Arsenal star Rob Holding had team-mates in stitches after he asked for cider at swanky London restaurant Nobu – The Sun

ROB HOLDING has revealed his move from Bolton to Arsenal was a real culture shock – and he tried ordering a cider in swanky London restaurant Nobu.

The 24-year-old defender headed south in 2016 and had to adjust on and off the pitch.

Holding made a great start on the pitch and ended his first season as a fans' favourite with an FA Cup winners' medal.

But when neighbour and former Gunners team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain took him and a few others on a night out shortly after Holding arrived in London, the former Trotter was out of his comfort zone.

He said: “We went to Nobu in Mayfair and obviously I am just a normal northern lad – and they were ordering a round of drinks.

“I’m like ‘do they have cider?’ And they looked at me like, ‘what?’ “So I just said ‘I’ll have another one of whatever you’re having’.

“When the food came it was all raw fish. I’m not really a fish fan at the best of times, let alone raw.

“It was funny, the difference. They were like ‘God, you are northern!’

“Luckily, he (Oxlade-Chamberlain) took the bill, but I’m sure I’ve paid one since then.”

Holding began his Arsenal career really well, starting the first three Premier League matches, but by his own admission, his performance levels inevitably dropped in his maiden top-flight season.

And he worried about the impact the extra scrutiny would have – not on him, but his mum and dad.

He added on Bolton fans' podcast The Lion of Vienna Suite: “I dealt with it better than my mum and dad, to be honest.

“I had a start, three games where I’d got a good reputation, people were surprised at how well I was doing. But then the adrenaline dropped and I didn’t perform quite as well and the scrutiny starts instantly.

“I just thought that if I can’t take the good with the bad then I am not going to take any at all.

“My mum and dad found it so hard not to read it up in Manchester.

“You watch Match of the Day – as I have every weekend growing up – and all of a sudden you are being scrutinised on there and you think ‘when did this happen?’”

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Premier League fixtures: BBC to show Bournemouth v Crystal Palace, Norwich v Everton

The BBC will broadcast Bournemouth v Crystal Palace and Norwich v Everton as the first two of its four free-to-air Premier League games.

It is the first time since the Premier League’s inception in 1992 that games will have been shown live by the BBC.

The Premier League will resume on 17 June after a 100-day hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fixture list, including kick-off times, for the first 32 matches after the restart has been announced.

All remaining 92 Premier League games will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport or Amazon Prime.

The BBC will show Bournemouth v Crystal Palace on 20 June at 19:45 BST, followed by Norwich v Everton on 24 June at 18:00, and then two matches yet to be confirmed.

As well as the four live games, there will be additional Match of the Day highlights programmes.

The first match back will see Aston Villa face Sheffield United on 17 June, before Manchester City host Arsenal later the same evening.

Sky Sports will make 25 of the remaining top-flight matches free to air, including the Merseyside derby at 19:00 on 21 June. Amazon Prime’s four matches will also be broadcast for free.

The last time a live, top-flight league football match was broadcast on the BBC was during the 1987-88 season.

Bournemouth are 18th in the Premier League, with Crystal Palace 11th.

Norwich are bottom of the table, while Everton are 12th.

More to follow.

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'Gurren Lagann' is a Hype Machine of an Action Anime That Encapsulates Everything Great About Saturday Morning Cartoons

(Welcome to Ani-time Ani-where, a regular column dedicated to helping the uninitiated understand and appreciate the world of anime.)

The mecha genre, where giant robots that can combine and form even bigger robots punch other giant robots or monsters in the face in epic fights, is one of the pillars of anime. Yet the genre also has enough space to allow for a subgenre dedicated to poignant explorations of war and the effect of piloting giant weapons of mass destruction on the human psyche. 

But in 2007, a show came out that reminded everyone that giant robots were the coolest thing, and seeing them fight each other was worth hyping up. That’s right, it’s time to grab your epic, triangle-shaped, orange sunglasses, and believe in the you who believes in yourself, as we take a look back at the show that pierced the heavens: Gurren Lagann.

The show introduces us to Simon, a young tunneler in an underground village. With the encouragement of his epic, older friend whom he considers a blood brother, Kamina, they manage to break through to the surface to find an epic, vast, and dangerous world. From there, the show becomes a celebration of everything mecha: the epic friendships, the epic and gritty war drama, the epic inspirational speeches, the epic explorations of grief, the epic giant robots powered by the epic power of hype — or fighting spirit, if you will — that fight epic, increasingly dangerous and physics-defiant villains in giant robot fights of epic epicness.

What Makes It Great

As if the intro didn’t make it clear, Gurren Lagann is many things, but subtle isn’t one of them. The show can best be described as “what happens when Studio Gainax is asked to create a Saturday Morning Cartoon.” One of the best things about the show is how it keeps spiraling upwards and outwards in both powers and stakes. The story starts small enough, but quickly escalates to insane proportions, adding a vast ensemble, and introducing increasingly bigger threats. The fight scenes never feel repetitive or dull, as Gurren Lagann keeps introducing new and more powerful enemies and powers, with animation that pays attention to the most minuscule detail and delivers exhilarating fight scenes full of hot-bloodedness and badassery.

Gurren Lagann thankfully doesn’t take itself super seriously, but it also avoids making its ridiculousness feel stupid or like a parody. The show never stops raising the stakes, not giving the audience a moment to rest or the characters a moment to stop and question logic behind what’s happening. Instead, the characters react like a robot that literally throws galaxies around like they’re frisbees is just one more monster to beat. 

The scientific explanations for the more outlandish concepts later in the show immediately get ignored, because the characters only need to know that their resolve can beat any villain, and that their feelings will shield them from anything. This bombastic, over-the-top ridiculousness will make or break the show for many viewers, but if you’re along for the ride, it makes the show a unique experience. 

The ridiculousness extends to the show’s visuals, a staple of the show that inspired an entire animation studio. Sensational explosions, giant robots that are basically heads with arms and legs, and picaresque body features and expressions keep the show at a tongue-in-cheek level of self-awareness that allows Gurren Lagann to never take itself seriously, even if it acknowledges the seriousness of some of its plot points and themes. 

Though Gurren Lagann is a celebration of the mecha genre, it also subverts some of its tropes and archetypes. Even if the show isn’t shy about glorifying hot-blooded manliness, the story does acknowledge the dangers of reckless stupidity and emotional constipation. Likewise, the show does fall to overly sexualizing its main female character, but as the show progresses, Yoko Littner is given more importance and agency, becoming as strong a character as Simon or Kamina, even if the fanservice and the stereotyping never really stops. 

What It Brings to the Conversation

There are many clear influences in Gurren Lagann, but one of the most obvious one is the show that forever changed mecha anime, and anime in general: Neon Genesis Evangelion. It many ways, Gurren Lagann can be described as the spiritual antithesis to Evangelion, with their approach to the giant robot genre being nearly the exact opposite. 

Where Evangelion is deeply introspective and is interested in deconstructing the genre — like with a shy protagonist with low self-esteem and a terrible family — Gurren Lagann takes the genre at face value and celebrates the inherent absurdity of the idea of giant fighting robots by adding a bit of slapstick. There is no deep exploration of inner thoughts and feelings, but every character shouts their every thought out loud, and they move and emote in a cartoonish manner. This is best exemplified by Gurren Lagann‘s protagonist: Simon. Simon is raised without a real family, but has a caring father/brother figure, female friends and potential romantic partners without emotional baggage, and reacts to trauma and adversity by swallowing his grief, summoning courage, and piercing the heavens with a giant drill. 

That being said, Gurren Lagann is not afraid to engage in serious themes. Early on, the show introduces a devastating death that forever changes the characters, and this grief carries on with each episode, and themes of governance and the sacrifices of the few to save the many becomes a big part of the show later on. Gurren Lagann isn’t interested in having you sit for hours after you finish the show thinking about your mental health or about existentialism, but it is interested in exploring outward themes at a bigger scale to complement its core theme of willing yourself to succeed in spite of adversity. 

Why Non-Anime Fans Should Check It Out

Do you want the feeling of sitting by the TV, eating cereal in your pajamas, and watching something instantly transport you to another world and inspiring your imagination with endless possibilities? A show that not only pokes fun at perhaps the most iconic genre in anime, but celebrates everything that makes it iconic?

Gurren Lagann may not be the best mecha anime, and it may not even be the most newby-friendly giant robot anime, but it definitely shows what makes the genre so epic and beloved. If you’ve never watched a mecha anime before, wouldn’t you want the genre to make such a ridiculously grand entrance?

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Gurren Lagann is now streaming on Hulu and Netflix.

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Coleen Rooney takes son Klay to the beach in Britain after travel ban ruins Barbados holidays – The Sun

COLEEN Rooney is used to living it up in Barbados several times a year, but it looks like she enjoyed a trip to the good old British seaside over the weekend.

Coleen, 34, took to Instagram to share a snap of her and her son Klay somewhere on the coast in the UK amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

The mum-of-four is unable to take her usual glamorous trip due to the current travel ban, so she decided to make the most of the English sunshine instead.

Choosing not to tell her 885,000 followers where she and her family had been, Coleen simply captioned the post with a sun emoji.

The adorable snap sees the WAG wearing a coral coloured swimming costume with a pair of blue denim shorts and large dark sunglasses as she grins for the camera.

Coleen holds her arm around seven-year-old Klay, who can be seen laughing as he wears a purple and yellow LA Lakers jersey.

No doubt Coleen and Wayne's three other children, Kai, Kit, and Cass were in tow but it would have been a far cry from the luxury that they're used to.

Wayne and Coleen own a villa in the Caribbean, which they reportedly rent out for £25,000 a week.

The five-bedroom property is said to be worth £5 million and boasts an infinity pool, a media room and a shared golf course.

Inside, the walls feature pictures of Hollywood icons Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

The paradise pad sits on the island’s exclusive Jasmine Ridge estate, with celebrity neighbours including Ant and Dec and Roo’s old Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand.

Boxer Joe Calzaghe, and motorcycle racer Carl Fogarty are also said to own homes there.

Over the years, the swish Bajan resort has become so popular with Manchester's rich and famous that its residents have dubbed it the Northern Quarter.

The Rooneys bought the villa for £5million in 2010, but put it on the rental market as a holiday home four years ago, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Coleen's number of holidays per year have often been the topic of conversation, as she once went on more than ten holidays in the space of 12 months – according to reports.

However, in 2019 she allegedly vowed to take less holidays when Wayne made the decision to move back to the UK after living and working in America.

A source told The Sun at the time: "Everyone knows Coleen loves a holiday. But if being in America for the past year has taught her anything, it is that nothing replaces the comforts of being at home.

"That’s one of the reasons why she was so desperate for Wayne to return from the US and agree to his new role with Derby County."

They added: "Coleen realises Wayne is making a huge effort to live his life in the right way and is delighted about the changes they’re making.
"It is no coincidence that a lot of Wayne’s problems happen when Coleen isn’t about, so she plans to be around more."

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The Connection Between Chris Tucker and Jeffrey Epstein

Chris Tucker has been laying low for a while, but his name started trending on Twitter on May 31 when it was found in a black book allegedly belonging to late financier Jeffrey Epstein. This has fans creating all kinds of conspiracies regarding the nature of their relationship, but it is more clear-cut than they might realize.

Inside Jeffrey Epstein’s life

Epstein was known throughout his life for his ties to the celebrity world.

“I invest in people — be it politics or science,” he said in a 2002 interview with New York magazine. “It’s what I do.”

Epstein associated with some of the biggest and most powerful people in the world, including President Donald Trump. He was linked to Tucker in 2002 when the Rush Hour actor flew on Epstein’s plane for a trip to Africa with President Bill Clinton and Kevin Spacey, per New York Magazine.

“I especially appreciated his insights and generosity during the recent trip to Africa to work on democratization, empowering the poor, citizen service, and combating HIV/AIDS,” Clinton said of Epstein at the time.

Chris Tucker’s link to Jeffrey Epstein appears to be just that

It appears that Tucker has never publicly commented on Epstein or the trip. But his reported use of the plane seems to be his only link to the financier — who died by suicide in August 2019 while facing federal sex trafficking charges — and could explain why his name might have been listed in Epstein’s contacts.

Fans were quick to point this out when Tucker started trending on Twitter over the black book entry, with one person writing: “Chris Tucker’s name is on that list but only because he was associated with the Clinton Foundation. People better be real careful with what they assume.”

“People are such morons,” added a second person, who also pointed out that Gawker obtained and released a copy of the black book years ago. “There is nothing [new] about that black book. It was already published in 2015. And just because Epstein collected phone numbers of rich and famous people does not mean they wanted to have contact with him.”

The trip was mentioned in the Netflix documentary on Jeffrey Epstein

One of Epstein’s accusers, Chauntae Davies, reflected on the moment in the 2020 miniseries Jeffrey EpsteinFilthy Rich. She described the trip as a “surreal” experience and one of the best things that has ever happened to her.

“This trip to Africa is probably the single most amazing moment of my life,” she said. “And I remember having this false belief that the abuse had stopped because nothing had happened in Africa, thinking that maybe it just wasn’t gonna happen anymore. But after the Africa trip, the abuse started all over again and it never stopped after that.”

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Many Epstein accusers claimed he used the plane to fly out women and that sex acts often took place on the aircraft. There is no evidence that Tucker, Clinton, or Spacey participated in those alleged activities or had any knowledge of them.

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Paralyzed deaf-mute teenager tried to rob a jewelry shop in Brazil

Moment paralyzed deaf-mute teenager attempts to rob a jewelry shop in Brazil with a fake gun held with his FEET

  • A 19-year-old paralyzed man tried robbing a jewelry store in Canela, Brazil, on Monday by pointing a toy gun at a shopkeeper
  • The worker said the teen had been in the shop for 10 minutes before he used his feet to place a threatening note on the counter 
  • The teenager, who suffers from cerebral palsy, also used his feet to point the plastic gun at the store employee
  • The police took the suspect to a precinct, where a family member showed up to help authorities interrogate the teen before he was released 
  • An investigation into the failed robbery is still ongoing 

This is the moment a paralyzed deaf-mute teenager tried to rob a jewelry store in Brazil by aiming a fake gun with his feet.

The astonishing incident unfolded Monday afternoon at a shop in Canela, Rio Grande de Sul, when the 19-year-old placed a threatening note on the counter using his feet.

The note from the suspect, who authorities say has cerebral palsy and cannot move his hands, read: ‘Hand over everything. Don’t raise attention.’

A store surveillance camera captured the disabled teen in his wheelchair before he aimed a plastic toy gun wedged between his bare feet at the counter.

A person, who appeared to be a customer, walked away while the employee confronted the teenager, whose name has not been released by authorities. 

Police in Canela, a city in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande de Sul, arrested a 19-year-old man (right) Monday after he attempted to rob a jewelry store

The teen (right), who suffers from cerebral palsy, used his bare feet to point a fake gun at the store employee (left)

The teen used his feet to place a note on the counter. The Portuguese written note said: ‘Hands off everything. Don’t raise attention’

The jewelry shop employee said the paralyzed teenager had been in the store for about 10 minutes and that he initially thought he was begging. 

A customer had already given the teenager money and the store clerk said he felt sympathy towards him before he was given the robbery note.

The fake plastic gun, knife and note that the wheelchair-bound teenager was in possession of when he tried to rob a jewelry store in Brazil on Monday are pictured above

The Civil Police in the Brazilian city of Canela are still investigating Monday’s robbery and said it was impossible to think the teenager (pictured right) was capable of committing the crime

‘Then he pulled the gun out with his feet. That pistol looked real,’ the worker said, according to Brazilian news outlet Metropoles. 

‘A guy back there saw it and called 911.’ 

The police arrived and arrested the teenager, who was also in possession of a knife.

A family member was allowed to assist officers questioning the teen at the precinct because of his disability, before he was later released from custody.

City delegate Vladimir Medeiros initiated an investigation into the failed robbery 

‘It must be considered that, given the elements initially brought to the police station, it would possibly be an impossible crime to be consummated, especially if you considered the physical condition of the [person being] investigated, also due to the unlikelihood of escape,’ Medeiros said.

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Andrea Bocelli donates blood to vaccine research after recovering from COVID-19

Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli has revealed that he contracted COVID-19 in March, made a “swift and full recovery” and has donated his blood to help vaccine research.

“The pandemic which has shaken the world has also affected — albeit mildly — me and certain members of my family,” Bocelli, 61, said on Facebook.

“Out of respect for those for whom contracting the virus has had more serious consequences, I decided it would be best not to share the news. I certainly didn’t want to unnecessarily alarm my fans and also wished to protect my family’s privacy,” the famed blind tenor continued.

“We were fortunate enough to have a swift and full recovery by the end of March,” he wrote.

“Given the chance to donate blood to help find a cure for Covid, my response was an immediate ‘yes.’ A modest — but fundamental — gesture, through which I am playing my small part,” added Bocelli, who shared a live-stream of himself performing in Milan on Easter Sunday.

His “Music for Hope” concert, which was viewed by more than 28 million people worldwide in its first 24 hours, has currently been viewed over 40 million times, according to Variety.

Bocelli, who said he had a little fever but no severe symptoms, was seen entering the University hospital of Pisa, known as the AOUP, to donate his blood, Yahoo reported.

The singer lives with his second wife and manager, Veronica Berti and their 8-year-old daughter. His wife, 36, also donated blood, suggesting that she, too, had contracted the illness, according to the outlet.

Blood known as convalescent plasma from coronavirus survivors contains antibodies and is being used by researchers who hope it can be given to patients with severe symptoms to increase their ability to fight the bug.

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Meghan Markle believed 'there was a conspiracy theory against her'

Meghan Markle was ‘convinced’ royal courtiers had a ‘conspiracy’ against her and felt ‘like an outsider from the start’, a friend tells The Times

  • Meghan Markle, 38, and Prince Harry, 35, are living in $18 million LA mansion
  • Sources have now revealed that the Duchess felt ‘unfulfilled’ in the royal family 
  • Told Katie Nicholl: ‘Meghan was convinced there was a conspiracy against her’
  • Said Meghan’s ‘big plan’ had ‘always been LA’, while Harry feels ‘lonely’ in the US

Meghan Markle was ‘convinced there was a conspiracy theory’ and courtiers were working ‘against her’ once she joined The Firm, according to a royal expert. 

The Duke, 35, and Duchess of Sussex, 38, stepped back from royal duty in March and   moved to actor Tyler Perry’s $18 million Hollywood home with their son Archie, one, last month having stepped back from royal duty in March.

But one of her friends has now revealed how the Duchess ‘felt like an outsider from the start’ of her time in The Firm.

Speaking to royal editor Katie Nicholl for The Times, the source explained: ‘She was convinced there was a conspiracy against her and so she basically put herself in isolation when they moved to Frogmore.’

Meghan Markle, 38, became convinced ‘there was a conspiracy theory against her’ within the royal family, a royal insider has told reporter Katie Nicholl 

They went on: ‘I think she felt like an outsider from the start. This wasn’t the life she was used to and she wanted out.’

Another insider explained how the Duchess had struggled after giving birth to Archie, feeling ‘lonely’ in Windsor and ‘unfulfilled’ by royal duty. 

Katie detailed how friends worried Meghan was ‘burning out’ as she threw herself into two huge work projects, from guest-editing the September issue of Vogue to launching the Smart Works collection.   

After announcing their plans to step back from royal duty in January, the couple initially moved to Canada, before they went on to relocate to LA as countries shut down borders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal duty at the end of March, before moving to Los Angeles 

Sources said that after the Queen refuted their desire to be ‘half-in, half-out’, the couple had their sights set on moving to LA.

An insider detailed how Canada was ‘never going to be their forever home’, adding: ‘The big plan, for Meghan at least, was always LA.’  

Meanwhile another friend explained that it was ‘not easy’ for Prince Harry  in the states, without an ‘established life’.

They added that the Duke feels ‘lonely and directionless’ in the US, similar to how Meghan had felt in the UK.

The Sussexes are currently living in the ultra-luxury Beverly Hills hideout that belongs to Hollywood tycoon Tyler Perry

But royal biographer Omid Scobie said the couple still have big plans for the next few years, and are basing their working model on Barack and Michelle Obama.

He said their plans were ‘not too dissimilar’ from what the former president created after leaving the White House and setting up Higher Ground production company.

He pointed to the Obama’s multiyear production deal with Netflix to produce films and documentaries covering topics like race, class and civil rights. 

According to the royal expert, Prince Harry and Meghan ‘had an agenda from the outset’ to become ‘international roving royals’

It comes after Katie claimed that the Duke and Duchess ‘had an agenda from the outset’ to become international ‘roving royals’.

She told Australian website 9Honey: ‘I was told from a very early stage in their courtship, they had told a friend of Harry’s that Meghan met quite early on that they wanted to international roving royals and that was going to be their focus.’

Royal expert Katie Nicholl called it ‘inevitable’ that the couple would move overseas but said the speed at which their lives had turned around had ‘surprised everybody.’ 

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Dominic Cummings’ child was ‘the important thing’ claims Grant Shapps amid fury over 260-mile lockdown trip to family – The Sun

TRANSPORT Minister Grant Shapps today came out in support of Dominic Cummings after the PM's top aide apparently broke lockdown rules by travelling hundreds of miles to see family.

During the daily press briefing at Downing Street, Mr Shapps repeatedly backed Mr Cummings following reports Boris Johnson's chief adviser travelled more than 260 miles from his London home to stay with his parents in Durham.

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The move has sparked calls that Mr Cummings resign his post.

But Mr Johnson has thrown his weight behind the aide – and tonight, Mr Shapps said there were good reasons for Mr Cummings to have undertaken the journey.

The drive happened when Mr Cummings' wife, journalist Mary Wakefield, was sick with coronavirus.

Asked by reporters from the Sun on Sunday, the BBC, Sky News and ITV whether the journey had flouted the national lockdown, Mr Shapps repeatedly supported Mr Cummings' decision and said his young child was the 'important thing'.

"If you're in position with a young child -a four year old, in this case – and you're worried about the welfare of that child, then clearly being somewhere where other members of the family can assist might be the best place for you to settle and stay throughout the time you're ill," he said.

Pressed further, he imagined himself in the situation, telling reporters: "What would I do – I've got a young child, my wife is unwell, I'm worried about ability to support the child as a father.


"Do you say, 'We'll take the best possible option to be able to provide the ongoing care and go to where there's a network'?"

Asked about what he would say to those who were unable to say goodbye to loved ones or go to their funerals because of the lockdown, Mr Shapps stumbled over his answer.

"For everyone who has lost loved ones – everyone has been impacted by the crisis and done their best to do the right things," he said.

But he said Mr Cummings had taken "practical steps" to ensure he followed the advice "as best as possible to prevent – in this case – a four-year-old child ending up without having the necessary support."

It was also unclear if Mr Johnson had been aware Mr Cummings had crossed the country when he should have been self-isolating.

Mr Shapps said the Prime Minister "would have know [Mr Cummings] was staying put", but refused to be drawn further, adding only: "I don't know exactly the answer to when the Prime Minister knew.

"The Prime Minister knew he was unwell and locked down."

However, he added: "I can tell you the PM provides Mr Cummings with his full support."

Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Jenny Harries said she was unable to comment on Mr Cummings directly, but added that the "scientific and medical advice is to take people who are symptomatic out of the public domain".

The advice to self-isolate at home is "very clear", she said.

However, Dr Harries then said "safeguarding" may have been a "separate issue".

"There's always a safeguarding clause in all our advice," she said.

After being backed by No10 this morning, Mr Cummings told reporters outside his home in London: "I behaved reasonbly and legally."

When asked by reporters if his trip to Durham during lockdown 'looked good',  he added: “Who cares about good looks.

"It’s a question of doing the right thing.

"It’s not about what you guys think.”

No10 says Mr Cummings ddidn't break government guidance because he and his wife stayed in a different building.

The spokesperson also challenged reports the aide and his family had been spoken to by police.

A statement said: "Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.

"His sister and nieces had volunteered to help so he went to a house near to but separate from his extended family in case their help was needed.

"His sister shopped for the family and left everything outside.

"At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.

"His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines."

It was also announced during the press conference that the Government is pumping £283 million into roads, railways, buses and trams to improve public safety and protect services.

Mr Cummings 'collapsed and had spasms' after being taken ill with virus

Dominic Cummings' wife gave a detailed account of the family's coronavirus ordeal in her Spectator column – but failed to mention that they had broken lockdown.

Journalist Mary Wakefield revealed that No10 chief Mr Cummings, 48, spent 10 days bedridden after "collapsing" and having "spasms".

In the article, Wakfield said her husband was nursed by their young son – despite new claims the family had travelled to Durham for child care.

She said: "My husband did rush home to look after me.

"He’s an extremely kind man, whatever people assume to the contrary.

"But 24 hours later, he said, ‘I feel weird’ and collapsed.

"I felt breathless, sometimes achy, but Dom couldn’t get out of bed.

"Day in, day out for ten days he lay doggo with a high fever and spasms that made the muscles lump and twitch in his legs. He could breathe, but only in a limited, shallow way."
Wakefield said she believed for a time her husband could require ventilation.

"The little oxygen reader we’d bought on Amazon indicated that he should be in hospital, but his lips weren’t blue and he could talk in full sentences," she wrote.

She also appears to have suggested the family remained at their London home for the duration of the illness, writing: "After the uncertainty of the bug itself, we emerged from quarantine into the almost comical uncertainty of London lockdown."

Mr Shapps said the funding, divided into £254 million for buses and £29 million for trams and light rail, would increase both frequency and capacity of services while ensuring there is enough space on vehicles to allow for social distancing.

However, he warned there will be capacity for just a fifth of commuters once social distancing is taken into account.

"This funding does not mean we can go back to using public transport whenever we like. Those who can should still work from home. Those who can shoyld still avoid all public transport," he said.

"Even a fully restored service will only be capable of carrying, at best, one fifth of the normal capacity once social distancing is taken into account.

"Please, avoid the rush hour."


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Mum turns the cupboard under the stairs into a spring-themed den for her daughter using Amazon & eBay bargains

A MUM transformed the cupboard under her stairs into an incredible den for her daughter using Amazon and eBay bargains. 

Rachel Moore, 31, wanted to create a space where her daughter, Freya, six, who has special needs, could go and relax. 

Rachel, from Alconbury, started by emptying the cupboard of junk, and pulled up the maroon carpet. 

She laid down a new floor, using some leftover vinyl flooring she had from when she updated her bathroom.

She gave the skirting boards a lick of paint, and rubbed down the walls before filling in any holes. 

Rachel chose a pretty colour for the den, opting for a shade called blush pink from Wickes which costs £16.

After it was dry she added wall stickers from eBay in a gorgeous cherry blossom scene with birds, with a similar set costing just £15.50 on the site.

To make her decor come to life, she picked up fake cherry blossom branches from Amazon for just £7.99. 

Rachel cut the heads off the garlands and stuck them on the walls, and added some flowers on to a light shade she cut sections out of. 

She confirmed she used a non-heat bulb to make sure it wasn’t a fire hazard. 

Finally Rachel added some fairy lights, saying: "I had some cherry blossom garland left so I brought battery fairy lights on a wire and wrapped around the garland and stuck into place,” Tyla reported. 

Rachel shared her mini-makeover on Facebook, where it was shared to group DIY On A Budget. 

She said: “Few little bits to do yet, but Freya’s room is coming together!

“(Under stairs cupboard not bedroom). We have been creating as a surprise!

“This is start to nearly finish! (The carpet we did not lay it was horrendous!)

  • Cherry Blossom & Garden Birds Kids Wall Stickers, £15.50 – buy now

  • Artificial Cherry Blossom Garland, Amazon, £7.99 – buy now

  • Blush Pink – Silk Emulsion Paint, Wickes, £16 – buy now

“I have made most myself!” 

Her makeover has since gone viral, racking up more than 1,600 likes, as people praised Rachel’s impressive eye for interiors.

One person commented: “Adore this, absolutely fantastic job. Very talented lady!"

Another said: “Oh wow, so simple, but I’d never think of it- so creative. Gorgeous !!”

While a third wrote: “How delightful. Looks beautiful.”

And this person added: “Looks beautiful, you did an amazing job.”

Meanwhile this mum transforms her drab porch with a lick of £10 paint & people love the ‘classy’ makeover.

And this mum claims scrubbing her wooden floor with olive oil is the secret to getting a glossy shine.

Plus a woman who never cleaned her dishwasher before reveals how she got it sparkling using just two household items.

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