There are a ton of reasons why we love the United Kingdom—from its gorgeous nature and culture to its wide-ranging cuisine and renowned literature. But something that keeps us coming back is our love for the British press with all of its ups, downs, and unique quirks. There’s honestly hardly anything better than making a big cup of tea and opening up the serious Sunday papers or going for a cheeky scroll through the digital tabloids. It’s entertaining. It’s fun. It’s off the hook!

Now that’s where the ‘Mental UK Headlines’ Twitter page comes in. A social media project that unites nearly 100k followers, the account features some of the funniest, most bizarre, and downright ludicrous news stories and headlines found in the British press. Both in the tabloids and in the more serious (digital) papers. And today we’re featuring some of their very best finds to bring a smile to your face. Just because the press isn't yellow doesn't mean it's not immune to some truly bizarre headlines.

Go on, grab yourself some biscuits and enjoy a good laugh. Don’t forget to upvote the pics that you enjoyed the most, send a few your friends’ way, and if you really love what you’re seeing, give ‘Mental UK Headlines’ a follow for some more top-tier humor.

Bored Panda got in touch with author, comedy writer, journalist, and all-around talented creative Ariane Sherine from the UK. We had a chat about tabloids, catchy headlines, and why the Brits love the sensationalist press so much. Read on for our full interview with her!

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Nkotanyi
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5 months ago

I guess detention would have been enough. So much sadness and depression being separated from your favorite seatmate in class.

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Journalist and comedy expert Ariane, from London, shared her thoughts about the tabloids (or the ‘red tops’ as the Brits call them) with Bored Panda.

“I think the British press, particularly the sensationalist yellow press uses a lot more wordplay, humor, and puns in headlines—and also employs shock to grab the reader,” Ariane told us.

“You’ve also got our tabloid the Daily Sport, which I wouldn’t even class as a newspaper as it’s mostly made up for entertainment and titillation!”

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Troux
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5 months ago (edited)

He would have gotten away with it if it weren't for those meddling kids.

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Rachknits
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5 months ago

'One was so drunk it fell off the roof' hahaha

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We were curious to get Ariane’s take on why the British enjoy tabloids so much, whether it’s all for the sake of being entertained or if they actually believe the biased news printed there.

“I definitely think people read the Sport purely for cheeky entertainment and to look at scantily clad women, as it’s only meant for that,” the journalism expert told us.

“But a lot of people get all their news from the Sun or Star, which is a bit worrying. They definitely believe everything they read in those papers—and they shouldn’t!” she warned.

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Funhog
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5 months ago

Ahh.. the golden gull.

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Nathaniel
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5 months ago

Legend.

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James016
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5 months ago

Beer, curry and Tool’s music. Not a bad way to re start life

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Meanwhile, when it comes to writing striking headlines, Ariane said that a lot depends on the topic in question. If you care about the issues on a personal level, you’re already more likely to read the story.

She shared some of the things that journalists ought to look at when writing headlines: “What’s the human interest angle? What would grab my attention? You have to distill the story into its essence in one sentence. What makes it entertaining?”

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NsG
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5 months ago

Ah, but is this a Colin or Wiggles cake? Coz that looks like Wiggles (from Sainsbury's), because otherwise this wouldn't just be a pothole, it'd be an M&S pothole.

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Vorknkx
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5 months ago

Piglet tried to dispose of the body?

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Nathaniel
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5 months ago (edited)

Cougar rather than Leopard I reckon.

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The ‘Mental UK Headlines’ project is fairly fresh. The account was started up on Twitter almost exactly a year ago, in April 2021. In that time, they’ve gotten the love and attention of 98.2k followers.

The account shows us a few things. First of all, how much a good headline can boost our mood for the next few hours (who doesn’t love a hearty chuckle?). Secondly, there are some truly weird events going on in the world. And lastly, the British yellow press is willing to write about pretty much anything and everything for the sake of a ‘story.’ Whether that restores or destroys your faith in humanity depends on your perspective.

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NsG
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5 months ago

...I believe this...

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Nkotanyi
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5 months ago

If he hasn't hit anyone, just give him an official driving license. He proved he deserves it.

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Ed Brandon
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5 months ago

What a time to be alive.

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During a previous interview, London-based comedy writer Ariane told Bored Panda that humor plays a huge role in British culture. 

“I think it is inherently witty and quirky but coupled with a huge dose of irony and self-consciousness,” she shared her thoughts about British wit with us.

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Otherkin
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5 months ago

WHY???

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Buren
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5 months ago

How many birthdays does this pothole have?

James016
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5 months ago

It has one more year until retirement.

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K- THULU
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5 months ago

I prefer the story from the UK where a guy got the council to fix potholes by painting ... "Large male genitalia" around them( the potholes not the council!)

Chris Jones
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5 months ago

Or Rod Stewart having a crack at them himself!

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DaveR38
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5 months ago

Vicar of Dibley situation could happen there

Jon S.
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5 months ago (edited)

I think at that stage it qualifies as a sinkhole

Lane Buckner
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5 months ago

Kilroy Was Here.

Philly Bob Squires
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5 months ago

LOL! Cornbread too!

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Speedgoat
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5 months ago

Now if my guy just holds up a manhole cover we're golden.

Adrian
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5 months ago

Yep, if it gets that big it definitely qualifies as a 'man hole'.

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Philly Bob Squires
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5 months ago

Is this one bedroom or two??

Ki Li
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5 months ago

It's a studio. Shared public bathroom. Rent would still be $1200 a week in NYC

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ColdBlooded
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5 months ago

papa pothole, mama pothole and the three little potholes

Angela White
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5 months ago

I bet no one actually reported it to the council, just complained about it on social media - like they do round here.

SGH
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5 months ago

Fermanagh isn't in Britain; just sayin'...

Roisin Reid
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5 months ago

It's Northern Ireland so in the UK though.

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Blue of the yams
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1 month ago

Mean Mr Mustard...? 🤯

Max Hogan
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5 months ago

Why?

Nicole Tomme
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5 months ago (edited)

Wilbur, a skilled ventriloquist who retired earlier this year, was later arrested after passersby complained about the pothole shouting obscenities at them. One elderly woman said it had a "pot-ty mouth."

Michael Perry
Community Member
5 months ago

Yep. N Ireland has 30,000 defects to fix, with a combined depth of 1,338 meters (.83 miles) deep. Over £2m paid in damage claims per year.

Kim St
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5 months ago

how did he get in there? he looks to big to fit.

lara
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5 months ago

Now THAT'S a pothole.

Peppermallow
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Why are there so many jokes about unrepaired potholes? They never get tyred

Lizzy Crit
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh what we would have given for a pothole. We had to live in a shoe box in the middle of the road

Dragon girl
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5 months ago

Raised concern; was it hair raising?

Kel_how
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5 months ago

Reminds me of Vicar of Dibley when she jumped in a puddle up to her head

Amy Doyle
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5 months ago

If he's standing in that a person could easily fall in that and seriously hurt themselves nevermind a child.

Seabeast
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5 months ago

That isn't so much a pothole as a sinkhole.

Betsy Novack
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5 months ago

Just don't stand up during rush hour. Seems like the safest place to be.

#DreamSMPistheBest1
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5 months ago

*Person walking: Oof

Cath poop
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5 months ago

It looks like he's having a great time to be fair.

Kevin Hickey
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5 months ago

Yeah, but how tall is he?

Esco
Community Member
5 months ago

Groundhogs are adorable.

Z Alexi
Community Member
5 months ago

Groundhogs are giant N. American ground squirrels. Squirrels are rodents~~rats with long shade tails. Ugly things~~a mini Trump rodent with his tail between his legs.

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Squidward
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5 months ago

Maybe he's a Hobbit

David Henry
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5 months ago

Alternate headline: Pennywise's Sad Last Days!!!

Marco Conti
Community Member
5 months ago

Not a pothole anymore. That qualifies as a "Fighting hole" or "Foxhole". All he needs is a machine gun.

Z Alexi
Community Member
5 months ago

And a toilet. Water. Perhaps a cupcake. A plastic hat in case of rain.

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Sara G
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5 months ago

Looks like the size of the ones on my road before they finally paved them. They had many many birthdays.

Christina B
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5 months ago

And they just figured this out now....?

Phyllis Turbin
Community Member
5 months ago

At is point it's a sinkhole!

SeamusRGN
Community Member
5 months ago

Fermanagh is in ireland, not Britain, great or otherwise

WildBunches
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5 months ago

In Northern Ireland, UK

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Elaine Mattingly
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5 months ago

It's a peep hole, not a pot hole.

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
5 months ago

No worries as long as he stays put.

Kristi Jean
Community Member
5 months ago

This reminds me of a scene from Vicar of Dibley…

Loraine D.G. MacGinness
Community Member
5 months ago

No, no its a 'manhole' missing its 'hat' (cover) !!

Caroline Driver
Community Member
5 months ago

It's probably got Listed status by now

Nola Dorothy
Community Member
5 months ago

Raises safety concerns? I can't imagine why!

Kris “ADHD_Carrier” Dudoich
Community Member
5 months ago

Someone give me a shovel and some gravel and I'll take care of it! :)

Ross Hamilton
Community Member
5 months ago

You call it a pothole, I call it 'affordable housing'.

Fanstacia D
Community Member
5 months ago

At what point does a pothole become a sink hole? Is it one or more people standing end to end?

Jods
Community Member
5 months ago

Now that’s a real pothole.

InfiniteZero
Community Member
5 months ago

Everyone say hello to Hans.

ComfyPanda
Community Member
5 months ago

Damn I just thought our potholes here in Oklahoma were bad. Nevermind!!!! This one takes the cake!!!

Succulent
Community Member
5 months ago

Huh my school used to have one of these. They called it the sack of rice hole

Anikulapo
Community Member
5 months ago

One man’s pothole is another man’s well.

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
5 months ago

Ya think?

Inigo Montoya
Community Member
5 months ago

I call BS, he's definitely in a squatted position.

ljbeanfield
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5 months ago (edited)

That's still a pretty big pothole, inigo. Maybe it killed your father

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Ed Brandon
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5 months ago

She knew...

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“[British humor is] sarcastic, petty, ridiculous, embarrassed, self-conscious, and underpinned with the knowledge and awareness of how silly Brits are,” the comedy expert explained to Bored Panda how we can define this unique sense of humor.

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Who Panda 420
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5 months ago

Just being a hero

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Nathaniel
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5 months ago

Could be worse. They could have been watching Eastenders. Now get out my pub you slaaaaag!

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NsG
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5 months ago

They've not posted this one well, but basically, someone threatened to call social services because of her eyebrows.

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“When people think of us, they think of the Royal Family, iconic images like London buses and phone boxes, afternoon tea, period dramas, and posh people—like Hugh Grant in Richard Curtis films!” Ariane said how the world tends to think of the British.

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Ashley Hall
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5 months ago

Som many people are left "crying and shaking", traumatized, or "devastated" these days.

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River Webb
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5 months ago

that must be a pain in the ass

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Skara Brae
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5 months ago

She'd be a lot more recognizable if both eyes were on the same side of her nose.

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“They see us as charming and antiquated and think we're adorable. Spoiler: we're not really like this! Which they'll find out if they ever visit Britain, but I guess most people never do, so we remain cute and posh in their imaginations,” the comedy writer quipped.

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N G
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5 months ago

How's a girl supposed to chop wood these days

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DaveR38
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5 months ago

Brexit Britain at its worst :(

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Michelle M
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5 months ago

And the 2022 Darwin awards goes to...

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Meanwhile, Lisa McLendon, the William Allen White Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications and the coordinator of the Bremner Editing Center at the University of Kansas, was kind enough to share her insights about text and how to leave an immediate impact on the audience with us during an earlier interview.

The professor said that when you have to make an immediate impression on someone, like with a sign, it’s best to focus on clarity and brevity. That’s especially important in our world where there’s a seemingly endless stream of information and shortening attention spans.

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Nathaniel
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5 months ago

Peppa Pig to appear in the next series of Hannibal.

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James016
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5 months ago

The next word out of the baby was “innit”

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Konpat
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5 months ago

Chaotic evil at its finest

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"Clarity and brevity are essential. You only have a second or two to get your message across, so you want people to understand quickly with zero confusion," she told Bored Panda.

What’s more, journalism and editing expert Lisa stressed the necessity to proofread all of your work. And then getting someone else to proofread it again. It’s especially useful when you’re using text in ways that can’t be easily and cheaply edited later (like it would be online).

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Tigerpacingthecage
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5 months ago

Yeah, we all make mistakes - sure, but you need to take responsibility for your actions. Saying "everyone does it" isn't really taking responsibility.

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troufaki13
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5 months ago

-"What is the purpose of your visit?" - "Well actually I'm a terrorist and I will be performing terrorist acts throughout the country" - "OK sir, enjoy your stay"

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Buttered_Crumpet
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5 months ago

Makes me proud to be British :)

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She also stressed that it’s important to choose the right font, with the audience in mind. It should be clear. It should be readable. It shouldn’t have your readers second-guessing what they’re looking at.

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N G
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5 months ago

Don't look back in anger.

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James016
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5 months ago

“Attic shark do doo” 🎶

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indiecognition
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5 months ago

He couldn't resist a rest

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Buren
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5 months ago

TWO YEARS???? That must be bull s**t.

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indiecognition
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5 months ago

And she would walk 500 more

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Friday
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5 months ago

It’s all part of the experience really..

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Who Panda 420
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5 months ago (edited)

I saw this apparently it was found safely outside in a hedge. Apparently the staff were very worried about it as nature abhors a vacuum. 😂

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Liz
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5 months ago

The couple in the photo seem awfully cheery about it

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Vorknkx
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5 months ago

Did he order the seagull covered with curry?

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Phill Healey
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5 months ago

Good!

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Phill Healey
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5 months ago

Isn't this just about the Youtuber Colin Furze?

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Olivia Lisbon
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5 months ago

“Why are you pulling me over?? It’s right behind us, fool! Aaargh!”

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Liz
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5 months ago

I saw an entire box of Voodoo Doughnuts face down the other day…doughnut guts spilled everywhere…f*****g tragedy

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Essex Eagle
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5 months ago

Its a joke....

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Nathaniel
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5 months ago

A park? You have a park? In our day all we had was a grass verge to play on and we were thankful of that!

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

It should be mentioned that this little girl has Autism and struggles a lot with selective eating, which in some cases can be so severe that they would rather starve than eat something that isn't familiar or suitable for their selective tastes/texture etc.

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River Webb
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5 months ago

so the limit is 7kg?

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River Webb
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5 months ago

ngl having to pay 54 pounds for fish and chips is pretty traumatising

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Scagsy
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5 months ago

I've heard that she's also against photos in horizontal mode.

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Nathaniel
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5 months ago

He's a cockwomble.

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