DIRTY Love Islanders' lazy ways have attracted an infestation of rats and ants into the villa. The hot housemates might be physically perfect, but their hygiene is leaving lots to be desired as they fail to tidy up after themselves and clean the Majorcan pad. A former contestant, who wishes to remain anonymous, told The Sun Online how show bosses are so desperate to keep the place clean that they have now started thanking the housemates who take the time to wash up after themselves every time they do their bit. They said: "There are ants all over the kitchen crawling all over food - trails of them are going towards the bread and fruit. "The nastiest thing is rats. Some people don't care, but others found it really horrible. If they bothered cleaning up after themselves it wouldn't be going on. It's filthy." The villa was spotless when the series began and contestants are even provided with the very best fresh food to cook meals. Click here to play our Love Island games - and win a … [Read more...] about Love Island villa is rat and ant infested after stars fail to clean up, reveals dumped star
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There are places among the Welsh hills where you may “grow rich/ With looking”. In my copy of RS Thomas’s Collected Poems, the verse from which that’s taken is marked with a curlew’s feather, picked up by Cefn Garw, perhaps the loneliest house in Wales. I’ve often followed the four-mile, climbing track to it alongside the Serw river. Rough ridge, place of quagmires, silken stream – such perfect simplicity in the way Welsh toponymy describes landscape’s essence. Decades ago old Mr Roberts, who shepherded on horseback, departed his remote tyddyn, leaving it to be used by shearers who gather the moorland flock each year, or by occasional hill-wanderers, or fishermen who cast a fly to lure the small brown trout. The shepherd gone, the moor was left to fox, raven, pipit-hunting merlin, mewing buzzard. Nature set to reclaiming his house. Frost jagged cracks into the gables. Wind rattled slates free from rusting nails. At some stravaigers’ … [Read more...] about Country diary: the loneliest house in Wales?
AN INFAMOUS Retford landmark has finally bitten the dust after standing neglected for 12 years. AN INFAMOUS Retford landmark has finally bitten the dust after standing neglected for 12 years.The old East Midland bus garage on Moorgate, which for so long was home to a pristine fleet of buses, has been flattened to make way for a DIY superstore."It's the end of an era – a way of life all on its own," said Ken Thompson, who was a mechanic at the garage during the 1960s."For years it housed a fleet of buses that served the public from 4.05am to 12.20am every day as regular as clockwork."But when the buses pulled out of the yard for the last time in 1992, the old garage was left to decay, eventually becoming a blot on Retford's landscape and a target for vandals and graffiti artists. But it wasn't always that way.East Midland Motor Services Ltd was officially founded in 1927. But by then it had already been operating from Clowne for seven years under the name of W T Underwood Ltd, … [Read more...] about Station housed a fleet of buses
Town House restaurant in South Kensington is as pretty inside as it is out. Located within the luxury five star hotel The Kensington in an exclusive neighbourhood comprising of majestic and leafy squares, it came as no surprise the fine dining eatery would be rather special. However, what was unexpected about the beautiful fine dining restaurant was the spring menu. Full of seasonal favourites such as lamb rump, pea and feta risotto and English asparagus, the dishes were hearty and comforting at the same time as being wonderfully light and fresh. My mother and I took an elegant corner table for two in the all-day dining spot, famous for it's charming Beauty and the Beast themed afternoon tea , with a glass of crisp white ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ wine in one hand and the a la carte menu in the other. Beauty and the Beast afternoon tea in Kensington extends bookings Starters available included pea hummus feta with sunflower seeds, paprika and pitta bread (£8), … [Read more...] about Sneak peek inside pretty Town House restaurant at The Kensington
Love it or loathe it, housework has to be done and having followed one guru’s advice only to find herself needing what she had thrown away, Carol O’Callaghan reflects on the wisdom of cleaning gurus.Doesn’t having the house and car thoroughly clean at the same time make you feel you’re really on top of life?I have to say I enjoy the whole process, especially the satisfaction of a fresh scented, shining house. Books on the subject are irresistible. In fact, anything with top 10 tips does it for me, and if there are tick boxes, it heralds the mustering of mop and bucket.So when an email landed in my inbox last month from the Good Housekeeping Institute, with a manifesto on maintaining a clean house, it could not have arrived at a better time.I was suffering from a touch of spring cleaning withdrawal, having had to postpone my annual domestic blitz due to on-going winter weather, (which prevented routine window opening in mid-March), to let fresh spring air … [Read more...] about Reflecting on the wisdom of the cleaning gurus