Man pays £18K for private knee op due to 2-year wait then gets NHS call to get it free
John Peake, 75, was put on a two-year waiting list for a knee replacement and due to the pain he went privately paying out £18,000. When he got back home he had a call from the NHS to offer him a slot
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Jamie Lee Curtis: ‘Can you imagine being married to me? Can you imagine being my child?’
Fresh from receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival, the ‘Halloween Kills’ star talks to James Mottram about MeToo, getting sober, and returning to the franchise that kickstarted her career 43 years ago
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Princess Anne ‘riled’ after Charles went back on his word -‘Camilla will never be a queen’
PRINCESS ANNE would not be pleased to see Camilla receiving the title of Queen, a royal insider has said.
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‘Found this in the salad’ Queen sent note to kitchen after finding dead slug on her plate
QUEEN ELIZABETH II reportedly sent a note to her kitchen staff about a dead slug she discovered in her salad, according to her former royal servant.
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From Fortnite to Fifa, online video game players warned of rise in fraud
After games boom in pandemic, gangs are using phishing and malware to cheat fans out of money and reveal their personal dataPlayers of online video games such as Roblox, Fortnite and Fifa are being warned to watch out for scammers, amid concerns that gangs are targeting the platforms.Multiplayer games boomed during the pandemic lockdowns as people turned to socialising in virtual spaces. Continue reading...
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‘Perfect initiative' Royal fans hail Buckingham Palace for going green
QUEEN ELIZABETH has given permission for Buckingham Palace to be lit up in green to celebrate the Earthshot prize awards ceremony.
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I’m sad at work and don’t know what to do with my life
You’ve been working hard to tick the expected boxes, maybe it’s time to find and tick you ownThe question I am 37, have a lovely husband and a wonderful child, and a job in the creative industries. The problem is that I haven’t been happy in my career for a long time and have felt very stuck, and every now and again I end up crying because I just don’t know what to do with my life. I was an over-achiever at school (worked hard, got the grades, went to a good university), but am now in a role where there is little progression and I’m not sure I even want to stay in this career.I am realising that I have spent so much time trying to do what is expected of me that I have absolutely no idea what it is that I want to do. I also cringe at how much I put up with in my 20s. I chased men I knew deep down I didn’t really like and took on all kinds of extra tasks at work with the promise that it would look good on the CV, but got few promotions. Continue reading...
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Kebab Kid, London: ‘Take-away as a cult’ – restaurant review
Rather than blowing £1,450 on a steak wrapped in gold leaf at Nusr-Et Steakhouse, enjoy a gorgeous Kebab Kid kebabKebab Kid, 90 New King’s Road, London SW6 4LU. Takeaway only, cash only, kebabs £4.75-£9.50.Nusr-Et Steakhouse, 101 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7EZ (01821 687738), steaks £85-£1,450. Continue reading...
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Box of delights: the best advent calendars
Start counting down to Christmas with a lavish beauty advent calendarThe world is divided into two camps. One rolls their eyes at the fervour for advent calendars – especially when it starts this early; the other awaits the annual beauty splurge in great anticipation. This week’s round-up is for the latter. Everyone else can come back next week – or carry on reading to see what the fuss is about. Basically, beauty advent calendars are an incredibly easy and uncomplicated way to explore lots of different products in a single purchase. This can be via a single brand: Chanel, Elemis, Jo Malone London, Clinique; or from a plethora of brands sold at retailers such as Cult Beauty, Liberty, Harrods, Space NK and Net-a-Porter. While the price you pay is undeniably an investment, the amount you save is astonishing. So you have to get in early, hence you are reading about it in October. Rather excitingly, Chanel has launched an advent calendar for the first time ever. It is rather different from the others. It is £610. It is a big(ger) investment and it is collectible. Which is why you don’t buy it to actually use it. No, you buy it because it’s Chanel.Follow Funmi on Twitter @FunmiFetto Continue reading...
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Tempting Tesco wines to try | David Williams
Tesco is the country’s largest wine supplier. Here are three great wines worth seeking outTesco Finest Peumo Carmenère, Cachapoal, Chile 2019 (£8, Tesco) In the past few years, Tesco’s dominance of the UK grocery market has survived all kinds of threats both external (the rise of Aldi and Lidl) and internal (a damaging accountancy scandal and a UK record £6.4bn loss in 2015). Its sheer scale and ubiquity mean that most of us shop there some of the time, whether it’s to buy an underwhelming meal deal in a city centre, or to do a weekly trolley fill at the local Big Tesco. If you cast your eyes over a graph of fluctuating UK supermarket market share since 2017, you’ll see that Tesco’s portion only briefly dips below 27%, while the nearest challengers, Sainsbury’s and Asda, never have much more than 15% each. It’s also, almost by stealth, the UK’s biggest wine retailer. Of course, size isn’t everything, and Tesco is never going to match the excitement of a specialist merchant. But it does have its share of good to very good value wines, such as this subtly leafy, blackcurrant-juicy Chilean red.Tesco Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, Abruzzo, Italy 2020 (£3.95, Tesco) The Peumo is a longstanding favourite of mine in the Tesco Finest range, one of a handful of stalwarts that always seem to stand out from vintage to vintage, such as the tangy dry French white Tesco Finest Saint-Mont (£6.50), and the limey dry Aussie white Tingleup Riesling (£9). After tasting about 150 wines in the Tesco range recently, the other Finest wines I’d pick out include an impeccable salty-peachy Spanish white, Tesco Finest Viñas del Rey Albariño 2020 (£9), a super-bright, bruised apple and tropical fruit-flavoured dry white South Africam Tesco Finest Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc 2021 (£7.50), a spicy, brambly, warming Rhône red, Tesco Finest Côtes du Rhône Villages Signargues 2020 (£8), and a soft and savoury Tesco Finest Viña del Cura Rioja Gran Reserva 2014 (£11.50). The retailer’s standard, not-Finest, Tesco own-label range isn’t quite as much fun, but it does have the odd better-than-it-needs-to-be cheapie, such as the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo, a softly citrussy, fish-friendly dry Italian white. Continue reading...
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Macron and the ‘French Trump’ trap Gaullism’s heirs in a political vice
With just months to go before presidential polls, the centre-right Les Républicains, under pressure from both flanks, are scrambling for a suitable candidateSix months before a presidential election and France’s mainstream right finds itself squeezed – between the hammer and the anvil as they say here – without a candidate and facing an existential threat from either side.On one flank are the far-right Marine Le Pen and Éric Zemmour, a polarising television pundit who wants to talk about immigration, identity and Islam – the three i’s – and ban “non-French” names such as Mohamed. Continue reading...
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Manchester United summed up their woeful season in 12 seconds of madness
Man Utd lost 4-2 to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium and it was another desperately poor performance from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.
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Man City show Premier League quality despite making priority clear
Manchester City weren't up to their usual standards in a 2-0 win over Burnley but did what they needed to ahead of a trip to Belgium
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Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp makes Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d'Or claim as he names 'best player'
Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for the Ballon d'Or, but Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has named a player he believes is above him on the list
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Ian Evatt on 'aggressive' officials in Bolton Wanderers loss to Wigan as touchline ban beckons
The Wanderers boss is set to be banned from the touchline for the trip to Plymouth Argyle
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Ferne McCann boasts of £5.5 million fortune which means she doesn't need a man
While Ferne might be unlucky in love, she is certainly financially fortunate as she has amassed a huge fortune in the eight years since she appeared on The Only Way Is Essex
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Cameron Norrie sets sights on slams after reaching Indian Wells final
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HoYeon Jung: Photos Of The Squid Game Star's Style Evolution
By now, you’re probably familiar with Squid Game. The South Korean survival drama premiered in September on Netflix and quickly became an international sensation – reaching more than 111 million viewers by Oct 12, according to the streaming service.A few clear fan-favourite characters have emerged from the series, including Sae-byeok, played by model and actor HoYeon Jung. While Squid Game marked her acting debut and introduction to most US and UK audiences, the 27-year-old was already quite famous in her native country.Jung first hit the designer catwalks as a teenager, and she was a finalist on the fourth season of Korea’s Next Top Model in 2013. She made fashion headlines in 2016 thanks to her fiery red hair and captivating style. The breakout star clearly continues to capture people’s attention. Earlier this month, she reportedly became the most followed South Korean actor on Instagram. She was also announced as Louis Vuitton’s newest global ambassador. If you can’t get enough of Jung, we’ve rounded up 30 photos of her style evolution over the last eight years.Related...Here's How To Have A Squid Game Party This HalloweenHow To Make Squid Game's Infamous Sugar HoneycombWould The Tug Of War Tactics In Squid Game Really Work IRL?
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The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious quips from parents on Twitter to spread the joy.Scroll down to read the latest batch, and follow @HPUKParents on Twitter for more!Why would I pay for a haunted house when I can wake up to my kid silently standing by my bed at 3 AM.— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) October 10, 2021My 4yo asked why we don’t get other people to cook our meals, clean our house and drive us around and I think she just invented being rich— MumInBits (@MumInBits) October 14, 2021I’m looking for a school picture package that’s more than 4 wallets and less than 54 wallets & a wall mural.— Jessie (@mommajessiec) October 13, 2021Nobody is more drunk with power than a 6-year-old telling Alexa to do anything.— mark (@TheCatWhisprer) October 9, 2021what i think i will do with extra time: exercise, read a book, clean my house, take kids on a fun adventure what i actually do: scroll the same 4 apps on my phone til im late to make dinner— That Mom Tho (@mom_tho) October 12, 2021“I call it orange soda cause it’s orange and soda”-My 4yo inventing orange soda—
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Squid Game: 30 Behind-The-Scenes Secrets That Are As Insane As The Show Itself
It’s official: Squid Game is Netflix’s biggest original series ever. The nine-part Korean drama was watched by 111 million users in its first 28 days, knocking Bridgerton and its 82 million off the top spot.If you’re one of the three Netflix subscribers on the planet who haven’t watched it yet, the series tells the story of a group of skint misfits taking part in a series of children’s playground games in a bid to win a huge cash prize. Only problem is, if you lose, you get killed.It’s fair to say, the entire world is obsessed, and if like us you’ve been wondering just what went into making the series, then step this way for all the behind-the-scenes secrets from the year’s buzziest show...The script took a year to write...and 10 years to get picked up by Netflix after being rejected. It reportedly took writer and director Hwang Dong-Hyuk nearly six months to write the first two episodes alone.It wasn’t initially called Squid GameDuring initial plans for the show revealed by Netflix in September 2019, it was called Round Six. It was also once known as Squid Game: Play To Die.The whole production is filmed in just one cityAbout an hour outside of Seoul, South Korea is the city of Daejeon – the home of Squid Game. Sticking to one place meant there was more budget available for those iconic sets.It was not cheap to makeProduction cost for the show was £12.3 million (or 20 billion won).Netflix reportedly paid £15.5m for the nine-part seriesThe figure comes from internal documents that Bloomberg claim to have obtained, although Netflix has not confirmed the figure.Very little CGI was actually usedAll of those humongous sets? Yep, they were built especially for the show.The cast was also hugeThe Red Light, Green Light game featured over 400 performers.Some of the cast were allergic to those iconic teal tracksuitsDirector Hwang Dong-Hyuk describes the material of the costumes as being similar to “old gym clothes,” which caused the set to become “really dusty”. This led to some of the cast having difficulty breathing, while others’ “faces even turned red because of allergies”. The giant robot doll featured in the first game was borrowed from a museum for the showThe Red Light, Green Light doll has now been returned to the horse-carriage museum in Korea (now mysteriously missing one of its hands).The robot doll does her own interviewsYes, really. If you want to find out how she got into acting (!) or her thoughts on US politics (!!) then head here.The Honeycomb game features real honeycomb (or dalgona) The director brought in a “honeycomb master” to constantly cook up the sweet treat every day of filming. The whole set smelt of honeycomb for the duration, according to the cast. (Learn how to make it yourself here).There weren’t actually two teams filmed for the Tug-Of-War gameA machine was used on the other side of the rope, which the actors said made filming the scenes especially difficult and exhausting.The cast are all in agreement about which game was the most terrifying to film“Filming stepping stones was actually terrifying,” HoYeon Jung said. Writer and producer, Hwang Dong-Hyuk, added: “The game was real and they felt real fear.”Real tempered glass was used in the stepping stones episodeBut the actors only fell 1.5 metres to the floor. Still sounds terrifying to us.The gravity-defying stairs in the headquarters were inspired by well known artworksMC Escher’s Relativity and Ricardo Boffil’s La Muralla Rosa in Spain were both sources of inspo.The walls in the dorm contain easter eggs about what games will be playedAs the number of beds reduces, the dorm walls feature drawings that serve as clues for the players to see which games will be played. There’s a reason the sleeping dorm looks like an Amazon warehouse“The art director proposed a warehouse store concept,’ directorHwang Dong-Hyuk explained. “Rather than treating them like people, she suggested the contestants be presented like objects piled on the warehouse shelves.”The director’s early life inspired how one of the lead actors approached their characterPark Hae Soo, who plays the role of Cho Sang-woo, says he took a lot of inspiration from director Hwang and his experiences in Seoul National University. Both the director and the character went to the prestigious university.Wondering how much that prize money is in British pounds?View this post on InstagramA post shared by SQUID GAME (@squidgame_netflix)The prize fund totals 45,600,000,000 won, which is just over £28 million.Jung Ho-yeon, who plays Kang Sae-byeok, AKA Competitor 067, is also a hugely successful model View this post on InstagramA post shared by HoYeon Jung(Chung) (@hoooooyeony)View this post on InstagramA post shared by HoYeon Jung(Chung) (@hoooooyeony)The 27-year-old has modelled for brands like Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Fendi, Bottega Veneta and Louis Vuitton, for whom she is a global ambassador.  Squid Game is Jung Ho-yeon’s debut acting roleView this post on InstagramA post shared by SQUID GAME (@squidgame_netflix)“When I’d travel by myself on airplanes and stay at hotels, I spent most of my days just watching movies,” she told Vogue. “[Afterward] I thought more and more about myself and my position in humanity at large. Who was I? What does it mean to be human? The need to answer those questions was what brought me to acting.”Jung Ho-yeon became great friends with Lee Yoo-mi while filming the seriesView this post on InstagramA post shared by 이유미 (@leeyoum262)“Yoo-mi is more experienced in acting and she’s a great actress,” Jung said in Korean. “When I talked about my concerns in acting, she was always very considerate.“Since I trust her, we talked about many things. So I think it all wrapped up nicely. I’m still thankful for her.”The show has caused Lee Yoo-mi’s online profile explodeView this post on InstagramA post shared by 이유미 (@leeyoum262)Yoo-mi, who plays Ji-yeong, saw her Instagram profile jump from 40,000 followers to a mammoth 6.3 million followers in a matter weeks.Donald Trump inspired one of the VIPs“I think he kind of resembles one of the VIPs in the Squid Game,” the show’s creator Hwang Dong-hyuk told IndieWire. “It’s almost like he’s running a game show, not a country, like giving people horror.”The guards mask’s were inspired by fencing masksAs well as traditional Korean masks called Haehotal.And as for the different shapes on the masks...They were inspired by ant colonies and dictate the staff hierarchy.Circle: A worker, at the bottom of the hierarchy. Triangle: A soldier, they’re the ones who are armed.Square: A manager, they have the most power and oversee the soldiers and workers.But their hot pink jumpsuits were originally going to be something completely differentThe guards’ striking hot pink jumpsuits were initially supposed to be Boy Scout uniforms. They were changed because the initial Boy Scout-like outfits showed the men’s figures too well, which defeated the purpose of making “them look like ants in an ant colony” and “anonymous”.Still wondering why those coffins were adorned with giant pink bows?According to the show’s art director, Chae Kyung-sun, since the creator thinks “as if he’s a god” with power and mercy, he bestows a final “gift” to the players.It was watched by a whopping 111 million Netflix users in the first 28 daysThis makes it Netflix’s most successful show ever – beating the previous viewing record set by Bridgerton in 2020 when 82 million of us tuned in.Not bad considering Netflix didn’t heavily market the series in their biggest market - the USThe show ended up becoming a massive hit in the States due to word of mouth and positive press.Squid Game is streaming now on Netflix.READ MORE:Squid Game Subtitle Debate Breaks Out After Claims Some Dialogue Has Been Lost In TranslationHere's How To Have A Squid Game Party This HalloweenWould The Tug Of War Tactics In Squid Game Really Work IRL?
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Paul Pogba's own Man Utd admission signals midfielder's time is up at Old Trafford
Paul Pogba believes something must change at Manchester United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer agrees, with the midfielder leaving the club potentially part of it
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UK weather forecast: Sunny spells and warmth in the South with rain hitting the North
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Paul Pogba admits Manchester United need change to maintain Premier League title hopes
Man United failed to put their poor form behind them after the international break when losing 4-2 to Leciester.
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Paranormal investigation dog nicknamed 'Spooky Doo’ sniffing out ghosts in Manchester
Bond is a ex-racer greyhound, now turned ghostly detection dog
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Robert Webb hits out at 'brutal and weird' Strictly Come Dancing after quitting show
The 49-year-old comedian was forced to pull out of the dance competition last week as he realised he was still recovering from heart surgery that he endured last year
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Rory McIlroy two shots off the lead after sizzling 62 in Las Vegas
The Northern Irishman shot his lowest score since 2019 to take second place heading into the final round.
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Ship owner, operator of interest in California oil spill
The U.S. Coast Guard has designated the Mediterranean Shipping Company and others as parties of interest in an investigation into a vessel that was determined to be the source of an offshore pipeline leak in Southern California
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‘Lifesaver for many people!’ Meghan Markle’s donation to UK charity is feeding Nottingham
MEGHAN MARKLE's donations to a UK community kitchen have been branded as "lifesaving" for a local Nottingham community over the pandemic.
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‘Brutal aggression’: Venezuela halts talks with opposition after envoy extradited to US
Alex Saab, an ally of president Nicolás Maduro, was extradited to face money laundering charges after a 16-month legal battle Venezuela’s government is halting negotiations with its opponents in retaliation for the extradition to the US of a close ally of president Nicolás Maduro, who prosecutors believe could be the most significant witness ever about corruption in the South American country.Jorge Rodríguez, who has been heading the government’s delegation, said his team wouldn’t travel to Mexico City for the next scheduled round of negotiations. Continue reading...
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Gary Neville explains title race theory and weaknesses which could "bite" two contenders
Gary Neville has maintained Manchester City are his pick for the Premier League title but has explained weakness that may affect Pep Guardiola's men and Liverpool, while Chelsea could profit
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Jesse Lingard among Premier League stars buying £40k crystal-encrusted toy cars for kids
Manchester United star Lingard bought the Jaguar E-Type model for his daughter as a birthday present, becoming the latest Premier League player to give his child the expensive toy
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Emmerdale treats fans to teaser trailer to celebrate soap's 49th birthday
Characters lives will be placed in danger as Meena Jutla’s reign of terror continues – with a fun adventure day out turning to tragedy thanks to her murderous ways
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Haiti kidnapping: 17 missionaries and kids abducted by gang after leaving orphanage
LOCAL officials in Haiti have reported as many as 17 Christian missionaries from the United States have been kidnapped by a gang in Port-au-Prince as they were leaving an orphanage.
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Widower, 81, stuck in hotel for three months as flat so damp ‘pictures fall off wall’
William Frempong of Poplar Court, Wimbledon, said that "pictures fall off walls" in his flat because it is soaking wet and he has been forced to live in a hotel for three months
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Chelsea's Romelu Lukaku expectations put into context after Thomas Frank's admission
Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has now gone six matches without a goal for the club and despite the Blues staying top of the Premier League with a win at Brentford, expectations are high
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks out on midfield problem
Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic were reunited in midfield for Man United as they were battered 4-2 by Leicester.
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Vanessa Bryant asked to undergo psychiatric exam to evaluate 'emotional injuries' from crash pix
L.A. County attorneys have requested Vanessa undergo a psych evaluation to prove her alleged distress, a request the star may be forced to oblige 'via a judge's ruling if need be.'
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Hollywood strike averted after union and producers reach last-minute deal
Up to 60,000 behind-the-scenes workers had been set to strike from Monday over claims of excessive hours and unliveable wagesAn 11th-hour deal between producers and the union representing 60,000 film and television workers has averted a strike that threatened to cause widespread disruption in Hollywood.The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which includes camera operators, makeup artists, sound technicians and others, said negotiators agreed to a new three-year contract on Saturday, ahead of a Monday deadline that would have seen them walk off the job. Continue reading...
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‘Requires seamless performance’ Kate is prevented from doing one simple everyday function
KATE MIDDLETON is reportedly unable to perform a simple, everyday bodily function because of the constant media attention, a royal expert has claimed.
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Pep Guardiola's attacking solution gives Raheem Sterling fresh Man City hope
Manchester City have a lack of natural strikers at the club but the transformation in form of Bernardo Silva should give hope to Raheem Sterling that Pep Guardiola has the right plan for him
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