Evan Peters Apologizes for 'Unknowingly Retweeting' Video Condemning Looters

An accidental retweet. Evan Peters apologized on Tuesday, June 2, shortly after he retweeted a news video that showed police officers tackling protestors who were standing up against the murder of George Floyd. In the video, officers can be seen running after a person in the street, then tackling him. Meanwhile, another viewer cheers the police on, yelling, “Get them!

“I can watch these piece of s–t looters get tackled all day,” the Twitter user who uploaded video, captioned his tweet, which Peters, 33, retweeted.

Although he quickly deleted the retweet, the American Horror Story alum’s followers called him out for sharing the insensitive video.

“I don’t condone the guy watching the news at all in the video which I have deleted. I unknowingly retweeted it. I’m deeply upset it got on my newsfeed,” the actor tweeted on Tuesday. “I sincerely apologize if anyone was offended. I support black lives matter wholeheartedly.”

As Peters mentioned, he deleted the retweet and also posted a black square on his social media accounts to show he was partaking in the Blackout Tuesday initiative to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Despite the speedy delete and apology, the X-Men: Days of Future Past star received a ton of backlash.

“Do something then to make up for it. Post bail for people. Donate. Not just a half ass apology when people are mad at you,” one reply read. Another added, “Evan, If you support #BlackLivesMatter wholeheartedly please share resources and information to your followers, the black box does nothing to help us. If you need links to share we have plenty.”

Many viewers also questioned him for saying that he “unknowingly retweeted” the video. “Accidentally presses the retweet button which then leads you to choose how you want to retweet,” one Twitter user wrote. “2 accidental presses? Nah.”

However, some of his followers did come to his defense.

“To be fair, evan peters does barely use social media which would make it more likely for him to accidentally retweet something,” one user wrote. “I too am still on the fence about all this but i think people should keep that in mind since it is a possibility that it really was an accident.”

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DIY fan makes a sandpit for her son for just £10 using an old bunk bed and a lick of paint

AS we're sure all mums and dads will agree, one of the toughest things about lockdown is not being able to take the kids to the playground to blow off some steam.

Well if you're looking for a way to stop your kids from bouncing off the walls, then one savvy DIY fan may just have the answer.

Posting on the Facebook group Extreme Budget DIY & Life Hacks, the mum revealed how she made an enormous sandpit out of an old bunk bed she had lying around.

She wrote: "Made my little one a sandpit out of the wood from old bunk bed and fence paint we already had!"

Sharing impressive photos of her set-up, the DIY fan simply removed the slacks from the bed and used the frame to form the basis of the sandpit before giving it a lick of paint.

What's more, the mum revealed that her only expense was the sand and chalk board paint.

"Chalk board was a piece of MDF we had lying around," she added. "Painted with chalk board paint [which was] £10 from Amazon."

To finish, the mum lined the fence with fairylights and hung buckets and spades from the chalk board.

Unsurprisingly, the play area has been a hit with the woman's son.

She added: "One happy little boy and much cheaper than buying them new!" 

What's more, other DIY fans were also blown away by the mum's efforts.

"It looks lush," one replied.

Another suggested: "Pop a bed sheet over it at night if it doesn't have a cover to stop kitties pooping in it!"

For more amazing home transformations, this woman who couldn’t afford £250 velvet bed frame knocks up her own for just £25.

And this bloke made his wife a ‘gin shelf’ using old pallets and it was completely free.

Plus this woman who couldn’t afford new patio uses eBay and B&Q bargains to transform her outdoor space.

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Dad-of-five so desperate for McDonald's he camped at drive-thru – but is FOUR days early for reopening

A DAD was so desperate for McDonald's he camped overnight at the drive-thru – only to discover he was FOUR days early for the reopening.

Rik Dove, 28, pitched his tent outside the fast food joint in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts., on Sunday night hoping he'd be the first customer on Monday morning.

The dad-of-five is seen smiling in a tiny pink tent in the drive-thru lane, with a child's plastic car in front of him as his "vehicle".

But Rik's hopes were crushed when he was told he had the date the wrong and the restaurant doesn't actually open until Thursday.

McDonald's plans to reopen 975 of its drive-thrus between from June 2 to June 4 – meaning Rik has to wait a little longer to get his burger.

Rik said: "I got moved on not long after I got there. My local McDonald's doesn't open until the fourth. A member of the public who possibly had a family member who worked there told me.

"I was gutted. I'm a big lad and needed a Big Mac in my life. I thought it [opened on Monday] so I've not managed to get one as of yet.

"I was going to get my kids some nuggets but only a box of twenty as that's all I would fit in the car. It was kind of cramped due to the tent and chair in the back.

"I'll be back on June 3 [Wednesday] to try again."


The dad claims he planned to beat the traffic by setting up the tent and the child's toy car.

However, McDonald's policy states only vehicles with an engine can use the drive-thrus.

On social media, Rik's sister Lisa shared an image and wrote: "Just dropped our Tubbys off at McDonald's. First in the drive thru ready for opening. Man's got needs. Return of the Fat Mac."

Her post attracted more than 1,250 shares as Facebook users said: "This man is next level".

Rik isn't the only one who decided to pitch a tent and camp out.

Another fan in Gosport, Hamps. was seen camping overnight reportedly before their branch reopened for deliveries and their drive-thru.

Yesterday, fans queued for two hours to get their hands on Big Macs – and at some eateries, traffic was so bad that police were called.

Around 160 drive-thrus opened across the country yesterday – with a further 22 restaurants offering deliveries.

McDonald's announced last week it intends to have more than 1,019 of its restaurants in the UK and Ireland open for drive thru or delivery by tomorrow.

For its already reopened restaurants, McDonald's has a slimmed down menu and reduced opening times of 11am to 10pm.

The reduced opening hours means there are no breakfast options currently available – but customers can still pick up fan favourites like Big Macs and McNuggets.

The reduced hours are due to having fewer staff working in kitchens at one time.

McDonald's is also asking customers to spend no more than £25 at both drive-thrus and when ordering for home delivery, to try and control high demand.

What items are included on the reduced McDonald's menu?

MCDONALD'S is currently running a reduced menu.

Here's what's being sold:

Main Menu:

  • Cheeseburger
  • Hamburger
  • Double Cheeseburger
  • Big Mac
  • Quarter Pounder with Cheese
  • McChicken Sandwich
  • Filet-O-Fish
  • Chicken McNuggets
  • Chicken Selects
  • Vegetable Deluxe
  • Veggie Dippes

Sides & Desserts:

  • Fries
  • Mozzarella Dippers
  • Core McFlurry (Oreo, Maltesers, Smarties)
  • Fruit Bag


  • Coke
  • Diet Coke
  • Coke Zero
  • Fanta
  • Sprite
  • Oasis
  • Black Coffee
  • White Coffee
  • Latte
  • Cappuccino
  • Espresso
  • Flat White
  • Tea
  • Orange Juice
  • Fruit Shoot
  • Water
  • Happy Meal Water

Happy Meal Variants:

  • Happy Meal – Hamburger
  • Happy Meal – Cheeseburger
  • Happy Meal – Four Nuggets
  • Happy Meal – Veggie Dippers

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NYPD's top cop denies force is racist and urged respect for community

New York’s top cop who knelt with protesters says the department is not racist and ‘800,000 officers are paying the price for what that guy did in Minnesota’ as he urges looters not to destroy businesses providing jobs in the community

  • Terence Monahan is the most senior uniformed officer in New York City
  • On Tuesday morning he told CBS that he did not believe the force was racist
  • Monahan said he understood the protesters’ anger but his officers must be safe
  • The day before Monahan had knelt with protesters in Washington Square Park 

New York City’s most senior uniformed officer has said he does not believe racism taints the view of the NYPD, as he called for a halt to the throwing of projectiles at police and condemned the wave of looting.

Terence Monahan, who knelt with protesters in Washington Square Park on Monday night, said it was not right that all police be condemned for the actions of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.

 ‘What happened in Minnesota was an outrage, completely and totally, he told CBS This Morning. 

‘But 800,000 law enforcement officers around this country are paying the price for what that guy did in Minnesota.’  

Chauvin killed George Floyd on May 25 by kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes during arrest. 

Chauvin has been charged with murder, but protests at his actions have now spread to 140 cities across the U.S. 

Terence Monahan, the most senior uniformed police officer in New York, has said he does not believe the NYPD is racist and urged the protesters not to resort to violence and looting. Monahan on Monday attended a rally in Washington Square where he knelt beside protesters 

Monahan and protesters showed their solidarity in Washington Square on Monday

Monahan, a 35-year veteran of the NYPD who now oversees roughly 40,000 uniformed and civilian members of the service, denied that his force was racist.

‘I don’t believe racism plays a role in New York,’ he said. 

‘I can only speak for what I’ve seen in New York City.

‘I would never say that we are a racist police department. Absolutely not. 

‘Have incidents happened? Maybe there was a racist incident, something, and that person has been removed from this agency? Absolutely.

‘We all care about the communities we work in. We care deeply in the minority communities, the cops that work there, each and every day.’  

The looters targeted stores all over Manhattan, ransacking several retailers in each location, before police arrived. These are just some of the known locations they targeted 

Monahan said he understands the protesters anger, but will not allow his officers to be hurt 

Monahan said officers in his department frequently face repercussions for inappropriate actions. He said over 100 officers are fired in New York City every year.

He said he understood the protesters’ anger.

Macy’s in New York City was looted on Monday night after protests turned violent

‘Protest, yell, scream, let your rage out, but don’t take your rage out on the community, destroy the businesses that actually employ members of this community,’ he said.

Monahan defended the NYPD’s actions while repressing protests that got out of hand.

In one clip circulating on social media a police patrol car drove into protesters. 

An African American reporter for the Wall Street Journal, wearing his press pass, was also slammed to the floor by riot police. The attorney general has promised to investigate. 

Monahan said people could not jump to conclusions. 

‘You have to look at the entire incident,’ he said. 

‘You have to look at the rocks being thrown, the injuries to my officers, what happened before, what precipitated that event. 

‘Knowing that we had a commanding officer trapped in his car – his last transmission was, “This may be my last transmission” – dragged out of that car. 

‘This is what’s going through a cop’s mind as he gets surrounded.’

Bill de Blasio, the mayor of New York, initially sprang to the defense of the police. However, by Sunday his views had changed, and he spoke of his anger at seeing the video of the patrol car mowing down people. 

A protester is arrested by police officers for breaking curfew on Eight Avenue in New York City last night

Looters ransacked Manhattan’s designer stores overnight as New York City’s 11pm curfew failed to stop people smashing windows and running off with hundreds of dollars of merchandise. Pictured: Looters raid a Balenciaga store in Manhattan last night

Early next week local politicians in New York plan to hear a measure that would expand a prohibition against the use of chokeholds by outlawing them altogether.

It would additionally bar police officers from placing a knee on the neck of a person being arrested, according to Council Member Donovan Richards, who chairs the Committee on Public Safety.

Richards is also sponsoring a bill that would standardize disciplinary actions in the department.

‘I think [the administration] honestly thought people were going to stay home after the first night,’ of protests, Richards said. 

‘I think they thought people were going to stay home after the second night. I think they thought people were going to stay home after the third night. 

‘But guess what? The city is shut down and we are going to go out and march every single night.’

A shop owner looks over damage in a looted souvenir and electronics shop near Times Square on Tuesday morning, after violence in midtown Manhattan on the sixth night of protest

The Puma store on Fifth Avenue was being boarded up on Tuesday morning 

An AT&T store on Tuesday morning after being ransacked by looters 

Cartier and Versace had all been entirely boarded up on Tuesday morning. Stores further down Fifth Avenue were ransacked 

Saks Fifth Avenue, the iconic department store, was boarded up entirely on Tuesday morning 

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China is criticised for banning Tiananmen vigil in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing government is criticised for ‘stifling freedom of expression’ after banning Tiananmen massacre vigil ‘due to coronavirus’

  • Hong Kong today blocked an vigil to mark Tiananmen crackdown anniversary
  • Police rejected permission for the rally over so-called ‘coronavirus concerns’  
  • The city’s pro-Beijing government faces backlash over the controversial move
  • Hong Kong people have mourned for the victims of the event yearly since 1990
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed government has been accused of ‘stifling freedom of expression’ of its people after police banned an upcoming vigil which will mark the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown.

Residents in the Asian financial hub have mourned the victims of the bloody event yearly since 1990, and this is the first time the city will not be allowed to hold the commemoration.  

The city’s police rejected permission for this year’s rally, claiming it would ‘constitute a major threat to the life and health of the general public’ amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a letter of objection to organisers obtained by AFP. 

The candlelight June 4 vigil usually attracts huge crowds and is the only place on Chinese soil where such a major commemoration of the anniversary is still allowed. The file picture taken on June 4, 2019 shows people holding candles during a Tiananmen Square vigil in Hong Kong

Hong Kong police on Monday banned an upcoming vigil marking the Tiananmen crackdown anniversary over health concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic. The picture was taken by AP photographer Jeff Widener from a sixth-floor balcony of the Beijing Hotel near Tiananmen

Last year’s gathering was especially large and came just a week before seven months of pro-democracy protests and clashes exploded onto the city’s streets. Candlelight vigils in Hong Kong marking the anniversary of the Tiananmen crackdown in Victoria Park 

The candlelight June 4 vigil usually attracts huge crowds and Hong Kong has been the only place on Chinese soil where such a major commemoration of the anniversary is still allowed. 

Last year’s Tiananmen vigil was especially large and came just a week before seven months of pro-democracy protests and clashes exploded onto the city’s streets, sparked initially by a plan to allow extraditions to the authoritarian mainland. 

The ban on this year’s rally comes as waves of pro-democracy protests have been erupting in Hong Kong for nearly two weeks after China’s rubber-stamp parliament approved a controversial national security law for the former British colony. 

Human rights organisation Amnesty International urged the Hong Kong authorities to lift the ban. 

‘COVID-19 must not be used as an excuse to stifle freedom of expression,’ said Joshua Rosenzweig, Amnesty International’s East and South East Asia Deputy Director. 

‘In recent weeks, we have seen the Hong Kong police repeatedly clamp down on peaceful protests with arbitrary mass arrests and excessive force – including the use of tear gas and pepper pellets. 

‘With this ban, and a disastrous national security law looming, it is not clear if Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigil will ever be allowed to take place again.’ 

The picture taken on June 4, 2019, shows thousands of people take part in a candlelight vigil to mark the 30th anniversary of the crackdown of pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen

FILE: In this June 3, 1989 file photo, a young woman is caught between civilians and Chinese soldiers, who were trying to remove her from an assembly near the Great Hall of the People

Johnny Patterson, Director of UK-based human rights group Hong Kong Watch, said the pandemic ‘has been consistently used as a pretext to crackdown on the rights of Hong Kongers.’

‘First, with the world distracted, the Chinese government has fast-tracked the national security law; now, for the first time, the peaceful candlelit Tianenman vigil has been banned. 

‘The sadness is that, once the national security law is passed, this vigil may never be legal again,’ he warned.

Hong Kong has managed to keep the virus mostly in check, with just over 1,000 infections and four deaths. Bars, restaurants, gyms and cinemas have largely reopened in recent weeks.

In the last two days five local infections were reported, breaking nearly two weeks of zero tallies.

Organisers of the annual event accused police of using the virus as an excuse to ban the rally.

‘I don’t see why the government finds political rallies unacceptable while it gave green lights to resumption of schools and other services ranging from catering, karaoke to swimming pools,’ said Lee Cheuk-yan, chairman of the Hong Kong Alliance which has organised every vigil since 1990.

The alliance called on residents to instead light a candle at 8pm on Thursday and observe one minute of silence wherever they can.

‘If we are not allowed to light a candle at a rally, we will let the candles be lit across the city,’ Lee said.

Organisers of the annual event accused police of using the virus as an excuse to ban the rally. FILE: In this June 5, 1989 file photo, Chinese troops and tanks gather in Beijing, one day after the military crackdown that ended pro-democracy demonstration on Tiananmen Square

The ban on this year’s rally comes as waves of pro-democracy protests have been erupting in Hong Kong for nearly two weeks after China’s rubber-stamp parliament approved a controversial national security law for the former British colony. Pictured, police officers are seen guarding an MTR station exit near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on May 27

Lee also vowed that the alliance would continue to chant the slogan ‘end one-party rule’ during the commemoration despite Beijing’s recently announced plans to impose a law criminalising acts of subversion, secession, terrorism and foreign interference.

Beijing says the law – which will bypass Hong Kong’s legislature – is needed to tackle ‘terrorism’ and ‘separatism’.

Opponents fear it will bring mainland-style political oppression to a business hub supposedly guaranteed freedoms and autonomy for 50 years after its 1997 handover to China by Britain.

The 1989 Tiananmen crackdown occurred when China’s leaders sent tanks and troops to quell student protesters calling for democracy and an end to corruption.

Hundreds were killed, with some estimates suggesting that more than 1,000 perished.

Pictured, police personnel (back) stand guard outside Prince Edward MTR underground train station as people (front) wait to collect flowers from passers by in Hong Kong on May 31

Pro-democracy supporters gather at a shopping mall during a Lunch With You rally on June 1

Three decades on, it remains one of the most sensitive subjects in mainland China and any mention of it is strictly censored.

But in Hong Kong the memory of what happened is kept alive.

The annual vigils swelled before the 1997 handover to China and have become especially charged in recent years as many Hong Kongers chafe under Beijing’s rule.

This year’s anniversary is likely to coincide with Hong Kong’s pro-government stacked legislature voting for a law banning insults to China’s national anthem. 

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7 spoilers for what comes next in Corrie for Geoff and Yasmeen as he is caught

While many fans are living for the day that Geoff Metcalfe (Ian Bartholomew) is caught out and Yasmeen (Shelley King) is freed both from prison and his tyrannical control in Coronation Street, there are many twists still to play out.

The plot has seen the show’s ratings surge, increased discussion and raised approaches to charities for those in a similar situation to Yasmeen.

So what happens next?

Yasmeen prepares for her plea hearing

Alya is horrified at the prospect of Yasmeen taking the stand and pleading guilty to the crime but as she continues to be of the mindset that Geoff is the victim, it looks awfully likely.

Alya is on a mission to get through to Yasmeen about everything that has happened to her but Geoff’s hold is so strong that this is no easy task.

As Yasmeen faces a judge – will she say guilty or not guilty? Is she ready to finally fight back?

Geoff covers his tracks – but how well?

Alya’s victory over changing the locks and sealing Geoff out of Yasmeen’s house is short lived – once the police arrive and force her to hand over the keys to him as he has a right to be there.

Geoff’s first task is to check on those well hidden cameras but as he finds footage of that fateful night on the laptop and prepares to hit delete, Tim walks in. How much will he see?

Sally learns a horrifying truth

After Yasmeen lets slip to Alya that Geoff cheated on her with prostitutes, Sally and Tim are disgusted by the revelation and confront him – and when he admits to it, Sally can’t look him in the eye.

Geoff reasons that this gave Yasmeen a motive, but the pieces are slipping into place for Sally…

Sally and Tim are at huge risk

Sally turning on Geoff could have serious consequences for her marriage to Tim as actress Sally Dynevor has confirmed that the character has every intention of standing up to Geoff – and if Tim won’t accept his dad is an abuser, it could be over for the couple.

Geoff’s supporters are running low – but can he keep Tim under his control.

New truths come to light


Geoff’s biggest fear is having zero influence over Yasmeen while she is in prison and as the time goes by, perhaps we will see his hold over her diminish as Alya continues to speak to her gran about what has happened to her.

At the moment, only the surface of Geoff’s abuse has been revealed but as Yasmeen opens up, is the cloud lifting?

Eileen gets involved

With Tim looking for defenders of his dad after a disagreement with Sally, another person who is doubting Geoff is Eileen, who witnessed an angry row which saw Geoff lock Yasmeen in the house on the night of the stabbing.

When Eileen is onest about how she feels, Tim starts to get a sense of how many people see Geoff the same way that Alya does. Will his own mind be changed?

Geoff gets his comeuppance

Show boss Iain has confirmed that it would be a disservice to the storyline and the people it represents to have Geoff escape justice but how the truth comes to light remains to be seen

Either way, Geoff’s days are numbered – let’s just hope Yasmeen can survive this and start to rebuild the life and the person he has shattered so spitefully.

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Dog breeder lost for words after Labrador Bella gives birth to 14 puppies – The Sun

A LABRADOR gave birth to 14 puppies — thought to be the biggest litter for its breed in England.

Bella was expected to have only six pups after having a scan.

But they just kept on popping out during a seven-hour labour, said owner Hazel Hedges, 31, a registered dog breeder.

Bella had four black males, four black females, three yellow males and three yellow females.

Hazel said: "It was Bella's last litter and she has certainly made it one to remember.


"Normally I would have expected her to deliver a litter of around six or eight puppies.

"She always has all blacks with just one yellow, but she gave birth to a mixture of blacks and yellow this was a surprise."

The puppies' dad, Scooby, is a yellow labrador and is Kennel Club registered.

Ms Hedges and her partner James, 34, have been breeding labradors for five years.

Hazel added: "Bella was scanned when she became pregnant but the numbers are never right and we certainly were not expecting 14!

"I just could not believe it when they just kept coming. I had to wake my partner up to help me clean the pups because they were coming so fast.

"She's been a brilliant mum but now I think it is time for her to have a rest."

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Allergy sufferers go wild for 'amazing' 99p hayfever wipes

Allergy sufferers go wild for ‘amazing’ 99p hayfever wipes that trap pollen as mother claims they ‘gave her son his life back’ when nothing else worked

  • Mother Margaret McInnes raved about 99p hayfever wipes on Facebook group 
  • Claimed that they eased son’s hayfever symptoms were quickly eased by wipes 
  • Post racked up 7.4K comments and 3.8K likes from excited hayfever sufferers 
  • Hand and face wipes contain peppermint and tea tree oil to soothe and protect 

A mother has claimed that 99p hayfever wipes have instantly cured her son’s hayfever symptoms after trying ‘everything going’ to ease his allergies. 

Margaret McInnes, from Scotland, took to UK Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains where she shared a picture of the hand and face wipes which are available for purchase at The Range or Savers . 

She insisted that her son had been ‘given his life back’ after by the product, and shoppers quickly took to the comments to hail the wipes ‘amazing’ and insist they’re the ‘best’ thing to ease hayfever symptoms. 

The tea tree and peppermint-infused wipes are designed to be used on the face and hands to trap and remove pollen before it can enter the airways and eyes and cause irritation.  

It’s not the first time the wipes have gone virla on social media, but with the Met Office forecasting a sky high pollen count over the weekend as the temperature remains in the 20s, users have began sharing the handy product once again. 

Margaret McInnes, from Scotland, took to UK Facebook group Extreme Couponing and Bargains , revealing that she had found a quick fix for her summer allergy in a pack of 99p hayfever wipes

The wipes, which retail at 30 for 99p, are suitable for use on both hands and face, and are described as being ‘infused with peppermint and tea tree oil to soothe skin and prevent pollen from irritating it further’ 

Sharing a snap of the wipes, the mother penned: ‘Just a tip for anyone who suffers badly from hay fever. My son has tried everything going but these wipes gave him his life back!

‘Amazon sell them for around £3.50 a pack but you can get them in The Range and Savers for 99p.

‘The wipes are soaked in peppermint and tea tree oil so really soothe the skin and eyes and trap the pollen.’ 

The wipes, which retail at 30 for 99p, are suitable for use on both hands and face, and are described as being ‘infused with peppermint and tea tree oil to soothe skin and prevent pollen from irritating it further.’

She insisted that her son had been ‘given his life back’ after trying ‘everything going’ to ease his allergies and the post racked up up 7.4K comments and 3.8K likes 

Facebook users quickly took to the comments section to share excitement at the discovery, with the post racking up 7.4K comments and 3.8K likes. 

‘I bought some last year to try and can safely say deffo recommend’, said one. 

Another agreed: ‘I’ve used these the last two years there brilliant.’

‘Thank you for sharing people with hay fever can suffer really badly so much appreciated for that’, enthused another.  

Shoppers quickly took to the comments to hail the wipes ‘amazing’ and insist they’re the ‘best’ thing to ease hayfever symptoms

What are the symptoms of hayfever?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen, typically when it comes into contact with your mouth, nose, eyes and throat. Pollen is a fine powder from plants. 

Symptoms include:

  • a runny or blocked nose
  • itchy, red or watery eyes
  • itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears
  • loss of smell
  • pain around your temples and forehead
  • headache
  • earache
  • feeling tired  

The NHS recommends staying indoors whenever possible, keeping windows and doors shut, and showering and changing clothes after being outside to minimise contact with pollen. 

Source: NHS.uk 

A fourth added: ‘I use them all the time! There amazing!! Couldn’t recommend enough.’

Many shoppers had already noticed an increase in the pollen count this year and were looking for ways to combat their hay fever. 

One wrote: ‘I need some of these I couldn’t breath last night and terrible today.’ 

‘I have been suffering this week’, added another. 

Responding to a friend, one said: ‘yeah, I think it may save your life considering you’ve nearly been on your death bed’.  

Many shoppers had already noticed an increase in the pollen count this year and were looking for ways to combat their hay fever

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Woman saves £15k for dream wedding by eating and posting pictures of food

Bryony Morganna is marrying her boyfriend Simon Harvey next September, and thanks to her love for food, they’ve saved up £15,000 for the big day.

The 28-year-old started an Instagram page in 2016, posting pictures of food she liked, but now she has such a huge fanbase, she makes between £400 and £2,000 per post – cash that has helped her and her ship broker fiancé, Simon, 30, pay for their September 2021 wedding.

She has nearly 20,000 followers and now she is invited to dine at some of London’s swankiest eateries for free.

Bryony, of Guildford, Surrey, who also works full-time as a personal assistant, said: ‘My Instagram page has turned out to be a good little money earner.

‘When I started out sharing pictures of food, I did it because I love food – not because I thought I could make money out of it. It was only in the summer of last year that I started getting paid for my posts.

‘The money side of things has come as a nice surprise – not only do I get to try amazing food all the time, but I’ve managed to save £15,000 for my wedding.

‘The big day will cost about £30,000 – but so far my Instagram is paying for at least half.’

She started out with a Youtube channel in 2016, but when, after two years of regularly posting content, Bryony’s YouTube had not taken off in the way she hoped, she decided to focus her efforts on Instagram instead.

‘I’d been posting pictures of food on Instagram since 2016 – when the craze to post about what you were eating was first a thing – while I focused on my YouTube,’ she continued. ‘But in 2018, I started taking my Instagram more seriously.

‘The thing is with Instagram, it’s easier and quicker to engage with your audience than it is on YouTube so you can build a following a bit more easily.’

In 2019, she switched to a business account and soon she was approached by brands about making posts.

‘Brands started approaching me and asking if I could create content using their food – either in pictures or a short video,’ she explained.

‘The prices for working with brands can vary but my base fee is about £400, which would include one post on my grid, three Instagram stories and a swipe up link to the product website.

‘Sometimes, if I agree to work exclusively with a brand for a period of time, I can charge up to £1,000. Or, if I get asked to work on a longer project over a few months, which will include something like six pictures and multiple bits of video content, I can charge up to £2,000.

‘As much as I’m working for the brand, it’s also providing content for my page, so I tend to go above and beyond what’s been agreed.

‘I’m always happy to have a bit of a haggle or negotiate though – none of my fees are set in stone. I’m a firm believer in, ‘You don’t ask you don’t get’.’

Until recent events, she would go out to dinner at least three times a week, usually dining for free.

‘I get to go for a free meal and in return I post about the experience on my page,” she said.

‘Before my Instagram took off, on a weekday, I’d go to work and come back home again and not do too much else.

‘Now, I get to go to amazing places, and the benefit of having a plus one, means I can invite my friends along too.

‘I have a running list of friends that I like to invite but if burgers, steak or sushi is on the menu then Simon always has to have first dibs.’

The majority of the cash she has made so far is going towards her wedding day, after Simon proposed during a spontaneous mid-week trip to Lulworth Cove, Dorset, in November 2018.

Wanting to go ‘all-out’ to celebrate, the happy couple set aside a budget of £30,000 – half of which has come from Bryony’s Instagram earnings.

They had planned to get married this September but have now postponed the wedding until next year.

‘I’m a big believer in ‘Go big or go home’,’ Bryony said. ‘Even though we’ve had to postpone our wedding, when it does finally come around, we want it to be a huge party with all our family and friends.

‘We’re planning to have around 200 guests – and feeding 200 people doesn’t come cheap.

‘I’ve managed to save all the money I’ve made from Instagram for the wedding. I’m lucky because it’s not my full-time job, so I can put away all the extra money I make from it.’

You can follow her on Instagram @brymorganna.

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Gentle Baby Lotions for Your Little One's Delicate Skin

Taking care of your baby’s gentle skin isn’t a one-step process. After you’ve figured out the best baby shampoo and body wash that will clean without stripping away their natural oils while keeping their skin moisturized, you’ll need to follow it up with a rich baby lotion to lock in that moisture. Not all baby lotions are made the same, though, so it’s important to look at the ingredients and what type of skin concerns the formula may be best for.

When you’re picking out the best baby lotion to keep your little one’s smooth skin even softer, it’s important to look at the ingredients before you do anything. If your baby has any skin concerns that you want to target or simply be mindful of, such as eczema, you’ll want a formula that will help take care of that. Other things to consider include mild formulas that are safe for daily use, natural and organic ingredients, and ones for sensitive skin. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best baby lotions to ensure they have soft and supple skin that you won’t be able to resist.

1. Aveeno Baby Lotion

If your little one needs a bit more attention, then this eczema-targeted formula will help soothe their extra delicate skin. This baby lotion goes the extra step to relieve eczema with natural colloidal oatmeal, which prevents dry skin from popping up again by providing intense moisture to keep things under control. By keeping skin hydrated, it helps eliminate itching and irritation cause by eczema, so they’ll be happier too (and should prevent tears). This formula is fragrance-free, so you can ensure it won’t add more irritation to their already delicate skin.

2. Cetaphil Daily Lotion

Babies need a lot more TLC when it comes to everything, especially their skin. This mild baby lotion is safe enough to use daily so you’ll never have to worry about it stripping away their skin’s natural moisture if used on the regular. This tear-free formula is made with organic calendula, which rinses clean while leaving a soft, fresh scent that isn’t too overbearing. It’s also hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and colorant-free, so you can have peace of mind that this lotion is safe for their fragile skin.

3. Baby Dove Lotion

When it comes to baby lotions, you can never be too mild. This gentle baby lotion is safe enough to use daily, so when messes happen, you don’t have to worry if you’re over-washing them or harming their delicate skin. Best of all, this formula boasts a light fragrance that you both will love — and it’s safe for them. This rich lotion will keep their skin locked with moisture for 24 hours thanks to skin-natural ingredients that are made without dyes or parabens. If your little one has extra delicate skin, this sensitive skin solution is your best bet.

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