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Fans may be told not to sing or shout and alcohol could be BANNED when stadiums reopen next week

FOOTBALL fans might be ordered not to drink alcohol or sing songs when they return to stadiums from next week.

Clubs were given the green light to reopen turnstiles on December 2 by the Government yesterday.


Up to 4,000 fans can return in low-risk areas from next week with 2,000 in tier two areas.

Clubs in tier three regions – including Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool – won't be allowed to open their turnstiles just yet.

And the Daily Mail report that the Premier League outlined their Covid Code of Conduct in a letter to clubs on Saturday.

They claim the document said: "This may include singing, shouting and alcohol consumption."

Fans will be asked to sign up to the Code of Conduct when they buy a ticket, the report adds.

Other measures expected include filling in a health questionnaire, wearing a mask and following signs about social distancing within the stadium.

Premier League matches have been played behind closed doors since the pandemic started in March.

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Tiers are set to be announced on Thursday but, based on those before this latest lockdown, the only Prem clubs to be allowed the full 4,000 fans will be Brighton and Southampton.

The South coast rivals are due to play each other on the weekend of December 5, the first round of action after the rules relax.

And 22 of the EFL’s 69 English clubs would also make the grade.

It leaves clubs having to ballot season-ticket holders to decide who gets in — with giant Tier 2 stadiums at Tottenham, Arsenal, West Ham and Newcastle restricted to one fan for every 30 seats.

Clubs know they will face criticism if they put corporate fans ahead of normal match-goers while some may question whether it is cost-efficient — it is understood Wembley needs crowds of 10,000 at events to break even.

Many sides in the North will have to continue to play in empty stadiums, with strict Tier 3 restrictions expected to remain in place.


Based on those previous tiers a whopping SEVEN Prem clubs, and 20 in the EFL — including top-flight giants Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City — will still NOT be allowed any fans.

Burnley’s Turf Moor is another that will remain shut and boss Sean Dyche said: “It is a start point.

“Even if it is limited numbers it brings that feel and that connection back. Hopefully it will build quickly after that. We have missed our fans.”

But Salford owner Gary Neville said: “So some clubs will have fans backing them in home fixtures and others will have empty stadiums with no fans. Unfair competition or not?”

A Premier League statement added: “Fans have been greatly missed and we welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding the return of supporters for the first time since March, albeit at small numbers.

“Our ambition remains to work with Government to increase attendance to more substantial levels.

“Until this can be done, many fans will be unable to attend games and our clubs will continue to operate matches at a financial loss.”

Only home fans will be allowed in, with clubs under orders to impose strict social distancing.

It is possible clubs may require fans to have a “Covid passport” and proof they are free of infection, although that is not confirmed.

Dowden, who also announced grassroots and kids’ sport can return, said: “I’m delighted we are able to get the turnstiles turning sooner than expected, taking a cautious approach.

“I’m confident sports will take every step to ensure fans are safe, and fans will play their part and look out for each other until we can safely get everyone back in.”

EFL bosses are ready to switch next week’s midweek fixture list wholesale to Wednesday to get some fans through the door.

An EFL spokesman said: “We look forward to the reopening of some stadiums as we finally welcome back fans after eight long months away.

“It is an important step in achieving a return to normal, alongside it being crucial to addressing the significant revenue gap left by a lack of spectators and other revenue streams as a result of the pandemic.”

Despite the sense of frustration at the limited numbers, the Football Supporters Association said: “For many lower-league and non-league clubs in particular, getting paying fans in safely is critical to survival.”

Indoor arenas will have a limit of 1,000 — a boost for boxing and darts.

And the news opens the way for 1,000 fans to see Anthony Joshua defend his WBA, IBF and WBO titles against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev at The O2 on December 12.

Up to 1,000 fans could attend the PDC World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace in late December, with Twickenham able to let 2,000 in for the likely Autumn Nations Cup final between England and France and crowds would also return at Premiership rugby fixtures.

Kempton will be able to admit punters for the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day.

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Why were Canadians warned not to let moose lick their cars?

Visitors at a Canadian national park were greeted with a rather unusual digital road sign this weekend: "Do not let moose lick your car."

The sign caught the imagination of the internet and led to questions like:

"What happens if a moose licks your car?"

Canadian authorities are warning drivers not to let moose lick their cars.Credit:AP

"Is it really that big of a problem?"

And, perhaps most salient: "Exactly how would you stop them?"

As it turns out, the signs were put up by officials of Jasper National Park, in the province of Alberta in Canada's south-west, to try to stop moose from licking road salt off idling cars — a serious problem that can present dangers to the vehicles, the drivers and the moose.

Steve Young, a spokesperson for the park, said in an interview Monday that moose usually got their salt, a vital part of their diets, from salt licks — deposits of salt and minerals scattered throughout the park. But the animals discovered that they could get the mineral from cars splashed with road salt. (It has begun snowing in Jasper, and salt can help melt ice on roads.)

So the moose would wander onto the roads running through the 1.1 million hectare park, increasing the chances of cars hitting them and drivers getting injured or killed.

The warning was similar to park rangers' trying to stop campers from leaving food at campgrounds lest it encourage bears to keep coming back to the site, Young said.

"If you find a restaurant you really like, do you go back to that restaurant again?" he said. "Yes, you do. That's what wildlife do. They'll go back; they'll get habituated to it. They're more likely to lick indiscriminately. If the opportunity isn't there, they don't learn that's a way they can replenish their diet. So we're trying to take that opportunity away."

Collisions can do significant damage, Young added.

"When you have a car-moose collision, both sides lose," he said. "You're putting at least a 800-pound [360 kilogram] animal in the air. They'll go through a windshield because of the way their legs are."

The park has had an increase in human-wildlife encounters in recent years, according to Young. Drivers who pull over to take photos of or with animals exacerbate the issue.

"What we're seeing more of is people are a little bolder with wildlife because of the selfie generation, Instagram — people get a little closer to wildlife than they should," he said.

Young stressed that no matter which national park you're visiting, it's important to keep your distance from the animals. "The more space between you and the wildlife, the healthier it is for them and you," he said.

It is illegal to feed or disturb any wildlife in a Canadian national park, and violators can face fines up to $C25,000 ($26,000).

The moose message is not the only double-take-worthy advice that Jasper National Park has given about human-animal relations in the past few days. Last week, the park tweeted to warn residents not to hang Christmas lights in open spaces so they won't get tangled up in elk antlers.

Young explained that elk often wander into Jasper — a township with a population of just 4600 located in the middle of 10,900 square kilometres of national park — to take shelter from predators like wolves. Their antlers could get caught up in Christmas lights strung at ground height.

As for the moose, motorists can stop them from licking their cars by staying out of licking range, according to a tweet by Jasper National Park: "Moose licks usually happen on cars stopped to view moose. Keep beyond moose-tongue distance by moving on before a moose approaches."

How does Young define "moose-tongue distance"?

"I actually don't know how long a moose tongue is," he admitted. But the park's guidelines for how far people should stay from animals is 30 meters, or 100 feet, he said.

He acknowledged that if you do find your car on the receiving end of a moose-licking, your options can be limited.

"As someone who's had their car licked by a big-horned sheep, I realize there are limited options when you're parked," he said.

"We do understand that in some situations, patience might be your friend, and the safest thing you can do is to stay where you are."

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Time is just not on Trump’s side to overturn 2020 election results: Goodwin

In calendar time, it’s less than three weeks since the election. In political time, it’s beginning to feel like an eternity.

President Trump has every right to pursue substantive court challenges and doing so does not undermine democracy, despite what the left insists. But at some point, much of the broad public’s patience will wear thin.

Tick tock, tick tock.

We haven’t reached that point, but it is rapidly approaching because key state deadlines come this week and the president’s legal team has not scored any court victories that can delay finality.

At its exhaustive press conference Thursday, the team, led by Rudy Giuliani, outlined a sweeping theory of a “national conspiracy” by Democrats to steal the election. A map highlighting Arizona, Nevada, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Georgia was titled “Multiple Pathways to Victory,” as if this were a pre-election, get-out-the-vote event.

To support his charges, Giuliani cited mostly individual affidavits where voters and poll workers reported seeing or hearing about fraudulent activities. The sworn statements, even if true, did not seem to match the scope of the broad claims.

He was followed by lawyer Sidney Powell, who added a whole other dimension to the charges.

“What we are really dealing with here is the massive influence of communist money through Venezuela, Cuba and likely China and the interference with our elections here in the United States,” Powell insisted. “This is 1775 of our generation and beyond.”

Such language aims to stir the heart of patriots, but will ring hollow in a courtroom unless she has solid evidence. If she does, she’s done a great job of keeping it secret.

That’s not to say there wasn’t fraud and human error. Of course there was. That happens in most elections, and this one was especially vulnerable given the turnout (about 160 million voters) and the tsunami of mail-in ballots, which are easier to manipulate.

Also, Democrats invited suspicions by intentionally lowering safeguards, including barring GOP observers in urban areas, where they ran up big margins. Still, the overarching fact is that the Trump legal team hasn’t presented a provable claim that looks likely to overturn the results in a single state.

Even in traditionally red Georgia, several thousand ballots that were not counted initially were found in a recount, but the results cut only marginally into Joe Biden’s lead, which is now 12,670 votes, or 0.25 percent.

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp certified those results Friday, handing 16 electoral votes to Biden. Trump can demand another recount because the margin was so small.

The president’s hopes in Pennsylvania and Michigan are slimmer because the margins are greater, and Monday is the certification deadline in both states.

Tick tock, tick tock.

In her Friday briefing, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the General Services Administration will certify the results at the “right moment,” which suggests internal talks are taking place about a formal transition process.

That’s good because Trump will pay a steep price if he appears to be stonewalling without hope of prevailing. Most immediately, he could undermine GOP chances in the two Georgia election run-offs, where control of the Senate is up for grabs. If Dems win both, they get all of Congress and the White House.

That would flip the current narrative of the election, which is that Trump had long coattails and, in defiance of predictions, led the GOP to major gains in the House and a narrow hold in the Senate. That could be undone in Georgia and pave the way for Biden’s left-wing policies and appointments, including to the federal courts.

Outside Washington, Dems are doing all they can to toxify Trump’s legacy, and he shouldn’t help them. The pernicious Barack Obama has a new book, and he and wife Michelle are making a Netflix film that slams the president.

The left’s cancel culture will try to erase Trump’s achievements on job creation, border security and foreign policy. Don’t be surprised if Biden gets credit for the historic sprint to develop the COVID vaccine. Anything that goes wrong will be Trump’s fault.

In other words, nothing has changed. Trump was spied on, sabotaged and impeached for purely partisan purposes, and the corrupt press corps rooted for failure. But it was the media that truly failed the American people by betraying their public trust — and Trump still got 10 million more votes than he got in 2016.

Whatever he does, the president must protect the Republican Party he recreated, one that is increasingly defined by women, Latinos and young black voters. It is the bulwark against chaos and disunion.

Almost by definition, one-term presidents are failures. Donald Trump defies the assumption. He secured the peace and kept the American dream alive for millions upon millions of people.

But timing is everything in politics as in gambling, and Kenny Rogers had it right when he sang, “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away.”

The Emmy goes to . . . Cuomo!?

According to the data, 34,186 people have died from the coronavirus in New York state, by far the most of any state. California, which has twice as many people, lost 18,645 people to the virus. Texas and Florida, both of which also have more people than New York, have lost far fewer than we have. Texas reports 20,956 deaths and Florida 17,892.

On the basis of deaths per 1 million people, New York stands at a whopping 1,757, while California is at 472. Florida’s rate is 833 and Texas is at 723 per million.

So guess which governor gets a fat book contract and an Emmy Award?

Celebrating Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the virus is nuts unless it’s about his sinister efforts to make disaster appear to be success. Otherwise, it is ghoulish, especially considering his directive forcing nursing homes to accept more than 6,000 patients infected with the virus.

The resulting carnage was predictable, as is Cuomo’s refusal to release accurate death totals in the facilities. The state stopped counting at 6,600 deaths, which is probably about half the actual number.

Unfortunately for New Yorkers, the governor’s policies were killers, literally and figuratively. In addition to the staggering death toll, his lockdowns are crushing the economy and his failure to keep schools open dooms the poorest children to a lifetime learning deficit. The out-of-control crime on subways is also happening on his watch.

What, pray tell, is there to celebrate?

Bullish on Biden – or just full of bull?

If you’re looking for a signal to sell stocks, you just got it. New York Times wingnut Paul Krugman predicts an economic “boom” under a Biden presidency.

Recall that Krugman predicted the stock market would “never recover” from a Trump presidency. The Dow Jones stood at about 18,300 on election night of 2016.

It closed Friday at 29,263 — 11,000 points higher.

Whatever Krugman says, do the opposite.

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Nationwide bosses vow not to abandon towns by keeping branches open

Nationwide bosses vow not to abandon towns and pledge to keep at least one branch open in each area

  • Nationwide had pledged to keep at least one branch open in towns until May
  • It has extended this commitment until January 2023 as a result of the pandemic 
  • Nationwide’s promise will be a relief for many elderly and vulnerable customers

The country’s biggest building society has promised it will not abandon any towns or cities until January 2023.

Nationwide had previously pledged to keep at least one branch open in towns where it has them until next May.

It has now extended this commitment as a result of the pandemic.

Banks have come under fire in recent months for failing to offer a proper branch service, with customers forced to queue around the block because opening hours have been slashed or turned away altogether if their visit is not deemed essential.

Experts warn it is a cynical attempt to speed up branch closures, with around a third having disappeared over the past five years, according to Which?

A man wearing a face mask stands outside a Nationwide Bank on October 14, 2020 in Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire

Nationwide’s guarantee will be a relief for many elderly and vulnerable customers who rely on a counter service for banking.

But it does not mean all branches will remain open during the extended period as the building society could still axe some if there are more than one in an area.

This might be due to low usage or to integrate a branch into a more modern building, said Nationwide.

Since introducing its original pledge last May, 16 Nationwide branches around the country have closed, while two new ones have opened.

Staffing issues caused by the pandemic mean half of the building society’s branches are only open from 9am to 2pm, with 2 per cent closed altogether.

A branch of Nationwide open on Kensington High Street, West London, days before the second national lockdown

Mandy Beech, branch network director of Nationwide, said: ‘Over the course of the pandemic we have seen an increase in telephone and digital banking but customers are also valuing face-to-face banking more than ever, especially for complex fraud cases and, more sadly, bereavements.

‘We want to give customers some reassurance our doors are open and branches remain at the heart of our strategy.’

James Daley, of the consumer website Fairer Finance, said: ‘It’s fantastic to see Nationwide extending its commitment to keep its branches in towns and cities… at a time when most banking organisations are continuing to move in the opposite direction.

‘Millions in the UK still rely on branch access and it’s vital banks and building societies keep these lifelines open.’

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Piers Morgan not a fan of The Queen's depiction in The Crown

Piers Morgan has shared his thoughts on the depiction of The Queen in The Crown series 4, played by Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, slamming it as ‘grossly unfair’.

The latest season of the Netflix drama centres on the marriage of Princes Charles (played by Josh O’Connor) and Diana, Princess Of Wales (Emma Corrin), with showrunner Peter Morgan bringing the Royal Family in the 70s and 80s to our screens in the latest series which dropped last Friday.

As Piers described it, we’re shown the ins and outs of the family in ‘devastating, graphic, painful detail’, with some elements, naturally, embellished all in the name of good storytelling.

However, according to the former tabloid editor, who has spoken about his interactions with Diana in the past, Piers felt the latest episodes depicted ‘both Diana and Charles in an incredibly unflattering light’.

He wrote in his latest column for Daily Mail: ‘She is depicted as a delusional, needy, childish, embarrassingly naïve, petulant and slightly bonkers bulimic, and he as a sour, resentful, cruel, nasty, poisonous, whiny, monstrous and ultimately loathsome piece of work.’

Piers added: ‘Meanwhile, the Queen comes across as a cold, heartless and inhuman woman incapable of showing any empathy to the couple as their marriage disintegrate.

‘I happen to know this last slur is grotesquely unfair to Her Majesty because Diana told me herself that the Queen had always been very supportive towards her and was “a great listener”.’

The Good Morning Britain host, who also referenced Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s deal with Netflix, which produces The Crown, in his column, went on to say both Diana and Charles at times have been ‘savagely mischaracterised in this brutal takedown of their relationship’.

While Piers insisted he still loved the latest season of the show – which followed fans’ praise for Emma as Diana – he also praised executive producer Peter for the ‘riveting’ storytelling.

However, he added that if he ‘were Charles, or William, or the Queen, or Prince Philip, [he’d] be as disgusted by it all as we’re told they are’.

Emma had previously opened up about depicting Diana in the series, saying: ‘Her relationship with the Queen is interesting. When the marriage starts to go sour, she doesn’t feel particularly understood by her.’

While earlier today Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell branded the latest series ‘fair and accurate’ in its portrayal of the former royal, who died in 1997.

Paul said the new series showed ‘the truth in many ways’ and suggested the Royal Family would prefer if the tale had remained untold.

‘I think it’s the best series yet,’ he said as he joined Lorraine. ‘It is spectacular. There are stellar performances from Emma Corrin as the young Diana and Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles.

‘But of course I think the show is stolen by Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.’

He continued: ‘This is just a peek behind the doors of Buckingham Palace, that perhaps the palace don’t want you to see because this is the truth in many ways. It’s a fair and accurate dramatisation of what happened.’

Recently some of Charles’s confidants were said to have accused show bosses of ‘trolling on a Hollywood budget’ with their depiction of Charles and Diana’s relationship.

The Crown is available on Netflix.

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Paul Staehle: I Was NOT Fired from 90 Day Fiance, Okay?!?

Paul Staehle would like to set the record straight.

Whether or not he’s telling the truth?

That’s up to TLC viewers to decide.

The former 90 Day Fiance star and his wife, Karine, were allegedly banned from the series by producers this fall.

On Sunday, September 27, the host of the Season 5 Tell All special, Shaun Robinson, offered the vaguest of throwaway lines to explain why the polarizing couple wasn’t present to, well… tell all.

“Unfortunately, Paul and Karine are not able to join us,” Robinson said on air.

“But we do wish them the best and hope they’re doing well.”

With so little information to go on, the assumption has been that producers told Paul and Karine to stay away while they worked on their marital issues and custody battle.

In late July, for example, Paul went live on Instagram to post a video of police visiting the home that he shared with his wife and their son, Pierre.

At one point this summer, both halves of the unpredictable couple had taken out restraining orders against the other.

However, they reconciled in October and Paul apologized for claiming Karine had tried to kill him.

That was nice.

As for where they stand now?

As for why they didn’t appear on the Season 5 finale?

“We were not fired or reprimanded. We were given time to deal with our family matters privately,” Paul wrote on Instagram on his Instagram Story on Saturday, November 14.

When, if ever, might we see them on TV again?

“Our payments and income was not affected,” he continued.

“TLC and Sharp [Entertainment] have both been very considerate to our situation.

“We highly appreciate them giving us time to deal with our private matters off camera. We are hopeful and eager to possibly return in the future in a more positive time in our growing family’s lives.

“We will be posting some positive highlights on our social media and YouTube.”

Paul also went on to address any concern for Karine because she has not posted on her own Instagram page since June.

“Karine is refraining from social media because of the extreme negativity,” he said.

In this same statement, Paul told followers that the couple’s second baby is due in February and also confirmed the husband and wife are currently living in Brazil with their 20-month-old son, Pierre.

He also acknowledged the pair’s ongoing relationship drama.

And, as a result…

“We will probably no longer be filming,” he added.

Paul and Karine’s often-ugly storyline was prominently featured on 90 Day Fiancé: Happily Ever After? Season 5.

Because the shot during the time they were estranged, the couple did not participate in the three-part tell-all.

For the sake of their son and forthcoming baby, we really do they work things out… away from the cameras.

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Dolly Parton on how not having kids impacted her career: 'I had freedom'

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Dolly Parton is opening up about her decades-long career in music.

The 74-year-old country icon has been quite the busy bee in 2020 despite limitations the coronavirus pandemic has placed on live shows. Last month, the singer-songwriter released her first Christmas album in three decades, and she'll continue to spread holiday cheer to her fans in the upcoming "Holly Dolly Christmas" TV special on CBS.

While doing press for her new album, the crooner has discussed several major milestones of her life, including her long-lasting marriage to her husband, Carl Dean, as well as her upcoming 75th birthday. Speaking about her family with Oprah Winfrey, Parton explained how not having kids affected her career.

"Since I had no kids, and my husband was pretty independent, I had freedom," Parton told the TV icon on "The Oprah Conversation" on Apple TV via People.

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"So I think a big part of my whole success is the fact that I was free to work," the entertainer said.

In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Dolly Parton reveals how not having children of her own impacted her career.
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Parton said she believes not having kids was a part of God's plan for her. 

"I didn't have children because I believed that God didn't mean for me to have kids so everybody's kids could be mine, so I could do things like Imagination Library because if I hadn't had the freedom to work, I wouldn't have done all the things I've done," she said. "I wouldn't be in a position to do all of the things I'm doing now."

Parton's Imagination Library provides books at no cost to children between birth and the age of 5 in communities around the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.

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The music icon is also known for being a godmother to singer Miley Cyrus.

Dolly Parton has been married to her husband, Carl Dean, for 54 years.
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Parton was also asked if the "sacrifices" in her life outweigh the rewards of her career. She responded, "I've made sacrifices, but I think, like I said, I believe what I know I'm supposed to do."

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In the same interview, Winfrey questioned the performer about turning 75 in early 2021. Parton declared she doesn't even have time in her days to think about getting older.

"First of all, I ain't never gonna be old because I ain't got time to be old. I can't stop long enough to grow old," Parton said, provoking laughter from Winfrey.

She also reassured the host that if she makes it another 20 years, she won't be worried about aging.

"I'll have on the makeup. I'll look as young as my plastic surgeons will allow me and [with] all the makeup and lighting and all that. But I think more than anything, it's about what comes from inside you," Parton said, according to the outlet.

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Undertaker’s side of notorious Shawn Michaels WWE story: ‘Smash you’

The Undertaker was ready to “smash” Shawn Michaels had he not dropped the then WWF championship to “Stone Cold” Steve Austin at WrestleMania 14 — confirming one of the most iconic backstage stories from his career. He just regrets not telling Michaels the truth about it years later.

The story, according to WWE executive Bruce Prichard on his “Something to Wrestle With” podcast, goes that Undertaker, who had just finished defeating Kane in the previous match at the FleetCenter in Boston in 1998, sat backstage at Gorilla position and wrapped his hands staring as Michaels went to the ring with the intent to get physical if the champion didn’t do what was expected of him. Michaels did ultimately lose the match and the championship to Austin, who went on to be one of the biggest stars in WWE history.

Undertaker and Michaels — who was nursing a serious back injury at the time — did not get along then and the infamous Montreal Screwjob involving the Heartbreak Kid and Bret Hart had happened only four months prior. Undertaker was ready to ensure there were no shenanigans this time.

“Early on in my career and when Shawn was there, I didn’t care for Shawn personally,” Undertaker told The Post in a Zoom interview. “I thought he was an arrogant little s–t. That being said, still no one I would rather get in the ring with it and work [with]. That’s just how good he is.

“Shawn, everyone knows the story, is supposed to drop the belt to Steve. Shawn was being Shawn in my opinion and like I didn’t know if he was gonna do it. My intention was to make sure one way or another business was done that night.”

Michaels, after the two mended their relationship years later and got to a very good place, asked him about the incident because he was frequently getting questions about it. Undertaker, who will give his “Final Farwell” at Survivor Series (Nov. 22, 7 p.m., WWE Network) after 30 years in WWE, said he didn’t have the heart to tell Michaels the truth at that moment because of how much things improved personally between them.

During an interview with “Inside the Ropes in 2018, Michaels said he never even saw Undertaker at WrestleMania 14 and “there is absolutely no truth to that whatsoever” regarding the hand-taping story based on what Undertaker told him. The Deadman said he regrets not being completely honest about it.

“I felt so bad because our relationship had changed so much that he goes, ‘Were you really gonna beat me up?’ ” Undertaker said. “I was like, ‘No man that’s just all rumor. Taping my hands up and everything, come on.’ He goes, ‘I didn’t think so. I mean that really didn’t sound like you.’

“The whole time in my head I’m like, ‘I was gonna smash you if you didn’t drop that belt to Steve.’ But yeah, he’s a completely different person, I love him to death now. But, yeah, that’s the story. I was sitting there hands taped ready to do whatever I needed to be done.”

Undertaker went on to say that he loves Michaels now and the legendary matches they had together.

“We’ve mended any broken fences,” he said. “I think the world of Shawn and how he’s changed his life. Obviously, we’ve shared some very special moments in the ring, WrestleMania’s and all that.”

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Prince Charles Will Not "Willingly Step Down from His Destiny" to Let Prince William Be King

As you likely know even if you only have a bb fledgling interest in the royal family, Prince Charles is next in line to be King. Followed by Prince William, Prince George, and then Princess Charlotte, etc, etc!

Here’s the thing, though: Apparently there’s been some speculation that Charles (who’s already 71) will step aside and let William be the monarch. But according to royal author Robert Lacey, who’s served as historian on The Crown, Charles will not “willingly step down from his destiny” to be King—even though William might be better suited to step into the Queen’s shoes.

“There is such loyalty and respect for the Queen,” Lacey said on Good Morning Britain, via The Daily Mail. “When we look to the future and say who could duplicate that in the future, could it be King Charles and Queen Camilla? Or would it much better be William and Kate who are already the focus of enormous popularity and are clearly stepping into the role of future sovereign.”

He also said, “I myself don’t think [Charles] would willingly step down from the destiny he has waited for so long.”

TBD on what happens with the order of succession, but as of now The Queen shows no signs of slowing down with her royal duties.

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The (not so) Great British Bake Off! Viewers say standard has lowered

The (not so) Great British Bake Off! Viewers accuse standard of this year’s contestants to be far WORSE than previous years after string of botched bakes and ‘poor’ show-stoppers

  • Viewers claim standards have been lower on season 11 than in previous years 
  • Bakers botched brownies and Sussex pond pudding during the challenges
  • Users took to social media to compare this year’s efforts with past 10 seasons 

Viewers of this year’s Great British Bake Off are claiming this year’s contestants are far worse than previous years.

Fans of the Channel 4 bakery show, now in its 11th season, have been voicing their dismay and frustration on Twitter after a string of botched bakes and ‘poor’ show stoppers this year.

They claim that standards have slipped compared to the glories of previous years, despite judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith continuing to praise performances.

Mark’s chocolate and orange Ziggy cake was criticised by viewers with one calling the cakes on the episode ‘terrifying’ 

Lottie’s Japanese Kawaii cake looked a bit strange, despite the fact she won star baker that week 

Hermione’s first pond pudding fell apart straight away as she took it out of its case and before judging almost all of them collapsed 

Laura’s ice cream cake was left melting and lopsided during the warm conditions in the tent 

Viewers of this year’s season of The Great British Bake Off have been left disappointed with the standard of the bakers 

One user wrote: ‘Is it just me or has the standard of the bakers this year had not been as good as previous years?’

Another said: ‘Is it just me or are the bakers not the best this year? Multiple sub standard signatures, mass failings on the technical and as for the Showstopper…’  

It was desserts week in the semi-final, which saw the remaining five bakers try their hand at cheesecakes, Sussex pond puddings and jelly cakes. 

For the technical, most of the bakers had never heard of a pond pudding, which sees and entire lemon encased in suet pastry, leaving some viewers less than impressed.

Viewers have described the signatures as ‘sub standard’ and said there were ‘mass failings on the technical’ 

Users have taken to social media to voice their dismay at the show this year after a string of botched bakes including the brownies 

Judge Prue admitted that ‘Sussex pond pudding is my absolute favourite pudding and they made a complete mess of it’, as viewers said bakers were not up to standards

For the technical, most of the bakers had never heard of a pond pudding, which sees and entire lemon encased in suet pastry, leaving some viewers less than impressed

Almost all of the puddings collapsed and started leaking, and by the time they were ready for judging some of them were in pieces. 

Judge Prue admitted that ‘Sussex pond pudding is my absolute favourite pudding and they made a complete mess of it’, after the challenge. 

A few of the bakers also failed to impress judges with their cheesecakes, with Peter’s lime and ginger creations sinking in the middle. 

During 80’s week, Laura forgot to turn her ice cream machine on, resulting in a melting, lopsided cake. 

Bake Off fans were also left disheartened during chocolate week on episode 4 when all contestants botched a batch of brownies.  

Contestant Lottie was told her batch looked ‘terrible’ by judge Paul as the contestants exotic creations failed to meet the mark. 

Lottie said: ‘We’ve all tried to make it harder than it needed to be’ as she realised what they had done wrong. 

Paul added that her brownies looked like they had been ‘dropped’ as the challenge proved to be a miss for all the bakers.   

Cakes throughout the series have also been criticised by viewers, as contestants had to make celebrity hero cake busts, which went a bit wrong, like Mark’s chocolate and orange Ziggy cake. 

Contestant Lottie was told her batch looked ‘terrible’ by judge Paul as the contestants exotic creations failed to meet the mark

Linda’s caged tart failed to meet the standards (pictured), as her cage broke leaving her going home at the end of the episode 

One viewer wrote: ‘These cake heads are TERRIFYING’. 

Linda’s caged tart failed to meet the standards, as her cage broke leaving her going home at the end of the episode. 

During Japanese week Lottie created a toadstool cake for her Kawaii showstopper, but despite its odd look she won star baker that week.   

On bread week in episode 3, the bakers were asked to create a large decorative bread plaque for the showstopper.

This was to be in the style of a traditional harvest festival sheaf and should portray the one thing in life they are most grateful for. 

On bread week in episode 3, the bakers were asked to create a large decorative bread plaque for the showstopper, but viewers kept comparing it to the bread show stopper in 2015 

But viewers were left recalling a spectacular bread creation from the 2015 season where baker Paul created a ‘King of the Jungle’ creation  

But viewers were left recalling a spectacular bread creation from the 2015 season where baker Paul created a lion, with this year’s contestants failing to outshine it.   

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