceremony, recalled how first-aiders saved the life of her father, golfer Bernard Gallacher, when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest

Sky presenter Kirsty Gallacher, who hosted the ceremony, recalled how first-aiders saved the life of her father, golfer Bernard Gallacher, when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest

Former Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah was close to tears as she recalled how her mother had saved her life when she choked on her own tongue
Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster told how her mother’s insistence that the family learn first aid had helped her brother, a tree surgeon, to save his own life

Former Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah (left) and Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster (right) both gave emotional accounts of how thankful they were for first aid training

‘I couldn’t breathe at all. At first I was in complete shock and then I remember thinking, “I am going to die.” I ran down the stairs and I caught a glimpse of my face in a mirror – my lips had turned blue. My mother saved my life – she pushed me round so that I was facing away from her and performed something like the Heimlich manoeuvre [an emergency technique involving abdominal thrusts to clear a blocked airway].

‘After a couple of pushes and tugs there was a strange plopping noise as my tongue popped back. It was the scariest moment of my life.’ 

Sky Sports presenter Charlie Webster told how her mother’s insistence that the family learn first aid had helped her brother, a tree surgeon, to save his own life following a terrible accident.

‘A chainsaw went through his main artery. He saved his own life up a tree by managing to put a tourniquet on his arm before he passed out,’ she said. 

Max Willson, 16, saved his sister Mini, ten, when she put her hand through a window and severed an artery

Max Willson, 16, saved his sister Mini, ten, when she put her hand through a window and severed an artery

VILLAGE SET UP 999 RESCUE TEAM

An entire village has been honoured for ‘coming together to save lives’. In a remarkable campaign to promote first aid, the residents of Henfield, West Sussex, set up their own volunteer response team, which gets notification of local 999 calls.

Typically, someone reaches the scene within three or four minutes. The team, which was started in 2004, has so far responded to 2,400 emergency calls, including ten cases of cardiac arrest. It is now staffed by 11 fully trained first-aiders.

‘There are at least five people walking around Henfield today who otherwise would not be thanks to this team,’ said Ray Osgood, chairman of Henfield Parish Council.

The scheme was the brainchild of local resident David Fletcher, a paramedic, who came across a man having a cardiac arrest in the High Street. He tried desperately to resuscitate him but the man died because a defibrillator did not arrive at the scene quickly enough.

Henfield now has 22 of the devices, also called AEDs, which use an electric shock to restart the heart if it stops. ‘We have them in the leisure centre, the church, the food store, the library, both pubs and the dental surgery, to name but a few,’ said Mr Osgood. ‘We probably have more per head of population than any other village.’

Awards host Kirsty Gallacher said: ‘This is a whole village really coming together to save lives.’

Everyday Heroes is supported by Physio-Control, a leading provider of AEDs.

‘Luckily, Sky offers all employees first-aid training and I make sure I keep my skills up to date by attending a class once every few years. You just never know when you might need it.’

Fellow Sky presenter Kirsty Gallacher, who hosted the ceremony, recalled how first-aiders saved the life of her father, golfer Bernard Gallacher, when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest last year. 

‘He was given CPR for more than 20 minutes,’ she said. ‘These are skills that anybody can learn and I would urge everyone to do so.’

MoS readers voted for a special award for young people who save lives. The winner was 16-year-old Max Willson, whose incredible calmness and presence of mind saved the life of his sister Mini, ten, when she put her hand through a window and severed an artery at the family’s French holiday home last August.

Max, whose father is former Top Gear presenter Quentin, was alone with Mini at the time. First he fashioned a bandage from a towel and secured it with duct tape to put pressure on the wound. He then used a dog lead as a tourniquet, and despite suffering from dyslexia, he Googled the number for the French emergency services before running out to put a red towel in front of the property so the ambulance crew would find them. 

‘I am just glad I was able to think clearly and these instincts were right,’ said Max.

Max won The Mail on Sunday Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year Award, founded in memory of Guy Evans, 17, who died following a suspected heart arrhythmia while riding his motorbike. However, it is possible that basic first aid – CPR – could have saved his life.

Instead, three friends who were with Guy were forced to stand by helplessly as he died because they did not have first-aid training.

‘My 20-minute marathon to save cardiac arrest victim’ 

A woman who performed CPR for 20 minutes in freezing conditions on a pensioner she found collapsed in the street was named as the St John Ambulance Everyday Hero of the Year.

Laura Austin, 27, stepped in to help Dave Turner when he suffered a cardiac arrest outside his local post office last December. Laura, a podiatrist from Lancaster, used skills she had recently learned on a first-aid course to help resuscitate Mr Turner, 74.

The mother-of-one was one of five finalists for the prestigious award, all of whom were congratulated for their remarkable presence of mind in helping to save the lives of friends or strangers.

Quick-thinking: Laura Austin (left), pictured with son Jayden and Charlie Webster, performed CPR for 20 minutes in freezing conditions on a pensioner she found collapsed in the street

Quick-thinking: Laura Austin (left), pictured with son Jayden and Charlie Webster, performed CPR for 20 minutes in freezing conditions on a pensioner she found collapsed in the street

She said: ‘When I got to Dave, there was no pulse. It was quite surreal – there were about 15 people standing watching him but no one was touching him. I just got on with it.’

Laura began resuscitation and continued until a defibrillator was fetched from a nearby squash club. Thanks to her actions, Mr Turner made a full recovery. NHS England chief Sir Bruce Keogh, himself a heart surgeon, said: ‘I have spent more hours than you can imagine giving CPR. It is really strenuous. Most people get tired after five to seven minutes. To carry on for a 20-minute marathon shows huge determination – it is an outstanding feat.’

Laura, who attended with her son Jayden, seven, said: ‘This award means so much to me, especially as my father died a few weeks ago.’

The other finalists were Tim Butcher, who performed CPR on a fellow golfer; AA man Daniel Cooke, who came to the rescue of a two-year-old boy who was choking on a chicken nugget in a cafe where he was taking his break; Daniel Measom, who saved the lifeless baby of a neighbour; and Ronda Prudhoe, who came to the aid of her diabetic husband when he suffered a hypoglycaemic episode.

‘Our baby’s choking death spurred first aid crusade’ 

Dan and Joanne Thompson overcame the anguish of losing their nine-month-old daughter Millie, who died in 2012 after choking while eating her lunch at nursery, by founding Millie’s Trust to campaign for lifesaving education and first-aid training.

The couple’s tireless work was honoured last week when they were named winners of the First Aid Champion award. Host Kirsty Gallacher told them: ‘You have turned a tragedy into something positive.’

Dan, 42, and Joanne, 29, were accompanied by their four-month-old son Leo as they accepted their award from Dr Dawn Harper.

Campaigners: Joanne, Dan and son Leo Thompson with Dr Dawn Harper (left) after the parents were named winners of the First Aid Champion award

Campaigners: Joanne, Dan and son Leo Thompson with Dr Dawn Harper (left) after the parents were named winners of the First Aid Champion award

‘Working for this charity has got us through the darkest period of our lives,’ said Joanne. ‘We didn’t expect to be recognised in this way – the other finalists were all amazing.’

The judges highlighted the fact that Millie’s Trust has enabled parents and carers to attend heavily subsidised first-aid courses.

Dan and Joanne have also campaigned to ensure that new nursery staff are trained in paediatric first aid. At the inquest into Millie’s death, the coroner called for such training for all nursery staff.

Xmas Holidays

My Testimonial of Gardencentreshoppings New Range of Round Rattan Dining Sets

About Gardencentreshopping

Gardencentreshopping.co.uk, have a wide range of garden furniture for you to browse, all in stock, and available for home delivery.

 

This range shows a fantastic variety of wicker materials, and synthetic colours. They are premium quality, the best, wonderfully durable, and can be left outside all year round.

They seems sturdy, with aluminium frames (meaning no rust) and UV stabilised wicker, which will not fade of go brittle in the sun, wind, rain or ice!

Round rattan sets are the perfect choice for your outdoor patio area

Gardencentreshopping:

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I have found the best way to buy this sort of furniture is to visit it in store, normally at a local garden centre, as you never know what you are going to notice when you actually sit on it!

Round rattan dining sets are perfect for a circular patio area.

https://www.gardencentreshopping.co.uk/rattan/rattan-dining-sets/round

 

Customise your outdoor round rattan dining set today at GCS

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I hope you enjoyed my review! 10/10 for sure.

Parents are ‘ignorant’ of laws that say children up to 12 should be in a fitted seat

  • Law states that all those under 12 or 1.35m in height must use car seats
  • But new research suggests many parents remain unaware of the rules
  • More than half have bought a seat without being shown how to fit it 

By

Sean Poulter for the Daily Mail


Published:
19:52 EST, 3 July 2015

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Updated:
02:49 EST, 4 July 2015

Regulations: Many parents are apparently ignorant of the law, which states that all children up to age of 12 must use a car seat

Regulations: Many parents are apparently ignorant of the law, which states that all children up to age of 12 must use a car seat

Parents are breaking the law every day of the week by failing to use child car seats, say consumer campaigners.

Many are apparently ignorant of the law, which states that all children up to age of 12 – or 1.35m in height – must use one of the seats to protect them in an accident.

Research by consumer experts Which? found that one in five parents don’t use them for children aged 6-10, so risking a fine. The watchdog said many people are confused by the law and struggle to know how to fit the seats properly.

Worryingly, the survey also found more than half – 53 per cent – who bought a new car seat were not shown how to fit it and, after making their purchase, four in ten didn’t have the fit double-checked by experts.’

It said parents were unsure at what age children should be moved from a seat classified as ‘Group 0+’ , where they face backwards, to ‘Group 1′, where they face the front.

‘Almost a quarter of parents falsely believe they should make this change when their child turns one, while 26per cent of parents did not know the answer at all. Parents are therefore exposing their babies to a higher risk of injury in a crash by turning them forward too soon.’

In fact, a child should stay in a group 0+ car seat until they weigh 13kg – or when the crown of their head is level with the top of the seat – which could be around 15 months old.

Which? editor, Richard Headland, said: ‘Our research shows there’s a lot of confusion around using and fitting child car seats, getting it wrong could lead to a fine and even endanger a child’s safety.’

A driver that fails to ensure a child is using the right sort of seat can be hit with a fixed penalty of £100 or as much as £500 if the case goes to court.

Any motor insurance claim could be rejected if a child were injured because they were in the wrong sort of seat. 

A driver could even face having to pay civil damages in the courts if they failed to carry someone else’s child safely.

Safety: A driver that fails to ensure a child is using the right sort of seat can be hit with a fixed penalty of £100 or as much as £500 if the case goes to court

Safety: A driver that fails to ensure a child is using the right sort of seat can be hit with a fixed penalty of £100 or as much as £500 if the case goes to court

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Lionesses who put the divas of tennis to shame in PLATELL’S PEOPLE

By

Amanda Platell for the Daily Mail


Published:
19:28 EST, 3 July 2015

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Updated:
02:31 EST, 4 July 2015

On Wednesday, I did something I almost never do. I stayed up late to watch a football match. Around 2.4 million Brits did the same, as it happens, cheering on the England Women’s World Cup team in their semi-final with Japan.

It wasn’t patriotism in my case, but curiosity. The ‘Lionesses’, as they’ve been dubbed, were said to be changing the face of football in this country with their recent run of form — so I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about.

Like many, I was cynical. How could a bunch of girls, most of whom have day jobs and are semi-professional, play with speed and finesse? How could they ever compare with the men’s game?

I was heartbroken when Laura Bassett, pictured, scored an own goal with just seconds of the game remaining

I was heartbroken when Laura Bassett, pictured, scored an own goal with just seconds of the game remaining

Like millions of sceptics, I was proved wrong. The Lionesses lived up to their name. It was a nail-biting game, and they were courageous and fearless — and dignified (if a little emotional) in defeat.

I was heartbroken when defender Laura Bassett scored an own goal in the final minutes. 

Of course, she and her team-mates were in tears. David Beckham and Paul Gascoigne also blubbed after World Cup defeats.

The highest paid woman in the team earns £65,000 a year — around a fifth of what England captain Wayne Rooney gets in one week. 

Yet the girls insist on an equal playing field with the men: literally. The same size pitch, the same 90 minutes, the same rules.

Which is a welcome change from the prima donnas at Wimbledon this week. 

Unlike the Lionesses, the women get the same prize money as the men, even though they play only the best of three sets to the men’s five. 

Reigning champion Petra Kvitova’s first-round match lasted just 36 minutes, while the men’s games lasted two hours or more.

And in the heat, the girls are allowed to take a break during their matches, but the men aren’t. I had a hot flush of anger just hearing that.

The Lionesess have a long way to go to reach parity with the men. 

But they’re doing it the right way, taking them on at their own game, not a footie-light version of the sport.

And the fact is they’re more likely to bring home a World Cup any time soon than our preening national men’s team. 

Luciana Morad, pictured,  denied reports that Mick Jagger got her pregnant in a dog kennel

Is it refined to cheat with Mick, Luciana?

Denying reports in a new book that Mick Jagger got her pregnant in a dog kennel, Brazilian model Luciana Morad, mother of their 16-year-old son Lucas, insists: ‘I am a super-refined gal and would never do this.’

Indeed. But not so refined that she wouldn’t have a brief fling with a married multi-millionaire rock star, destroying his family and setting herself up for life.

I suspect Jerry Hall, his wife at the time, might think Luciana is anything but ladylike.

Buxom Monica Lewinsky, the intern once on intimate terms with President Clinton, says she’s often mistaken for Kim Kardashian. Only from behind, dear, only from behind.

Many have criticised the way in which we Brits fail to cope with a bit of sunshine, claiming we’re a bunch of weather-wilting softies. 

But there is evidence we suffer from some kind of collective hallucinogenic heatstroke when the thermometer nears the 100f mark. 

What else could explain the legions of pink-fleshed fatties disporting thunder thighs in excruciatingly tiny shorts and tank tops? 

And that’s just the men.  

The family of Val Doonican said after his death this week, aged 88, that ‘his batteries simply ran out’.

The much-loved Irish crooner — famous for singing from a rocking chair and wearing vivid knitted jumpers and cardigans— died as graciously as he lived. 

And what a tribute it is to him that this devoted family man, who entertained us for decades, was only ever sent knitting patterns by his many fans — never a pair of knickers. 

Clare Balding’s Wimbledon 2Day show has proved such a disaster that 95 per cent of viewers want it scrapped.

Balding replaced John Inverdale, who was axed by BBC2 when he said 2013 champion Marion Bartoli ‘wasn’t much of a looker’.

He blamed his car-crash comment on hay-fever: an excuse Balding can’t use as the grass in her studio is as fake as every- thing else about her show. 

Clare Balding's tennis  show has been a major flop with 95 per cent of viewers wanting it scrapped 

Clare Balding’s tennis show has been a major flop with 95 per cent of viewers wanting it scrapped 

Cheryl’s wearing thin

From her performances in Girls Aloud to her WAG status as Mrs Ashley Cole and her role as an X Factor judge, Cheryl whatshername has always played on her pretty face and lovely figure.

Let’s be honest, with a voice as thin as an ice-cream wafer, her fortune was never going to be built on her singing talent.

So it’s a little disingenuous of Cheryl (pictured this week) to accuse Twitter fans concerned about her apparent dramatic weight loss of ‘body shaming’.

After all, her entire celebrity career has been built on her looks.

Cheryl whatshername has a voice as thin as an ice-cream wafer, but has a pretty face and figure

Cheryl whatshername has a voice as thin as an ice-cream wafer, but has a pretty face and figure

On the eve of the minute’s silence yesterday for the 30 British people murdered in Tunisia, Russell Brand took to YouTube, describing it as ‘bull***t’. 

The self-styled sofa revolutionary blamed the Government’s foreign policy for the slaughter. 

I’m sure I speak for many millions when I say what we would like now is a little silence from Brand. 

WESTMINSTER NOTICEBOARD 

The self-anointed Queen of the Selfie Karen Danczuk believes her marriage broke down when she became more famous than her MP husband, Simon.

‘I’ve gone from fat, frumpy Karen to happy, confident and sexy Karen,’ she gushed.

The mother of two small boys has a line in signed-and- scented selfies of her considerable cleavage.

Her 54,000 Twitter fans mostly debate whether she is Westminster’s most embarrassing wife. Vying with Sally Bercow for that title is hardly anything to be proud of. A classic case of selfie-destruction.

Lib Dem leadership contender Norman Lamb says that he wants children’s TV shows such as Peppa Pig to include more gay characters.

Curious that, from a party which, as far as I can tell, doesn’t have a single openly gay MP.

David Laws, who lost his Yeovil seat at the General Election, only came out when he was exposed for fiddling his expenses to the tune of £40,000 to pay the rent on a flat for his secret lover.

New Labour’s Liz Kendall claims she’s the only leadership candidate who is not ‘continuity Miliband’, a sneering reference to her former boss Ed.

Instead she is positioning herself as continuity Blair, a man who’s now even more derided than Red Ed.

Betrayal of ISIS family 

The Luton family of 12 who went missing have confirmed they are in Syria. They include two grandparents in ill health and three grand-children aged from one to 11.

Ashuk Ahmed, who has been a family friend for 30 years, said: ‘We are concerned. We thought this would be the last family to be radicalised.’

It’s the same old story. No one suspected a decent, British-born Muslim family would choose to turn their backs on the West and make their homes with terrorists.

How full of hatred must a family be to deny grand- parents free health care and children an education.

And to choose, instead, a life in a country ruled by the terrorist group ISIS, who beheaded two women this week and saw teenage boys crucified for failing to observe Ramadan.

Taking young children to a place such as Syria is nothing short of criminal.

Acerbic writer Julie Burchill is not an easy woman to love, yet after her adored son Jack took his own life, she is truly one to pity. 

She confesses she felt no love for her first child, Robert, whom she abandoned as a baby. 

Jack, her second, however, was the apple of her eye — her Achilles’ heel, she says. 

Losing a child is a heartbreak beyond imagining, but perhaps out of this tragedy will come a reconciliation with Robert. 

Ben buys Jen’s loyalty 

After ten years of marriage, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are divorcing.

Friends blame his return to booze and gambling and his continued infatuation with former fiancee Jennifer Lopez.

He credits Ms Garner with saving his career when he last went off the rails, and now the pair plan to ‘co-parent’ their three young children.

For which read, he will be generous with his £50 million fortune while she raises the children and keeps quiet to protect his reputation.

American Vogue editor Anna Wintour  went to watch her friend Roger Federer at Wimbledon, proudly showing off her heavily muscled and deeply veined arms. 

Perhaps they share the same personal trainer.

American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, pictured, showed off her heavily muscled arms at Wimbledon this week

American Vogue editor Anna Wintour, pictured, showed off her heavily muscled arms at Wimbledon this week

 

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Haulage chief calls for French army to protect lorry drivers from Calais migrants

  • UK’s Road Haulage Association boss wants action from both governments
  • Richard Burnett said drivers are being forced to ‘run the gauntlet’ daily
  • Cross-channel services resumed but delays expected until Monday 

By

Kate Pickles For Mailonline


Published:
07:57 EST, 3 July 2015

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Updated:
09:26 EST, 3 July 2015

The UK’s Road Haulage Association called for the French military to be deployed to protect lorry drivers from migrants.

Chief executive Richard Burnett, said drivers were being forced to ‘run the gauntlet every day’ with desperate migrants trying to get on their vehicles.

He said the British and French governments needed to work together to find a long term solution but that truck drivers needed protection in the meantime.

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Gauntlet: Richard Burnett said lorry drivers are being forced to 'run the gauntlet' and need protecting from migrants by the army

Gauntlet: Richard Burnett said lorry drivers are being forced to ‘run the gauntlet’ and need protecting from migrants by the army

He spoke to drivers trapped in Calais during the five days of disruption caused by a strike by French ferry workers and said drivers’ lives were being put at risk by the escalating problem.   

‘I took the opportunity to talk to the drivers that were in the queues there and they are having to run the gauntlet literally every day facing risk that is just completely unreasonable,’ he said, speaking on BBC Radio 4 this morning.

‘Our government needs to help influence the French government to get more police, and possibly even the French military, to actually protect the drivers that are there.

‘We have got to be able to protect the drivers that are doing their day-to-day jobs.’ 

Crossing: Migrants climb into the trailer of a truck during an attempt to make a clandestine crossing to England through the Channel tunnel as lorries wait on a road which leads to the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles near Calais

Crossing: Migrants climb into the trailer of a truck during an attempt to make a clandestine crossing to England through the Channel tunnel as lorries wait on a road which leads to the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles near Calais

On the French side of the Channel (pictured) illegal migrants are still trying to take advantage of the chaos to sneak onto stationary lorries

On the French side of the Channel (pictured) illegal migrants are still trying to take advantage of the chaos to sneak onto stationary lorries

Jammed: The blockade caused huge tailbacks at both the French port and on Kent's M20 motorway (pictured)

Jammed: The blockade caused huge tailbacks at both the French port and on Kent’s M20 motorway (pictured)

He said the strikes had caused ‘absolute chaos’ within the industry on unprecedented levels.

Illegal migrants trying to make the crossing was a ‘massive problem’, he said, and one that will not go away without intervention.

‘The UK and French governments must acknowledge their responsibilities to all Port of Calais users, move in and act. If this means deployment of the armed forces then so be it,’ he said earlier this week. 

Cross-Channel ferry services have now resumed between Dover and Calais although the thousands of lorries stuck at both the French port and on Kent’s M20 motorway are not expected to fully clear until Monday. 

A record 3,400 vehicles were stuck on the M20 yesterday after police lined vehicles up two abreast along 33 miles of the motorway.

On the French side of the Channel, there were reports of illegal migrants still trying to take advantage of the chaos to sneak onto stationary lorries and terrified holidaymakers being threatened by gangs of migrants demanding to be allowed to hide in cars before they are loaded onto ferries.

On Friday P&O said it expected to make its usual 25 ferry crossings.

Home secretary, Theresa May, met with French counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve, on Thursday and jointly pledged to do more to end the chaos connected to strikes at Calais. 

Clogged: Around 8,000 truckers are stuck on a 23-mile stretch of the M20 in Kent which was closed due to the French ferry strike

Clogged: Around 8,000 truckers are stuck on a 23-mile stretch of the M20 in Kent which was closed due to the French ferry strike

 

 

 

 

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37 Years on the Dole’s Michelle X is arrested for growing cannabis at Oxford home

  • Michelle X arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis at Oxford home
  • 48-year-old benefit claimant appeared on TV show 37 Years on the Dole
  • She told documentary she had ‘no choice’ but to grow her own cannabis
  • Claims she needs Class B drug to ease the pain of her multiple sclerosis

By

Emma Glanfield for MailOnline


Published:
05:16 EST, 3 July 2015

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Updated:
09:19 EST, 3 July 2015



Michelle X, who appeared on Channel 5 documentary 37 Years on the Dole, has been arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis at her Oxford home

Michelle X, who appeared on Channel 5 documentary 37 Years on the Dole, has been arrested on suspicion of producing cannabis at her Oxford home

The star of a benefits documentary who doesn’t remember the last time she applied for a job has been arrested for growing cannabis at her home, it has emerged.

Michelle X, from Oxford, appeared on Channel 5 documentary 37 Years on the Dole where she claimed she had ‘no choice’ but to grow cannabis – spending her benefits on growing the plant at home.

However, it was revealed the 48-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drug charges just hours before the show was aired – meaning she spent her time in a police cell as the show was broadcast last night.

The grandmother, who receives £20,000 a year in state hand-outs, claims she needs cannabis to ease the pain of her multiple sclerosis (MS). 

Her partner Albert Bloom confirmed the pair’s home had been raided and they had both been taken into police custody in connection with cannabis-growing equipment found at their property.

Writing on Facebook, he said: ‘All our equipment has been taken. We have nothing left.

‘No lights, no pots, air pumps, tents, fans, filters – it has all been taken.

‘What is even sadder is that the police took all of our goody bags that we had made up from Product Earth to give away to the members of Abingdon & Oxford Cannabis Community.

‘This country is a joke. This law is so unjust.

‘If anyone can aid us out with basic equipment untill (sic) we can purchase new equipment we would be forever greatful (sic).

‘I hope you all managed to see Channel 5 at 8pm. We didnt lol we was in a cell (sic).

‘Big love to you all. Time for a joint from weed they didn’t get.’

He later uploaded a photograph of himself with Michelle, who was holding what appeared to be a small cannabis plant. 

The image was captioned: ‘They left this by mistake… thank you for small mercy.’

Miss X, who changed her surname after her marriage ended, told the Channel 5 documentary that she grows cannabis at home for her ‘condition’. 

She is thought to have been growing the Class B drug for the last 10 years, having been diagnosed with MS in 1988.

She said: ‘I have no choice but to grow my own medicine, because then I know what I’m being given and what I’m taking for my condition.’ 

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Albert Bloom, the partner of Michelle X, took to Facebook to confirm the pair had been arrested yesterday

Albert Bloom, the partner of Michelle X, took to Facebook to confirm the pair had been arrested yesterday

On her Facebook page, Michelle X claimed police had 'left' a cannabis plant at her home following her arrest

On her Facebook page, Michelle X claimed police had ‘left’ a cannabis plant at her home following her arrest

She said she had almost 50 cannabis plants and a constant supply of the drug in the spare room of her two-bedroom flat.

She decided to continue to grow the plants despite her home being raided by police two years ago.

In March 2013, police seized 28 cannabis plants and £1,000 worth of cannabis-growing equipment from her property and handed Miss X a caution.

However, despite steering away from the drug, she continued to use her benefit hand-outs to grow the plants.

She added: ‘I don’t remember the last time I applied for a job. All they’ve got to do is find a doctor to say I can work on cannabis.

‘Of course it would be hard to come off the benefits – I’ve been cushioned by them for so long.’

Thames Valley Police confirmed officers had made two arrests yesterday in connection with the production of cannabis at the pair’s home.

A spokesman said: ‘A 48-year-old woman and 34-year-old man from Oxfordshire were arrested yesterday on suspicion of producing a controlled drug of Class B – cannabis.

‘Approximately 40 plants, believed to be cannabis, 20 jars of what is believed to be cannabis and various suspected drugs paraphernalia were seized. 

‘We cannot confirm the relationship between the two arrested people but both have been bailed until 20th August.

‘Arrests were made and evidence was gathered in connection with the alleged offences.’

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Britain could start bombing ISIS in Syria after Tunisia beach attack

  • Defence Secretary to deliver Commons speech on response to massacre
  • Will tell MPs it is ‘illogical’ to support UK airstrikes in Iraq but not in Syria
  • Warning there is ‘no military necessity’ and could create a ‘legal grey area’
  • Labour leaves the door open to idea two years after blocking Syria strikes 

By

Matt Chorley, Political Editor for MailOnline


Published:
04:43 EST, 2 July 2015

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Updated:
09:05 EST, 2 July 2015

Britain moved a step closer to bombing ISIS targets in Syria today as Labour said it would consider backing any military response to the Tunisian beach shootings.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told MPs that it is illogical for UK forces to carry out strikes in Iraq but not in Syria.

The Labour party, which defeated a plan to bomb the Assad regime in Syria two years ago, has dropped its opposition to strikes against ISIS in the country. 

But senior Tory MPs was warned there is ‘no military necessity’ for Britain expanding its role which could create a ‘legal grey area’. 

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told MPs that it is 'illogical' for UK forces to carry out strikes in Iraq but not in Syria

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon told MPs that it is ‘illogical’ for UK forces to carry out strikes in Iraq but not in Syria

David Cameron has promised a ‘full spectrum’ response to the massacre in Sousse, Tunisia on Friday in which 38 tourists including 30 Britons were killed by ISIS gunman Seifeddine Rezgui.

Whitehall sources say that at this stage they do not believe the attack was orchestrated from Iraq or Syria, but Rezgui had been radicalised by ISIS.

Mr Fallon has suggested that any evidence that the attack was directly linked to extremists in Syria would show that the ISIS leadership in the country represents a direct threat to the British people.

The government has promised to hold a Commons vote before launching military action.

But Mr Cameron is still bruised from his defeat two years ago, when Ed Miliband led Labour to vote against action against Bashar Assad’s regime in the wake of the dictator’s use of chemical weapons against rebels in Syria. 

In September last year MPs voted for bombing raids in Iraq, at the request of the Iraqi government.

But Mr Fallon argues there is no reason why the military action should not be extended to Syria.

He told the House of Commons: ‘We are working with the Tunisian authorities to find out exactly how this outrage last Friday was carried out, how it was planned, who was involved in it.

‘Let the House be in absolutely no doubt, the people who perpetrated the murders of our constituents are going to be tracked down, whether they are in Libya, in Syria or anywhere else.’

He said the government remained committed to holding a vote on any future military action.

‘This is of course though a new Parliament and it is for all members to consider carefully how best to tackle Isil – an evil cailphate that does not respect state boundaries,’ he said.

‘We want Assad to go but we are equally clear that Isil operations in Iraq and elsewhere – and probably in Libya – are being directed from northern Syria.

‘We already have American air strikes being carried out in northern Syria, we have air strikes being carried out by other Gulf countries. We have air strikes being carried out by Canadian aircraft that are, of course, helping to keep our streets safe as well.’ 

The terror group ISIS has spread its influence across north Africa after seizing territory in Iraq and Syria

The terror group ISIS has spread its influence across north Africa after seizing territory in Iraq and Syria

Shadow Defence Secretary Vernon Coaker said that Labour would ‘carefully consider’ any fresh proposals that the Government brought forward, while setting out the terms on which it would give its support.

‘We all need to be clear about what difference any action would make to our objective of defeating Isil, about the nature of any action, its objectives and the legal basis,’ he said.

‘Any potential action must command the support of other nations in the region, including Iraq and the coalition already taking action in Syria.

‘This is a time for a considered assessment of the best course of action we can take to defeat this deadly threat to the UK, an objective that unites us all.’

Smoke rises in the Syrian town of Kobani which has come under attack by ISIS militants in recent days

Smoke rises in the Syrian town of Kobani which has come under attack by ISIS militants in recent days

The Prime Minister’s official spokeswoman said: ‘The Prime Minister has been clear on the need for us to be crushing Isil in both Iraq and Syria.

‘Clearly, Isil is seeking to find areas from which it can operate, from where it can seek to threaten people here in Britain, and as part of what the PM was talking about in terms of having a ‘full spectrum’ response, that clearly means not just focusing on one area where they are, but looking at a whole range of areas and how Isil are operating.’

The spokeswoman said ‘a lot has happened’ since the chemical weapon attack by Assad which sparked the previous proposal for air strikes, ‘most recently 22 and likely more British citizens have been killed in a terrorist attack that the investigation so far suggests there are links to Isil’.

She added: ‘Therefore the Prime Minister is clear that we absolutely should be thinking about, are we doing enough, and in the right areas, to tackle Isil.’

ISIS gunman Seifeddine Rezgui walking down the beach in Tunisia where the gunned down 38 innocent tourists. Mr Fallon said said efforts were under way to uncover his links to ISIS in Syria and Iraq

ISIS gunman Seifeddine Rezgui walking down the beach in Tunisia where the gunned down 38 innocent tourists. Mr Fallon said said efforts were under way to uncover his links to ISIS in Syria and Iraq

The former Chief of the General Staff, Lord Dannatt, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Mr Fallon was ‘absolutely right’ about the illogicality of targeting IS in Iraq but not Syria.

‘So-called Islamic State – Isil, Isis, call them what you like – have no respect for the borders that currently exist. Iraq is Iraq and Syria is Syria to us, but not to them,’ said the former head of the Army.

‘As Michael Fallon has said, they don’t differentiate, and frankly it has been illogical for the last year that our forces have been engaged just in the air above Iraq and not above Syria.’

However, Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, chairman of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, said that UK involvement in Syria would make little military difference on the ground, but could involve Britain in a legal ‘grey area’.

Mr Blunt told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘There’s no military necessity for this. We are not providing very many of the aircraft. Five per cent of the missions are being flown by the United Kingdom.

‘Therefore it makes no practical difference, and we are getting ourselves in to a slightly more legal grey area.’ 

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