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Newly knighted Captain Sir Tom Moore today said that being presented with the honour by the Queen was ‘absolutely amazing’ as he praised the monarch as ‘the kindest person you could ever wish to meet’. 

The national hero, 100, was personally thanked by the Queen for raising more than £32 million for the NHS during a unique open-air ceremony on Windsor Castle quadrangle. 

Describing the moment today, he told Good Morning Britain: ‘It was absolutely amazing. I’ve never ever had such a time in all my life as to be there speaking to the Queen, who is such a delightful person.

‘When she tapped me on the shoulder with the sword which had been her father’s she did it so gently. She was the kindest person you could ever wish to meet.’

Her Majesty beamed as she bestowed the honour upon the 100-year-old veteran during the unprecedented ceremony

Her Majesty beamed as she bestowed the honour upon the 100-year-old veteran during the unprecedented ceremony

Her Majesty beamed as she bestowed the honour upon the 100-year-old veteran during the unprecedented ceremony

The Second World War veteran’s extraordinary year was capped as Her Majesty dubbed him a knight with her father, George VI’s sword, in a unique ceremony on Friday held outside for the first time ever to lower the risk of spreading coronavirus.

The Queen has been shielding at her Berkshire home for much of the lockdown with the Duke of Edinburgh, and the event was her first face-to-face royal engagement with a member of the public since March. 

She spoke to Sir Tom briefly and then the family gathered around for a chat with her too.

Asked by GMB’s Kate Garraway if the monarch discussed his achievements, Sir Tom said: ‘Yes I think she did because she looked around at all of us and said we had all done so well. 

‘It was an absolute honour to be able to speak to the Queen so close, although we had to keep our distance of course. It was a delightful time for me.’ 

Her Majesty left her granddaughter Prince Beatrice’s wedding to stage the rare outdoor investiture, with her arrival announced by the sound of bagpipes played by the Queen’s Piper, Pipe Major Richard Grisdale, of The Royal Regiment of Scotland.

Captain Tom was joined for tea on the day by his family, including including his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore (second from right), son-in-law Colin Ingram-Moore (right), and grandson Benjie (left) and granddaughter Georgia (second left)

Captain Tom was joined for tea on the day by his family, including including his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore (second from right), son-in-law Colin Ingram-Moore (right), and grandson Benjie (left) and granddaughter Georgia (second left)

Captain Tom was joined for tea on the day by his family, including including his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore (second from right), son-in-law Colin Ingram-Moore (right), and grandson Benjie (left) and granddaughter Georgia (second left)

He is pictured today with his family during an interview on Good Morning Britain from his home in Berkshire

He is pictured today with his family during an interview on Good Morning Britain from his home in Berkshire

He is pictured today with his family during an interview on Good Morning Britain from his home in Berkshire 

Sir Tom had set out to raise £1,000 by walking 100 laps of his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire before his 100th birthday on April 30.

But his efforts struck a chord with national feeling, and praise and donations flooded in, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson saying the veteran ‘provided us all with a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus’ and recommended he be knighted.

The Queen appeared to warm to Sir Tom, who is from the same wartime generation as the monarch, and his family, daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, son-in-law Colin Ingram, grandson Benjie and granddaughter Georgia.

During the ceremony the monarch was heard telling Sir Tom: ‘Thank you so much, an amazing amount of money you raised.’

Before the ceremony, he joked as he left his Bedfordshire home: ‘If I kneel down I’ll never get up again.’

He said on Saturday that despite his new title from Her Majesty, he would still like to be known as Captain Tom, rather than Sir Tom.

‘I’m still Captain Tom,’ he told BBC Breakfast. ‘I think that’s the easy one. People will be able to remember, so just straight forward Captain Tom, or if we get a bit closer, just Tom.’

ITV later revealed that Sir Tom had been offered the chance to have tea with the Queen at Windsor Castle, but politely declined as he was already due to meet with his family at a local hotel. 

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Melbourne teenager Isabella Gerace shares clever trick for turning grapes into alcoholic treats

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A woman has turned grapes into sugary, alcohol-laced treats in a TikTok video which people are calling the ‘best thing’ they’ve ever seen.

The clip, which was posted on Sunday by Australian teenager Isabella Gerace, opens with a plate of green grapes and a bottle of vodka.

The 19-year-old from Melbourne injects vodka into a grape with a syringe, then dips the fruit in a liquid syrup made from sugar and water and leaves it to harden before eating it like a sweet.

‘Blow this up!!! It’s my first TikTok,’ Ms Gerace wrote in the caption.

And people swiftly obliged, taking the video to 370,000 views since it was shared three days ago.

A viral video on TikTok shows a Melbourne teenager injecting vodka into a grape

A viral video on TikTok shows a Melbourne teenager injecting vodka into a grape

Then rolling it around in liquid sugar syrup, turning it into a booze-soaked sweet

Then rolling it around in liquid sugar syrup, turning it into a booze-soaked sweet

A viral video on TikTok shows a Melbourne teenager injecting vodka into a grape (left) and rolling it around in liquid sugar syrup, turning it into a booze-soaked sweet

It also drew hundreds of amazed responses with comments including ‘yes!’, ‘omg this is awesome’ and ‘okay wow’.

‘Nah this is the best thing I’ve seen!’ one woman said. 

Many said they planned to try the trick on different fruits like strawberries, blueberries and watermelon. 

Others tagged their friends suggesting they make the vodka-infused grapes for their next night out.

And it’s not the first home hack for turning food into booze-filled treats doing the rounds on social media in 2020.

The video was uploaded by Melbourne woman Isabella Gerace (pictured)

The video was uploaded by Melbourne woman Isabella Gerace (pictured)

The video was uploaded by Melbourne woman Isabella Gerace (pictured)

Viewers called the trick, which turns grapes into alcoholic sugar sweets (pictured), the 'best thing' they've ever seen

Viewers called the trick, which turns grapes into alcoholic sugar sweets (pictured), the 'best thing' they've ever seen

Viewers called the trick, which turns grapes into alcoholic sugar sweets (pictured), the ‘best thing’ they’ve ever seen

In June, Australian vlogger Naomi Hansen posted a 10-second clip showing viewers how to make alcoholic ice blocks at home in seconds.

In it, she cuts cuts the tip off a thawed Zooper Dooper then pours a shot of vodka into the orange syrup.

After letting it settle, she seals the top by clamping a hot hair straightener over the plastic.

‘Mother questions why she didn’t think of this when she was younger,’ Ms Hansen captioned the video, which has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times since it was posted on May 18.

Viewers pointed out that adding vodka will stop the blocks from freezing because it freezes at a lower temperature than water and other types of alcohol which standard freezers cannot reach. 

The freezing point of vodka is -26.95 degrees Celsius, while the temperature of most home freezers is around -17 C.

But people who had already tried the trick confirmed the blocks ‘actually do freeze’ provided you only mix a small amount of vodka into the syrup.

‘They’ll [go] slushy, which is actually a really good texture for this,’ one person said.

After pouring the vodka and letting it settle

After pouring the vodka and letting it settle

Ms Hansen sealed the plastic by clamping it with a hot hair straightener

Ms Hansen sealed the plastic by clamping it with a hot hair straightener

After pouring the vodka (left) and letting it settle, Ms Hansen sealed the plastic by clamping it with a hot hair straightener (right)

‘Well there’s more Zooper Dooper than alcohol so it’ll work, trust,’ said another. 

Others were skeptical that the heat of the straightener would instantly melt the plastic, but Ms Hansen said ‘that’s what seals it together’.

‘I can’t believe I never thought of that!’ a man replied.

One young woman asked why Ms Hansen was sharing a secret that her friends have been using for years.

Boxes of eight Zooper Doopers are available in leading supermarkets like Coles and Woolworths for $5.80.

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Trump hugs his adoring grandchildren after they attend his rally in Pittsburgh

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President Trump spent Tuesday night tough-talking at a raucous rally in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 

But the Commander-in-chief showed a softer side straight after leaving the stage. 

The 74-year-old was photographed hugging his adoring grandchildren Arabella Kushner, nine, and Joseph Kushner,six, as he made his way back to Air Force One. 

Despite taunting Joe Biden and boasting about his first-term achievements up at the podium, the President looked just like any other grandfather as he enjoyed the precious moment. 

Arabella and Joseph had joined their parents, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, to attend Tuesday night’s rally, which was jam packed with more than 1,000 supporters.  

President Trump was seen embracing his adoring granddaughter Arabella Trump following his rally in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night

President Trump was seen embracing his adoring granddaughter Arabella Trump following his rally in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night

President Trump was seen embracing his adoring granddaughter Arabella Trump following his rally in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night 

The Commander-in-chief also gave a hug to his six-year-old grandson Joseph as he made his way to Air Force One

The Commander-in-chief also gave a hug to his six-year-old grandson Joseph as he made his way to Air Force One

The Commander-in-chief also gave a hug to his six-year-old grandson Joseph as he made his way to Air Force One 

The President appeared triumphant as he was cheered on by daughter Ivanka following his rally

The President appeared triumphant as he was cheered on by daughter Ivanka following his rally

The President appeared triumphant as he was cheered on by daughter Ivanka following his rally 

Making memories! Jared and Ivanka appeared to be eager to introduce their eldest children to the rough and tumble of politics by bringing them along for the quick campaign trip. Arabella was seen snapping some previous moments on her iPhone

Making memories! Jared and Ivanka appeared to be eager to introduce their eldest children to the rough and tumble of politics by bringing them along for the quick campaign trip. Arabella was seen snapping some previous moments on her iPhone

Making memories! Jared and Ivanka appeared to be eager to introduce their eldest children to the rough and tumble of politics by bringing them along for the quick campaign trip. Arabella was seen snapping some previous moments on her iPhone 

The foursome were seen on the tarmac in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The youngest member of the family, three-year-old Theodore, appeared to have stayed behind back in Washington, D.C.

The foursome were seen on the tarmac in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The youngest member of the family, three-year-old Theodore, appeared to have stayed behind back in Washington, D.C.

The foursome were seen on the tarmac in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The youngest member of the family, three-year-old Theodore, appeared to have stayed behind back in Washington, D.C. 

The President shared a sweet moment with two of his grandchildren on Tuesday evening

The President shared a sweet moment with two of his grandchildren on Tuesday evening

Joseph looked every inch his dad Jared's mini-me

Joseph looked every inch his dad Jared's mini-me

The President shared a sweet moment with two of his grandchildren on Tuesday evening

While Jared stayed behind-the-scenes, Ivanka strutted across the stage after being introduced to cheering fans by her father.  

The First Daughter looked chic in a beige coat and bright red turtleneck, as she waved to the crowds and sported a beaming smile. 

It appeared Jared was also in an upbeat mood, seen grinning after his father-in-law’s hour-long stump speech. 

The political couple have much to smile about, as it appears all-but-certain Trump has the numbers to push through a new Supreme Court justice before the November 3 election. 

While Jared stayed behind-the-scenes, Ivanka strutted across the stage after being introduced to cheering fans by her father

While Jared stayed behind-the-scenes, Ivanka strutted across the stage after being introduced to cheering fans by her father

 While Jared stayed behind-the-scenes, Ivanka strutted across the stage after being introduced to cheering fans by her father

The First Daughter looked chic in a beige coat and bright red turtleneck, as she waved to the crowds and sported a beaming smile

The First Daughter looked chic in a beige coat and bright red turtleneck, as she waved to the crowds and sported a beaming smile

The First Daughter looked chic in a beige coat and bright red turtleneck, as she waved to the crowds and sported a beaming smile

During his hour-long stump speech, Trump taunted Joe Biden and boasted about his first-term achievements as the crowd cheered

During his hour-long stump speech, Trump taunted Joe Biden and boasted about his first-term achievements as the crowd cheered

During his hour-long stump speech, Trump taunted Joe Biden and boasted about his first-term achievements as the crowd cheered 

Jared and Ivanka – who both serve as Senior Advisers to the President – appeared to be eager to introduce their eldest children to the rough and tumble of politics by bringing them along for the quick campaign trip. 

Arabella was seen whipping out her iPhone to record her grandfather’s speech, before she snapped pictures of him surrounding by his Secret Service detail.  

Earlier in the afternoon, Jared and Ivanka were photographed walking along the White House lawn with Arabella and Joseph before they flew out of the nation’s capitol bound for Pittsburgh. 

The couple’s youngest son, three-year-old Theodore, did not appear to be present on the journey to board a plane 

Late night! Ivanka is seen arriving back in D.C. with Arabella and Joseph late on Tuesday night

Late night! Ivanka is seen arriving back in D.C. with Arabella and Joseph late on Tuesday night

Late night! Ivanka is seen arriving back in D.C. with Arabella and Joseph late on Tuesday night

Earlier in the afternoon, Jared and Ivanka were photographed walking along the White House lawn with Arabella and Joseph before they flew out of the nation's capitol bound for Pittsburgh

Earlier in the afternoon, Jared and Ivanka were photographed walking along the White House lawn with Arabella and Joseph before they flew out of the nation's capitol bound for Pittsburgh

Earlier in the afternoon, Jared and Ivanka were photographed walking along the White House lawn with Arabella and Joseph before they flew out of the nation’s capitol bound for Pittsburgh

The family were all immaculately dressed as they made their way across the tarmac in Pittsburgh in the autumn sunshine

The family were all immaculately dressed as they made their way across the tarmac in Pittsburgh in the autumn sunshine

The family were all immaculately dressed as they made their way across the tarmac in Pittsburgh in the autumn sunshine 

During his appearance in Pittsburgh, Trump took aim at Presidential rival Joe Biden, saying he would destroy Pennsylvania’s energy industry because he will be pressured by the ‘radical left’ and their plans for a Green New Deal. 

He also mocked Biden for wearing a face mask, and made a joke about the Democrat nominee’s alleged plastic surgery. 

Elsewhere, the Commander-in-chief also professed his love for fracking and the police, before he mocked Elizabeth Warren over her claims that she had Native American ancestry. 

During his appearance in Pittsburgh, Trump took aim at Presidential rival Joe Biden, saying he would destroy Pennsylvania's energy industry because he will be pressured by the 'radical left' and their plans for a Green New Deal

During his appearance in Pittsburgh, Trump took aim at Presidential rival Joe Biden, saying he would destroy Pennsylvania's energy industry because he will be pressured by the 'radical left' and their plans for a Green New Deal

During his appearance in Pittsburgh, Trump took aim at Presidential rival Joe Biden, saying he would destroy Pennsylvania’s energy industry because he will be pressured by the ‘radical left’ and their plans for a Green New Deal

Trump mocked Biden for wearing a face mask, and made a joke about the Democrat nominee's alleged plastic surgery

Trump mocked Biden for wearing a face mask, and made a joke about the Democrat nominee's alleged plastic surgery

Trump mocked Biden for wearing a face mask, and made a joke about the Democrat nominee’s alleged plastic surgery

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Brexit border chaos warning with 7,000-truck-long queues in Kent in letter from Michael Gove

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Michael Gove has warned of Brexit border chaos, with queues of up to 7,000 trucks in Kent and two-day trade delays in a ‘worst case scanario’ letter to the freight industry.

The Minister for the Cabinet Office, who is responsible for no-deal planning, has written to logistics groups with the Government’s ‘reasonable worst-case scenario’ planning, which warns of possible two-day delays for cargo travelling to France in January.

Mr Gove is due to outline the scenario work, which the Cabinet Office stressed is not a forecast, in the Commons later today.

Michael Gove has warned hauliers that up to 7,000 lorries could be queuing from Channel ports such as Dover, pictured last Wednesday, at the end of the Brexit transition period

Michael Gove has warned hauliers that up to 7,000 lorries could be queuing from Channel ports such as Dover, pictured last Wednesday, at the end of the Brexit transition period

Michael Gove has warned hauliers that up to 7,000 lorries could be queuing from Channel ports such as Dover, pictured last Wednesday, at the end of the Brexit transition period

It comes as the European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier prepares to travel to London for further informal talks with his counterpart Lord Frost as efforts continue to strike a post-Brexit trade deal.

But in the document sent to logistics associations, which has been seen by PA news agency, Mr Gove warned that changes were coming with or without a deal.

The transition period, which kept the UK aligned to the EU’s single market and customs union rules to allow trade to flow smoothly after Brexit, expires at the end of the year unless both sides agree to an extension – something Boris Johnson has ruled out.

The Cabinet Office document states that, in its reasonable worst-case scenario, between 30-50% of trucks crossing the Channel will not be ready for the new regulations coming into force on January 1 2021, while a ‘lack of capacity to hold unready trucks at French ports’ could reduce the flow of traffic across the strait to 60-80% of normal levels.

In a letter to the freight industry, Mr Gove, pictured on Tuesday, said: 'It is essential that traders act now and get ready for new formalities'

In a letter to the freight industry, Mr Gove, pictured on Tuesday, said: 'It is essential that traders act now and get ready for new formalities'

In a letter to the freight industry, Mr Gove, pictured on Tuesday, said: ‘It is essential that traders act now and get ready for new formalities’ 

‘This could lead to maximum queues of 7,000 port bound trucks in Kent and associated maximum delays of up to two days,’ the documents said.

Such delays could be in place for at least three months, hauliers have been warned, as alternative routes are sought and supply chains get to grips with the new systems and requirements.

In his letter, Mr Gove said: ‘Irrespective of the outcome of negotiations between the UK and EU, traders will face new customs controls and processes.

‘Simply put, if traders, both in the UK and EU, have not completed the right paperwork, their goods will be stopped when entering the EU and disruption will occur.

‘It is essential that traders act now and get ready for new formalities.’

But sector chiefs have accused the Government of failing to do enough in recent weeks over the threat of post-Brexit border delays.

Logistics UK, formerly the Freight Transport Association, was seething last week after being told the Government’s Smart Freight system – designed to reduce the risk of cargo delays once Britain is outside of EU rules – would still be in testing mode in January when British exports face new border regulations.

The Road Haulage Association (RHA), meanwhile, said their meeting on Thursday with Mr Gove had fallen ‘far short of our expectations’.

Responding to the worst-case scenario document, RHA chief executive Richard Burnett said: ‘We’ve been consistently warning the Government that there will be delays at ports but they’re just not engaging with industry on coming up with solutions.

Local measures such as Dover TAP and Operation Stack will likely be enforced to cope with a backlog of lorries post-Breixt

Local measures such as Dover TAP and Operation Stack will likely be enforced to cope with a backlog of lorries post-Breixt

Local measures such as Dover TAP and Operation Stack will likely be enforced to cope with a backlog of lorries post-Breixt

‘Traders need 50,000 more customs intermediaries to handle the mountain of new paperwork after transition but Government support to recruit and train those extra people is woefully inadequate.

‘The answers to the questions that we raised in our letter to Mr Gove and subsequent roundtable meeting last Thursday still remain unanswered – and our concern continues to grow.’

There has been reported action by Government to mitigate the impact around Dover and the south-east ports, however.

There was a suggestion this month a coronavirus testing centre in Ebbsfleet, Kent, was closed to make way for a post-Brexit lorry park to allow customs checks away to be carried out away from the Port of Dover.

A UK Government spokesman said: ‘With just 100 days to go until the end of the transition period it’s vital that businesses prepare now for new rules that will come into force at the end of the year, so that they can hit the ground running on January 1 2021 and seize new opportunities.

‘As a responsible Government we continue to make extensive preparations for a wide range of scenarios, including the reasonable worst case.

‘This is not a forecast or prediction of what will happen but rather a stretching scenario.’

The leaked letter comes as a think tank said failure to reach an agreement with the EU in post-Brexit trade talks could hit Britain’s economy three times harder in the long term than coronavirus.

Queues at the border, shortages of fresh food and medicine as well as more ‘hassle’ travelling to the continent are also possible, according to the UK in a Changing Europe group.

A report by the organisation, based on modelling with the London School of Economics (LSE), said the impacts of coronavirus may mitigate or obscure the effect of a no-deal exit.

But it warned that not forming an agreement with Brussels would have a significant impact in the long term.

The authors wrote: ‘Our modelling with LSE of the impact of a no-deal Brexit suggests that the total cost to the UK economy over the longer term will be two to three times as large as that implied by the Bank of England’s forecast for the impact of Covid-19.’

Trade deal talks between the two sides are continuing, but the Prime Minister has set a deadline of October 15 for an agreement to be reached, otherwise he has said he will simply walk away from the negotiating table.

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