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Single mother quits Hermes after having to deliver 100 parcels a day
A single mother quit her Hermes job as she felt like she was "dying inside" as she was tasked with delivering a staggering 100 parcels every day.
Lori Addison-Simmons, 45, said she "gritted her teeth" to carry on with her job at Hermes as she is a single mother needing to provide for her two children.
But she described feeling "depressed and anxious" and being like a "robot" while working for the delivery company - which she joined in January, StokeonTrentLive reports.
Lori would load her car at the firm's Fenton depot at 9am and work flat out to complete her delivery run around Longton and Dresden by 6pm six days a week.
The courier described how she changed car five times in the course of her one-year employment at the company.
But what afflicted her most was how she had no time to be there for her two children.
Lori said: “I was getting home late. My daughter goes to secondary school and she was coming in and I was not getting in until around 6pm.
“It was not fair on her and when I was at home I was too tired to do anything.
Lori once had her sitting room taken over by 90 parcels.
"The job is supposed to fit around you and your circumstances. But there was one day when I had 137 items and got a call to say there were another 56 on my run. My car was already full and yet I needed to go back to the depot to pick another 56 up.
“The most I had in the house would be about 90 parcels. That includes big boxes and packets. My living room was once taken over.”
Lori says she was paid for each item delivered. It was 50p for a packet and £1 for heavier parcels.
Matters came to a head last month when her vehicle broke down - with 140 parcels in her car. She secured cover to deliver some of the parcels and faced having to take the rest on foot.
The mum-of-two said she only carried on so she could provide for her two beloved children.
Lori added: “I was told they had to go out that day. But I couldn't take them on foot because some of the streets were right up the top of Abbey Hulton. I was not doing that.
“I’d given them almost a year's commitment and I couldn't take anymore.
“I loved the job because I loved the customers. They were the ones keeping me going but I felt just like a number.
“Sometimes the customers don’t understand how pressured we are and when I went out to deliver I put a smile on and had a joke but sometimes I was dying inside because I was so upset.
“During one of my rounds I broke down in the car and I just felt fed-up and ignored.
“I am a very sociable person and I like a chat at the door but with that job you were under that much pressure you felt just like a robot. I did not feel myself and I was getting anxious, fed-up and depressed.
“Every time I went to the depot you were faced with all these cages of parcels and you had to take them out. If you can’t fit them in your car then they went back home, offloaded them and went back to the depot.
“I gritted my teeth to carry on working because I am a single parent and I needed to work."
StokeonTrentLive has contacted Hermes for a statement regarding Lori's job.
Alton Towers closes until further notice due to lockdown – despite planned Christmas events and experiences
From Thursday, the UK is going into full lockdown until at least December 2, which means a trip to the theme park is not allowed.
As a result, the park has announced that it will close from Thursday, without a set date for reopening.
An Alton Towers Resort spokesperson told Sun Online Travel: "Further to the latest update from the UK Government on the response to the coronavirus outbreak, Alton Towers Resort will be temporarily closing from November 5 until further notice."
They added that while they hope to reopen by December 3, they are waiting on further government advice.
Anyone with bookings from tomorrow until December 2 will be given a voucher to use for next year.
Guests with hotel bookings between November 4 and December 2 will have their short break automatically converted into a voucher, which they can use to book another visit.
Theme parks usually close for the winter period, with Thorpe Park closing on November 1, although others, such as Legoland, offer seasonal events.
Britain’s biggest theme park, Alton Towers featured in a fly-on-the-wall documentary on Tuesday night after giving unprecedented access to the television cameras as it came out of lockdown and reopened.
The resort, which attracts millions of visitors a year, was due to celebrate its 40th birthday and then the Covid-19 pandemic hit and all the plans were put on hold. It furloughed all but 90 of its 2,000-strong workforce.
The documentary: Alton Towers: A Rollercoaster Year follows the resort’s team as they have just a week to get ready for the reopening on July 4 after being closed for 13 weeks.
These include Santa sleepovers at the Alton Towers hotel, as well as Santa's grotto and festive garden walks, which were due to go ahead from December 4 to December 6, and December 11 to December 23.
It isn't clear if they will go ahead or be cancelled, despite being scheduled for after the lockdown due to end.
Guests with pre-booked tickets on dates when the park is closed will have their tickets revalidated, so they can rearrange their visit for a later date.
This puts a number of festive events and experiences at risk, which many families had booked for the Christmas period.
Holiday parks including Haven, Center Parcs and Butlins are all closing their doors until next month, while some are staying shut until 2021.
Tour operators and airlines are also stopping flights until next month and offering refunds and free changes.
Ryanair, however, recently announced that they would not be stopping flights or offering refunds
McDonalds Joins Rashford
The fast food giant has joined the Manchester United and England striker’s campaign and will provide funding to FareShare so food can be ‘urgently redistributed’ to households ‘in greatest need’. Rashford has pleaded with the government to offer free meals to school over the holidays through to next Easter, but MPs voted down the motion. However, pubs and cafes up and down the country have stepped in to plug the gap by encouraging families to get in touch and offering food during the October half-term.
Paul Pomroy, CEO of McDonald’s for UK & Ireland, said of the deal with FareShare: ‘As a business we are committed to supporting and serving the communities in which we operate. ‘In these challenging times, we know it’s more important than ever to support those most in need.’ Lindsay Boswell, FareShare CEO, added: ‘McDonald’s is showing real leadership in supporting the most vulnerable in society to get access to healthy food at this critical time. ‘The funding will enable the equivalent of 1 million meals to be redistributed to our charity network very swiftly, and we are very grateful for their urgent support.’ Rashford, 22, has been described as a ‘hero of our times’ after his campaign to provide free meals to children during the school holidays prompted an outpouring of support on social media.
Rishi Sunak told he's banned from local pub over free school meals vote
Alex Cook, who owns the The Mill pub and its restaurant Il Mulino in North Yorkshire's Stokesley, confirmed media reports that he will refuse entry to Mr Sunak and three other Tory MPs because they voted against a proposal to extend the scheme over the holidays amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He says it was a "personal protest" to permanently ban Mr Sunak, alongside Jacob Young, Simon Clarke and Matt Vickers, from visiting the pub - which falls in the chancellor's Richmond, Yorks, constituency.
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Tom 'Tiny' Lister Jr has passed away
Friday actor Tommy 'Tiny' Lister was found dead Thursday at age of 62 in his Marina Del Rey apartment.
Police sources told TMZ that the veteran character actor was pronounced dead on the scene after officials responded to a call of an unconscious male. The L.A. County Sheriff's Department said that Lister was discovered during a welfare check after his friends and associates didn't hear from him.
Police told TMZ that the initial thinking is that Lister died of natural causes, and an autopsy will be conducted.
His manager Cindy Cowan told Variety on Thursday that he had displayed coronavirus symptoms, and had missed shooting on a film project amid the ailment. She told the AP that he had battled COVID-19 earlier this year.
'He was a wonderful guy with a heart of gold,' Cowan told the outlet. 'Everyone loved him. A real gentle giant. We’re all devastated.'
Lister also appeared in films such as Austin Powers in Goldmember, Jackie Brown, The Fifth Element and The Dark Knight. He was also involved with professional wrestling, and played opposite Hulk Hogan in 1989's No Holds Barred.
He tangled with Hogan in the main event of the WWE's 1989 SummerSlam, forming a tag team with the late Macho Man Randy Savage against Hogan and Brutus Beefcake.
He also was in the defunct WCW wrestling organization in 1996 billed as Z-Gangsta.
Dame Barbara Windsor passes away
Dame Barbara Windsor, best known for her roles in EastEnders and the Carry On films, has died aged 83, her husband Scott Mitchell has said.
Mitchell said in a statement: “It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that my darling wife Barbara passed away at 8.35pm on Thursday 10 December at a London care home.
“Her passing was from Alzheimer’s/dementia and Barbara eventually died peacefully and I spent the last seven days by her side.
“Myself, her family and friends will remember Barbara with love, a smile and affection for the many years of her love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives and the entertainment she gave to so many thousands of others during her career.
“Barbara’s final weeks were typical of how she lived her life. Full of humour, drama and a fighting spirit until the end.
“It was not the ending that Barbara or anyone else living with this very cruel disease deserves. I will always be immensely proud of Barbara’s courage, dignity and generosity dealing with her own illness and still trying to help others by raising awareness for as long as she could.”
Windsor made her debut as Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders in 1994 and soon became one of the small screen’s best-loved characters as she yelled at rogue drinkers to “get outta my pub!”
It became the defining role of her career and saw her star alongside Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden as her fictional sons Grant and Phil, with the late Mike Reid as her on-screen husband, Frank Butcher.
A representative for McFadden told PA he was “devastated” by her death. Actor Danniella Westbrook, who played Windsor’s on-screen daughter Sam
Mitchell on EastEnders, called her a “national treasure” and praised her as a “generous warm funny humble and beautiful lady & someone who gave us all much joy watching her act.”
TV presenter Jonathan Ross tweeted: “Barbara Windsor in real life was
everything you might have hoped for. So warm, so funny, so kind. Goodnight
sweetheart x BarbaraWindsor”.
Veteran DJ Tony Blackburn said: “So sorry to hear Barbara Windsor has passed away, a lovely lady who was always such fun. R.I.P. Babs.”
In 2003 Windsor took a sabbatical from EastEnders for medical reasons after being diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr virus, but she returned as a series regular in 2005.
In 2009, she announced she would be leaving the soap again in order to spend more time with her husband, whom she married in 2000.
She returned for cameo appearances in the soap over the next few years but in 2016 she played Peggy for the last time. Her final scenes aired in May that year.
Before finding fame in EastEnders, Windsor was best known for her portrayals of “good time girls”, especially in the Carry On series.
In 1964 Windsor was cast as Agent Daphne Honeybutt in James Bond send-up Carry On Spying. It was the first of nine appearances as various buxom, innuendo-spewing blondes in the bawdy comedy film series, the most famous of which came in Carry On Camping, where her character’s bra flew off during an aerobics class. Windsor’s final Carry On appearance would come in Carry On Dick (1974).
A first film role in The Belles of St Trinian’s followed at 17. During her teenage years she would appear in the chorus lines of several West End musicals and, in 1953 – inspired by the recent coronation of Elizabeth II – adopted the stage name Barbara Windsor.
After attending Joan Littlewood’s Theatre Workshop, she landed a breakout starring role in the Littlewood and Lionel Bart musical production of Fings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be, which was followed by a starring role in Littlewood’s 1963 film Sparrows Can’t Sing.
Windsor would receive a best British film actress nomination for her performance in the film, whose world premiere in east London attracted a who’s who of local luminaries, with notorious gangsters the Kray twins handling the after-hours festivities.
“There were thousands of people lining the Mile End Road, cheering and waving flags, Windsor told the Guardian’s Stuart Jeffries in 2001. “Evidently Ronnie and Reggie had turned them all out of their houses, saying, ‘Let’s welcome our little lady. Let’s show royalty how we are.’”
Windsor and Reggie Kray would enjoy a brief affair before her marriage to local gangster Ronnie Knight, the Kray associate who was jailed in 1995 for his role in the 1983 armed robbery of a Security Express depot.
The actor would be married three times in total; after her separation from Knight in 1985 came a second marriage to restaurateur Stephen Hollings, whom she divorced in 1995, and then her marriage to Mitchell.
The CW networks premiere dates and delays for 2021
The CW will be ringing in 2021 with a bang and a vengeance. The network on Thursday announced January/February premiere dates for nearly a dozen delayed returning favourite's, including The Flash, Riverdale, Charmed and Batwoman, as well as anticipated freshman entries Superman & Lois and the Jared Padalecki-headlined Walker.
As previously reported, COVID-related production delays forced The CW to push its traditional fall launch to 2021.
In making its schedule announcement, The CW also confirmed that it has acquired the Canadian supernatural drama Trickster, to air Tuesdays-at-9 pm beginning Jan. 12.
Returning dramas being held for Spring/Summer 2021 include DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Dynasty, In the Dark, Roswell, New Mexico, Stargirl and Supergirl. Rookie series Kung Fu and The Republic of Sarah are also being targeted for that time frame .
FRIDAY, JAN. 8
8 pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (New Cycle Premiere)
9 pm Penn & Teller: Fool Us (Season Premiere)
TUESDAY, JAN. 12
8 pm Two Sentence Horror Stories (One-Hour Season Premiere)
9 pm TRICKSTER (U.S. Series Premiere)
SUNDAY, JAN. 17
8 pm Batwoman (Season Premiere)
9 pm TBD
MONDAY, JAN. 18
8 pm All-American (Season Premiere)
9 pm TBD
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 20
8 pm Riverdale (Season Premiere)
9 pm Nancy Drew (Season Premiere)
THURSDAY, JAN. 21
8 pm WALKER (Series Premiere)
9 pm Legacies (Season Premiere)
SUNDAY, JAN. 24
9 pm Charmed (Season Premiere)
MONDAY, FEB. 8
9 pm Black Lightning (Season Premiere)
TUESDAY, FEB. 23
8 pm The Flash (Season Premiere)
9 pm SUPERMAN & LOIS (Series Premiere)
Gemma Collins Says Stranger Followed Here Round The Airport Calling Her "Fatty Fatty"
The former The Only Way Is Essex star, 39, has been no stranger to charged encounters online and in-person.
Now, in an interview with Glamour, Gemma has described a disturbing time she had at an airport.
"I was at an airport recently, this guy kept trying to take a picture and he was filming. He just started chanting, 'fatty, fatty, fatty'," she remembered.
"Who behaves like this? He thought it was bothering me, but it wasn't because I've heard it all before.
"I just thought, 'gosh, how awful that you live with this feeling inside of you'."
So, just how did the Diva Forever and Ever star choose to respond to this scary episode?
The GC revealed: "I sent him love and wished him well, mentally. Not got time for bad karma or nothing bad in my auric field, I'm not interested.
"If you feed something energy, it's going to keep breeding it so it's almost best not to give it the energy."
The reality TV star also reflected on the issue of fat-shaming in general in the interview and how we all need to be kinder.
"We should not be shamed - fat shaming is not okay, and people are out to shame," she said.
"People still don’t realise the damage it can do to people.
"We should just all be a lot kinder and I'm really realising that now myself, as well."
In fact, this kindness and empathy extends to the trolls doing the abusing themselves.
Gemma noted: "Now I wish the trolls well, because if they live with that anger, that nastiness inside them, that's so sad for them."
It comes after Gemma previously candidly admitted that she bribed a driving instructor into helping her pass.
"I took my test loads of times and then I think I actually bribed my driving instructor with sausage sandwiches to try and get him to pass me," she revealed on her BBC podcast.
"I used to love driving lessons."
"You've got to concentrate but it’s so easy to get distracted."
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Lil Wayne girlfriend dumps him reportedly Over Trump
Lil Wayne is single once again, his girlfriend model Denise Bidot, is moving on and it sounds like his endorsement of President Trump was the last straw.
Denise deleted her IG account Tuesday, but before she went dark, there were a bunch of signs of trouble spotted by Internet sleuths. For starters, folks noticed at some point that Mr. Carter and Ms. Bidot stopped following each other.
Then there was Denise's not-so-cryptic meme post that read, "Sometimes love just isn't enough." However, blogger Love B. Scott is reporting Weezy's love for Trump was the problem specifically, last week's meeting/photo-op with DT was the last straw for Denise.
It's not entirely clear how long they've been an item, but they've only been Instagram official since the summer -- and have been very open with their PDA, sometimes to the chagrin of Wayne's kids.
Politics. Sometimes they make for strange bedfellows and sometimes they leave you with none!
Weirdly, Wayne hasn't scrubbed old pics of Denise from his IG feed just yet a go to move of famous exes.
WELP KANYE 2024': Rapper Kanye West admits defeat in presidential election after getting a DISMAL 57,000 votes in 12 states - but hints at another run in four years
Kanye West has conceded defeat in the US presidential election after getting a little more than 57,000 votes on Tuesday, though he hinted that he'll mount another run for the White House in four years.
The rapper known as Yeezy posted a picture of himself on Twitter in front of an electoral map saying 'WELP KANYE 2024.'
Earlier on Tuesday, West voted for himself as the next US president after a long-shot campaign marked by erratic statements and speculation that he might siphon some black votes from Democrat Joe Biden.
The rapper, who made a late entry into the presidential race in July, tweeted a string of videos on election day, showing himself filling in his ballot at a polling place in Park County, Wyoming, where he owns a ranch.
Clips posted to his Twitter page showed he had entered his name as a write in candidate along with his Vice presidential pick Michelle Tidball - after he failed to submit enough petition signatures in August to get onto the Wyoming ballot.
'God is so good,' the 43-year-old wrote on Twitter.
'Today I am voting for the first time in my life for the President of the United States, and it's for someone I truly trust...me.'
He later posted video of himself casting his vote in Cody, Wyoming, where he wrote himself in on the ballot.
West, 43, got onto the presidential ballot in a handful of states, although not in battlegrounds like Florida, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
According to the Associated Press, West appeared on the ballot in 12 states, where thousands of people voted for him.
West's best performance in the election was in Tennessee, where he won 10,188 votes, according to the AP tally.
In Colorado, which went for Democrat Joe Biden, West won nearly 6,000 votes.
West received a little more than 1,200 votes in Vermont, a state which Biden also won.
In Utah, 4,053 voters cast their ballots for West.
West also received thousands of votes in Arkansas (3,979); Idaho (2,309); Iowa (3,179); Kentucky (6,259); Louisiana (4,837); Minnesota (6,796); Mississippi (3,009); and Oklahoma (5,587).
He has spent recent weeks instructing followers how to vote for him as a write-in candidate elsewhere.
One of those who did not appear to be supporting his bid for the presidency was his wife, Kim Kardashian West.
She has given no public endorsements of her husband and on Tuesday she retweeted a message about voter hot lines from Democratic vice presidential contender Kamala Harris.
West, once one of Trump's biggest celebrity supporters, launched his campaign for the White House in July with erratic statements that raised concerns over his mental health.
The 21-time Grammy Award winner said in 2018 that he suffers from bipolar disorder.
West loaned $6.7million to his campaign, according to a filing with the Federal Election Commission, and in a recent video emphasized religion and family values.
Jason Derulo Left Speechless After Bar Bill
Jason Derulo was feeling pretty generous when he found out that his single Savage Love went to No. 1.
The 31-year-old singer hit up swanky Los Angeles rooftop restaurant, Catch, with his nearest and dearest following the smashing success of the remix, featuring BTS and New Zealand singer Jawsh 685, which topped the US Billboard charts.
In a video the performer shared to both Instagram and TikTok, he was seen showing off the total of the bill he was given after treating everyone at the restaurant to a drink on him.
But the singer looked less than thrilled when he first saw how much the bill came to - a staggering $112,742.30, approximately £87,245.63.
“Cheers to everyone in the building,” Derulo told his fellow diners.
Kelly Rowland Opens Up
Destiny's Child star Kelly Rowland has opened up about the "torture" of constantly being compared to one-time bandmate Beyonce.
Rowland, 39, was a founding member of the 1990s R&B band and went on to have a highly successful solo career.
But when a contestant on The Voice Australia said he feared being overshadowed by his older brother, who is already a singer, she admitted she suffered the same problem.
She told the show: "I know this feeling. Can you imagine what it's like being in a group with Beyonce? I would just torture myself in my head."
Rowland was speaking to contestant Chris Sebastian, whose brother Guy is now a successful singer-songwriter after winning the first Australian Idol in 2003.
Now a TV presenter and an actress as well as a performer, Rowland first teamed up with Beyonce in 1990 to form Girl's Tyme with two others in their home city of Houston, Texas.
Speaking in her role as a coach on the talent show, she said that being in a band with someone as successful as Beyonce made her question her choices.
The singer said she would often think: "'I can't wear this dress because they're going to say it's like B.' Or, 'I can't have a song like that because it sounds too much like B.' They're gonna compare anyway."
She added that having a more famous bandmate felt like an "elephant in the room" for "a whole decade" and she "would be lying" if she said it never bothered her.
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R.I.P Brodie Lee
Pro wrestler Brodie Lee (real name Jonathan Huber) died Saturday, December 26 at age 41.
The WWE star succumbed to a battle with a non-COVID-related lung issue at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, after taking a leave of absence from wrestling over an undisclosed medical issue.
He was surrounded by loved ones, including wife Amanda Huber (also known by her wrestling persona Synndy Synn), who took to Instagram with a tribute to the father of their two sons.
Amanda wrote: 'My best friend died today. I never wanted to write out those words. My heart is broken. The world saw him as the amazing @brodielee (fka Luke Harper) but he was my best friend, my husband, and the greatest father you would ever meet. No words can express the love I feel or how broken I am right now.
'He passed surrounded by love ones after a hard fought battle with a non Covid related lung issue. The @mayoclinic is literally the best team of doctors and nurses in the world who surrounded me with constant love.'
She expressed her gratitude to All Elite Wrestling, where Jonathan began wrestling as Brodie Lee back in March, thanking them for how they 'treated not only my husband but myself and my kids.'
Amanda, who married Jonathan in 2008, wrote: 'The team at AEW have helped keep me standing and pick up all the broken pieces.'
She added: 'I've been surrounded by so much love and incredible people I can't tag them all but they know who they are and I don't think they will ever know how thankful I am for them.'
AEW shared a statement to Twitter, which read: 'The All Elite Wrestling family is heartbroken. In an industry filled with good people, Jon Huber was exceptionally respected and beloved in every way — a fierce and captivating talent, a thoughtful mentor and simply a very kind soul that starkly contradicted his persona as Mr. Brodie Lee.'
Jonathan was previously known by the persona Luke Harper, when he wrestled at WWE from 2012 to 2019.
The Rochester, New York native's family was met with an outpouring of love from WWE stars like the Iron Sheik, Randy Orton, John Cena and the Bella Twins.
Nikki Bella wrote on Instagram: 'Gone way too soon. His laugh lit up a room. He was so much fun to watch. And his kind soul will live on forever. You were your own kind Luke. RIP. @mandahuber we all are here for you and the boys. Can't even begin to imagine your pain. So many thoughts, prayers, love and light to you and the fam.'
Sister Brie Bella posted: 'I'll never forget what an amazing person, father and husband he was!!! Gone way to soon. Sending so many prayers and love to his family. Jon will be greatly missed!! #ripbrodielee'
WWE Superstars welcomes baby together
WWE superstars Becky Lynch & Seth Rollins welcome there 1st child together (Baby Roux)
Congrats to the happy couple on their bundle of joy