Arsenal open talks over Philippe Coutinho transfer after Bayern Munich reject chance to extend loan – The Sun

ARSENAL are reportedly set to open talks with Philippe Coutinho’s agent over a deal to sign the Brazilian from Barcelona.

The 27-year-old attacker has failed to shine at the Nou Camp since his move from Liverpool in 2018 and has spent the season on loan at Bayern Munich.

They had the option to turn it into a permanent arrangement for £105m but the German champions’ chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed they have not taken it up.

He said: “The option has expired and we have not exercised it. We will see if the player can still have a role to play with us or not.”

Barcelona are looking to offload a number of players once the transfer window re-opens and the ex-Inter Milan forward is one of those available.

Chelsea have been linked with a move for months, but now Le10 Sport claims Arsenal are positioning themselves to sign him.

They state Mikel Arteta is driving the potential swoop and “dreams” of bringing Coutinho to North London and making him a focal point of his side.

The Gunners have allegedly made arrangements with his representative Kia Joorabchian to thrash out personal terms.

But Arteta’s plans could be scuppered if Arsenal fail to qualify for the Champions League and miss out on the financial reward that comes with it.

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Fans Still Can't Get Over the Bad Marketing That Likely Got 'Agent Carter' Canceled

With Marvel fans cooped up because of the pandemic, many of them have been rewatching the MCU. That doesn’t stop with just the 23 movies, but with the TV shows, including Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter. And they’re lamenting Agent Carter’s demise anew. 

Despite Peggy Carter being a fan favorite, her show managed to last only two seasons, while Agents of SHIELD is just wrapping up its seventh and final season. How could a show with such a well-liked character be so short-lived? Fans and Hayley Atwell herself have thoughts. 

What happened to ‘Agent Carter?’ 

RELATED: Why ‘Agent Carter’ Needs to Return for Her Own Marvel Movie

Agent Carter got canceled for the same reason most shows get canceled: Not enough people were watching. Of course, the reasons cut a little deeper than that. The character got the show in the first place based on a short film, and Disney-owned ABC gave Marvel the go-ahead in 2014. 

The show depicted Peggy’s adventures after Captain America: The First Avenger. She still mourned the loss of Steve Rogers but made her way continuing to be a spy. That was easier said than done after the Allies won World War II and expected women to return from the factories and bond rallies to start punching out kids. Which they did, in record numbers. Peggy wasn’t going to go domestic that way.

The show had a decent viewership in the first season. In the second season, however, the ratings dropped by more than half, to just over 3 million viewers, Variety reports. That wasn’t good enough for a third season, and the cancellation ax fell. Atwell moved on to another show, Conviction, which only lasted one season.  

Fans want to know: why did Agent Carter end so soon? 

On Reddit, a fan couldn’t understand why the show ended prematurely, asking, “The characters are engaging and lovable (especially in season 2) and the storylines are well thought out and entertaining. Plus, a female lead that is kick ass despite not having super human abilities. I totally get why Cap went back to be with her.”

One fan responded, “Terrible marketing. Hardly anyone knew when it was on. I hope (Kevin) Feige decides to bring it back on Disney+, because there’s still a lot of material that show can cover, more especially the beginning of SHIELD & Peggy’s earliest adventures as director.”

Feige sort of is bringing Carter back for at least one show in the animated What If …? Which imagines what would have happened if Peggy had taken the super soldier serum. Atwell herself lamented Agent Carter’s demise in an interview with the AV Club, saying, “You know, Marvel didn’t want it to end. There’s lots of online campaigns to bring her back. Fans loved her. I think it was just a network economical thing.”

What is Hayley Atwell doing now?

Luckily, fans will be seeing and hearing more of Atwell in the near future.  Not only will she reprise Peggy in What If …? which should be on Disney+ next year, but she’ll get into more spy games, appearing in the seventh Mission: Impossible movie. That’s quite a feather in Atwell’s acting cap, considering the series has sported other strong female leads, including Michelle Monaghan and Rebecca Ferguson. 

According to Cinema Blend, writer-director Christopher McQuarrie has said Atwell’s character would be a “destructive force of nature, which makes her sound like she might be a villain. Without tipping her hand too much, Atwell said, “What I know is there is ambiguity, and the interesting thing we’re kind of exploring is her resistance to a situation she finds herself in, and how she starts off and what she becomes. The journey of what she comes into and then what is asked of her and potentially where she ends up.”

The seventh Mission: Impossible is expected to hit theaters in November 2021. It’s being shot concurrently with the eighth movie, which will follow in November 2022. 

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Man drives over 600 miles for haircut amid coronavirus pandemic

It was shear madness.

A 28-year-old Washington state man said he drove more than 600 miles to get a haircut in California after seeing a friend’s Facebook post about getting a trim when most barbershops are shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic, the LA Times reported.

“I immediately started making preparations,” said J Farr, whose locks were growing wild under lockdown in his Olympia apartment.

Farr, who has lost his job as a paint sprayer, would get his hair cut every few weeks before the outbreak.

He was getting so desperate lately that he even considered shaving his head, according to the paper.

But when he heard from his pal in Yuba City, north of Sacramento, Farr came up with his hair-raising plan to hit the road for the long trip to the Butte House Barber Shop in Sutter County.

Hair salons remain closed in Washington state and most of California, but officials in Yuba and Sutter counties allowed the businesses to reopen ahead of the state’s plan, the LA Times reported.

Finally, he arrived last week to a busy shop, where the barber wore a face mask but Farr didn’t.

“When I got in there it was exactly what I had hoped for,” Farr told the paper.

“I’ve been isolated for the last three months and that’s the first time I had that type of social interaction in that period. It’s a really good feeling to feel like there’s other people in the world who aren’t going to sit inside in fear when there’s nothing to be afraid of,” he added.

Shop owner Wes Heryford, 42, said he has been cutting the hair of customers near and far.

“There’s not very many options and people are excited that there is someone cutting hair, so they have no problem to drive three or four hours to come see us,” he told the paper.

After paying $20 plus a tip, Farr left sporting a fade cut with a quarter-inch taken off the top.

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Mike Pompeo rips China over alleged hacking of coronavirus research

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday ripped China for allegedly trying to hack into US research on the development of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

“The United States condemns attempts by cyber actors and non-traditional collectors affiliated with the People’s Republic of China to steal US intellectual property and data related to COVID-19 research. The United States calls on the PRC to cease this malicious activity,” Pompeo said in a statement.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a warning Wednesday that Chinese hackers and spies were using the coronavirus pandemic as cover to shield their sneak cyber attacks.

“The potential theft of this information jeopardizes the delivery of secure, effective, and efficient treatment options,” the warning said in part.

The top US diplomat, President Trump and a Congressional commission have been highly critical of China’s coronavirus response and lack of transparency, and accused China of making the global pandemic, which has killed more than 85,000 Americans, worse than it could have been.

“The PRC’s behavior in cyberspace is an extension of its counterproductive actions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. While the United States and our allies and partners are coordinating a collective, transparent response to save lives, the PRC continues to silence scientists, journalists, and citizens, and to spread disinformation, which has exacerbated the dangers of this health crisis,” Pompeo said.

But China’s ruling Communist Party adamantly denied any hacking or links to hackers — asserting that their research and development operations were better than that of the US, so they’d have no reason to seek other data.

“China’s Foreign Ministry and experts have slammed rumors hyped by the US side that Chinese hackers and spies are trying to steal their research materials for COVID-19 vaccine and drug development, saying the two countries are developing different products and that China is actually leading in vaccine development,” the communist state-run People’s Daily said in a report this week.

“China leads in R&D for COVID-19 vaccines and other therapies, and any attempt to smear or frame China without evidence is immoral,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian added.

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Labour fury at minister over Keir Starmer 'fake news' abuse gang tweet

Health minister Nadine Dorries sparks Labour ‘fake news’ fury for sharing doctored social media video attacking Keir Starmer over grooming gangs

  • Shared interview with the new opposition leader that was heavily edited 
  • It suggested he had been reluctant to prosecute grooming gangs
  • Labour said the video had clearly been ‘doctored’ and the tweet was deleted
  • Two other Tory MPs also did the same, Lucy Allan and Maria Caulfield

A senior health minister is at the centre of a ‘fake news’ row after sharing a doctored video attacking Sir Keir Starmer over grooming gangs from a ‘far right’ Twitter account.

Health minister Nadine Dorries shared an interview with the new opposition leader heavily edited to suggest he had been reluctant to prosecute grooming gangs when he was director of public prosecutions, adding the comment ‘revealing’.

In it he appeared to be listing a series of reasons for not bringing charges – including if the alleged victims had been in trouble with the police –  

Labour said the video had clearly been ‘doctored’ and that he was actually explaining the flaws in previous guidance to prosecutors which he had withdrawn and replaced.

Ms Dorries, the Mid Bedfordshire MP, who works for Matt Hancock as Minister for Patient Safety, Suicide Prevention and Mental Health, later deleted her tweet.

Downing Street said she and two other MPs who shared the tweet had received a dressing down from the Whips Office and told to take more care to check material they share on social media.

Lucy Allan, the Tory MP for Telford, deleted the same video clip, while Lewes MP Maria Caulfield deleted her Twitter account. 

Not has yet offered an apology. But Labour’s shadow Treasury minister Wes Streeting tore into them accusing them of ‘either malevolence or stupidity. Probably both’.

Health minister Nadine Dorries shared an interview with the new opposition leader heavily edited to suggest he had been reluctant to prosecute grooming gangs when he was director of public prosecutions, adding the comment ‘revealing’

Lucy Allan, the Tory MP for Telford, also did the same after sharing the same video clip, while Lewes MP Maria Caulfield deleted her Twitter account

‘What’s revealing is that: 1. You’ve spread fake news and indulged a smear being promoted by the far right. 2. You had time to do this despite being a minister in the Department of Health during a public health crisis,’ he said.

The former senior prosecutor Nazir Afzal, who was involved in bringing a number of high profile abuse cases, said the clip was being used to suggest Sir Keir did not take child sexual abuse seriously, when the opposite was true.

‘As national lead, I can assure you that he and I put right the failings of a generation of those who should have safeguarded children. He inherited failure and left success,’ he tweeted.

A Labour Party source said: ‘This is a doctored video tweeted by a far-right social media account.

‘As a Government minister, we hope Nadine Dorries acknowledges this and takes it down.’

A Downing Street spokesman: ‘These Tweets have rightly been deleted.

‘The MPs involved have been spoken to by the Whips’ Office and reminded of their responsibility to check the validity of information before they post on social media sites.’

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Fred opens up over ‘difficult’ Man Utd debut season and insists he is settled but ‘doubts’ Premier League will resume – The Sun

MANCHESTER UNITED midfielder Fred has opened up on his "awful" start to life at Old Trafford.

In a toxic environment under former boss Jose Mourinho, the Brazilian initially struggled for form following his £52million switch from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2018.

After substituting Fred in a Champions League defeat to Valencia less than six months into his United career, Mourinho is believed to have told him: "Your days at this club are numbered."

Thankfully for the 27-year-old, the Portuguese was sacked the very next week, and his form steadily improved under replacement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

For so long, Fred was deemed a transfer flop, but having formed a solid partnership with Scott McTominay in the absence of Paul Pogba this season at the heart of United's midfield, he has become a popular figure at Old Trafford.

So I believe it was a mix of reasons that made me have an awful first season. 

And speaking to Associated Press he pulled no punches, admitting: "I believe the first season was very difficult for me.

"There was the process of settling down here, but also other personal things that were happening in my life, such as the birth of my son.

“So I believe it was a mix of reasons that made me have an awful first season.

“I’m definitely settled in every aspect now. I’ve been enjoying some good performances and the chance of playing a great sequence of games. That was also helpful. I’m delighted with this season.

“I’m now playing well and hopefully I can keep the momentum if the league returns. I just want to give my best for this club, trying to be a key part of the team.”

The nine-cap international made 39 appearances this season, drawing praise from the likes of Gary Neville and helping United to compete for a place in the top four, as well as the Europa League and FA Cup.

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RHOBH fans drooling over Erika Jayne’s cop son, 28, after star posts rare photo of camera-shy hunk – The Sun

RHOBH fans lusted for a rare glimpse of Erika Jayne’s “hot af” police officer son after she shared a photo of him in uniform on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old reality star’s private firstborn Thomas Zizzo, 28, hardly ever makes public appearances and does not get featured on his mom’s social media.

The Bravo housewife broke the wall of secrecy surrounding the LAPD officer by posting an Instagram and Twitter photo of him on duty.

Erika boasted of her doppelgänger in the caption: “People say we look alike.”

She hinted she knew people would be thirsty for her handsome boy and added: “no, you can’t comment,” along with a laughing emoji.

The RHOBH star’s followers did not listen and her comment section was immediately filled with people enamored with her hunk son.

“First off, thank him for keeping ppl safe. Second, your son is HOT AF!!! Ugh,” one fan tweeted.

Another gushed of her look-alike: “You even look hot AF with a buzz cut, mama! Carbon copy of you.”

“Can I raise a petition to be your daughter-in-law? I’d be the most supportive daughter-in-law ever,” one follower said in an attempt to marry into the family.

“He works in my hometown. Suddenly I want to get a speeding ticket, cuz he makes my heart go 100 miles an hour,” someone wrote of the officer.

Erika had her only child at 20-years-old from her first marriage to Thomas Zizzo Sr. whom she was married to from 1991-1996.

The couple split when their son was a toddler and Erika remarried her second husband, 80-year-old attorney Thomas Girardi, in 1999.

Despite Erika becoming a full-time Housewife in 2015, her son has never made appearance on the Bravo series.

When asked on The Today Show in 2018 if Tommy would ever make an appearance on the show, she replied: “Not everybody wants to be on TV, believe it or not..”

“I know that sounds crazy. But, he’s in a dangerous line of work and he prefers his anonymity as much as possible and I agree with that,” she continued.

Tommy graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy in November 2014 and previously worked at the Jersey City Police Activity League.

The Chicago performer opened up to The Daily Dish in 2016 about her son’s perilous career.

“I’m very proud of my son being in law enforcement, but obviously it can get a little nerve racking.

“It’s a dangerous profession. I’ve known my son was going to be in law enforcement from the time he could walk and talk.

“That’s all he’s ever wanted and that’s kind of your role as a parent is to honor who your children really are,” she told the outlet.

Erika joked that Tommy – who resides with his mom and her husband at their Los Angeles mansion – is “free security.”

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Flypast will go over care home, NHS hospital and Tom Moore's house

Daily Mail’s VE Day Spitfire flypast will go over Care for Veterans home, NHS hospital and Colonel Tom Moore’s house to salute Britain’s war heroes

  • Our Spitfire Mk IX was donated by Goodwood-based Boultbee Spitfire Academy
  • It will fly in tribute to the lot of them and we asked for suggestions for a flypast
  • There will be a flypast for the Care For Veterans home in Worthing, West Sussex
  • Among its residents are several war veterans including 96-year-old Len Gibbon
  • And how could our Spitfire take to the skies without nod to Colonel Tom Moore?

They should have been enjoying the thanks of a grateful nation.

Instead, the wartime generation must celebrate Friday’s 75th anniversary of VE Day, like everyone else, locked away in their own homes.

However, that will not stop the whole country honouring Victory in Europe on this special Bank Holiday.

Just as we will all join in with Dame Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ singalong, after the Queen’s speech at 9pm, so there will be another great moment courtesy of this newspaper.

As we announced last weekend, the Mail has been granted special permission to send a Spitfire across the country to salute our veterans – along with those who are looking after them.

Our Spitfire Mk IX (pictured), donated by the Goodwood-based Boultbee Spitfire Academy, will take to the skies in tribute to the lot of them. We asked for suggestions for a flypast – to include a care home and an NHS hospital

There will be one for the Care For Veterans home in Worthing, West Sussex, which received more nominations than any other. Among its residents are several war veterans including 96-year-old Len Gibbon (pictured)

Our Spitfire Mk IX, donated by the Goodwood-based Boultbee Spitfire Academy, will take to the skies in tribute to the lot of them. We asked for suggestions for a flypast – to include a care home and an NHS hospital.

There will be one for the Care For Veterans home in Worthing, West Sussex, which received more nominations than any other.

Among its residents are several war veterans including 96-year-old Len Gibbon. Originally from London, he joined the Royal Army Service Corps as a Despatch Rider when he was just 20.

Who needs a street party?

With hundreds of street parties and local events cancelled, many communities have turned to the internet to mark VE Day.

Thousands of Britons will enjoy virtual street parties – decorating their homes before joining their neighbours online to tuck into picnics and listen to music.

Fiona Simpson, who runs children’s art business ARTventurers, had planned family festivals across the UK – but will now do an online event, with 19,000 people saying they want to take part.

She told the Mail: ‘We had some great plans for VE Day 75 but like the official celebrations, we had to shelve these plans.’

She said they will now be ‘streaming a whole festival line-up full of VE Day-themed family sessions, from vintage dance classes and music, to magic and circus skills.’

In King’s Lynn, Norfolk, a tea party has been replaced by online workshops to make flags and bunting, plus a 1940s dance class.

In Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, locals can stream live performances from all the acts originally booked for the celebrations.

A Facebook group called Stay At Home Street Party: Cheshire has gathered support from 2,000 people and is encouraging them to decorate their homes in red, white and blue. 

He remembers landing in Normandy in 1944, climbing off his ship and jumping on to a smaller landing craft to take him ashore.

Mr Gibbon had followed his unit to Germany by the end of the war. After hearing news of the ‘Salute The Heroes’ flypast, he said: ‘The last time I saw a Spitfire, I was in Hamburg, Germany.

‘I was pulling the throttle down hard on my motorbike riding fast, the road ablaze with fire, and I saw a Spitfire coming towards me flying low. From my side, I saw someone waving at me, I knew then the war had ended.

‘I stood on my saddle and celebrated. I will wear my jacket, whisky in hand, and wave back once more to celebrate this day.’

As with care homes, we received an incredible number of hospital recommendations. Our choice, proposed by nearly 100 readers, is the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead, West Sussex.

The hospital played a pivotal part in the war as a centre for reconstructive surgery for injured pilots.

And how could our Spitfire take to the skies without a nod to Colonel Tom Moore? Our pilot, Matt Jones, will be flying over Bedfordshire and tipping his wings to the man who has now raised over £31million for NHS charities.

Last night, Civil Aviation Authority chairman, Dame Deirdre Hutton, voiced her full support for the flight.

‘It is absolutely right that we mark VE Day across the UK’s hospitals and care homes,’ she said.

‘Colonel Tom is an inspiring example and his efforts to support the National Health Service have been rousing.

‘The UK Civil Aviation Authority salutes our veterans and key workers and we continue to work closely with the aviation sector on a restart and recovery programme for the industry.’

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Debate sparked over the correct order to organise your kitchen drawers

Dad sparks heated debate over the ‘correct’ order to organise your kitchen drawers – so do you agree with him?

  • Jordan Watson is the successful comedic founder of the How To Dad franchise
  • The father-of-three shared controversial photo of his kitchen drawers on Sunday
  • He has cutlery first, followed by utensils, then tea towels and a ‘big random mess’
  • Some people agreed while others said they stacked things differently
  • It comes after Mr Watson sparked conversation about cutlery stacking method 

A father-of-three has sparked debate over the ‘right’ way to arrange your kitchen drawers after sharing a labelled photo of his layout online. 

Jordan Watson, the New Zealand creator of the ‘How to Dad’ Facebook account, shared a photo of his drawers on Sunday and said if his followers’ drawers weren’t ordered the same way they needed to ‘sort their lives out’.

The father had the cutlery drawer first, followed by the utensils, tea towels and miscellaneous products at the bottom.

‘A few people are arguing tea towels should be in the bottom drawer,’ he said in a separate post. ‘I’ll let you in on a DadHack here. Babies will moan at your feet as you try and cook three meat and vegetables for dinner. 

‘That is unless you have the bottom (baby accessible) wonderland of randomness drawer open for them to entertain themselves. Obviously remove the pointy things from the big random mess drawer first.’ 

Jordan Watson, the New Zealand-based mastermind behind the ‘How to Dad’ Facebook account, shared a photo of his cabinetry on Sunday

‘A few people are arguing tea towels should be in the bottom drawer,’ he said in a separate post. ‘I’ll let you in on a DadHack here. Babies will moan at your feet as you try and cook three meat and vegetables for dinner

Many agreed with the arrangement, saying that it was ‘spooky’ how everyone seems to have their drawers set up in this way.

But others said they had drawers dedicated to plastic rubbish bags, baking paper and Cling Wrap as well.

‘We have one cutlery drawer mess and then three big random mess drawers. And don’t get my husband started on the plastic nightmare cupboard,’ one woman said. 

‘Ours goes utensils, baking paper/foil/random bits, cutlery then tea towels. Gets almost every one that the cutlery isn’t at the top, but that way our two-year-old can help set the table without assistance,’ said another. 

A third added: ‘Tea towels live in the linen cupboard! Third drawer is for rolls of glad wrap/aluminium foil/baking paper’.

It comes just a week after Mr Watson declared that knives must be laid on the left, forks in the centre and spoons on the right of the cutlery drawer. 

More than 9,000 people weighed in on the photo, the vast majority of whom disagreed with the depicted layout.

Householders have been debating how cutlery drawers should be arranged after this photo was shared in a New Zealand parenting group on Facebook

Most said drawers should be arranged the same as you set a dinner table, starting with forks on the left, followed by knives and spoons on the right as shown here (stock image)

They saw storing knives on the left as confusing and counter-intuitive because you always eat with a knife in your right hand.

Most said drawers should be arranged the same as you set a dinner table, starting with forks on the left, followed by knives and spoons on the right, with a small section for teaspoons running horizontally across the bottom of the tray.

‘Why would you put the knives on the left in the drawer when at the table you hold your knife with your RIGHT hand?’ a mother from Dunedin on New Zealand’s South Island said. 


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‘Put the knife and fork in the drawer as you would lay them on the table…then spoons go to the side. Honestly, I despair for mankind. I had no idea so many people were getting this simple concept so wrong!’

An Israeli woman agreed, saying drawers should always be arranged with forks on the left, knives in the centre and dessert and soup spoons on the right. 

But not everyone accepted the standard table setting pattern.

‘This is all wrong, it’s messing with my head. It’s forks, spoons, then knives,’ a man said. 

A Queensland father responded that only ‘psychopaths’ stack spoons in the middle of the tray.

One man said drawers should always run forks, spoons then knives, as pictured, but his approach was branded ‘psychopathic’ by a father from Queensland (stock image)

One particularly passionate Auckland woman demanded to know why spoons would ever come between forks and knives.

‘Where is the logic?!’ she asked.

She said the layout should run forks followed by knives, dessert spoons and soup spoons, with teaspoons along the bottom.

‘And heaven help anyone who has their teaspoons facing in different directions!’ she said.

Is there a correct way to arrange your cutlery drawer?

Freedom Kitchens senior showroom designer Elain Maytom told Home Beautiful Australia ‘there are no hard and fast rules’ for arranging a cutlery drawer.

However most people prefer to work intuitively from left to right, the same way you would set a table, with forks on the left, followed by knives with blades facing left, and finally spoons.

‘It always makes sense to have the handles facing out and nearest to you, so that’s what you grab hold of when taking them out,’ Ms Maytom said.

Source: Home Beautiful Australia 

An Auckland woman said drawers should start with knives on the left, then large spoons and forks (stock image)

A woman from New Zealand’s North Island said the only way to store cutlery is with spoons on the left, forks in the middle and knives on the right.

‘I’ve always put it that way, and it drives me mad when the other half puts them in a different order. It’s just not right any other way,’ she said.

Her approach was supported by a Wellington man, who said spoons should always be on the left because they are ‘first out for cereal’ at breakfast time.

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