Sophie Countess of Wessex ‘confident’ as she shares surprising anecdote about the Queen

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, joined the Royal Family when she married the Queen’s son, Prince Edward, 56. Although royals often stay quiet on their lives, Sophie opened up to share a personal story about the Queen. While telling this story, a voice expert explained how the royal “asserted herself” and showed her “confident” side.


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Sophie and Prince Edward have two children together, Lady Louise Windsor, 16, and James, Viscount Severn, 12.

The royals are the grandchildren of the Queen and live near the monarch in Windsor.

They are not often spotted out in public, which could be down to their young age.

During a rare TV interview, Sophie shared a story about her life in the Royal Family.

Speaking to Sky News in 2016, Sophie and Prince Edward opened up about their children’s perception of the Queen.

The Countess revealed their daughter didn’t realise who the Queen was until she started school.

Sophie explained: “I mean Louise had no concept really that the Queen and her grandmother were one and the same person.

“It wasn’t until she was at school that other children were mentioning it and saying, ‘Your gran is the Queen’.

“And she’d come home and say, ‘Mummy they say that Grandmama is the Queen.’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and she said, ‘I don’t understand what they mean.’”

While sharing the story of her daughter, Sophie’s voice gave an insight to her own role in the family.

Analysing the interview, CEO and founder of communications analytics firm gweek, James Bryce explained the royal showed her confidence.

He told “Relaxed, yet composed and alert she makes her points efficiently, and with natural confidence.


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“She asserts herself; she reads her co-speakers well and works out where her most impactful contribution could be.”

At the time, Sophie was being interviewed alongside her husband, Prince Edward.

Although he has been in the limelight for his entire life, the expert explained Sophie was the one that appeared confident and relaxed.

The royal considered what she said before speaking up and was happy to assert herself.

James added: “She is unscripted, unrehearsed yet sufficiently planned in her mind, before she starts to speak.

“She engages with stories, and offers personal examples so that you can empathise with her.

“Her posture is relaxed, yet confident and assertive. She lets you see the real her.”

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Waitrose food recall: Urgent warning issued due to allergy fears – affected item here

Waitrose has given a warning to those who have recently been shopping in stores. It has been discovered that one item contains egg which has not been mentioned on the packaging. This could cause a serious health risk to those who have an allergy.


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Waitrose N°1 Teacakes

Shoppers have been warned over the sweet treats as they contain undeclared egg.

The mix up came as the item was packed with the wrong product which contained the allergen.

The product is not safe for those who have an allergy or intolerance to eggs.

The Food Standards Agency website said: “This product contains egg, making it a possible health risk for anyone with an allergy or intolerance to egg.”

The affected pack is in the size two x units with the best before day of April 7, 2020.

Those who have purchased the item have been urged not to eat it.

Instead, they can contact Waitrose customer service to arrange a refund.

The item can also be returned in store if shoppers are already making an essential trip to a Waitrose store.

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The food item contained soya that was not mentioned on the ingredients list.

Again, this could be dangerous for those with any allergies or an intolerance.

The pack size was two x units with the best before date of April 1, 2020.

Shoppers should contact Waitrose customer service to arrange a refund or return it to the store during an essential shopping trip.

Point-of-sale notices have been placed in stores which give more information about the recall.

No other Waitrose products are thought to be affected.

Recall warnings are not often issued to shoppers but are something that should be taken seriously.

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How to cook grains

In the UK, Britons are about to enter its third week of lockdown with many only leaving home once a day to exercise or buy essential goods such as food and medicine. The three-week lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on March 23.

Mr Johnson said people must now stay at home to step the spread of coronavirus, which has killed more than 3,700 people.

The Prime Minister announced the new tough measures to keep people in their homes in the hope of saving lives and protecting the NHS.

The measures mean many spend all their time at home and have led to Britons up and down the country trying out new recipes.


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How to cook grains

Grains are affordable, have a long shelf-life and are healthy, making it the perfect item to cook during lockdown.

A grain is a small, hard, dry seed, with or without an attached hull or fruit layer.

There are a number of grains including wheat, oats, rice, corn, barley, sorghum, rye, and millet.

How to cook wheat grains

To cook wheat grains, simply bring 2.5 parts water to one part raw wheat grains, to boil.

Rinse the wheat under running water in a colander until the water runs clear, and add to the boiling water.

To boil, cover and simmer for between 45 minutes and an hour, until the grains are tender.

Remove from the heat, drain any excess water, and fluff gently with a fork.

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How to cook rice

You will need one cup basmati rice per serving (75g), a knob of butter or half a tablespoon of oil.

Measure the rice into a cup and level the top, or weigh the amount of servings you want into a jug and note the liquid level it comes up to.

Rinse the rice thoroughly in cold water until the water is clear.

Pour the rice into a pan over a low heat, then add the butter or oil and stir to coat the rice grains.

Add double the amount of water (two cups, or 150ml water for a 75g serving) plus some salt, if you like.

Put a lid on and turn the heat down to as low as possible.

Cook for 10 minutes and do not take the lid off.

Fluff the rice with a fork and serve it straight away.

How to cook oats

Bring water or milk to a boil in a medium saucepan.

Stir in the oats and reduce the heat to low.

Simmer uncovered over low heat and stir occasionally for 25 to 30 minutes or until oats are of desired texture.

How to cook rye

For each cup of rye grain, add four cups of water.

Combine rye berries and water in a pot and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat, cover and simmer until tender, cooking time is around 60 minutes.

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Why People Are Asking Others to Wait to Buy Groceries amid Coronavirus – and Why It Might Be Bad

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More than 3 million Americans filed for unemployment the week of March 21 amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, which has also spurred a surge in requests for food assistance. According to the Los Angeles Times, the third week of March saw over 20,000 more people in California apply for the programs than during the same week in 2019.

As of Wednesday morning, there are at least 189,472 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. — the most worldwide — with at least 3,966 people having died from coronavirus-related illness domestically, according to a New York Times database. Johns Hopkins is reporting 887,067 confirmed cases globally, with 44,264 deaths.

President Donald Trump has extended social distancing guidelines to April 30 in an attempt to continue to “slow the spread” of COVID-19 throughout the U.S., he announced on Sunday. He had previously expressed a desire to reopen the country by Easter.

However, Trump, 73, told reporters on Sunday that his Easter comment “was just an aspiration,” adding that he hopes the U.S. will “be well on our way to recovery” by June 1.

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Fury as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Aldi refuse to let children into supermarkets

Supermarkets have imposed social distancing rules in their supermarkets due to the coronavirus. Shops have imposed two metre rules and are only allowing a certain number of children in shops at a time.


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However, the stores now also seem to be refusing to let children into shops with their parents.

Even single parents have been told their young children would have to wait outside without them.

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Aldi have all been accused of this on Twitter.

Sainsbury’s shoppers wrote: “So when did you decide to stop allowing children into your stores?

“Absolutely disgusted by the security staff and service at Charcot road nw9 store. I was refused entry with my son and security told me to leave my 7yr old outside ALONE! I am a single parent!”

Another said: “If it’s only 1 adult and no children in @asda and @sainsburys then how does my daughter as a single mother shop?”

One ASDA customer wrote: “Was at Asda with my 7y/o this week & was told by security guards that I would be “allowed in this time but next time I’d need to work something else out”! Unfortunately many of us do not have the privilege of leaving our children safe at home.”

“Asda are allowing 1 person only from each household.. I just got turned away with my son. Luckily I could leave him outside if I wanted as he’s old enough. Kinda concerned for the single parents with younger children and no family/support though,” another said.

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An Aldi shopper wrote: “A friend visited @AldiUK this morning & has been told that she has to leave her 4 kids at the front of the store whilst she does her essential food shop. She’s a single mom & has no choice but to take her kids shopping.”

Asda responded on Twitter to claim this was not a policy.

It wrote: “You may have seen posts being shared on social media suggesting that families with children won’t be allowed into our stores. This isn’t the case.”

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A vulnerable man has shared the lifeline that enabled him to finally arrange a delivery.

The government has provided support via a link, and one vulnerable man claims he has finally got a delivery slot after filling in the online form.

After filling in a link on the government website, he found slots at all stores.

He told “The gov posted this link yesterday I filled it out last night this morning I was able to go on to all stores to put order in.”

Where are the earliest slots available for delivery in the UK? 

Asda has sold out on online delivery slots up until April 14. Slots for the following weeks have yet to be released.

The supermarket is urging those who can to come in to store and take up delivery slots others may need more.

Tesco’s next delivery slot is April 14. Like most other retailers is it asking those who are well to come into the store to leave delivery for the elderly, disabled and those more vulnerable to contracting the disease.

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Social Distancing Has Become Too Social

When the coronavirus rapidly began spreading in the U.S., the only thing comforting my sense of panic was the fact that as an introvert, socially distancing myself to keep others safe isn’t so different from my regular day-to-day, pre-COVID-19.

Ah yes, I thought. I can do this. As helpless as I feel sitting around in my Brooklyn studio apartment, I can at least do my part by doing what I do best: cutting down my social activities.

But two weeks into self-isolation, my social life somehow feels way busier than it was before we were all rendered housebound. All of a sudden, everyone wants to FaceTime and have Zoom parties, and Google Hangout sessions. I can’t count the number of times I’ve gotten on FaceTime with friends I haven’t spoken to in years and given a “tour” of my studio (which consists of me spinning in a circle with my phone in my hand, because again, it’s a studio). I’ve even managed to peel off the sticker on my laptop camera, which had been in place since 2015, when I started watching Mr. Robot and made a half-hearted attempt to protect myself from hackers.

For about a week or so, this was great. Fun, even. Isn’t it amazing how technology has made it so that we can feel connected, even during a time of isolation and extreme anxiety? I thought.

Now, as grateful as I am for the virtual happy hours, I’m also starting to feel… overwhelmed. Somehow, social distancing has become too social, with not enough distancing, and I’m starting to miss my quiet time. And it seems like I’m not the only one who feels this way.

Marni Amsellem, PhD, a clinical psychologist at Smart Health Psychology, attributes the uptick in virtual hangouts to a collective need to break out of complete isolation.

“Social isolation is really not healthy for us — I think a lot of people instinctively know that, and are making the effort to reach out,” she says. “It’s a time of forging connections, because your neighbor down the hall is pretty much the same distance as a friend who’s 3,000 miles away.”

Not to mention, Dr. Amsellem points out, many of us have seen drastic changes in our schedules. I’m fortunate enough to still have a job, but that isn’t the case for millions of people in the country right now. And for those who may have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise without work, that means a lot of free time they might be hoping to fill by getting in touch with friends and family. I’m also lucky to be socially isolating on my own, without roommates or family who would render alone time almost completely obsolete — and I don’t have to juggle my full-time job on top of taking on childcare (all my thoughts to introverted parents out there).

“Some people are much busier than usual, whereas others find their day has completely opened up,” Dr. Amsellem says. “It’s about recognizing that not everyone has the same constraints right now — some are feeling very overwhelmed by the schedule changes, others are turning that feeling into action by reaching out. While this is extremely healthy, it can also feel extremely overwhelming if this is more than we’re used to.”

In other words, it’s OK if you find yourself needing some alone time as a consequence of social distance, even if it feels weird to decide to take time off while in isolation. I 100% feel for extroverts who thrive off talking to people, who are now being forced to get creative with how they get their social interaction. But as an introvert, I need time alone to recharge so that I can be an actual empathetic person when I do interact with others, instead of getting snappy because I feel like my energy is all used up. “I have too many friends and family members who want to talk to me all the time” sounds like a privileged complaint, and in my case, it absolutely is — but it’s important to carve out downtime for yourself, even when it seems like all we have is extra time.

“It’s really about understanding what our own saturation levels are, and knowing that it’s OK to decline a call, and to sit out a virtual happy hour if you’re feeling exhausted,” Dr. Amsellem says. “It’s almost like if it were real-life events: You’re not going to go to every single happy hour that comes up, you pick and choose what works for your schedule and needs.”

Obviously, there are ways to decline Zoom hangouts without hurting other people’s feelings. Dr. Amsellem suggests considering the reason for the call. If a friend you haven’t spoken to in months wants to FaceTime but you’re exhausted, politely ask for a rain check for another day. If a group of friends is calling you into a Google Hangout that’s become a weekly occurrence, you can tell them you’re going to sit this one out and catch up with them next week. And if the intimacy of having someone see into your living space and all the dirty dishes you’ve racked up is too much for you, suggest a phone call instead of a video chat. Or, you know, suggest a nice sustained text conversation if that’s more your speed.

There’s a balance to everything, and as we’re all figuring out the best ways to stay connected to each other without driving each other crazy, be gentle with your friends and yourself.

“Keep in mind that most of these [virtual interactions] are going to be positive, so even if it means taking you out of your zone a little, it can definitely be a healthy thing,” Dr. Amsellem says. “Just know your own limits, and what works for you.”

Personally, I will be issuing a moratorium on any phone or video conversations after 9:30 p.m. to really maximize on the alone time that I spend not talking. But you do you — whatever's best for your health, emotionally and physically. 


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Can over 70s go out for exercise?

The coronavirus has killed people of all ages but the elderly and anyone with underlying health conditions are the most at-risk of the illness. The Government has introduced guidelines while the UK is in lockdown to help protect people from catching COVID-19.


Can over 70s go out for exercise?

There are four reasons why people should leave their house in the current lockdown.

They can shop for basic necessities like food and medicine, and this should be done as infrequently as possible.

You can leave your home for medical needs, such as donating blood, providing care or help to a vulnerable person, and to avoid or escape risk of injury.

You’re also allowed to travel for work purposes if you cannot work from home, and you can undertake one form of exercise a day either alone or with members of your household.


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While outside, people are asked to practise social distancing.

This means staying at a distance of two metres or 6ft away from others, and in particular avoiding contact with anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature and/or a persistent cough).

Gatherings of any size in public spaces are to be avoided. This measure led to the closing of social venues like pubs and restaurants because the infection spreads easily in closed spaces where people get together.

Contacting a GP should be done via telephone or online services and people should avoid meetings with friends and family.

The Government advice states: “We strongly advise you to follow these measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you are over 70 (regardless of medical conditions).”

If over 70, you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors if you stay more than two metres or 6ft away from others.

Exercise is important not only to physical wellbeing but also for a person’s mental health.

There are ideas for exercises you can do at home on the NHS website.

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The Government’s health advice says: “Understandably, you may find that social distancing can be boring or frustrating.

“You may find your mood and feelings are affected and you may feel low, worried or have problems sleeping and you might miss being outside with other people.

“At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse.

“There are simple things you can do that may help, to stay mentally and physically active during this time.”

These include exercising at home and spending time doing things you enjoy like reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to the radio or watching TV.

The health advice says people should try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs.

Keeping windows open to let in fresh air, getting some natural sunlight if possible, or going outside into the garden if you have one are also advised.

The Government says: “We know that staying at home for a prolonged period can be difficult, frustrating and lonely for some people and that you or other household members may feel low.

“It can be particularly challenging if you don’t have much space or access to a garden.

“It’s important to remember to take care of your mind as well as your body and to get support if you need it. Stay in touch with family and friends over the phone or on social media.

“There are also sources of support and information that can help, such as the Every Mind Matters website.”

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Clocks Change 2020: What time do the clocks go forward tonight? Do we get less sleep?

The UK is in a state of lockdown meaning the country is in uncertain times. As the sunnier spring weather arrived this week, people found it difficult to remain at home to save lives. But for those hoping to spend their first weekend in lockdown getting some extra sleep, what time do the clocks change and does that mean you will get more or less sleep?

When do the clocks change?

In the UK, the clocks go forward one hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March.

This means, the clocks will go forward from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to British Summer Time (BST) on March 29 this year.

This means at 1am on Sunday, the time will automatically change to 2am.


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Every spring, this means Britons lose one hour of sleep.

Gaining or losing an hour of sleep can impact your sleep pattern for around five to seven days.

Those deprived of sleep may struggle with memory, learning, social interactions and overall cognitive performance.

People complain the change of clocks is disruptive to their routines and sleeping patterns.

However, others argue the change allows for the daylight hours to be better suited to their schedules and allow them to enjoy lighter evenings.

How to counteract the effects of losing one hour of sleep?

To help adjust to the schedule you should try to keep to your normal routine by being consistent with eating, socialising, bedtime and exercise.

Exposing yourself to bright light in the morning can also help you to adjust.

Where possible you should avoid long naps as they can make you sluggish.

Additionally, you should be sure to avoid coffee and alcohol as it can affect the quality of your sleep.


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Why do the clocks change?

The clocks in the UK change twice a year to make better use of daylight.

When the time moves to BST, the country essentially moves an hour of daylight in the mornings to the evenings.

Whereas, in winter, the clock change means there is more daylight in the mornings and less in the evenings.

The clock change was first introduced in 1916.

A campaign had been launched by William Willett in 1907 petitioning people to make better use of light in the summer months.

He outlined how Brits could get an earlier sunrise and earlier sunset by putting the clocks back in winter.

In a pamphlet called The Waste of Daylight, Mr Willett suggested clocks should be advanced by 80 minutes over four stages in April, and reversed the same way in September.

Will your phone automatically change to the new time?

If you have an iPhone and your date and time option is set automatically, your clocks will change of their own accord at 1am on Sunday.

Other smartphones should also be changed automatically by your network operators.

However, if you have a do have a phone where you automatically input your date and time, you will need to adjust this in the morning.

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Gardening tips: How to kill weeds in grass

Across the UK, the weather has been brightening up, with sunny skies for most of the country. With Britain on lockdown to fight the spread of coronavirus, many of us may turn to our gardens as an outlet.

Whether it’s mowing the lawn, finally getting round to planting some seeds or just general gardening, being on lockdown may be the perfect time to get the garden looking spic and span.

With advice being to remain at home where possible, and only go shopping for essentials, buying things for the garden might be a struggle.

However, many sites are still running delivery services, so for any tools, plants or furniture turning to Google might be the answer.

Sites like Amazon are offering delivery, as are Homebase and Garden Store Online.

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How to kill weeds in grass

One of the banes of all gardeners is the untidiness, destructiveness and rapidity of weeds.

A weed is known as “a plant in the wrong place” and in general, these plants are known more for their undesirable qualities rather than for their good ones.

Weeds are competitive, fighting your garden plants or lawn grass for water, light, nutrients and space.

Most are quick growers and will take over many of the areas in which you find them.

Unsightly weeds can pop up anywhere, but if you want to remove them from your grass, Homebase has some tips for how.

Option 1: Remove weeds using specialist tools

Homebase recommends using a tool called a Fiskars Weed Puller for easy removal of weeds.

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The Fiskars weed puller takes three steps to remove weeds such as dandelions from your lawn.

Simply, step, pull and eject to remove the unwanted plant from the roots.

This tool makes hard work easy by eliminating all digging and bending reducing any strain on your body.

You can get a Fiskars weed puller from Homebase, or on Amazon.

Option 2: Use a weed treatment

If your lawn contains lots of weeds then applying a lawn weedkiller can help. There are two types of product available.

Selective Lawn Weedkillers: These treatments are ideal if you have small areas of weeds in your lawn because they target just the broadleaved weeds without damaging the surrounding grass.

They are available in either a ready to use spray or as a liquid concentrate that needs diluting in a watering can or pressure sprayer before use.

Triple Action Lawn Treatments: If you have weeds all over your lawn, these treatments are ideal as they are best applied to the whole lawn area.

Not only will they target broadleaved weeds in your lawn without damaging the surrounding grass but they will also feed the lawn and kill off any moss.

They are available as ready-to-use granules that can be applied by hand, or for faster and more accurate application use a wheeled lawn spreader.

Again, a simple search for either of these weed killers on Homebase or Amazon’s websites will give you a range of options – all without needing to leave your home.

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Martin Lewis gives urgent advice as Britons clear bank accounts: ‘The rules are simple’

Martin Lewis appeared via livestream to speak to presenters on Good Morning Britain. He answered the question: “Is our money safe in our banks?”


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The viewer claimed to know people who had cleared their bank accounts out.

Martin said: “Things are certainly safer in your bank than they are being held in your home, where any home insurance is protecting you, you usually get up to £1,000 in protection.”

There are protections in place for money in banks far higher than the £1,000 insurance pay out.

Martin went on: “Rules in the UK are simple. UK regulated savings accounts, which almost every single one that anybody’s heard of are, you are protected up to £85,000 per person, per financial institution.

“That is backed up by the government who I would be very surprised to see let a bank go bust at the moment because it’s so crucial.

“Even if it did, they would probably move the savings pot.

“If the state went bust, well we’d all have a bigger problem with our savings so I would suggest up to £85,000 in any financial institution you are safe yes.”

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