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Farmer shoots mother before killing himself ‘because of fear about caring for animals in lockdown’ 

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A son shot his own mother dead before turning the gun on himself – because he was worried about caring for his animals during lockdown.

Farmer John Bound, 59, and mother Gwendoline Christine Bound, 80, were found dead at their home in the village of Abergwili, Carmarthenshire, Wales, in March.

An inquest heard Mrs Bound – known as Christine – had been shot in the chest and Mr Bound was killed by head injuries.

The pair were found dead just eight days after lockdown started in March.

Farmer John Bound, 59, shot his own mother dead before turning the gun on himself - because he was worried about caring for his animals during lockdown

Farmer John Bound, 59, shot his own mother dead before turning the gun on himself – because he was worried about caring for his animals during lockdown

Bound and mother Gwendoline Christine Bound, 80, were found dead at their home in the village of Abergwili, Carmarthenshire, in Wales

Bound and mother Gwendoline Christine Bound, 80, were found dead at their home in the village of Abergwili, Carmarthenshire, in Wales

Their inquest heard sheep farmer Mr Bound had told relatives he was worried about lockdown restrictions.

He had said he was concerned restrictions on leaving home would affect his ability to check on the welfare of his animals and he had said ‘he didn’t know how he would cope’.

Mr Bound had told relatives he was worried about lockdown restriction

Mr Bound had told relatives he was worried about lockdown restrictions

Mr Bound – known as Johnny – was described as ‘devoted to his mother’, who he lived with. 

The hearing was told that she often said ‘she would not have been able to cope without his help.’

Mrs Bound was well-known after working in the local post office and the sweet shop before retiring.

Mr Bound owned three shotguns and two rifles which he used to control the rabbit population on his smallholding.

Acting senior coroner Paul Bennett said: ‘There must have been something that triggered John to get his shotgun.’

But Mr Bennett said there was no suggestion it was ‘premeditated or planned’.

He recorded a conclusion that Mrs Bound had been unlawfully killed and Mr Bound’s death was suicide.

Mr Bennett said: ‘Their deaths had undoubtedly left their family utterly devastated. I hope they are reminded of how they lived their lives and not how they tragically died.’

The Bound family released a statement in the days following the deaths, conveying their ‘great sadness’ at what had happened.

For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details. 

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Chrissy Teigen admits John Legend was ‘uncomfortable’ taking miscarriage photos

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have opened up about their decision to share intimate and heartbreaking images of their miscarriage – with the 34-year-old mom admitting her husband was ‘uncomfortable’ taking such gut-wrenching photos of her ‘complete and utter grief’. 

The model and writer lost her unborn baby boy – whom the couple had decided to name Jack – on September 30, after suffering a month of bleeding as a result of a weak placenta. 

Hours after losing their baby, both Chrissy and John, 41, shared a series of black-and-white photos from the hospital on social media. And while the singer admits he was ‘worried’ about documenting such an agonizing moment, he praised his wife’s ‘courage’, noting that their decision to speak out so publicly ‘meant so much to so many people’. 

Grieving: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have opened up about their 'painful' miscarriage, with the 34-year-old cookbook author revealing she still feels 'complete and utter grief'

Grieving: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have opened up about their 'painful' miscarriage, with the 34-year-old cookbook author revealing she still feels 'complete and utter grief'

Grieving: Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have opened up about their ‘painful’ miscarriage, with the 34-year-old cookbook author revealing she still feels ‘complete and utter grief’ 

Coming together: The couple said that the support and love of their fans helped them to get through the heartbreaking experience - which has also strengthened their bond as a family

Coming together: The couple said that the support and love of their fans helped them to get through the heartbreaking experience - which has also strengthened their bond as a family

Coming together: The couple said that the support and love of their fans helped them to get through the heartbreaking experience – which has also strengthened their bond as a family

‘I didn’t know that we could experience this grief and also share it, but when we did, it really meant so much to so many people and it was such a powerful experience for me to learn that, and I’m just grateful that my wife was courageous enough to do it,’ John explained in an interview with GMA‘s Michael Strahan. 

John took many of the images shared in their social media posts, one of which shows Chrissy sobbing while sitting in her hospital bed. Another captures the devastated couple cradling their baby’s body.

And while the singer admittedly found the experience of taking the photos difficult, he explained that he is now grateful they have something to remember their son Jack by.  

‘[Chrissy] felt like, really, one of the ways we would carry on Jack’s memory was [to] take pictures of that moment,’ he said.

‘I was worried, I was like, I don’t want to commemorate this pain. But the crazy thing about having a miscarriage is you don’t walk away with anything, you have this emptiness, and we wanted to take the photos so we had something to remember him by.’

Chrissy hit out at critics of the photos, insisting that she ‘doesn’t care’ about anyone who was ‘offended or disgusted’ by them because they were only ever intended to provide comfort to others who have experienced a similar loss. 

‘I don’t care if you were offended or disgusted. I understand it could be that way for people, [but] it’s designed for the people that were hurting,’ she said, despite noting that ‘John was very uncomfortable taking them’. 

Difficult: Chrissy admitted that John, 41, was 'uncomfortable' about taking photos of the miscarriage, but explained that she wanted to document the experience for herself and others

Difficult: Chrissy admitted that John, 41, was 'uncomfortable' about taking photos of the miscarriage, but explained that she wanted to document the experience for herself and others

Difficult: Chrissy admitted that John, 41, was ‘uncomfortable’ about taking photos of the miscarriage, but explained that she wanted to document the experience for herself and others

Staying strong: 'I don't care if you were offended or disgusted [by the photos],' Chrissy said, noting that she shared them to offer support for others who have experienced similar losses

Staying strong: 'I don't care if you were offended or disgusted [by the photos],' Chrissy said, noting that she shared them to offer support for others who have experienced similar losses

Staying strong: ‘I don’t care if you were offended or disgusted [by the photos],’ Chrissy said, noting that she shared them to offer support for others who have experienced similar losses 

Proud: John praised his wife's 'courage', noting that her decision to share their grief so publicly 'really meant so much to so many people'

Proud: John praised his wife's 'courage', noting that her decision to share their grief so publicly 'really meant so much to so many people'

Proud: John praised his wife’s ‘courage’, noting that her decision to share their grief so publicly ‘really meant so much to so many people’

Although Chrissy says she is still experiencing ‘complete and utter grief’ in the wake of the couple’s loss, she praised all of the people who have shared words of support and love, revealing that she has been sent ‘thousands of letters’ from fans since her miscarriage. 

‘I definitely give myself permission to have complete and utter grief. Every day is so different so when people ask me how I’m doing, I’m like, I’m OK… today,’ she said. 

‘I have thousands of letters written to me, and obviously it’s so painful to go through something like this as a woman, something that was inside your body that you were nurturing and taking care of, but obviously there’s a father involved and the support for the both of us has just been so beautiful, so incredible.’

She added that the experience has helped to renew her faith in people’s kindness, enabling her to see that ‘the world is inherently good’. 

‘And as hard as it is beautiful to see this side of it,’ she said. 

The heart-wrenching experience has also helped to bring the couple – who married in 2013 – closer together, as well as helping to strengthen their bond with their two children, Miles, two, and Luna, four.

‘I just know that I love my wife more than ever,’ John said. ‘We’ve been through so many challenges together and they’ve made us strong, and I know that doesn’t always happen when people go through tragedy. 

Bond: The singer, pictured with Chrissy and their kids earlier this month, said that the grief of their miscarriage has helped to bring their family closer than ever

Bond: The singer, pictured with Chrissy and their kids earlier this month, said that the grief of their miscarriage has helped to bring their family closer than ever

Bond: The singer, pictured with Chrissy and their kids earlier this month, said that the grief of their miscarriage has helped to bring their family closer than ever 

Helpful: Chrissy praising her children for bringing the couple 'so much joy every single day and so much adventure every day'

Helpful: Chrissy praising her children for bringing the couple 'so much joy every single day and so much adventure every day'

Helpful: Chrissy praising her children for bringing the couple ‘so much joy every single day and so much adventure every day’

‘But I feel like the challenges we’ve faced together have made us feel even more sure about who we are together as a couple and who we are as a family. 

‘And [it has made us feel sure] that when we commit to be together forever, we really hold that promise to heart and we take it seriously, and I feel like we’re stronger together than we have ever been.’ 

The couple says their children, Miles and Luna, have also been a source of great comfort during this difficult time, with Chrissy praising the youngsters for bringing them ‘so much joy every single day and so much adventure every day’. 

‘We’ve always loved a very lively household, [and] it might be more lively than ever these days,’ she explained, revealing that her kids’ laughter has helped to give her the motivation to get out of bed, even on days when she didn’t want to.

‘You don’t want to be stuck in bed when you hear the laughter downstairs, and it helps so much,’ she added.  

In the wake of their devastating loss, Chrissy and John have now partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, an initiative that works with families who have sick children, ensuring that they can remain together throughout treatment without having to worry about astronomical medical bills. 

‘As long as you care for children, there’s nothing else you need to do aside from be a part of this initiative because this is bipartisan,’ Chrissy said of their decision to team up with the charity. ‘Loving your children and wanting the best for your children and wanting to keep families together for us is insanely important.

Work: Chrissy and John have now partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities to raise money for the initiative, which helps families who have sick children

Work: Chrissy and John have now partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities to raise money for the initiative, which helps families who have sick children

Work: Chrissy and John have now partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities to raise money for the initiative, which helps families who have sick children 

Lesson: The couple are encouraging people to take part in a new #HereForRMHC campaign by sharing an image of themselves making the heart hands symbol along with the hashtag

Lesson: The couple are encouraging people to take part in a new #HereForRMHC campaign by sharing an image of themselves making the heart hands symbol along with the hashtag

Lesson: The couple are encouraging people to take part in a new #HereForRMHC campaign by sharing an image of themselves making the heart hands symbol along with the hashtag

‘What they’re doing is so incredible and so beautiful, and honestly this is probably one of the most proud things I’ve been apart of. I’m really proud to support.’

John chimed in: ‘You know you’ve seen this year with COVID especially, people need their families close to them when they’re going through an illness and a lot of families can’t afford to be there.’

The pair are promoting a new social media campaign that is helping to raise money for the charity with the help of McDonald’s, which has pledged $100 million to Ronald McDonald House Charities over the next five years. 

As part of the latest fundraiser, social media users are being encouraged to share images of themselves doing the RMHC heart symbol with their hands, along with the hashtag #HereForRMHC. For every photo posted as part of the initiative, McDonald’s will donate $100. 

‘McDonald’s is committing $100 million over the next five years to support Ronald McDonald House Charities and we want to involve everyone in that,’ John explained, while demonstrating the RMHC heart sign. 

‘So McDonald’s is going to donate the money, but if you want to participate and have $100 donated in your name, you can hashtag #hereforRMHC and give us heart hands.’

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Donald Trump tweets bizarre rants by ex-fugitive Randy Quaid

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President Donald Trump attacked Fox News and demanded the election be rerun in an early morning tweet storm that featured voter fraud allegations from actor Randy Quaid in a starring role. 

Trump, in the nearly dozen tweets and retweets fired off Tuesday morning, appeared to  be backpedaling from Monday evening’s decision by the General Services Administration to allow the transition process to begin, giving  President-elect Joe Biden and his team access to the federal government to begin the transfer of power.

Trump tweeted his blessing of the move, which many interpreted as a concession to Biden’s win – or as close as a concession as the president would get.  

But the president was singing a different tune on Tuesday, vowing to keep up the fight so he could remain in the White House.

‘I concede NOTHING!!!!!,’ the president declared in one retweet that featured a photo of himself standing in the Oval Office next to the resolute desk. 

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President Trump

Actor Rand Quaid

Actor Rand Quaid

President Donald Trump  demanded the election be rerun in an early morning tweet storm that featured voter fraud allegations from actor Randy Quaid in a starring role

He also touted a ‘big lawsuit’ that would reveal a great deal of voter fraud, although he offered on specifics or evidence of his claim. 

‘Our big lawsuit, which spells out in great detail all of the ballot fraud and more, will soon be filled. RIGGED ELECTION!,’ Trump wrote in a tweet flagged by Twitter as disputed.

It’s unclear what legal case the president is referring to but the Third Circuit Court of Appeals has granted his campaign’s request for an expedited review of a lower court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit over voting in Pennsylvania. A judge in the state threw out the Trump campaign’s attempt to seek a legal injunction to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s win there and the president’s legal team is appealing.

As part of his arguments he was the winner in November, Trump also retweeted five tweets from actor Randy Quaid, the disgraced actor who once sought asylum in Canada as he fled legal challenges in California.  

Quaid sent out his own series of tweets alleging election fraud – also flagged by Twitter for having disputed information – and full of praise for President Trump.

‘Never underestimate The greatest President this country has ever had. Trump is an astonishing man of the people, fighting for all of us,’ Quaid wrote.

Trump replied: ‘Thank you Randy, working hard to clean up the stench of the 2020 Election Hoax!’ 

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Trump also retweeted Quaid’s call for an ‘in-person-only-paper ballot re-vote.’

Quaid wrote: ‘We’ve lost confidence in the system that elects our leaders. 79 million Americans believe election was rigged, the results fraudulent. We need an in-person-only-paper ballot re-vote, especially in the States where flagrant irregularities have occurred. No accuracy, no democracy!’

‘Are you listening Republicans?’ the president demanded with his retweet. 

It’s highly unlikely Republicans would agree to another election – a move that would be unprecedented in American history. A hand recount in Georgia certified Biden’s win there and several states have begun the certification process that will formally give Biden the 306 electoral votes he won. 

The president also displayed his continuing anger with Fox News, which was the first news organization to call Arizona for Biden – a decision that enraged Trump. 

The president retweeted Quaid’s praise for two small conservative television networks: ‘TIME TO MAKE OAN & NEWSMAX RICH. FOX IS DEAD TO ME!’

Trump’s doubling down comes after GSA Chief Emily Murphy sent Biden a letter on Monday night, writing that the transition process could formally begin.

Murphy released a letter to Biden announcing the move, but dedicated a considerable portion to defending her own reputation and claiming she had been threatened and harassed.

Her letter, notably, does not go so far as ‘ascertain’ that Joe Biden is the winner of the election, despite networks calling the race 16 days ago, numerous states certifying their tallies, and Biden winning 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232. She also called him ‘Mr.’ instead of president-elect or vice president.

It came just over an hour after Michigan certified that Biden had won the state, putting another nail in the coffin of Trump’s bid to overturn the election result.

The move ends much of the controversy over Trump’s refusal to concede and means that a concession would be purely symbolic. 

It allows Biden to get the same intelligence briefing as Trump, order FBI background checks on his picks for office and talk to senior officials in key roles – most notably, Dr. Tony Fauci. 

The Biden-Harris transition team last night welcomed Murphy’s letter, saying it was a ‘needed step to begin tackling the challenges facing our nation’. 

‘In the days ahead, transition officials will begin meeting with federal officials to discuss the pandemic response’ as well as national security issues, said Biden aide Yohannes Abraham.  

But Trump tweeted later on Monday saying he had ordered Murphy to start the transition ‘for the sake of the country’ and claimed he was sure he would win ‘the good fight.’ 

Joe Biden has started building his government, including announcing senior staff position and major Cabinet roles

Joe Biden has started building his government, including announcing senior staff position and major Cabinet roles

Joe Biden has started building his government, including announcing senior staff position and major Cabinet roles

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'Threatened.' Trump appointee Emily Murphy used her letter to Joe Biden to complain that she had been 'harassed' while refusing to start the transition and claim she acted on her own initiative in refusing to declare him the apparent winner

'Threatened.' Trump appointee Emily Murphy used her letter to Joe Biden to complain that she had been 'harassed' while refusing to start the transition and claim she acted on her own initiative in refusing to declare him the apparent winner

I can win this: Donald Trump claimed he would still be able to 'prevail' after a torrid series of legal defeats and his legal team losing one of its members, Sidney Powell, after she spouted bizarre conspiracy theories.

I can win this: Donald Trump claimed he would still be able to 'prevail' after a torrid series of legal defeats and his legal team losing one of its members, Sidney Powell, after she spouted bizarre conspiracy theories.

‘Threatened.’ Trump appointee Emily Murphy used her letter to Joe Biden to complain that she had been ‘harassed’ while refusing to start the transition and claim she acted on her own initiative in refusing to declare him the apparent winner

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HOW BIDEN’S STAFF CAN FINALLY GET WORKING 

The decision of GSA Administrator Emily Murphy to allow the transition to move forward allows Biden and his team to get access to money, space and personnel.

Biden will now have at his disposal $6.3 million in administrative costs, and another $1 million has been appropriated for appointee orientation sessions and a transition directory.

But the cash is not the point: the access is. 

Biden will now have access to the President’s Daily Brief, meaning he will be receiving the same national security briefings as Trump.

Additionally, the Biden-Harris team will be able to receive briefing books from other career civil servants.

The Biden-Harris transition has already announced landing teams at major agencies.

Those teams can now interact with their government counterparts at the agencies.

Crucially in this crisis, Biden will be able to communicate with Dr. Anthony Fauci and other members of the coronavirus taskforce.

Biden and his team will also have access to government office space.

So far, he’s been running the transition out of the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, which has also been partly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

During the transition, more than 4,000 political appointments need to be made, including 1,200 that will need Senate confirmation.

With transition resources green-lit, the Federal Bureau of Investigation will now be able to process background checks on the individuals Biden has picked. 

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Murphy wrote to Biden defending herself and said: ‘I take this role seriously and, because of recent developments involving legal challenges and certifications of election results, am transmitting this letter today to make those resources and services available to you,’ she told him, after noting her ability to make resources available.

‘I have dedicated much of my adult life to public service, and have always strived to do what is right,’ she wrote, on a letter dated 16 days after TV networks called the race for Biden.

Murphy, a Trump appointee, claimed she did not receive any pressure to hold up the ascertainment – a word she never used. 

‘I was never directly or indirectly pressured by any Executive Branch official – including those who work at the White House or GSA – with regard to the substance or timing of my decision,’ she added.

‘To be clear, I did not receive any direction to delay my determination. I did, however, receive threats online, by phone, and by mail directed at my safety, my family, my staff, and even my pets in an effort to coerce me into making this determination prematurely. Even in the face of thousands of threats, I always remained committed to upholding the law, she wrote. 

She said her decision was not made out of ‘fear or favoritism.’

Murphy had resisted sending the letter of ascertainment as Trump refused to concede the presidential election.

But Trump has seen his case for victory fade day by day. He has yet to win a major court case. 

And, despite making numerous allegations of voter fraud – including funding from Communists to turn votes in Biden’s favor and alleging voting machines from Dominion Systems changed Trump votes to Biden ones – the president’s team has not shown any evidence.

Numerous state election officials said there was no evidence of voter fraud.

ABC News reported that the Secret Service was already asking agents if they wanted to transfer to Florida to guard the Trumps full-time there from January. 

As Trump remains huddled in the White House – he is rarely seen in public and his public schedule for Monday had no events on it – Biden has gone on with building his government.

On Monday he announced a slate of national security officials and more Cabinet announcements are expected. 

In another small but notable sign of the looming handover, the Biden transition website changed from a .com to a more secure .gov domain on Monday.   

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BIDEN TRANSITION WEBSITE GETS A .GOV DOMAIN  

The Biden-Harris transition website changed its URL from a .com to a .gov domain on Monday in another sign that the handover is officially underway.  

Biden shared the new link – BuildBackBetter.gov – on Twitter on Monday after the switch was made. 

The GSA, the agency which finally allowed the Biden transition to formally begin on Monday, manages the .gov domain and makes it available to government agencies. 

‘Using a .gov domain shows you’re an official government organization,’ it says. 

Biden shared the new URL on Twitter

Biden shared the new URL on Twitter

Biden shared the new URL on Twitter 

Security measures that come with .gov domains include a ban on using passwords that have ever been leaked in data breaches, which are collated by the website Have I Been Pwned?

The GSA also beefed up security in 2017 to stop ‘hostile networks’ from deploying malware or tracking beacons when people visit official websites. 

The president’s official @POTUS Twitter account will be handed over to the Biden administration on inauguration day in January, the company said on Saturday. 

Trump will still have his own account, but Twitter says he will be subject to the same rules as anyone else – meaning tweets that break the rules could be deleted rather than red-flagged with a warning as they currently are. 

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Trump praised Murphy’s action in a tweet on Monday night and claimed she was the victim. 

‘I want to thank Emily Murphy at GSA for her steadfast dedication and loyalty to our Country. She has been harassed, threatened, and abused – and I do not want to see this happen to her, her family, or employees of GSA. Our case STRONGLY continues,’ he tweeted shortly after she sent the letter.

‘We will keep up the good fight, and I believe we will prevail! Nevertheless, in the best interest of our Country, I am recommending that Emily and her team do what needs to be done with regard to initial protocols, and have told my team to do the same,’ he added.

Trump’s near-concession didn’t stop one of his current campaign lawyers, Jenna Ellis, from claiming on MSNBC that ‘the election was stolen’ and that ‘President Trump won by a landslide.’

That came despite another day of legal setbacks – which included Michigan’s supreme court denying an attempt to block certification; and the Trump campaign filing a brief in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals after a blistering lower court ruling that blasted ‘Frankenstein’ reasoning.

The brief claimed the Trump campaign was not seeking to disenfranchise 6.8 million Pennsylvania voters, just 1.5 million. 

‘The campaign is not seeking to disenfranchise 6.8 million Pennsylvanian voters. Instead, it only seeks to set aside the defective ballots among the 1.5 million cast in the defendant counties. 

‘The campaign seeks to examine a sample of the mail ballots to determine the defective percentage of ballots among the 1.5 million, which should then be deducted from Biden’s vote total,’ they wrote in their filing under expedited appeal. 

Murphy had faced heavy pressure from Biden and congressional Democrats because without her blessing the president-elect could not communicate with federal agencies or access federal funds allocated for the transition process. 

House Democrats were threatening to haul Murphy to Capitol Hill to explain the delay. They sent her a letter late last week demanding an in-person briefing from her on Monday. She tried to delay that until next week.

But they sent her another letter on Monday evening demanding one on Tuesday.

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University Challenge viewers celebrate two female captains

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University Challenge may be out front when it comes to intellect but the BBC2 show has faced plenty of criticism in the past for not being a forerunner when it comes to diversity amongst its contestants.  

However, the latest episode of the BBC2 academic quiz saw viewers celebrating two female captains, even if the rest of the teams – from Edinburgh and Durham Universities – were made up of white men. 

Edinburgh captain Niamh Clarke, from County Wicklow, revealed she’s studying Physics with meteorology while Holly Parkinson from Ringmer, near Brighton, is an undergraduate in Physics at Durham.  

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Edinburgh captain Niamh Clarke, from County Wicklow, revealed she's studying Physics with meteorology...as her team took on Durham in the latest episoide of University Challenge

Edinburgh captain Niamh Clarke, from County Wicklow, revealed she's studying Physics with meteorology...as her team took on Durham in the latest episoide of University Challenge

Edinburgh captain Niamh Clarke, from County Wicklow, revealed she’s studying Physics with meteorology…as her team took on Durham in the latest episoide of University Challenge

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It’s the first time this series that two women have been at the helm of the teams facing Jeremy Paxman’s questions. 

For those watching at home, the sight of two female captains was an unusual one; the programme’s contestants are still largely dominated by men. 

@AllTimeGeorgie wrote: ‘Think the best thing about tonights episode is the fact there’s two female captains, we love strong female representation in quiz shows.’ 

@naomitimperley added: ‘Ohhhhh….two female captains this evening! Makes a change from the all male teams of late.’

@ChippieC04: ‘Catching up on tonight’s #UniversityChallenge. Both captains are women. Excellent!!’  

Clarke faced fellow Physics student Holly Parkinson, from Ringmer in Brighton; two female captains on the BBC2 academic quiz is a rare sight

Clarke faced fellow Physics student Holly Parkinson, from Ringmer in Brighton; two female captains on the BBC2 academic quiz is a rare sight

Clarke faced fellow Physics student Holly Parkinson, from Ringmer in Brighton; two female captains on the BBC2 academic quiz is a rare sight

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The show is regularly hit on social media with complaints about a lack of diversity. 

Just five women featured in the first five episodes of the programme, compared to 35 male contestants, despite the fact that more women than men attend university in the UK. 

A spokesperson for the BBC told MailOnline in September: ‘While the make-up of each team is ultimately decided by the university it represents, we encourage all teams who apply to reflect the diversity of their student population, and we will continue to look at how we can work with universities to help them with this’. 

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