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Kelvin Fletcher reveals he and Liz Marsland are expecting twins

The ex-Emmerdale star, 38, and his wife said they were "so happy" to find out they have two sons. (Author: Gardener)

Kelvin FletcherKelvin Fletcher and his pregnant wife Liz Marsland have announced they are expecting twins in May. The ex-Emmerdale star, 38, and his wife said they were "so happy" to find out they have two sons. The couple, who announced they were expecting twins in January, already have two young children, Marnie, aged five, and Milo, three. Kelvin Fletcher and his pregnant wife Liz Marsland announced in May magazine that they are expecting twins out that we have sons is amazing. “That was the best day of my life. I've never felt such joy." Liz said, "I've felt every single emotion under the sun. "I've been thinking about things like breastfeeding, how is that possible for two? How do you lift two babies at the same time? Kelvin said it was a miracle and I thought, 'How do we do this?' Kelvin will star alongside Caroline Quentin in a National Theater production of Richard Bean's comedy Jack Absolute Flies Again in July. He said: "It's the biggest thing you have to tick as an actor to perform at the National Theatre. Rehearsals begin weeks after his wife is due to give birth to their twins. She added: "There can be some challenges involved in doing the play as well as farming and raising a family. The couple, who have been married for seven years, announced during an appearance on BBC Breakfast that they are expecting twins to discuss their new show Kelvin's Big Farming Adventure. Family: In January, the duo announced they were expecting twins. The couple, who have been married for seven years, made the announcement during an appearance on BBC Breakfast. Kelvin revealed the big news, admitting the couple "don't do things by halves". BBC Breakfast presenter Sally Nugent prompted the announcement when she asked the couple: "You were already quite busy, weren't you, before you took over a farm with two young children. "We're going to have two more kids!" Liz gushed. Kelvin looked shocked as his wife joked: "You look surprised!" New arrivals: Kelvin admitted the couple - who are already parents to daughter Marnie, five, and son Milo, two, "don't do things by halves" ; pictured on her new show Kelvin's Big Farming Adventure The former soap star said: "We only recently found out that we can add another curveball if you want. "We don't do things by halves and then we found out we're not having just one baby, we're having two! 'So we're having twins. It was an absolute eye opener. So from May we will be delivering lambs for the first time. I won't be giving birth to any babies, but it's going to be a very busy time!' Good news: The ex-Emmerdale star and his wife of seven made the announcement during an appearance on BBC Breakfast to discuss their new TV show. He added: "So yes, we're going to have four kids!" Kelvin recently bought a farm in the Peak District and the family's new show follows his "baptism of fire" as he navigates the task with no farming experience. During their BBC Breakfast appearance, the couple chatted about how their other two children feel about life on the farm, and Liz admitted: "It was different for her - it's a whole new place, a new school, new people . Busy time: The former soap star said: "We only recently found out that we can add another curveball if you want. We don't do things by halves And now Marnie knows all the responsibilities, she knows what to do. And when they're learning, that's probably the proudest moment, seeing what they're doing and seeing them grow into this life. Kelvin announced the couple would be expecting it back in December, telling PA Media: "There is no question that for the Fletcher family the best of 2021 is the news we are expecting again. Family of four: "So we're getting twins. It was an absolute eye opener," Kelvin admitted. "We are very grateful and can't wait to meet the new addition to our family." Kelvin performed with Emmerdale for more than 20 years, playing the role of Andy Sugden until 2016. The actor then appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, where he wowed fans with his moves after filling in for Jamie Laing at the last minute. Family Adventures: Kelvin has recently bought a farm in the Peak District and the family's new show follows his 'baptism of fire' as he tackles the task with no farming experience

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Dom Joly slams government for 'disgusting' treatment of Ukrainian refugees

The comedian commented on "Question Time". (Author: Gardener)

UkrainianPresident Biden on Thursday had a harsh reply to a reporter who asked why he thought the latest sanctions would change Russian President Vladimir Putin's behavior after previous moves had failed to stop Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. "Let's get something straight...I didn't say that. In fact, the sanctions would deter him," Biden said at a news conference in Brussels, where he is meeting with NATO leaders. "Sanctions are never a deterrent - you keep talking...

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Complaints and controversy mount ahead of BBC Question Time in Bradford

THE complaints and controversy began even before today's Question Time aired from Bradford. (Author: Gardener)

BradfordTHE complaints and controversy began even before today's Question Time aired from Bradford. THE complaints and controversy began even before today's Question Time aired from Bradford. After the BBC revealed Nigel Farage (pictured) was on the panel, critics on social media sites suggested the UKIP leader had been on the show too often, while others welcomed his presence. After the BBC revealed Nigel Farage (pictured) was on the panel, critics on social media sites suggested the UKIP leader had been on the show too often, while others welcomed his presence. The full lineup consisted of Conservative Energy Secretary Amber Rudd MP, Shabana Mahmood MP, former Labor Party shadow secretary, Liberal Democrat leader Baroness Brinton and Isabel Oakeshott, soon to be political editor of the Daily Mail. On the Question Time Facebook page, viewers complained that there were no Green Party representatives, while others said the panel was "too right-wing". Viewer John Turbefield said on Facebook: "Why Nigel Farage? You wore it far too often." Viewer Pamela Brooke told the Facebook page: "Please sit Nigel Farage and Isabel Oakeshott together at one end of the panel. Taking to Twitter, Bradford wife Ruth Ibegbuna said: "Nigel Farage is on the podium for Bradford #bbcqt tonight?! How pleased with themselves do Question Time producers have to be…” Vice Chairman Paul Nuttall. Mr Farage said this evening he was stuck in traffic. On Twitter he said: "For 90 minutes standstill on the A1. #bbcqt iffy.

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Comedian Dom Joly has criticized the government's "disgusting" treatment of Ukrainian refugees

The Save the Children ambassador also accuses the ministers of wanting to deter the “wrong refugees”. (Author: Gardener)

Comedian Dom JolyComedian Dom Joly has condemned the government's "disgusting" treatment of Ukrainian refugees as he blasted visa requirements and ministers' fears of letting spies in. Speaking on BBC Question Time, the Save the Children ambassador also criticized Conservative policies trying to deter the “wrong breed of refugees”. Joly has criticized the bureaucracy surrounding the Homes for Ukraine program, as the government is yet to say how many visas have been issued under the program. He also spoke out against ministers who warned that women fleeing Ukraine could be Russian spies coming to Britain to launch Salisbury-style attacks. Joly said: "First of all, this government seems...well, mostly their supporters seem to have an anti-refugee, anti-immigrant sentiment and I think they're feeding on that, they think that's the way to go. Well, actually I can, and I think that's one of the reasons why visa offices weren't set up in Calais, for example, because they didn't want the wrong refugees or immigrants to show up.” He said the apparent inertia in issuing it of Visa on the Homes for Ukraine program speak for the "ridiculous amount of complications". “Why are we the only country that requires people to have visas?” he said, referring in contrast to the European Union, which grants temporary residence and access to Ukrainians fleeing the invasion grants for employment, social assistance and housing for up to three years. "There was this ridiculous excuse that some of these people could somehow be spies or secret agents coming to do this. He finished: "I find it disgusting the way we're handling this, I really do." Almost a week after launch, the government has not confirmed how many Homes for Ukraine applications have been successful. At Question Time, Government Minister Damian Hinds said a report with detailed figures has yet to be released, but "thousands" of Ukrainians with family ties have been granted visas.

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Comedian Dom Joly has criticized the government's "disgusting" treatment of Ukrainian refugees

The Save the Children ambassador also accuses the ministers of wanting to deter the “wrong refugees”. (Author: Gardener)

Comedian Dom JolyComedian Dom Joly has condemned the government's "disgusting" treatment of Ukrainian refugees as he blasted visa requirements and ministers' fears of letting spies in. Speaking on BBC Question Time, the Save the Children ambassador also criticized Conservative policies trying to deter the “wrong breed of refugees”. Joly has criticized the bureaucracy surrounding the Homes for Ukraine program, as the government is yet to say how many visas have been issued under the program. He also spoke out against ministers who warned that women fleeing Ukraine could be Russian spies coming to Britain to launch Salisbury-style attacks. Joly said: "First of all, this government seems...well, mostly their supporters seem to have an anti-refugee, anti-immigrant sentiment and I think they're feeding on that, they think that's the way to go. Well, actually I can, and I think that's one of the reasons why visa offices weren't set up in Calais, for example, because they didn't want the wrong refugees or immigrants to show up.” He said the apparent inertia in issuing it of Visa on the Homes for Ukraine program speak for the "ridiculous amount of complications". “Why are we the only country that requires people to have visas?” he said, referring in contrast to the European Union, which grants temporary residence and access to Ukrainians fleeing the invasion grants for employment, social assistance and housing for up to three years. "There was this ridiculous excuse that some of these people could somehow be spies or secret agents coming to do this. He finished: "I find it disgusting the way we're handling this, I really do." Almost a week after launch, the government has not confirmed how many Homes for Ukraine applications have been successful. At Question Time, Government Minister Damian Hinds said a report with detailed figures has yet to be released, but "thousands" of Ukrainians with family ties have been granted visas.

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Mira Sorvino had "so much fun" following Courteney Cox on The Shining Vale

'Shining Vale' star Mira Sorvino opens up about her devilishly good character, Rosemary, and what fans can expect from her for the rest of the season. (Author: Gardener)

Mira SorvinoMira Sorvino had "so much fun" following Courteney Cox on The Shining Vale: "It's basically a seduction." Mira Sorvino had the time of her life as Rosemary on The Shining Vale. Somewhat ironically, her character is dead, but she desperately wants to live. When the Phelps family moves into the home they've lived and died in since the 1950s, Rosemary sees an opportunity to haunt Pat (Courteney Cox). So far this season we've seen glimpses of Rosemary's life on Earth, and much of her in the afterlife, serving as both a muse - and possibly possessive demon - for poor Pat. However, there's plenty more to come from Rosemary to round out the freshman season of the horror comedy (which airs Sundays on Starz). Here, Sorvino teases what to expect and explains why Rosemary is the "funniest and most versatile" character she's ever played. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what was it like haunting Courteney Cox? And having her as a co-star and playing with her was a joy. And when she first walked into the tiki bar, the first time I met her down there, she said, "Are you my muse?" It reminds me of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer's vulnerability in the children's claymation special. It's soft and vulnerable and child-like, though she's shown that kind of correct side to her kids, or her husband, or even the ladies at lunch. And I think it was because of that openness and vulnerability that I had so much fun trying... It's not necessarily a sexual one, but it's one where I took her in the less traveled way, that wilderness, seduce way. And it was so much fun. I mean it couldn't have been more fun and creative. You play a ghost in a show that is both horror and comedy. Are you a horror fan yourself? When I was a kid, I saw two really scary movies too early. I've seen David Cronenberg's scanners. And then I saw The Fog. Scanner because they have these mind fights and they start blowing each other's skulls off with the power of their minds and their whole heads explode with blood and brains was so disturbing to me that I couldn't sleep for three months afterwards. As I started to fall asleep, the image of the head exploding came to my mind and I was shocked again. Basically, I've gotten to the point where with anything that has blood and gore in it, I just close my eyes and wait for the person watching with me to tell me to open them again. So I look at things that have this great structure and this elegance and this masterful storytelling and this beautiful visual horror that builds. I just can't see the blood and guts part. I feel like Shining Vale kinda falls into that cute spot of something I'd watch if I wasn't there because of how much classic horror it has to offer. But the blood and guts are, I think, kept to an acceptable minimum for me as an observer. And it has so many relatable themes. Shining Vale is so relatable to anyone who is rethinking their life. Whether it's a woman or a man, I think people relate to Greg Kinnears Terry. I think they're going to be referring to Pat, Courteney's character, who simply says, 'What am I doing with my life? And how do I build a life where I'm feeling good right now? I somehow found this path through my own deeds, my affair in town, but how do I fix the ship and my life now? And I think that's really what this is about. And that's at the heart of the show, despite being an eight-episode horror comedy or movie. Rosemary is quite complex. How shall we try to understand them? Good or bad, she has this desire to be alive. And I think if we get to know her housewife from the 50's, a real personality when she was alive, we can see that she was an incredibly downtrodden, depressed person who had little control over her own agency. Her husband took everything and then abused her. And she felt so lost in her life and miserable. I think we're referring to the person being abused, being controlled in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. And then Rosemary, the spirit, is the apotheosis of Rosemary, the person. She's bolder and better and more glamorous than Rosemary could ever be in life. She lives in this upscale way, according to her vision of what the good life was basically from the movies and TV of the 50's. She talks like a character in a 50's movie, she dresses like a siren. For them, this is the high life. So she finally escapes the shackles of her memories of her earthly existence as she dances and talks about going to Paris and making recordings. Rosemary, being from the ectoplasm, it will be in her nature to cause havoc, but I hope you still connect with her or enjoy her in some way. Courteney Cox and Mira Sorvino face off in The Shining Vale. The series has been toying with the idea that maybe Rosemary and her nefarious deeds are a product of Pat rather than Rosemary. Will we learn the true nature behind Rosemary? But in episode four we see Pat begin to be influenced, subtly or not just subtly, by Rosemary. The fact that she's taking the pills and drinking again and becoming more sexual. She has sex in the tub with her husband. All of these things are driven by my character. How far that goes is where this season takes us. In episode five, Pat visits a Wiccan who is an expert in all things occult. And she goes there to talk Rosemary out of it, because maybe she feels Rosemary is beginning to have too much influence. And then we'll see where that leads. I think [Pat] is aware that she is dealing with an entity that she needs to be more careful with. But on a certain level she can't help it because that's what she wants too. I think Rosemary represents our whole dark half in a Jungian way or the id in a Freudian way. She is pure will. It's not about what's a good idea, it's about what I want. You have said that this role is the "funniest and biggest" you've ever played. Do you still feel this way? Yes. I mean, there's a movie that I did, The Triumph of Love, which very sadly came out right around the time of 9/11, so nobody saw it. And I thought it was worth a lot, but no one saw it, which is totally understandable. And that was one of those roles in which I was allowed to play several people. So here we are and I have this brilliantly written role from Jeff Astrof and Sharon Horgan and all the wonderful women in the writing room. Our entire writers room is female except Jeff. And I like to call Jeff a lady of honor because he is so supportive and understanding of women. But they created this persona who is very bouncy, totally alive, and has those 50's elements that I have to have a lot of fun with. That's pending. Among them is also the historical rosemary. She's either blissfully happy and the hostess with most of it, or a seductress, or a little angry at times, but then with this suffering human being involved. It really is an intriguing, fun role to cast. Sign up for Entertainment Weekly's free daily newsletter for breaking TV news, exclusive first looks, recaps, reviews, interviews with your favorite stars and more. The Shining Vale's Greg Kinnear on family dynamics, scary sets, and the "sport" of scaring Courteney Cox Courteney Cox is the only one haunted in the first trailer for the horror comedy series. com' Shining Vale Courteney Cox stars in Starz's comedy horror about a writer who's in trouble and whose new house is haunted - or else she's going insane.

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The defiant queen overruled Charles and William to give Andrew a key role in the memorial service

Prince Andrew was the only family member to accompany the Queen to church at the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service. Sources revealed the Duke of York has been accused of "rigging" his position (Author: Gardener)

Charles and WilliamPrince Andrew was the only family member to accompany the Queen to church at the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service. Sources revealed the Duke of York has been accused of "rigging" his position. The Queen Went To The Church Funeral Service With Prince Andrew, Can Be Revealed The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge have "on more than one occasion" expressed their concerns about the optics of allowing the mortified Duke of York to accompany his mother to the service at Westminster Abbey on Tuesday. The future kings were "absolutely in agreement" that it was "simply unnecessary" for Andrew to position himself as the only member of the family to accompany the queen to church. But well-placed sources have confirmed that the 95-year-old monarch told them it was "her wish and her final decision" that Andrew should accompany her to the abbey. The Duke, who reportedly paid £12million out of court a few weeks ago to settle a civil sexual assault case involving a woman he allegedly never met, has since been privately accused within the family of "rigging" his position, as sources revealed. Royal family members at yesterday's funeral Senior royals believe he still has ambitions to stage an unlikely return to frontline royal duties, despite being banished by the Queen over allegations he sexually assaulted Virginia Giuffre in 2001 assaulted when she was 17 year-old former sex slave of his pedophile pal Jeffrey Epstein. Prince Charles and Prince William were "shocked" and dismayed" when Andrew appeared front and center at the Prince Philip's memorial service attended by 1800 guests and broadcast live by the BBC. Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of York leave after the service Andrew was in memorial order to arrive at the west door with other family members and his daughters. But he traveled in a Range Rover with the Queen from Windsor Castle to Buckingham Palace before boarding the State Bentley to the Abbey. A well-placed insider said: "Both the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge have reluctantly accepted that he (Prince Andrew) would travel to the Abbey with the Queen as they both live in Windsor. Sources say Andrew has been accused of "rigging" his position. "It was arguably palatable if it was just about the logistics, but it goes without saying that most family members were absolutely dismayed to see him walk the Queen up the aisle in full view of the entire gathering and broadcasting cameras." Charles, 73, and William, 39, have previously had private conversations about how they're getting on with Andrew, and both seem cognizant of his desire not to retire. Sources close to Andrew have hinted that he "still thinks he has a lot to offer to the family and to the public service in general," opening up the possibility that he could have a role for the Queen's platinum jubilee celebrations in this one aiming for summer. Senior royal sources say that while Charles and William don't want him on official dates, a source added: "Ultimately, as this episode shows, it's up to the Queen - and if she wants Andrew there, he'll be there. The Queen during the service for her beloved husband The opportunity means Andrew can attend the Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral on June 3, which is being viewed as a family occasion. "Although the Queen is Head of State, she is also Head of Family and in that capacity all her children should be with her." Clarence House today declined to comment on whether the Prince of Wales supports Andrew's decision, alongside the Queen to go, and Kensington Palace is yet to comment on where the Duke of Cambridge stands on the matter. Andrew has been spending a lot of time with the ailing 95-year-old monarch, who has been suffering from a range of health issues and recovering from Covid in recent months. The Duke of York, who lives on the Windsor estate, has always been present at his mother's home in Windsor Castle, even after the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip, who died last April aged 99. Another source said: “There is definitely a hand to be played. "He (Andrew) was right in front of the cameras when the Duke of Edinburgh died, which was considered totally inappropriate within the family. “Now that this situation has unfolded, a select few believe that he (Andrew) is manipulating his position to his own advantage. A source close to Prince Andrew said: "In his eyes, the situation with the allegations and the trial is firmly closed. "There is no case to answer, he settled for the good of the family and that was it. Andrew had been banned from royal life and first retired from royal duties in 2019 after his disastrous Newsnight appearance for his friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Virginia Giuffre, now 38, is suing him for allegedly sexually assaulting her when she was 17 after she was trafficked by Epstein. At the time, Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke of York will continue to refrain from public duties and is defending this case in private." In the event that the Queen is temporarily unable to perform her official duties as sovereign due to illness or absence abroad, two or more Councilors of State appointed by charter to act in their stead. A spokesman for the Duke of York could not be reached for comment.

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Uncharted digital and DVD releases include Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg Shenanigans' Over 1 Hour

The new digital and DVD releases of Uncharted will include tons of bonus content like bloopers and deleted scenes. Here's what you can expect. (Author: Gardener)

Tom HollandTom Holland and Mark Wahlberg's video game adaptation, which has grossed more than $338 million worldwide to date, has finally received digital and DVD/Blu-Ray/4K UHD release dates. Along with the movie, these releases also come with more than an hour of bonus content. Of course, that means a lot of extra-Holland/Wahlberg antics. Uncharted follows an amateur thief and bartender named Nathan Drake (Holland) who has a passion for history and hidden gems. When a seasoned treasure hunter named Victor "Sully" Sullivan (Wahlberg) recruits Nathan to find a $5 billion fortune, the two must face off against the evil Santiago Moncada (Antonio Banderas) and his mercenaries. In real life, too, Holland and Wahlberg bonded. They've shared just as many hilarious off-screen moments as they have on film, often poking fun at each other (like when Wahlberg teased Holland for thinking a massage gun was a sex toy). By the end of filming, Wahlberg even considered Holland his "good little brother." The digital, Blu-Ray, 4K Ultra HD, and DVD releases of the Uncharted film all come with several bonus features. A preview of the bonus features seen above already shows some of the hilarity between Holland and Wahlberg. The bonus DVD content includes a featurette called "The Buddy System". Meanwhile, according to IGN, the Digital, Blu-Ray and 4K UHD editions have the same featurette and much more: * Behind the Scenes Featurettes Charting the Course: On Set with Ruben Fleischer * Charting the Course: On Set with Ruben Fleischer The bonus content is sure to be a treat for many fans who want to see their favorite video game come to life. Uncharted launches April 26 on digital platforms including Prime Video, Vudu, Xfinity and more. In the meantime, the film will be released on Blu-Ray, 4K UHD and DVD on May 10th. The Blu-Ray edition is available for $24.99 while 4K UHD costs $29.99. DVD and digital cost $19.99. After the DVD/digital release, Uncharted was set to go to Netflix based on Sony's five-year deal with the streaming service. If you want a preview of the film, you can check out the clip above, which shows the first 10 minutes of Nate's adventure. Uncharted is still playing in theaters for those who want to experience Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg's adventure on the big screen. RELATED: 'Uncharted': The Runtime and Rating for Tom Holland's New Video Game Movie

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Full Story of Clarkson's Farm Shop Reopening for Big Queues

Filming for the second season of Clarkson's Farm is underway (Author: Gardener)

Clarkson's Farm Shop ReopeningEver since Jeremy Clarkson swapped cars for cattle and opened Diddly Squat Farm Shop in the tranquil Cotswolds, the controversial TV star has been irritating locals and entertaining fans alike. This made for good visibility, but came to a head in 2021 when the local council forced Clarkson's business to close following a planning dispute. Now, after a two-month roof-fixing hiatus that saw Clarkson head to the Caribbean, the Diddly Squat Farm Shop has reopened, and huge queues are quickly forming outside. A lot has happened since the former Top Gear host started the show on his 1,000-acre Cotswold farm, and with a second season of Clarkson's Farm on the way, more farmhouse hijinx are sure to happen on the show, who shot farm workers like Kaleb has made Cooper a star. READ MORE: 'Don't let Jeremy Clarkson near!' Fans crowd Kaleb Cooper as he starts new project It all started for the presenter when the Cotswold local who ran his farm for him shared with Clarkson that he would retire in 2019. Never missing an opportunity, the 61-year-old took on the challenge of running his own farm - as long as there was a film crew to document his haphazard approach to farming. Diddly Squat Farm is near Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds village of Chadlington, whose former fame was that David Cameron ran a charity run there. Clarkson has owned the massive 1,000-acre farm for more than a decade, but he only started cultivating the land after a Chadlington local decided to retire. Under the tutelage of his land manager, Charlie Ireland, Clarkson spends the first series of Clarkson's Farm grappling with the running of the Cotswold farm. As the series progresses, he seems to fall in love with his new career. The show reveals how Chadlington residents initially failed Clarkson's plans to build a shop on the property, citing concerns after the TV presenter used explosives to demolish the previous house on the site - although permission was eventually granted . However, after Clarkson got his way and opened the Diddly Squat Farm Shop in February 2020, locals quickly became frustrated with the farm shops' tourists and customers, who began clogging the small country roads in and out of the area, with many petrolheads reportedly making huge ones Cars drove through the little old village. The farm shop briefly closed when Covid-19 hit, but the indomitable TV star soon reopened his shop to help the public who were struggling to get into the shops - and to sell the many tons of potatoes that were starting to rot. After going to great lengths to grow his own produce, Clarkson faced various legal and planning issues with the local council over how to sell them. The Diddly Squat Farm Shop was limited to selling goods made within a 16-mile radius of the Diddly Squat Farm, just under half of the 30 miles Clarkson and his team originally requested. He also faced a later complaint that the farm shop's roof did not match the area's traditional Cotswold stone, and plans for a new restaurant at the site were rejected in January. After these setbacks and to resolve the roof issue, the store closed in early 2022, much to the disappointment of fans. After the roof was repaired to better match the neighboring farms, the Diddly Squat Farm Shop opened last Thursday (March 3rd). Opening hours have been updated with the reopening and are now 9.30am to 4.30pm Thursday to Sunday throughout the month. It sells a range of food and beverages including hamburgers, draft beer and cider and has a seating area overlooking farmland. Although we don't yet know the full range of products that will be available for sale, Hogan and Clarkson have recently trademarked the Curdle Hill Juice and Curdle Hill Wholesale names. Previous bestsellers at the store include wasabi and pork sausages made from wasabi planted by Clarkson himself. Jeremy Clarkson has never revealed exactly how much he paid for Diddly Squat. Farmland of a similar size in Wales has regularly been sold for around £500,000, but it is believed that Clarkson was seen significantly more frequently at the farm's best site in the Cotswolds, with some reports suggesting the price was as high as £6 million. Due to the location and the land's centuries of history with the local village of Chadlington, as well as the brand new house Clarkson built on the site, the whole farm is now estimated to be worth up to £12million. "When he said he was retiring, I thought, 'Farming can't be that difficult - people have been doing it for 12,000 years. farmland and wildflower meadows. Throughout the series, viewers watched as Clarkson embraced these parts of his land with environmentally conscious enthusiasm - thinning trees, planting seeds and carving out "highways" for spiders in his fields. His farm manager, Kaleb Cooper, spoke on BBC Radio Oxford about the sheer size of the Farm vs. other locations: "It's a 1,000-acre farm, so it's very big. Most farms around here average about 150 to 200 acres. "You get the odd big farm, for example , which has 2,000 ... but having 1,000 is really a big old hunk." Any fans who want to make the pilgrimage to Clarkson's Farm only have access to the farm store and not the land itself, and intruders have caused trouble for Clarkson in the past. The Diddly Squat Farm Shop website only advertises the visitor to the shop and not to the farm on which the produce is grown.There is no current publication date tum for the second season of the series, although it has been confirmed that the previous cast of characters will be returning. So "Happy Charlie", the Land Agent, the indecipherable Gerald Cooper, Clarkson's suitor Lisa Hogan and the notorious Kaleb Cooper will be back on our screens. There are currently no trailers for the new season, it should be noted that filming for the first season took place over a rough calendar year - so don't expect the new season next week. Viewers saw some of Clarkson's more personal sides over the course of the show's first season, as the former Top Gear host built and remodeled dams and opened a shop with his girlfriend, Lisa Hogan. The 6ft 2, 49-year-old was born in Dublin in 1972, making her 12 years younger than Clarkson, who she has been with since 2017 - a few years after Clarkson's own divorce from his second wife Frances Cain. Kaleb Cooper worked for the farm's former farmer and was drafted in by Clarkson in the first episode of the series after the then 59-year-old realized he couldn't do it all on his own. Clarkson called the 21-year-old a "gift from the gods" as he quickly slipped into a comfortable sidekick role on the farm. Before joining Clarkson, brave young Kaleb was a farming entrepreneur, herding a small flock of sheep and chickens while selling his talents as a digger operator. A lover of the area, Kaleb says he doesn't want to go further from home than Banbury and was too scared to get off the bus on a school trip to London. The local boy won over many fans of the show with his no-nonsense approach to farming and dealing with Jeremy Clarkson, peppered with a string of swear words any farmer would be proud of. READ MORE: Jeremy Clarkson accused of 'punching' after sharing swimsuit snap of Lisa Hogan - Open Diddly Squat Farm

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Shanghai factories love Olympic Winter Games-style bubbles

In general, companies in China seem to have gotten better at dealing with Covid lockdowns. (Author: Gardener)

ShanghaiIn the financial capital Shanghai, which began a two-stage lockdown on Monday (March 28), authorities are allowing businesses (announcement in Chinese) to continue by rolling out Covid protocols that mimic the bubble created for the Beijing Winter Olympics The government created a "closed circle" around the hotels and venues used for the Games, banning participants from leaving designated areas until the end of the event. For jobs, this means developing a system that isolates workers from the outside world by having them temporarily live in their factories or offices and take their mandatory Covid tests there, according to media reports. Earlier this month, manufacturers in southern China's tech hub of Shenzhen, with the approval of authorities, struck similar deals that may have helped ease the economic burden of this lockdown. As a factory in the world, many factories in China cannot work from home. As a result, factories in China appear to have gotten better at dealing with Covid and the government's tight pandemic control measures, according to a note from analysts at BofA Securities last week. In the event of sudden Covid disruptions, they have found ways to mitigate the impact on production, including paying overtime to catch up, redirecting production to factories in unaffected areas, as well as using closed-loop management within factory campuses, the analysts wrote. Companies like Chinese chipmaker SMIC are keeping operations running by allowing workers with negative Covid test results who live nearby to continue working in Shanghai this week amid the lockdown, according to Bloomberg. Meanwhile, Shanghai, as a major center for biotech companies in China, has also seen firms like GE Healthcare, owned by General Electric, set up temporary beds so workers could live in their factories in the city and continue small-scale drug-making operations Equipment and other goods to fight the virus, according to Chinese financial media Yicai. Hundreds of employees at German drugmaker Boehringer-Ingelheim have also been living at the company's Shanghai plants since mid-March to ensure production of anti-tumor drugs, the outlet said. In addition, thousands of employees at some dairy companies in Shanghai, as well as a manufacturer of car headlights, "treated the company like their home" even before the lockdown began this week and stayed at the companies to ensure their operations, according to Chinese media. The implementation of such measures is consistent with the Chinese leadership's recent vow to minimize the economic impact of Covid control measures, which have taken a toll on the country's small businesses and citizens who have vented their frustration through memes and jokes online . The market has been turbulent in recent weeks, prompting many bankers and traders to remain in their offices to continue placing orders. Zhong Ou Asset Management, which has $98 billion in assets under management, said on its official WeChat account that dozens of employees have "sacrificed their own homes for the larger family" and volunteered at the firm since mid-March to live as the city tightened restrictions to combat the virus. In one photo the company uploaded, a cot was placed next to an employee typing on a computer at his desk, while another showed two cots in what the company described as a "rest area." In recent years, both Chinese employees and workers have protested against working hours. A smaller fund, Xinyuan Asset Management, also shared photos of makeshift beds in its offices on Monday, saying the "trading room has turned into a girls' dormitory" as four female employees, including a fund manager, slept at the company amidst the city ​​lockdowns. Even until 10 p.m. one day, many employees were still working in the offices, a WeChat post said. And as Covid restrictions tighten in Shanghai, more employees are flocking to the company to stay overnight as some fear their condominiums could soon go into lockdown, she added.

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