AS a lifelong fan of the Mr Men, Matt Lucas thought he knew all there was to know about the celebrated children’s books. But while making a documentary for Channel 4, marking the 50th anniversary of their creation, he got a bit of a shock. It turned out the wholesome characters came close to being used for a rather racy purpose. Matt says: “I asked them whether they’d had to say no to any ideas for merchandise, and they told me somebody wanted to make Mr Men CONDOMS. “They felt that even though condoms were a socially responsible thing, they didn’t feel it was an approp-riate match. Yeah, I think they made the right call on that one. “But the merchandising is still something that is very big for these characters, they’ve had their own Happy Meals.” The Mr Men and Little Miss books are not just a cultural phenomenon, they are a major money-spinner, as the Little Britain and Great British Bake Off star discovered. They are a hit formula first dreamt up when … [Read more...] about Matt Lucas shocked after finding out Mr Men characters came close to be used on condoms
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AFTER her blonde makeover Billie Eilish has been compared to sex symbol Cillian Murphy. Siobhan O’Connor reveals what makes them so attractive. And we check out the other celebs separated at birth. Double act…Billie ’an Cillian Billie Eilish and Cillian Murphy With their plump pouts, defined features and pale blue eyes, Billie and Cillian are scientifically perfect. Here’s why . . . BLUE EYES: Billie sang about “Ocean Eyes” and research shows blue eyes are favoured by most. In a YouGov poll 34 per cent voted blue the most attractive. HIGH CHEEKBONES: In women these are a sign of sexual maturity, while men such as Cillian with high cheekbones have been selected by females throughout history – a sign of their strength. They are also associated with trustworthiness, according to a 2014 study. FULL LIPS: Scientists say a plumper pout indicates youth, vitality and health. As we age, our lips thin, while illnesses can cause dryness or discolouring – not ideal … [Read more...] about The science behind lookalikes Cillian Murphy and Billie Eilish’s good looks – and the other celebs separated at birth
ODEON is reopening 105 cinema venues on May 17 and we have the full list of locations. Only a handful of the picture-houses won't be reopening when the rest of indoor business return and lockdown restrictions are eased this month. The next stage set out in the government's roadmap out of lockdown will see indoor mixing allowed, and the Prime Minister has so far said the UK is on track to meet the May 17 date. That means cinemas can reopen and host audiences at venues across England. On the same date, pubs and restaurants can welcome customers indoors too. The vast majority of Odeon sites will return for the opening day, including the flagship venue in Leicester Square, as well as the branch in Trafford Centre and at Birmingham Broadway Plaza. Carol Welch, managing director of Odeon said: “We've all missed the magic that the cinema brings to movie watching, and we know our guests are excited about coming back." But there will be rules in place for movie-goers … [Read more...] about Odeon to reopen 105 cinemas on May 17 – see the full list
MARTIN Lewis has warned Brits to check they are enrolled onto their workplace's pension scheme - or risk losing out on a “hidden” pay rise. He urged every worker in the UK in his latest blog on MoneySavingExpert to check they're still signed up to their work's pension scheme. It will mean workers will get “hidden pay rise” of at least 3% added on top of their salary. But you won’t be able to use the bonus cash now - you’ll only be able to access it when you retire. Bosses have had to automatically enrol staff into pension schemes since October 2012 to get workers saving for their golden years. All employees aged 22 to around 66 (which is the state pension age) who earn above £10,000 a year are automatically signed up. But you can opt out, and if you do, you could miss out on thousands of pounds. What is pensions auto-enrolment? HERE's what you need to know about pensions auto-enrolment: What is pension auto-enrolment? Since October 2012, employers … [Read more...] about Martin Lewis warns every employee in the UK to not miss out on a ‘hidden’ pay rise
LIDL shoppers will still be able to head to the discount supermarket over the bank holiday. We have rounded up everything you need to know about when the store is open this weekend. When is Lidl open over the early May bank holiday? Lidl is usually open from 8am to 10pm most days and in most stores across the UK. But on a typical Sunday the shop is usually open from 10am to 4pm, and today is no different. Today on bank holiday Monday however, the store is closing two hours earlier at 8pm. After that opening hours are back to normal from Tuesday but make sure you double check your local supermarket with Lidl's locator tool in case there's any variation from these times where you are. Is Lidl delivering over the bank holiday? Lidl doesn't actually offer home delivery anyway, regardless of the upcoming bank holiday. The store is believed to have ditched plans to launch online shopping and delivery in the UK last year after shutting down the part of its … [Read more...] about Lidl May Bank Holiday 2021 opening times: What time are stores open today?