Corey Lewandowski testifica otra vez ante Congreso

WASHINGTON (AP) — Corey Lewandowski, exadministrador de la campaña presidencial de Donald Trump, se reunió el jueves con la comisión de inteligencia de la cámara baja por PTS Terbaik ASEAN segunda vez, como parte de la investigación que realiza el panel sobre la injerencia Rusia.

Lewandowski fue despedido meses antes de que Trump resultara electo, y no tuvo un puesto oficial en la Casa Blanca.Pero ha permanecido cercano al presidente y ha sido un defensor prominente de Trump en la televisión.

Durante una entrevista con el panel en enero, Lewandowski respondió a preguntas sobre su trabajo en la campaña, pero rehusó contestar preguntas sobre eventos ocurridos después de la elección, diciendo que no estaba preparado para responderlas.Legisladores dijeron que quieren preguntarle sobre el tiempo que pasó en la campaña porque él se mantiene en comunicación con Trump y funcionarios de la Casa Blanca.

No estaba claro si Lewandowski respondió a esas preguntas en la segunda reunión. El comité ha tenido problemas con otros testigos recientes, incluyendo la exdirectora de comunicaciones de la Casa Blanca, Hope Hicks, quien rehusó contestar preguntas sobre lo ocurrido después de la juramentación de Trump.El exasesor de la Casa Blanca Steve Bannon también ha rehusado contestar preguntas sobre el tiempo que pasó en la Casa Blanca, pese a que fue obligado legalmente a comparecer.

El Congreso está realizando varias investigaciones sobre la intervención rusa en la campaña del 2016 y para determinar si hubo colusión de la campaña de Trump.Legisladores republicanos del panel han dicho que ellos quieren concluir pronto la investigación, pero demócratas argumentan que todavía hay muchos testigos por llamar.

Tammy Hembrow almost busts out of her bikini top in new racy selfies

She’s the stunning fitness entrepreneur who has inspired millions with her phenomenal physique. 

And on Friday, Tammy Hembrow turned the heat up as she almost busted out of her itsy bitsy bikini top in a new Instagram post.

Sharing two raunchy selfies in a multi-coloured swim top, the 27-year-old celebrated the warmer weather, writing: ‘Feels like summer’.

Coming in hot! On Friday, Tammy Hembrow turned the heat up as she almost busted out of her itsy bitsy bikini in a new Instagram post

Coming in hot!On Friday, Tammy Hembrow turned the heat up as she almost busted out of her itsy bitsy bikini in a new Instagram post

In one picture, the influencer is seen staring seductively into the camera, while the other is a candid shot of the blonde beauty looking off into the distance.

For her impromptu car-photoshoot she wore a full face of makeup, and swept her blonde locks odd her face, styling them in a loose bun.  

Tammy also used her post as an opportunity to spruik her fitness app, adding: ‘Ps 4 week ab challenge starts in just a few days !!!?Who’s ready?’

Candid beauty: In one picture, the influencer is seen staring seductively into the camera, while the other is a candid shot of the blonde beauty looking off into the distance

Candid beauty: In one picture, the influencer is seen staring seductively into the camera, while the other is a candid shot of the blonde beauty looking off into the distance

And it appears the warmer months are agreeing with Tammy as she recently shared a gallery of saucy snaps with her 13.5 million Instagram followers.

On Wednesday, her buxom breasts almost spilled out of her emerald lingerie set as she posed seductively in her bathroom.

Tammy put her ample assets on display in a series of mirror selfies, which were promoting Lounge Underwear’s Black Friday sale.

The activewear designer’s racy post comes after she shared her impressive upper-body workout on Instagram on Monday.

The mother of two, who founded the workout app Tammy Fit, was her own best advertisement as she showcased her bulging muscles while pumping iron. 

Green with envy! Tammy left very little to the imagination on Wednesday as she shared a gallery of saucy snaps with her 13.5 million Instagram followers

Green with envy!Tammy left very little to the imagination on Wednesday as she shared a gallery of saucy snaps with her 13.5 million Instagram followers

Mirror selfie: The 27-year-old's buxom breasts almost spilled out of her emerald lingerie set as she posed seductively in her bathroom on Wednesday

Mirror PTS Terbaik ASEAN selfie: The 27-year-old’s buxom breasts almost spilled out of her emerald lingerie set as she posed seductively in her bathroom on Wednesday

Beast mode! The activewear designer's racy post came after she shared her impressive upper-body workout on Instagram on Monday

Beast mode!The activewear designer’s racy post came after she shared her impressive upper-body workout on Instagram on Monday

‘Gym keeping me sane as per usual,’ she captioned the tutorial as she urged fans to try the workouts themselves. 

Tammy performed shoulder presses, tricep dips and cable exercises, all of which showed her toned arms at full capacity. 

It comes after she celebrated her spot on the 2021 Young Rich List.

Tammy, who has an estimated net worth of $38million, shared her appreciation for the team who helped get her there in an Instagram post last month. 

Gratitude: It comes after Tammy celebrated her spot on the 2021 Young Rich List

Gratitude: It comes after Tammy celebrated her spot on the 2021 Young Rich List

EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: Father of Chelsy Davy's baby was at Eton

Prince Harry might have a mansion in with nine bedrooms and 13 bathrooms, but I can reveal his ex-girlfriend has had a baby with a man whose family own a mansion, a manor, an abbey and a chateau.

On Saturday, I disclosed that Chelsy Davy, 36, had given birth to her first child, a boy called Leo, in January without virtually anyone knowing she was pregnant.The father’s identity was a mystery.

Now, the former City lawyer’s friends tell me he is Sam Cutmore-Scott, 37, a successful hotelier, who was in the year above Harry at Eton College. 

‘Sam is the father of Chelsy’s baby,’ one of their pals says.

Chelsy Davy began dating Prince Harry while she was a pupil at Cheltenham Ladies' College. The pair had an on-off relationship for seven years until they split in 2011

Chelsy Davy began dating Prince Harry while she was a pupil at Cheltenham Ladies’ College.The pair had an on-off relationship for seven years until they split in 2011

Sam Cutmore-Scott, 37, a successful hotelier, who was in the year above Harry at Eton College

Sam Cutmore-Scott, 37, a successful hotelier, who was in the year above Harry at Eton College

Sam is managing director at The Harper hotel in Holt, Norfolk, and Chelsy shared a photo online last week of their dogs on a beach a few miles away.

He’s the brother of Jack Cutmore-Scott, 34, the dashing Hollywood actor best-known for his role in Christopher Nolan’s Oscar-winning film Tenet and the U.S.drama series Deception.

It’s unclear if Sam is married to Chelsy but he’s a director of his parents’ hospitality company, the Bijou Collection, which owns four exclusive wedding venues. These include a mansion and a manor in Surrey, an abbey in Buckinghamshire and a chateau in the South of France.

I understand Chelsy and Oxford graduate Sam (pictured) live together in Chiswick, West London. Their baby was born at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in January.

Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy sit in the Royal Box as they attend the Cartier International Polo Match at Guards Polo Club, Smith's Lawn in 2006

Prince Harry and Chelsy Davy sit in the Royal Box as they attend the Cartier International Polo Match at Guards Polo Club, Smith’s Lawn in 2006

Party-loving Chelsy, who was born in Zimbabwe and now runs a jewellery and luxury travel business, revealed in 2020 that she had a serious boyfriend, but did not give his name, explaining: ‘There is someone, and I am quite taken by this one, but it’s very new and I don’t want to say too much.’

Her last known boyfriend before then was dashing television producer James Marshall, from whom she split in 2018.

Chelsy began dating Prince Harry while she was a pupil at Cheltenham Ladies’ College.

The pair had an on-off relationship for seven years until they split in 2011, as Chelsy didn’t want to be a royal bride.

Both Chelsy and Sam declined to comment yesterday.

 

Most of us loathe litter, but mild-mannered gardener Alan Titchmarsh is willing to risk a run-in with the police in his quest to keep Britain tidy. 

Asked what his biggest pet hate is, the television presenter says: ‘Litter.I say to my wife, ‘I’m going out with a black bag and a litter picker to clear litter off the central reservation.’ 

She says, ‘You’ll be arrested.’ And I say, ‘What a good thing to be arrested for.’

 

Petra conjures up a magical day for her girl’s 9th

Formula 1 heiress Petra Ecclestone came up with a magnificent Harry Potter-themed 9th birthday party for daughter Lavinia (pictured), with a pinata in the shape of Hermione

Formula 1 heiress Petra Ecclestone came up with a magnificent Harry Potter-themed 9th birthday party for daughter Lavinia (pictured), with a pinata in the shape of Hermione

Being a billionaire’s daughter is clearly wizard. Formula 1 heiress Petra Ecclestone held a spectacular, PTS Terbaik ASEAN Harry Potter-themed ninth birthday party for her daughter Lavinia (pictured) at her home in California, complete with a team of actors dressed as Hogwarts pupils. 

Lucky Lavinia was given a pinata in the shape of Hermione, played by Emma Watson in the Potter films. 

A wildlife charity was hired to deliver a barn owl, in tribute to Hedwig, Harry’s loyal pet. 

Instead of the usual humble party bags, Lavina’s pals left with personalised Harry Potter school holdalls stuffed with goodies.

 

Prince Harry and Meghan’s drive to get trademarks for their Archewell brand in the U.S.has become a legal quagmire. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's attempts to get trademarks for Archewell has hit a fork in the road

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s attempts to get trademarks for Archewell has hit a fork in the road 

Two years after the couple first filed documents, basic errors and queries from the U.S.Patent and Trademark Office have kept their applications for Archewell, Archewell Foundation, Archewell Audio hanging in the balance. 

The first documents were submitted in March 2020. But they were sent back because the application was vague and the documents weren’t signed.In June 2021, the office requested more information, and last November, it asked for yet more clarification. 

Now, the application has been published in the U.S.’s Trademark Official Gazette so it can be viewed by the public and anyone with any issues can lodge an objection.

 

Eddie’s striking in stripes with Frozen star Barks

I dreamed a dream that the Les Miserables cast would be reunited — and here’s Eddie Redmayne with co-star Samantha Barks, who was in love with him as tragic Eponine in the Oscar-winning 2012 film. 

Barks, 31, who has been starring as Elsa in Disney’s £10million stage production of its hit Frozen, enjoyed catching up with Redmayne, 40, at the WhatsonStage Theatre Awards in the West End. 

The Eton-educated actor won the prize for ‘best performer in a male identifying role in a musical’ for his role as The Emcee in Cabaret. 

Not sure I’d give him the best-dressed gong, though, in his pinstriped trousers and shirt combo that made him look like he was wearing a boiler suit.

 

Strictly Come Dancing winner Jill Halfpenny, who stars in a new TV thriller The Holiday about three former university friends hiring a villa with their families, has sobering news for her own pals: she doesn’t really like them when they’re with their kids. 

‘The thing is you’re not hanging out with your mates,’ says the 46-year-old mother of one.’You’re hanging out with your mates as parents. 

And that is a completely different ball game, because I don’t really like my friends as parents. I find them quite annoying. And I’m sure they find me annoying.’

 

Carole pushed the boat out to clean up oceans

Carole Middleton (left) launched a new Party Pieces range based on 'Kings and Queens Of The Sea'

Carole Middleton (left) launched a new Party Pieces range based on ‘Kings and Queens Of The Sea’

Her daughter is our future queen, so this seems appropriate: Carole Middleton has launched a ‘king and queen’ range at her party paraphernalia business. 

The Duchess of Cambridge’s mother says their new King And Queen Of The Sea line will benefit a good cause. 

‘I am excited to be supporting the incredible work that Big Blue Ocean Cleanup does to protect our oceans,’ she says. 

‘At Party Pieces we want to make it easier for people to celebrate consciously.’ ‘Celebrate consciously’? 

She’s starting to sound like the achingly ‘woke’ Harry and Meghan!

Biden Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson grilled in hearing

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson refused to define the word ‘woman’ during the fiery second day of her confirmation hearing conducted by the ‘s Judiciary Committee.  

The moment came during a tense exchange with Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) who pressed Jackson on sex and issues amid the fallout of biological male swimmer storming to victory in the NCAA championships against female competitors. 

Quoting late Supreme Court judge , Blackburn said: ‘Physical differences between men and women are enduring.The two sexes are not fungible. A community made up exclusively of one sex is different from a community composed of both.’

‘Do you agree with Justice Ginsburg that there are physical differences between men and women that are enduring?’ the senator asked.

When Jackson claimed she had never heard the quote, Blackburn asked directly: ‘Can you define the word »woman»?’

‘Can I provide a definition?’ Jackson responded

‘No, I can’t,’ she declared, before adding: ‘I’m not a biologist’. 

Jackson’s staunch refusal to offer a definition of a woman came at the end of the second day of questioning which tackled the big issues of race, abortion and judicial philosophy.

It was a grueling marathon of debate for President Joe Biden’s historic pick, who is making history as the first black woman nominated for the court.

On the second day of the tense Senate hearing, there were other developments including: 

  • Judge Jackson defended her sentencing record in child pornography cases when criticized for going soft on these offenders
  • ‘As a mother and a judge who has had to deal with these cases, I was thinking that nothing could be further from the truth,’ Jackson said
  • Added that child pornography statutes for sentencing are outdated 
  • She wouldn’t comment on whether she would support court packing
  • Suggested liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer were wrong to speak against it in the past
  • Graham compared GOP’s mild questioning of Jackson to the harsh treatment Democrats gave Republican Supreme Court nominees in the past 
  • He then stormed out of the meeting following an exchange on Guantanamo Bay
  • Senator Josh Hawley pressed her on her sentences for pedophiles and Ted Cruz grilled her on critical race theory  

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson refused to define the word 'woman' during the second day of her confirmation hearing conducted by the US Senate's Judiciary Committee

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson refused to define the word ‘woman’ during the second day of her confirmation hearing conducted by the US Senate’s Judiciary Committee

The moment came during a tense exchange with Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who pressed Jackson on sex and gender issues

The moment came during a tense exchange with Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., who pressed Jackson on sex and gender issues

The Harvard-educated Jackson was unanimously deemed ‘Well Qualified’ to serve on the US Supreme Court by the American Bar Association (ABA), and her legal career includes experience as a public defender, district judge and court of appeals judge.

But the judicial committee is keen to probe Jackson’s judicial philosophy to determine whether she will adhere to the strict interpretation of the law, or assume the role of an activist judge trying to shape policy through her rulings. 

In response to Jackson’s decision to remain mum on the definition of a woman, Blackburn retorted: ‘The fact that you can’t give me a straight answer about something as fundamental as what a woman is underscores the dangers of the kind of progressive education that we are hearing about.

‘Just last week, an entire generation of young girls watched as our taxpayer-funded institutions permitted a biological man to compete [against] and beat a biological woman in the NCAA women’s swimming championships,’ the senator continued in reference to Lia Thomas. 

‘What message do you think this sends to girls?’

But Jackson refrained from sharing her stance on the matter: ‘I’m not sure what message that sends.If you’re asking me about the legal issues related to it, those are topics that are being hotly discussed, as you say, and could come to the Court, so I’m not able to address them.’ 

Ted Cruz grills Jackson on Critical Race Theory with books including Antiracist Baby

The ‘progressive education’ referred to by Blackburn related to an earlier bout of questioning in which Republican Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) grilled Jackson about Critical Race Theory. 

Cruz, who pointed out that he and Jackson were a year apart at Harvard Law School and were friendly at the time, veered from legal arguments to the heated debates over critical race theory, an academic area of study which maintains US law is set up to create and PTS Terbaik ASEAN maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between people of different races. 

Displaying a stack of books on racism — including ‘Antiracist Baby’ and ‘The End of Policing’ — from the reading list at Georgetown Day School, a prestigious private campus where Jackson serves on the board, Cruz pressed the nominee for her views on the topic.

‘I´ve never studied critical race theory,’ Jackson told Cruz.’It doesn’t come up in the work that I do as a judge.’

Cruz then pointed to a portion of ‘Antiracist Baby’ that read: ‘Babies are taught to be racist or antiracist, there is no neutrality,’ and another portion that recommends babies ‘confess when being racist.’ 

‘Do you agree with this book being taught to kids that babies are racist?’ Cruz asked. 

After a thoughtful pause, Brown replied: ‘I do not believe that any child should be made to feel as though they are racist or though they are not valued or though they are less than, that they are victims, that they are oppressors, I don’t believe in any of that.’

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks as a visual aid is displayed during Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, March 22, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks as a visual aid is displayed during Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, March 22, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks as a visual aid is displayed during Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks as a visual aid is displayed during Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Another key section of questioning focused on policing and crime, and Jackson was accused of giving child pornography criminals lenient sentences.

Cruz, Blackburn and Sen. Josh Hawley asked why Jackson had given such criminals ‘substantially lower’ sentences than what the prosecutor asked for, with Cruz pointing out Jackson’s sentences were on average 47.2 percent lower than what the federal government’s prosecutors recommended. 

Jackson said the Cruz was not accounting for what the probation officer recommended in such cases. 

‘I take these cases very seriously as a mother.A judge has to review the actual evidence in these cases and based on Congress’ requirement, take into account not only the sentencing guidelines, not only the recommendations of the parties, but also things like the stories of the victims.’

Earlier, Jackson had noted that sentencing guidelines were outdated, having been written before the internet age, and did not adequately differentiate from the crime of consuming or distributing child pornography and being involved in its production. 

White House slams Josh Hawley’s ’embarrassing, QAnon-signaling smears’ of SCOTUS pick Ketanji Brown Jackson — as he claims she treated pedophiles as victims

White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates accused Sen. Josh Hawley of an ’embarrassing, QAnon-signaling smear’ for his criticisms of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s sentencing record in child pornography cases.

Bates noted on Twitter that Hawley’s complaints had been fact-checked by a number of mainstream media outlets.

Over the past two days of the judge’s Senate hearing, the Missouri Republican has taken issue with seven child pornography cases where Jackson, who during her eight years as a trial judge sentenced more than 100 people, gave defendants lighter sentences than what the Department of Justice was seeking and was recommended by federal sentencing guidelines, which add up recommendations based on federal statutes.

Other Republicans, including Sens.Marsha Blackburn and Ted Cruz, brought up the child pornography cases too.

Hawley, in his second round of questioning on the matter of the day, specifically brought up U.S. v. Hawkins, where Jackson in 2013 sentenced 18-year-old Wesley Hawkins to three months in federal prison even though guidelines recommended 10 years and prosecutors had asked for two.

Investigators found over 600 images and hours of footage of children, some of whom were as young as eight, committing sex acts.

‘I just have to tell you, I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around it.We’re talking about eight year olds and nine year olds and 11 year olds and 12 year olds,’ Hawley said.

Jackson said that ‘a judge has to do is determine how to sentence defendants proportionately,’ before noting that oftentimes the defending is just ‘collecting the images on the internet.’ ‘They’re not focused on you know, what is actually happening to the children,’ she said.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo.

Over the past two days of the judge’s Senate hearing, the Missouri Republican Sen. Hawley has taken issue with seven child pornography cases where Jackson, who during her eight years as a trial judge sentenced more than 100 people, gave defendants lighter sentences than what the Department of Justice was seeking and was recommended by federal sentencing guidelines

‘So part of my sentencings was about redirecting the defendants attention. It’s not just about how much time a person spends in prison. It’s about understanding the harm of this, this behavior.

It’s about all of the other kinds of restraints. That sex offenders are ordered, rightly to live under at the end of the day. The sentences in these cases include not only prison time, but restraints on computer use sometimes for decades, restraints on ability to go near children, sometimes for decades.

All of these things judges consider in order to affect what Congress has required, which is a sentence that is sufficient but not greater than necessary for the purposes of punishment.’

Hawley noted that Jackson told the defendant: ‘This seems to be a case where you were fascinated by sexual images involving what were essentially your peers.’

‘And then you went on to say the defendant was merely trying to satisfy his curiosity.Curiosity is your word.’

‘Judge he was 18 these kids are eight!’ Hawley said furiously. ‘I don’t see in what sense they’re peers. I’ve got a nine year old, a seven year old and a 16 month old at home, and I live in fear that they will be exposed to let alone exploited in this kind of material.’

Jackson said that she did not remember the case entirely but said she remembered that ‘the defendant had just graduated from high school.And some of perhaps not all when you were looking at the records, but some of the materials that he was looking at were older, teenagers were older victims.’

Jackson reiterated that it is a judge’s job to consider all factors of the case in sentencing, not to simply follow federal sentencing guidelines.

Earlier, Jackson had noted that sentencing guidelines were outdated, having been written before the internet age, and did not adequately differentiate from the crime of consuming or distributing child pornography and being involved in its production.

Cruz, during his own questioning, noted that Jackson’s sentences were on average 47.2 percent lower than what the federal government’s prosecutors asked for.

The White House has argued that in five of the seven cases, Jackson’s sentences were the same as or greater than what the probation office recommended.Probation offices analyze the offender’s background and other factors to recommend increasing or decreasing sentences.

Lindsey Graham storms out of hearing after saying he hopes Gitmo detainees ‘die in jail’

Lindsey Graham walked out of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing Tuesday after arguing with Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin over the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees following his line of questioning of the Supreme Court nominee.

Durbin, who was trying to defend President Joe Biden’s nominee against Graham following his 30 minutes of questioning, spoke to the recidivism rate of those released.

‘If you’re going to talk about what I said, I’m going to respond to what you said,’ Graham shot back, turning his microphone on. ‘If we close Gitmo and move them to Colorado, do you support indefinite detention under the law of war for these detainees?’

‘I would just say, I’m giving the facts,’ Durbin responded.

‘The answer’s no,’ the South Carolina Republican rebutted.

Senator Lindsey Graham went on a heated rant during Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's confirmation questioning Tuesday regarding the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees before storming out of the hearing room

Senator Lindsey Graham went on a heated rant during Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation questioning Tuesday regarding the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees before storming out of the hearing room

Durbin said the 31 percent Graham referenced of Guantanamo Bay detainees who were released and then were reoffenders dates back to 2005.

‘What does it matter when it goes back to?We had them, and they got loose and they started killing people. If you’re one of the people killed in 2005, does it matter to you when we released them?

‘I’m suggesting the system has failed miserably and advocates to change the system, like she was advocating, would destroy our ability to protect this country.We;re at war, we’re not fighting a crime. This is not some passage of time event.

‘As long as they’re dangerous, I hope they all die in jail if they’re going to go back and kill Americans,’ Graham said, starting to raise his voice.

‘It won’t bother me one bit if 39 of them die in prison,’ he continued.’That’s a better outcome than letting them go.’

‘And if it costs $500 million to keep them in jail, keep them in jail. Because they’re going to go back to the fight. Look at the fricken Afghan government that’s made up of former detainees at Gitmo.This whole thing by the left about this war ain’t working.’

At this point, Graham turned off his microphone, grabbed his water bottle and stormed out of the room. 

Nine ways to waste time

Banana bread?Baked. Jisgaws? Completed. Now, says Stuart Heritage, we’re taking the art of doing nothing to new heights

Scrolling through Rightmove

If lockdown taught you anything, it’s that you dislike your homes.Maybe your living room is too narrow or the bathroom too poky. And this is why much of your free time is spent endlessly scrolling through property websites. Bonus points if you only look at homes you’ll never be able to afford.

Watching bad television

When your time was limited, you could cherry pick from the very best prestige dramas of the past two decades.This year, your lack of a social life has left you with a gaping hole of time and your TV standards have dropped. Now you spend days watching true crime documentaries about East End gangsters, reality shows on vacuous property barons or daytime TV about traffic police on a stretch of the A376.

Day trading

True story: two members of my family downloaded trading apps to their phone and now spend their days fretting over minuscule fluctuations in the electric vehicle market.They don’t seem to be very good at it because they haven’t made any money but the main thing is they now get to lecture me for hours about potentially lucrative innovations in the battery construction industry. So that’s something.

Marie Kondo-ing your house…

Now that you’ve realised you can’t afford to move home, your best option is to declutter the one you already have.And the best way to do this is to follow the Marie Kondo mantra and meticulously rid yourself of any possessions that no longer spark joy. It’s a cleansing, healing, spiritual way to re-evaluate your relationship with your surroundings, and you’ll end up with a beautifully minimalist home as a result.

…then visiting charity shops

However, have you SEEN Barnardo’s lately?

It turns out that everyone has been Marie Kondo-ing the bejesus out of their homes and the result is loads of incredible bargains. Now you’ve had that clearout, maybe you’ve finally got room for a dresser. Or that two-seater sofa. And maybe if you move things around a bit, you can squeeze that upright piano you saw for £65 into the spare bedroom.

Before you know it, your home will be even more cluttered than ever and you’ll need to Marie Kondo it again. A perfect circle of time-wasting.

Watching YouTube tutorials

YouTube is an incredible library of human knowledge, and never more than when you fancy a bit of DIY.Sink blocked? Watch a YouTube tutorial. Wobbly cupboard door? Watch a YouTube tutorial. Decide that you’re going to dig up your entire garden and replace it with a more ecologically sound tapestry lawn? Watch a YouTube tutorial. That way, when you inevitably mess it up and need to call in a professional, at least you’ll be able to understand some of the terms they use.

Talking to plants

It started awkwardly.

You heard that talking to plants made them grow better, so you started reading to your yucca under quarantine. After that, you told it your daily schedule. Then you really let loose, explaining all your problems in an unbroken stream of thought that lasted into the early hours.

That yucca is your best friend now. You’ve changed your will so that it gets everything when you die.

Stalking your exes online

Obviously you didn’t mean to do this.

But you were on Facebook one day and pts terbaik Asean one of your exes was listed as a friend suggestion. So you innocently clicked on their profile and saw them smiling, content — and married. ‘Good for them’, you thought, as you continued to scroll. You laughed at their status updates.

You cried at the picture of them holding their first child. Hours passed. It started to feel like the old times. Then you accidentally clicked ‘like’ on a decade-old photo and, long story short, you have to live under an assumed identity now.

Hating the bored

Maybe you’re the parent of small children, with a full-time job, and you’ve spent this year ablaze with unthinkable stress.You haven’t had time to be bored; you’re running around tidying up, fielding requests for snacks and trying to maintain some level of literacy while cramming all your professional commitments into sporadic bursts of high-pressured panic. If so, I recommend a simmering resentment for anyone with too much free time.


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