BEFORE committing to a tattoo, most people spend months (if not, YEARS) agonising over their design - after all, it's going to be on your body forever . One person who knows a little something about this is 25-year-old Leah Holland - who waited two years to get a very personal quote tattooed on her arm. In a viral TikTok video , Leah explained how she got the questionable tattoo on 4 March 2020 - just two days before Kentucky had its first case of coronavirus . The inking on Leah's forearm reads: "Courageously and radically, refuse to wear a mask." "It basically means being true to yourself and real," she said. "And not pretending to be something you're not." She told Buzzfeed News: "Basically I had a friend that said this quote about me. "We were just talking about things that we really admire about the other person, and he said, 'You courageously and radically refuse to wear a mask.'" Although she was chuffed with the inking at first, little did Leah … [Read more...] about Woman accidentally gets the most hilariously unfortunate pre-Covid tattoo – and has had to hide it for a year
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HOUSEHUNTERS in England and Northern Ireland looking to buy a home usually pay stamp duty on properties over £125,000. But it's £500,000 right now thanks to a stamp duty holiday - so what is stamp duty and how is it calculated? We run-down the rules for stamp duty in England and Northern Ireland, as rates differ for those buying homes in Scotland and Wales . What is stamp duty? Stamp duty land tax (SDLT) is a lump sum payment most people have to pay when buying a property or land. How much buyers have to fork out varies depending on the price and type of property. A stamp duty holiday was introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic to get the property market moving again. It means there is no stamp duty for properties up to £500,000 until March 31, 2021. But chancellor Rishi Sunak is preparing to extend the stamp duty holiday by three months until the end of June. The usual stamp duty rates when there is not a holiday mean first-time buyers … [Read more...] about Stamp duty calculator: how much is it and when does the holiday end?
AN Australian mum has shared her cheap McFlurry ordering hack which allows her to get five ice-cream treats for less than £3 In the UK a typical McFlurry from McDonald's would cost 99p, but in Australia its a whopping $5.10 (£2.86) - so that means she saves a huge $20 (£11.24) every time she orders. While the saving isn't as big based on UK prices, if you were to do the same you could still make a significant saving - and they are the perfect sizes for kids. Queensland mum Connie Hansen shared her McDonald’s ordering hack to the Facebook page Mums who Budget & Save where it attracted more than 2000 likes from impressed parents. Many praised the savvy trick as “genius” and “awesome”, but others said they had been ordering the McDonald's dessert this way for years Rather than buying a McFlurry for each of her kids, she'll ask for soft serve ice cream in a sundae lid with an extra side of M&Ms. Unlike the UK stores who offer a mini McFlurry for a discounted … [Read more...] about Mum’s cheap McDonald’s McFlurry hack dubbed a ‘game changer’ as she gets five for less than £3
A "treasured" keepsake box that once belonged to Charles Darwin's daughters has been donated to English Heritage and will go on show later this year. The Victorian red leather box contains shells gathered by Darwin on his famous Beagle voyage, where his observations fostered the ideas that led him to develop his theory of evolution. Darwin's descendants have donated the red leather box and its "treasures" to English Heritage, which will display the object at what was Darwin's home - Down House, in Kent. The naturalist and his wife Emma gave the box to their daughters, who, starting with the eldest, Annie, filled it with family mementos. When Annie died, aged 10 in 1851, the box passed to her sister Henrietta, otherwise known as Etty. Advertisement She continued to fill it with souvenirs, including locks of hair belonging to members of the Darwin family, Darwin's silk handkerchief and the shells. More from Kent Napier Barracks: Asylum … [Read more...] about Charles Darwin: ‘Treasured’ keepsake box owned by naturalist’s daughters to go on display
A TRAVELLER mum has thrown her 10-year-old daughter a party so that she can meet her future husband. Lee Ann, from Philadelphia, brought shame upon her family when she married non-traveller Joe and is now trying to get back in their good books with daughter Mary. The mum is keen for her daughter to find a “good gypsy boy” to settle down with, but Mary is torn between what her mum and dad want for her. Speaking on TLC’s Gypsy Brides US, Mary says: “They argue about it a lot. “My mum wants me to clean and have children and take care of them. My dad wants me to become a writer. “I want to have both, I don’t just want to have one.” And when the subject of Mary’s upcoming tenth birthday party is raised, it isn’t long before Lee Ann and Joe butt heads. Lee Ann says: “Mary is about to turn ten and I planned her a birthday party. “I think it needs to be for her to meet future husbands and for their families to get a look at her.” Joe is horrified at the prospect … [Read more...] about Traveller mum throws daughter, 10, a party so she can meet a husband – and is fine with her getting pregnant at 14 too