Syd Little reflects on ‘happy times’ as he breaks silence after friend Eddie Large’s death

Syd Little, 77, has spoken out and reflected on the “happy times” after his close friend and comedy partner, Eddie Large, 78, died from coronavirus. The Little And Large comedian said he had “been ill for a while”.

We were together 60 years.

Syd Little

After the news came that Eddie had passed away, Syd wrote a tribute to his best pal and comedy partner, according to The Mirror.

The comedian said: “He had been ill for a while but when it happens, it hits you,

“We were together 60 years. It wasn’t like having a partner. We were friends.”

He then went on to talk about how “thoughtful” his friend was and how they were in contact shortly before he died.


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The father-of-two added: “He was in pain, bless him, but he even asked me how are we up here [in Lancashire],

“He was so thoughtful to everybody.”

The former singer and guitarist also reflected on their “happy times” in their comedy career.

Syd continued: “We did everything there was to do in showbiz and we did it together. Happy times.”

Eddie’s son Ryan announced the news that Eddie had passed away in a statement on Facebook earlier today.

Ryan said Eddie had been suffering from heart failure and had contracted COVID-19.

The post said: “It is with great sadness that mum and I need to announce that my dad, Edward McGinnis, passed away in the early hours of this morning.

“He had been suffering with heart failure and unfortunately, while in hospital, contracted the coronavirus, which his heart was sadly not strong enough to fight.”

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Eddie’s wife, Patsy told the BristolLive how they are all “absolutely heartbroken” as she revealed Eddie “fought so hard” until the very end.

She said: “We are all absolutely heartbroken. Eddie fought so hard to live.

“Catching coronavirus was the final straw for him.”

Patsy, who was married to her husband for 37 years then said: “I just want everyone to remember him.”


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Eddie and Syd formed their comedic double act in 1963, and the pair have been known as the iconic Little And Large ever since.

Their comedy career began after the pair won their edition of Opportunity Knocks in 1971 before they went on to perform their legendary impressions on their Who Do You Do series.

The performer decided to retire from his comedy career after he was told by doctors due to his heart problems.

The star underwent a heart transplant a year after he was rushed to hospital in 2002, where Patsy, was informed that he “may not survive”.

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Victoria records fifth death as confirmed COVID-19 cases top 1000

A woman in her 70s has died in Victoria from COVID-19, bringing the national death toll to 22.

She is the fifth person to die from the virus in Victoria.

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said a woman aged in her 70s had died from COVID-19.Credit:AAP

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the woman was in a Victorian hospital for a number of days, but said she had no further details.

''My thoughts are with this elderly woman's family,'' she said.

The latest figures show Victorian cases have now hit 1036, with 68 new cases confirmed overnight. There are 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Victoria that may have been acquired through community transmission.

Thirty-six people are in hospital, including six patients in intensive care, and 422 people have recovered. More than 49,000 tests have been conducted to date.

Ms Mikakos also pleaded with Victorians to get a flu jab, and for workplaces to continue to provide jabs for employees despite many of them working off-site.

Pharmacists can now give the jab to children aged 10 and over, bringing the age down from 16, she said.

More to come

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Universal Credit now calling applicants who can’t get through on phones to book appointments – how to get a ring back – The Sun

UNIVERSAL Credit applicants will now be called back by their local jobcentre if they can't get through on the phone.

Jobcentres are monitoring where you've applied online and then called to make an appointment but not got through.

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They'll now use your online journal to let you know when they'll call back to save applicants waiting for hours on the phone.

Workers who’ve been laid off due to coronavirus and the self-employed who can no longer run their businesses in lockdown have been advised to check if they qualify for Universal Credit.

Some 880,000 applied for the benefit in the past fortnight – up from around 100,000 in a normal two-week period.

It comes as chancellor Rishi Sunak upped the amount you can get under the benefit by £1,000 a year, as well as removing the minimum income floor for the self-employed.


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But it’s meant huge delays trying to sign up for the benefit both online and over the phone.

DWP is drafting in around 10,000 existing staff to meet increased demand, as well as recruiting 1,500 extra people.

It’s also put benefit reviews and assessments on hold for three months so staff can instead focus on processing new applications.

Most people have to apply to the new welfare system via the website, starting by setting up an online account.

Once you’ve done this you’ll need to be interviewed by a work coach over the phone in order to complete your application.

And it's this stage you'll now have your phone call returned for.

To help speed up the online part of applications, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has also revealed when the quietest times are.

Brits are currently banned from visiting any jobcentre in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

See our guide on How to claim Universal Credit for more information on the application process if you’re self-employed or have lost your job.

Just under 3million people were on Universal Credit before the coronavirus crisis erupted in late February.

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Where I Work: Ofe, a stationery designer and calligrapher working from home

Our daily mini series Where I Work is taking a look at people’s home offices, to give us all some inspiration for our at-home working spaces as the coronavirus lockdown makes working from home the new normal.

We’ve gone inside a home office on a houseboat, seen how a working mum has set up her daughter with a mini desk of her own, and met a barefoot athlete who has no chairs in his home.

Today we’re hanging out with Ofe, 32, a stationery designer, graphic designer and professional calligrapher.

Ofe lives and works at home in Cheltenham with her two children Olivia and Zachary as well as her husband Godfrey.

Hey, Ofe! What do you do for work?

I’m a stationery and graphic designer and professional calligrapher.

I also teach live modern calligraphy workshops at locations all over the UK, Ireland and West Africa.

How has coronavirus changed the way you work?

I’ve run my business from my home studio for the last few years, but I also have a 9 to 5 that I commute to. With the new safety measures in place, I’m now doing my 9 to 5 from home as well.

I’ve had to cancel all my workshops and live gigs but I’ve set up online alternatives that students can join using Zoom, Google meet etc.

With nearly everyone being stuck indoors, lots of people are looking to pick up creative hobbies to pass the time.

What’s a typical work day like?

We get up between 7 and 8, brush our teeth and then grumble our way through some exercise.

Then it’s shower, breakfast, my husband starts work upstairs, and I do activities with the kids until lunchtime. I try to set them some stuff they can do independently so I get some time to work too.

My husband and I will swap sometimes when he’s between calls so I can have a rest or get some work done. He single-handedly looked after all of us when I was unwell too. An actual legend.

I get the kids to help with lunch, we eat, more activities and sneaky work until about 5pm when we get downtime and we let the kids watch TV or play with their tablets while we sort out dinner.

The kids’ usual bedtime is 7, and if we stick to the schedule, I start work again at about 7.30pm and work until about 10, often later.

We don’t always stick to this but having a loose structure helps.

What are your personal rules for working from home?

I find that it helps to be flexible.

My youngest only just started preschool so up until last year, I was working and caring for my kids full time. I pretty much worked around nap times and bed time, unless I had urgent deadlines. Lots of late nights but I don’t mind them.

I started my 9 to 5 when my son started school so I now do all my studio work after the kids’ bedtime.

I try to keep my work area clear and tidy as it helps me stay focused. I also either have music playing in the background or something mindless on Netflix. If I really need to get something done quick, I’ll work in total silence.

I also use scheduling and calendar apps like Acuity to help me keep track of things, and make lists either on paper or using apps like Wunderlist. Trello is another great tool for staying organised and managing projects.

I’ll also light candles sometimes to get me in the zone.

Can you break down your working area for us?

I have a pretty decent sized studio and it gets great light during the day.

There’s enough room for my shelves, desk, and a chill out area for the kids (because they’re never far away, just obsessed with me).

I do most of my work on my laptop and tablet but also do a lot of calligraphy by hand so I have about a million calligraphy pens, inks in every shade of the rainbow, brushes, brush pens, markers, etc.

I also have lots of samples of my work, paper swatches, workshop booklets and supplies, packaging supplies, a printer and a vintage book press.

I’ve got drawers full of props that I use to style my stationery flat lays, and backdrops to change things up.

For decoration, I love plants but cannot keep them alive, so I have fake succulents.

There are also quite a few gold trinkets and bits. My favourite decoration is a sign I created a few years ago. It’s a large laser cut out of my handwritten calligraphy that says ‘laissez les bons temps rouler’ – let the good times roll.

Have you come up against any challenges while working from home?

I’ve been ill since the start of the lockdown with possible coronavirus so I’ve been isolating in my room. I haven’t actually been able to do much work until yesterday.

Now that I’m better, the main challenge really is finding the time for everything.

Between homeschooling, my 9 to 5 and regular house chores, it’s been a bit busy and a few things have fallen by the way.

I’m also trying to be more on the ball with housework because a messy house can make an already difficult situation intolerable.

So far we’re all getting along and really happy to be home with each other. Everyone is helping out and being really positive. Now we just have to design a schedule that works for all of us.

What advice do you have for people who are new to working from home?

Don’t work in bed. Get up and get dressed everyday, even if it’s just to put on fresh pyjamas.

Work in blocks and take breaks often. If you have kids, you’re going to have to be more flexible and get used to working without set time blocks.

Sometimes, the TV will be your best friend, and that’s ok.

Homeschooling can happen outside of books too. Involve the kids in the chores and cooking, give them responsibilities and be ok with things being imperfect. Try to help them see the lessons in everything.

And if you haven’t tried this already, give your kids a bucket of water and a paintbrush and ask them to paint the fence. You’re welcome.

Outside of work, take advantage of the freedom that working from home gives you. Sleep in, get more rest, eat really good breakfasts, find a free workout that you enjoy, or hold spontaneous dance parties with the people you live with, or over skype. Pick up some new hobbies and catch up with people you’ve been meaning to talk to once your work day is over. It’s not like they’ve got anywhere to be lol.

And for the love of cake, if you’re going to go to the toilet or get undressed during a conference call, make sure your camera is turned off!

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Harry and Meghan hunt for a home in Malibu, near Diana and Dodi’s secret hideaway

London: Harry and Meghan are househunting in the area of Los Angeles where Diana, Princess of Wales planned to set down roots in 1997, it has emerged.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are understood to be looking for a beachside home in Malibu to raise Archie, their 10-month-old son.

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are searching for a home in Malibu.Credit:Getty Images

Harry's mother planned to move there with Dodi Fayed, her then boyfriend, after he bought a palatial home in the area a few months before the couple died in a Paris car crash.

The Tuscan-style villa, set on two hectares and boasting a private beach and 40 metres of ocean frontage, used to belong to Julie Andrews, the Mary Poppins star, and Blake Edwards, her film director husband. In 2007, Paul Burrell, the Princess' former butler, confirmed she had planned to move to what he described as a "lovely house… in Malibu" adding that he had seen the plans for it.

He told ABC News: "She said, 'This is our new life, just won't it be great, think of the lifestyle the boys – nobody's judgmental here in America, you don't have the class system, you don't have the establishment.'"

The Malibu lifestyle has attracted many of the world’s biggest celebrities.

Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, are understood to be house hunting in the Pacific Palisades neighbourhood, one of the most exclusive areas on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Malibu region is already home to a host of celebrities, including Robert Downey jnr, Mel Gibson, Jennifer Aniston and Courteney Cox.

The area is an hour's drive away from the Hollywood studios, and former actress Meghan is understood to have told friends she had always wanted to "return home" and raise her family there.

"Over the last few months they have been looking at residences in that stretch of the city," said a source. "There is at least one very high-profile, high-end realtor, who has been home spotting for them privately.

"Meghan has made it no secret to those in her life from even before meeting Harry, she hoped to live on the beach eventually."

They are thought to be renting a home in a "quiet" LA neighbourhood while they search for something more permanent having caught one of the last US flights from Canada.

Wednesday is their first day as "non-royals" having announced in January they were stepping down to seek "financial independence".

It had long been rumoured that the couple eventually planned to end up in Malibu after resident celebrity Caitlyn Jenner revealed on British TV that she had heard they were househunting when their split from "The Firm" was announced three months ago.

Former Suits actress Meghan spent much of her childhood at the Malibu beaches, an hour's drive from Woodland Hills, where she grew up.

The area has beautiful locations such as Topanga State Park and Will Rogers State Historic Park. Thomas Markle and Doria Ragland, Meghan's parents, used to take her to Will Rogers beach, the location for Baywatch, the television series starring Pamela Anderson and David Hasselhoff.

Celebrity hang-outs in the region include the famous Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, where stars including David Beckham, Gwen Stefani and Robbie Williams have been spotted. Another famous Pacific Coast Highway eatery is Geoffrey's, a reservation-only spot frequented by the region's wealthiest patrons, while a few kilometres down the road is Moonshadows, a lively party bar, made famous when Mel Gibson, was arrested outside it after a boozy session in 2006.

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Kate Middleton Sent a Subtle Message to Women of the United Kingdom With One of Her Latest Fashion Choices

Kate Middleton has something to say to the women of the United Kingdom. During her last public appearance before the coronavirus lockdown, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, sent a subtle message to women in the form of her fashion choice. While the entire country does its best to deal with the pandemic, here is a look at Kate’s subtle message, plus how the Cambridges are dealing with the lockdown.

Inside Kate Middleton and Prince William’s last public engagement

Prior to the UK initiating a lockdown, Prince William and Kate appeared at an NHS center in London to support local workers. The Cambridges have done a lot of work with the NHS over the years and are huge advocates for mental health.

During the visit, William rocked his usual suit while Kate wore apink outfit that immediately caught the attention of royal experts.

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Catherine and I were proud to visit staff working at NHS 111, to pass on our personal thanks, along with those of my grandmother and father, to staff working around the clock to provide care and advice to those that need it most. • The last few weeks, and more recent days have been understandably concerning with the continuing spread of coronavirus. • But it’s at times like this when we realise just how much the NHS represents the very best of our country and society – people from all backgrounds and walks of life with different experiences and skills, pulling together for the common good. • Not only are NHS staff and emergency workers responding to the needs of the public, they – like the rest of us – are concerned about their families, friends and loved ones. • They need our support as much as we need theirs. • All of us have a part to play if we’re going to protect the most vulnerable. • That means acting on the latest expert advice, staying home if we or those we live with have symptoms, and avoiding non-essential contact to help reduce the spread of the virus. • — The Duke of Cambridge

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The trip to the NHS facility was the last public appearance by PrinceWilliam and Kate Middleton before the government lockdown. The UK is currentlydoing its best to combat the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected highranking government officials as well as a senior member of the royal family.

Most of the royals are in self-isolation, yet William and Kate have been working behind the scenes at Kensington Palace to boost morale and help people stay mentally fit during the lockdown.

The Duchess of Cambridge sends a subtle message to women

The visit to the NHS was nothing out of the ordinary, but royalexpert Angela Mollard pointed out that Kate’s fashion choice sent a subtlemessage to working women in the UK. According to Express,Mollard explained how Kate’s suit was something many women wear to work on a weeklybasis, which was her way of saying “I am one of you.”

“I love the fact that Kate was wearing a pink Marks andSpencer suit,” Mollard stated. “It was absolutely gorgeous, but Ilove the fact it wasn’t designer. It just said ‘I am one of you.’”

Although Kate Middleton and Prince William have been working out of Kensington Palace, they are currently staying at their country estate in Norfolk. They are expected to remain there until the coronavirus pandemic is under control.

Mollard added that we probably will not see much of William andKate in the coming weeks. But with the rest of the monarchy staying out of thespotlight, the Cambridges are clearly stepping up to the plate.

Their most recent public interaction highlighted the importanceof mental health during the ongoing crisis.

The Cambridges offer a rare look inside their home

Over the weekend, William and Kate sent out a message encouraging people to look after their physical and mental well being during the lockdown. In addition to the message, the couple released several photos of themselves in action, offering a rare glimpse inside their Kensington Palace home.

One of the images shows William sitting next to a fireplace whiletalking to someone over the phone. The picture appears to have been takeninside a sitting room that may double as an office.

The second photo features Kate Middleton sitting at a desk. TheDuchess is also talking on the phone and a row of books is included in theshot. It is unclear which room the photo was taken, but it appears to beanother office.

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Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health — in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organisations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time. Last week ☎️ The Duke spoke to @mindcharity CEO Paul Farmer, and The Duchess spoke to Catherine Roche, CEO of @_place2be. Today Public Health England has published new guidance to help support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, and updated its world-leading Every Mind Matters platform, with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the outbreak; take a look at our Story or visit the link in our bio 📱 to find out more. Speaking about the new guidance, The Duke and Duchess said: • “It is great to see the mental health sector working together with the NHS to help people keep on top of their mental well-being. • By pulling together and taking simple steps each day, we can all be better prepared for the times ahead”. • The Government has also announced a grant for @MindCharity to help fund their services for people struggling with their mental wellbeing during this time.

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“Self-isolation and social distancing can pose huge challenges to our mental health—in recent weeks The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been in regular contact with organizations and patronages to understand the issues they are facing during this difficult time,” the photos are captioned. “Last week The Duke spoke to @mindcharity CEO Paul Farmer, and The Duchess spoke to Catherine Roche, CEO of @_place2be.”

William and Kate have done a lot of work in the field of mentalhealth. This includes launching a foundation called Heads Together, which wonan award in 2017. They also just announced a collaboration with a charitycalled Mind, which will provide over $5 million in support for mental healthagencies.

How are Kate Middleton’s children coping with the lockdown?

While the Cambridges are working hard behind the scenes, their three children are enjoying their time under lockdown. According to Daily Mail, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis are currently holed up at the family’s home in the country, and an inside source claims they are having fun with their newfound freedom.

“Climbing frames, a climbing wall, and swings are a big part of the Cambridge outdoors activity scene, and Kate will do pond dipping and note-taking to log what they have spotted,” the insider dished. “Birdwatching with binoculars is another favorite of the kids.”

It is unclear how long William and Kate will remain at AnmerHall, but it is good to hear that the couple’s children are making the most ofthe lockdown. Kate welcomed Louis in the spring of 2018. George is currently inhis second year of school while Charlotte is in her first.

Kate Middleton has not commented on the reports surrounding her choice of fashion during the NHS visit. 

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Cristiano Ronaldo branded a tramp and told to leave Madeira by politician after family stroll during coronavirus crisis – The Sun

CRISTIANO RONALDO has been branded a "tramp" and ordered to leave Madeira by a politician after photos emerged of the Juventus star enjoying a family stroll during the coronavirus crisis.

Madeira-based GP Rafael Macedo launched the astonishing attack on Facebook after seeing the pictures of Ronaldo going out for a walk on his home island with girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and their children.

It raged: “I want that animal who’s come from Italy to stay at home. Get me that tramp out of Madeira.”

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Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani Share Acoustic Version Of ‘Nobody But You’

Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani have released a new acoustic version of “Nobody But You” and an accompanying video.

“Hope yall love it! Our #NobodyButYou acoustic version is out now. Link in story. @gwenstefani,” Shelton wrote on Instagram alongside an intimate black and white photo of the couple sporting ball caps and looking over a fence.

The song, co-written by Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne and Tommy Lee James, appears on Shelton’s compilation album Fully Loaded: God’s Country, which was released in December.

The visual shows the couple, sitting on a back porch and surrounded by picturesque hills, singing together. Shelton, clad in blue jeans and a button-up shirt, is seen strumming on his acoustic guitar, while Stefani is seen tapping her foot along to the tune.

“I don’t wanna live without you / I don’t wanna even breathe / I don’t wanna dream about you / Wanna wake up with you next to me,” the pair sing in the chorus while locking eyes. “I don’t wanna go down any other road now / I don’t wanna love nobody but you / Looking in your eyes now / If I had to die now / I don’t wanna love nobody but you.”

The song, which is the couple’s third duet, has been moving higher and higher on the Billboard‘s country charts since its release. It is currently No. 12 on the Country Airplay chart after 11 weeks.

The track has garnered close to half a million views on YouTube.

Shelton and Stefani performed the duet during the 2020 Grammy Awards. On March 19, they teased the new version of the song on their social media pages, sharing photos of its cover art.

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Can't get a supermarket slot? Try these alternative food delivery services

Supermarket slots are few and far between at the moment, with many companies struggling to cope with increased demand as people opt for online deliveries instead of heading to the shops.

Some businesses, like Ocado and Gousto are prioritising existing customers, so if you’re signing up for the first time you might be waiting a while to place your order.

Whether you just want to order some dishes for the coming week or are looking for particular items that are low in stock in stores – like vegetables, fresh bread or vegan dishes – there are alternative food delivery services that you can use.

We’ve rounded up a list of five companies to try if you’re struggling to get a supermarket slot.


If you’re vegan and struggling to find your usual ingredients in stores, you’re in luck.

Allplants is a small vegan company that delivers frozen ready meals that are completely made with, well, plants.

Choose from 22 dishes like Tempeh Rendang Curry, Three Mushroom Risotto, Mac & Greens, BBQ Burrito Bowl and more.

But this isn’t your average frozen meal – each one is made by a chef to preserve the freshness of the ingredients .

We have tried the dishes for ourselves, and they are delicious, but they are on the pricier side.

You can get six dishes for £46.02 or, if you’re ordering for two people, 12 dishes for £68.04. If you want to place regular orders, it might be worth subscribing to the service as you get a 12% discount.

On the plus side, weekday delivery is free.

Hobbs House Bakery

If you’re around the Cotswolds and crave fresh bread on a regular basis, we’ve got good news.

While most bakeries are shut, Hobbs House has adapted with a home delivery service.

And it’s not just bread (although we love bread), but you can also order cakes and other sweet treats like hot cross buns.

They even have a brownie subscription; you get four different flavours for £53.00 (they’re pretty big, not your average size).

The company also sells tools so you can bake for yourself, including sourdough starters.

Meat Home Delivery

The name is pretty self-explanatory.

Those looking for extra fancy steaks to enjoy in self-isolation or who don’t want to go hunting for protein in the supermarket, can order meat online from this family business.

Meat Home Delivery packs your goods in chilled boxes and they should arrive at your door within three to five days.

But the minimum order is £60 – which isn’t bad if you’re a family or in a house share, but if you live alone, make sure you’ve got space in the freezer so your delectable dishes don’t go off.

You can get everything from Sunday roasts to meat bundles, bacon, sausages and chicken.

Pale Green Dot

Can’t find any fresh veg in your local store?

If you’re based in London or the south east, you can order yourself a box of fresh greens from Pale Green Dot.

The best part? You don’t have to wait ages, as the company aims to deliver all boxes by the next working day.

Choose from The Essential Fresh Produce Box for £12.50, which includes root veg such as onions, swede, beetroot, carrots and potatoes as well as leaves and green veg, coloured veg (peppers, tomatoes, that kind of thing) and local fruit.

Or go bigger with The Veg and Staples Box, which features milk, bread and eggs, too, for £20.

Make it a one-off drop or a weekly delivery, it’s up to you.

Paxton & Whitfield

Just because you’re stuck in self-isolation, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a bit of luxury – and what says luxury more than cheese?

Paxton & Whitfield is currently accepting new customer orders, and you can get all the cheesy goodness including cheese board selections, cheese hampers, cheese biscuits or just random cheeses.

The company also has crackers, savoury chutneys and preserves, hams and sweet treats. Order £60 worth and you’ll get the delivery for free (that’s a lot of cheese) or pay £6.95 for delivery.

Crack open a bottle of red – or non-alcoholic grape juice – and you’re gouda to go (sorry).

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How Training Like a Medieval Warrior Can Help Your Workout

This is Your Quick Training Tip, a chance to learn how to work smarter in just a few moments so you can get right to your workout.

No matter how often you switch up your training, workouts can still feel monotonous. Even if you regularly weave in new exercise variations, you’re likely still performing the same fundamental moves with the same basic tools (dumbbells, barbells, kettlebells, or bands) in the same ol’ space. Mace training can help change that—and trigger fresh gains to boot.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the medieval-looking strength tool, it resembles the weapon you’ve seen knights wield in history books and Game of Thrones: A long metal handle with a heavy metal ball at the end. Typically forged in steel, the secret to the mace’s effectiveness isn’t its weight (the heaviest ones are only around 40 pounds), but rather the distribution of that weight, which is concentrated at its head.

As you swing the mace around your body, brandishing it like an ancient warrior in the heat of battle, you’ll quickly realize how hard it is to control. Its uneven weight distribution will force your core to work overtime and challenge all of the smaller stabilizing muscles throughout your body. And because the implement lends itself to dynamic, high-repetition, full-body movements, it’s an extremely efficient tool for building power, mobility, and muscular endurance.

Your move: If you’re lucky enough to belong to a gym that has maces—or savvy enough to have them in your own fitness arsenal—add them to your workouts once or twice a week to start reaping their total-body benefits. You can use them in place of dumbbells to increase instability during classic moves such as the squat and lunge, but the mace really comes alive with rotational and swinging movements.

Need some inspiration? Here are 16 exercises you can do with a mace. Just make sure your grip is solid and you have plenty of space around you—and keep in mind that the closer your hands are to its base, the more challenging the movement will become.

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