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‘Sex or my family?’ Brits face tough choices over who to form their support bubble with 

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Britons have shared the tough choice they have been left with over Boris Johnson’s new relaxation on the social distancing rules after he gave the green light for two households to merge into ‘support bubbles’. 

Social media across the country discussed their frustrations with the new rules after the Prime Minister announced that people who live in two separate homes would be allowed to interact with each as though they were one household.

The dilemma has left many scratching their heads over whether they would prefer to meet with their family or instead merge with a romantic partner for sex.

Taking to Twitter to voice their confusion with the new guidelines, one user, Jo Humphry, said: ‘How do I tell my family I choose a loved one to have sex with over them?’

Britons have been left scratching their heads after it was revealed that those living alone can reunite with their families again inside their homes, or have sex with other people again, but not both. (Stock image)

Britons have been left scratching their heads after it was revealed that those living alone can reunite with their families again inside their homes, or have sex with other people again, but not both. (Stock image)

Britons have been left scratching their heads after it was revealed that those living alone can reunite with their families again inside their homes, or have sex with other people again, but not both. (Stock image)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) announced that single people in households are now allowed to visit one other home under new lockdown rules.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) announced that single people in households are now allowed to visit one other home under new lockdown rules.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) announced that single people in households are now allowed to visit one other home under new lockdown rules.

While another person, Garry Walsh, wrote: ‘Funny enough, I’ve just had this conversation with my girlfriend. She’s got to choose her mum of me.’

Another disgruntled user wrote:   ‘As a single adult living alone I get to pick a social bubble. Sex or family?’

One person posted: ‘Now is the time to find out who my Mums favourite child is… out of me and my 2 sisters who will she choose to form a social bubble with???’ 

Meanwhile one Twitter user wrote: ‘Boris saying a single person can have a support bubble with one other household, so now decisions have to be made… who do you love the most? 

‘You can only have one bubble and you have to hope they choose you! Time to start offending the others you don’t choose.’ 

Elsewhere, others poked fun at the dilemma Britons across the country were now facing, with one social media user tweeting an image of the reality show Love Island- a game show that requires contestants to choose between love interests.

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Social media users took to Twitter to share their dilemma with the new guidelines introduced by the Prime Minister

Social media users took to Twitter to share their dilemma with the new guidelines introduced by the Prime Minister

Social media users took to Twitter to share their dilemma with the new guidelines introduced by the Prime Minister

Under the new rules  those creating a ‘support bubble’ can step inside somebody’s house, stay the night and do not have to conform to the two-metre social distancing rule. However, only one separate household can be chosen and this cannot be changed.      

It means couples who live apart are able to meet up for the first time since lockdown began – providing one of them lives alone – while single people are able to have sex again as long as one of them does not live with anyone else.

The rule also allows certain families to be reunited again, as elderly people living on their own can be visited by families. However, grandparents cannot see their grandchildren if there is more than one adult in each house.  

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Some Britons poked fun at the dilemma that hundreds were now facing, with some comparing it to reality television

Some Britons poked fun at the dilemma that hundreds were now facing, with some comparing it to reality television

Some Britons poked fun at the dilemma that hundreds were now facing, with some comparing it to reality television

However, a YouGov poll taken at the end of May revealed that the majority of Britons would choose seeing family over friends if they were forced into social bubbles.

54 per cent of adults (18+) said they would use the opportunity to see family members, with 24 per cent choosing friends over family. 

18-24-year-olds are most keen to choose friends (43 per cent) over family (33 per cent), while 66 per cent of over 65s would see family. 

A YouGov poll taken at the end of May revealed 54 per cent of Britons would choose family over friends in social bubble scenarios, but 43 per cent of 18-24-year-olds would prefer to see their friends over family members

A YouGov poll taken at the end of May revealed 54 per cent of Britons would choose family over friends in social bubble scenarios, but 43 per cent of 18-24-year-olds would prefer to see their friends over family members

A YouGov poll taken at the end of May revealed 54 per cent of Britons would choose family over friends in social bubble scenarios, but 43 per cent of 18-24-year-olds would prefer to see their friends over family members

Can I be in a support bubble?

Not everyone will be able to be in a ‘support bubble’ under the plans set out on Wednesday evening.

They are designed to allow the most lonely and isolated people to have more social contact with friends or family.

It is mainly geared towards the elderly and those who live alone who lack social contact under the lockdown. But the rules will also allow some couples who live apart to spend the night together.

Here are how some people will be affected:

I’m a grandparent and I live with my spouse, can I see my young grandchildren?

Sadly no. The support bubble must contain one person who lives alone. Widowers, widows and divorced grandparents, as long as they lived alone, would be allowed to see their grandchildren.

I live at home with my parents but my boyfriend has his own flat and he lives along, can I stay over?

Yes you can. He can also come to stay at your house with you if you want.

I have my own place but my partner lives in a shared flat, can I see her?

It depends. The flat share can only join one other household. So if several people live in the flatshare and know individuals who live alone – whether they be a friend, partner, parent, or grandparent – they will have to decide which other house they join. They cannot join multiple households, just one.

The houseshare cannot act as a ‘hub’ bubble like the spoke of a wheel with each flatmate in a different bubble with their friend/partner/parent/grandparent etc…

I‘m a single mum with three small kids and a full-time job. My friend is in a similar position and we are both struggling, can we share childcare?

Yes. If you are both single parents living only with your children you can form one bubble between you. So one of you can look after the children while the other works, even in different houses.

Can households form more than one bubble?

No. The arrangement must be exclusive with no switching of bubble partners.

Will people have to formally register these bubble arrangements?

No, it will be taken on trust. No 10 says the public has shown “great responsibility” in following the social distancing rules so far.

Is there any limit on the distance between households in a bubble?

Again no, although officials are suggesting people should try to “stay local” where possible.

What about vulnerable people who are shielding due to their age or health problems?

At the moment, officials say it is too soon for them to be able to join support bubbles.

What about parents who are separated but who currently share childcare with the children moving between the two households?

That will continue. If the parents are the only adult in the household they can form a bubble with another household – meaning the children could potentially be in two bubbles, one for each parent.

What happens if someone in a bubble develops coronavirus symptoms?

All members of both households in the bubble must self-isolate for 14 days.

 

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JK Rowling offers rare insight into her marriage to husband Neil Murray

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JK Rowling has offered a rare insight into her 19-year marriage to husband Neil Murray while discussing her favourite and most memorable songs.

The author, 55, who married Neil in 2001 and shares two children with him, shared an anecdote during the Tracks Of My Years segment on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show.

While listing some of the songs that have touched her life, Rowling said that she thought Bill Withers’ love song Ain’t No Sunshine was ‘beautiful’.

Touching: JK Rowling has offered a rare insight into her 19-year marriage to husband Neil Murray while discussing her favourite and most memorable songs

Touching: JK Rowling has offered a rare insight into her 19-year marriage to husband Neil Murray while discussing her favourite and most memorable songs

Touching: JK Rowling has offered a rare insight into her 19-year marriage to husband Neil Murray while discussing her favourite and most memorable songs

Explaining her choice for the track, she revealed that her husband told her the song reminds her of how he feels when she is away with work.     

She said: ‘Well I think of all the love songs written, this might be my favourite. It’s such a beautiful, simple sentiment, but I have an additional reason for choosing it, which is that it took lockdown for my husband to say to me… 

‘I was playing it in the kitchen while cooking something; he walked in, he said, “This always makes me think of you when you’re down in London” and that was a very moving marital moment so now it has an extra layer of meaning for me. 

Discussing her lockdown experience, she admitted she has had a ‘special time’ spending time with her husband and their teenage kids. 

Insight: The author, 55, who married Neil in 2001 and shares two children with him, shared an anecdote during the Tracks Of My Years segment on Ken Bruce's Radio 2 show

Insight: The author, 55, who married Neil in 2001 and shares two children with him, shared an anecdote during the Tracks Of My Years segment on Ken Bruce's Radio 2 show

Insight: The author, 55, who married Neil in 2001 and shares two children with him, shared an anecdote during the Tracks Of My Years segment on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show

She said: ‘Well, I hope that all listeners have had the happy experience that I’ve had of it being quite a special time. We also have teenage kids and it’s been kind of wonderful to spend that extra time with them.’

JK shares children Mackenzie, 15, and David, 17, with Neil, while she is also mother to Jessica, 27, from her previous marriage to Jorge Arantes.

Elsewhere during the interview, JK said Jimi Hendrix’s All Along The Watchtower detailed playing the song after a particularly bad break-up.

However she revealed the reason she loved the song is because she was in awe of how successful Hendrix was at such a young age [27]. 

Explaining her reasoning, she said: ‘It’s just extraordinary that people produce work of that quality when they’re so young… I think the thing I admire most is having the confidence because I had the idea for Harry Potter when I was 25 and I’d done a lot of writing before then, but I was extraordinarily insecure and very rarely shared anything that I’d written. 

Beautiful: While listing some of the songs that have touched her life, Rowling said that she thought Bill Withers' love song Ain't No Sunshine was 'beautiful'

Beautiful: While listing some of the songs that have touched her life, Rowling said that she thought Bill Withers' love song Ain't No Sunshine was 'beautiful'

Beautiful: While listing some of the songs that have touched her life, Rowling said that she thought Bill Withers’ love song Ain’t No Sunshine was ‘beautiful’

‘I wrote some spoof things for friends to make them laugh, but I never shared anything that I’d written in earnest because I was quite insecure. But of course performers are different and they are driven to share in a way that writers don’t do; obviously we live in a far more introverted life, but… I am drawn to biographies of people like Hendrix because I am just in awe of what they did and what they achieved.’

Speaking on her own lack of self-belief, she said: ‘You have to push through your lack of belief. Certainly with Potter and with other things I’ve written, I’ve put them down for months at a time. 

‘I have got better at believing that I can push through. I remember when I was writing Potter I was writing two other things simultaneously and slowly but surely I realised that Potter was the best of them. 

‘And even though I was very insecure I just kept pushing on, pushing on. Actually, the thing that pushed me to complete the book and really to have belief, was having made such a mess of my life generally. In fact I do remember feeling, “Look, so you get turned down by every publisher in the country, what’s to lose now?” Well you know, it was even that I thought it would be a massive success because I certainly didn’t.

\What I did believe was, I came to a point where I thought, “This is a good story and I’m going to put everything into this and see what happens.” And I’d lost the fear of failing or rejecting that had probably hampered me a little bit early on in my writing.

Sweet: Explaining her choice for the track, she revealed that her husband told her the song reminds her of how he feels when she is away with work

Sweet: Explaining her choice for the track, she revealed that her husband told her the song reminds her of how he feels when she is away with work

Sweet: Explaining her choice for the track, she revealed that her husband told her the song reminds her of how he feels when she is away with work

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First migrants are set to arrive today at disused Kent barracks

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The first migrants are set to arrive today at a disused barracks where they will be housed for up to a year awaiting a decision on their asylum applications.

Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent has been turned into an ‘assessment and dispersal facility’ for around 400 people.

The asylum seekers are expected from today and on a daily basis thereafter, according to Folkestone and Hythe District Council.

Council leader David Monk initially expressed ‘great concerns’ in a co-signed letter with local MP Damian Collins and Sandgate Parish Council leader Cllr Tim Prater.

They asked home secretary Priti Patel to halt the plans after blasting ‘exceptionally poor communication,’ claiming to have been given ‘very little notice of this decision and it’s one we cannot support’.

A view of Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where migrants who have crossed the Channel in small boats are to be housed

A view of Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where migrants who have crossed the Channel in small boats are to be housed

A view of Napier Barracks in Folkestone, Kent, where migrants who have crossed the Channel in small boats are to be housed

The letter read: ‘We have great concerns about the impact this large open camp will have on the welfare of the local residential community and also those people in the asylum system who will be placed in the barracks itself.’

But Mr Monk later backtracked and said: ‘It was never a question of this council being against the principle of asylum seekers living in our community.

‘Our concern was that as we had not been consulted we had no way of being able to allay the fears and address the questions raised by our residents.’

Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts Chris Philp MP offered reassurances in a written reply on Friday about the temporary accommodation expected to be in place for 12 months.

He said the Government is making use of Section 9 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 to provide safe accommodation for people who have claimed asylum who would otherwise be destitute, whilst the merits of their asylum claims are being considered.

Covid-19 has a ‘major impact’ on the asylum support system, according to Mr Philp, and Napier Barracks was identified among a range of options to ease the pressure.

Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel arrives for a cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth office on September 15

Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel arrives for a cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth office on September 15

Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel arrives for a cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth office on September 15

Equipment was installed during the final preparations over the weekend at the site which will be run by a UK based ‘experienced accommodation and support provider’.

Those coming to the former military base will have spent a quarantine period elsewhere with personal welfare and security checks undertaken.

A spokesman for Folkestone and Hythe District Council said: ‘The focus will be on the welfare of those based at the accommodation, the provision of wraparound services and wider considerations relating to the local area and its residents.

‘There will be on-site security and, in order to reduce any additional pressure on local health services, on-site medical services will also be provided.

‘Particular attention will be paid to safeguarding and any concerns addressed by the contractor with input from the Home Office safeguarding team.

The first arrivals are expected from today and on a daily basis thereafter, according to Folkestone and Hythe District Council

The first arrivals are expected from today and on a daily basis thereafter, according to Folkestone and Hythe District Council

The first arrivals are expected from today and on a daily basis thereafter, according to Folkestone and Hythe District Council

‘We understand that every effort is being made for the facility to be COVID-19 secure and Public Health England is closely involved with the operational plan to ensure the safety of its users and local residents.’

A multi-agency task force has been meeting to ensure appropriate support measures are in place at the barracks.

The council is expected to announce volunteering opportunities in the near future after receiving offers for help from local residents and councillors.

The Government said they were exploring opportunities for further accommodation with a range of partners and other government departments.

They added that following the submission of request, the MOD and the Army have been fully supportive in trying to reach a workable solution.

A spokesman said: ‘During these unprecedented times the government is working with a range of partners and across departments to secure further accommodation and the MOD has offered use of some of its sites.

‘When using contingency accommodation we work closely with organisations, including local authorities and law enforcement, throughout the process to ensure value for money and that vulnerable asylum seekers, who would otherwise be destitute, have suitable accommodation while their claims are processed.’

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Graduate achieves her dream job of becoming a pilot after quitting her job as an air stewardess

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A British Airways air stewardess has revealed how she quit her job to become a pilot. 

Suzie McKee, 25, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, spent a year working in the cabins of British Airways flights before deciding she would rather fly the planes instead. 

Suzie, who is a languages graduate, needed £120,000 for training and started the process by raising huge £30,000 by working as a barmaid and a receptionist in an MOT garage, and borrowing the rest from her parents.   

In February 2019 the ambitious former air stewardess started the painstaking process of applying to study the profession with Flybe, but after the airline went bust in March, Suzie decided to pursue her dream without any airline backing.

Suzie raised £30,000 while working as a barmaid and a receptionist in an MOT garage. Pictured: Suzie when she was a stewardess

Suzie raised £30,000 while working as a barmaid and a receptionist in an MOT garage. Pictured: Suzie when she was a stewardess

Suzie McKee, 25, (pictured) from Portsmouth, Hampshire, quit her job as an air stewardess for British Airways to become a pilot

Suzie McKee, 25, (pictured) from Portsmouth, Hampshire, quit her job as an air stewardess for British Airways to become a pilot

Suzie McKee, 25, (pictured) from Portsmouth, Hampshire, quit her job as an air stewardess for British Airways to become a pilot (left, before, and right, as a qualified pilot) 

Suzie (pictured) said she had a great time working as cabin crew but always pictured herself flying the planes

Suzie (pictured) said she had a great time working as cabin crew but always pictured herself flying the planes

Suzie (pictured) said she had a great time working as cabin crew but always pictured herself flying the planes

Suzie explained that she was always the one volunteering to take tea to the cockpit and to do the safety checks before take off. Pictured: Suzie when she was a stewardess with a colleague

Suzie explained that she was always the one volunteering to take tea to the cockpit and to do the safety checks before take off. Pictured: Suzie when she was a stewardess with a colleague

Suzie explained that she was always the one volunteering to take tea to the cockpit and to do the safety checks before take off. Pictured: Suzie when she was a stewardess with a colleague 

The languages graduate admitted she became tired of doing safety demonstrations and pouring drinks, while longing to be in the cockpit where the action was. 

She explained: ‘I’d had a great time being cabin crew, but I always had this picture in my mind of me in the cockpit. I realised I wanted to actually fly the plane.

‘I knew I didn’t want to be serving the chicken pasta in the back with the passengers, I wanted to be at the front of the plane where the action was.

‘I would always be the one who volunteered to take the tea into the cockpit for the pilots or do the safety checks with them before take off.’

The former air stewardess (pictured) who can speak three languages, has already visited 55 countries and is eager to fly her first air craft with passengers

The former air stewardess (pictured) who can speak three languages, has already visited 55 countries and is eager to fly her first air craft with passengers

Suzie borrowed the remainder of the £120,000 sum needed to train as a pilot from her parents. Pictured: Suzie on holiday in China

Suzie borrowed the remainder of the £120,000 sum needed to train as a pilot from her parents. Pictured: Suzie on holiday in China

The former air stewardess (pictured) who can speak three languages, has already visited 55 countries and is eager to fly her first air craft with passengers  (pictured left, at work, and right, visiting China on one of her adventures) 

Suzie (pictured) managed to save £30,000 and her parents decided to lend her the rest of the funds for pilot school (pictured, learning to be a pilot)

Suzie (pictured) managed to save £30,000 and her parents decided to lend her the rest of the funds for pilot school (pictured, learning to be a pilot)

Suzie (pictured) managed to save £30,000 and her parents decided to lend her the rest of the funds for pilot school (pictured, learning to be a pilot) 

Suzie who worked for British Airways, handed in her notice and returned to the UK to begin raising the £120,000 required to go through pilot school.   

It wasn’t long before she had managed to save £30,000 and her parents decided to lend her the rest of the cash so she could pursue her dream.

In February 2019 the ambitious former air stewardess started the process of applying to study the profession with Flybe.

The process involved undertaking several interviews, aptitude, personality and spatial awareness tests as well as physics and maths exams.

Suzie (pictured) began the process of applying to study to become a pilot in February 2019, having to complete several interviews and a series of exams

Suzie (pictured) began the process of applying to study to become a pilot in February 2019, having to complete several interviews and a series of exams

Suzie (pictured) began the process of applying to study to become a pilot in February 2019, having to complete several interviews and a series of exams

After Flybe went bust in March, she began studying at FTEJerez flight school in Jerez, Spain, (pictured)

After Flybe went bust in March, she began studying at FTEJerez flight school in Jerez, Spain, (pictured)

After Flybe went bust in March, she began studying at FTEJerez flight school in Jerez, Spain, (pictured) 

But Europe’s biggest regional airline FlyBe collapsed at the beginning of March with 2,000 staff losing their jobs. 

The determined Suzie decided to continue her studies at FTEJerez flight school in Jerez, Spain, without any airline backing. 

She now has just 20 hours of solo flying left to complete before she will be given her full ATPL in November.  

Suzie said: ‘When I was with an air hostess I would do the passenger announcements and then listen to the pilots being able to tell the passengers that they were the ones that had flown them safely to the destination. 

Suzie (pictured) is set to be given her full ATPL in November, after completing 20 hours of solo flying

Suzie (pictured) is set to be given her full ATPL in November, after completing 20 hours of solo flying

Suzie (pictured) is set to be given her full ATPL in November, after completing 20 hours of solo flying 

‘As a pilot you get to look out of the windows and see all these beautiful views. 

‘But the biggest thing is being able to feel like you’ve succeeded in safely carrying people.  

‘You might have flown them thousands of miles in the space of a few hours taking them somewhere that they might never have been before or back home after years of not seeing family and friends.’

She added: ”I look back and think how weird it is that I was serving people their meals and now I’m flying planes around.’ 

Suzie (pictured) said she looks back and now finds it strange that she has gone from serving meals to flying people around

Suzie (pictured) said she looks back and now finds it strange that she has gone from serving meals to flying people around

Suzie (pictured) said she looks back and now finds it strange that she has gone from serving meals to flying people around

Suzie said you might have flown someone somewhere that they've never been, or taken them back home after spending years away

Suzie said you might have flown someone somewhere that they've never been, or taken them back home after spending years away

Suzie said you might have flown someone somewhere that they’ve never been, or taken them back home after spending years away 

After quitting her role for British Airways, Suzie (pictured) returned home where she was able to work towards saving for her pilot training

After quitting her role for British Airways, Suzie (pictured) returned home where she was able to work towards saving for her pilot training

After quitting her role for British Airways, Suzie (pictured) returned home where she was able to work towards saving for her pilot training  

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