Josie Cunningham ‘having sex with baby daughter’s brother’ after giving birth

Josie Cunningham has claimed to be having a sexual relationship with her daughter’s half-brother, following the birth of her baby Destiny.

The 30-year-old, who rose to fame in 2009 when she got a boob job through the NHS, gave birth her fifth child last October.

Speaking to Mirror Online, the Leeds-born model admitted to having a relationship with a man – who was considered to be her step-son – several months ago.

She told the publication: “ "I’m not proud of sleeping with my step-son, but he is hot and proud of bagging a thicker.

"Blood may be thicker than water, but semen is thicker than blood."

Mirror Online chose not to name the man in question.

Josie started dating Destiny’s father in April 2018, after the two struck up a romance on a dating app.

She told the publication: "He messaged me first and had no idea about some of the scandal I had caused in the past, it was really nice to be able to have a conversation with someone without them judging me or quizzing me about some decisions I’ve made in my life."

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12pm Arsenal news LIVE: Aubameyang contract talks before end of season, Torreira injury UPDATE, Camara chased – The Sun

ARSENAL take on struggling West Ham in a London derby this weekend.

But the Gunners will be without Lucas Torreira with the Uruguayan set to miss the rest of the season after breaking his ankle.

Follow all the latest updates from the Emirates below…

  • HAMMER TIME

    Mikel Arteta believes victory against West Ham is crucial if the North Londoners are to secure Champions League football next season.

    Speaking to the media, the Gunners gaffer said: “Beat West Ham on Saturday and we are closer.

    “That's all I am thinking because a few weeks ago it looked impossible and if we beat West Ham it will look more likely. So that's the only aim.

    “If game-by-game we go and start grabbing three points and three points and three points, and then we'll have a chance in the last three or four games of the season.”

  • TOP TIER

    Kieran Tierney is edging closer to returning to the first team, but Mikel Arteta revealed he won't be ready to face West Ham.

    Arteta said of the Scottish left-back: “I don't know when he will be ready to play but he's done two or three complete sessions now.

    “He's feeling more and more confident now with contact around him and hopefully he will join the squad soon.”

    Tierney has been out with a shoulder injury since suffering the problem in the 3-1 win against the Hammers in December.

  • MAR TO COME

    Mikel Arteta has hinted that Pablo Mari could start against West Ham following his impressive debut against Portsmouth.

    Speaking of the Spanish centre-back, he said: “Well he has recovered really well from the game.

    “He had 45 minutes with the Under-23s four days before that game.

    “He played 90 minutes, he said he’s physically good, he trained well and I think he’s ready to play if we need him to on Saturday.”

  • PAPA DON'T PREACH

    Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos has claimed he would be willing to leave in the summer if he doesn't play enough games.

    Speaking ahead of the clash against West Ham, the Greek international was asked whether he could leave at the end of the season.

    He said: “I don't know. I have one more year here but me, I never sit on my contract. I don't care. If I'm not happy, I don't play enough or the coach doesn't like me, I don't care about the contract.

    “For me the money is not important, it is important I feel good, I feel happy and the team is happy with me. If not, I take the road and I finish.

    I don't think about it, I think every day to be happy and help the team and in the end we will see but what I say is that I am not a player who sits on a contract – I don't need it.

  • SAINT NICHOLAS

    Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas has backed Arsenal to beat West Ham 3-1 on Saturday.

    The Sky Sports pundit said: “West Ham had a wonderful result last week and I'm pleased for David Moyes.

    “There's been slow improvement for Arsenal under Mikel Arteta and I like his authority.

    I'm excited about the progress of the youngsters, and for the first time in a while I feel there's a genuine hope for those coming through.

    “Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, Joe Willock, Gabriel Martinelli and Eddie Nketiah all have really strong Arsenal futures.

    “West Ham will be a handful and Michail Antonio seems the best solution for them at present with his pace and power, but I still feel there's a vulnerability about their defence. I think it's going to be a busy day for Lukasz Fabianski back at his old club.”

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12pm Tottenham news LIVE: Dier fan to be identified after ‘horrendous’ abuse, Mourinho was ‘scared to watch shootout’ – The Sun

TOTTENHAM were knocked OUT of the FA Cup after being beaten by basement club Norwich City on penalties.

But the game was overshadowed by Eric Dier JUMPING into the crowd to confront a fan who had allegedly abused his brother in astonishing scenes.

Follow for all the latest Spurs news and transfer gossip right here…

  • MOUR TO COME

    Spurs cult hero Chris Waddle believes it's too early to judge Jose Mourinho, but has praised the Special One for getting the club in contention to finish in the top five.

    Speaking to the Racing Post, he said: “Managing Tottenham is the biggest challenge Jose Mourinho has ever faced – but I still think it’s too early to judge him.

    “He inherited from Mauricio Pochettino a squad who were struggling in the Premier League and clearly in need of a revamp.

    “His first job was to instil some belief and get them climbing the table again and he’s done that to the point that they are right in the hunt for a Champions League spot.

    “And they need to be in the top four. They’ve got bills to pay – the new stadium wasn’t cheap – and they need to attract the best players, so they have to be in the top competition.”

  • SMALL PRICE TO PAY

    Manchester United will reportedly demand £25million for Spurs target Chris Smalling who has starred on loan at Roma.

    The Serie A side are understood to be battling Tottenham for the signature of the 30-year-old centre-back.

    According to the Metro, Roma have been left shocked by the Red Devils' valuation of the player.

    They claim that Roma had hoped to sign the England international for below to £20million mark.

  • CHEEKY WINK

    Spurs midfielder Harry Winks has spoken of his honour at wearing the captain's armband for the clash against Norwich.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “It was a massive moment for me and my family. It's something I've always dreamt of doing, to walk out leading the team with the armband on for the club I've supported all my life.

    “He (Joese Mourinho) just pulled me aside before the game and said 'you're captain today'. I was a bit taken aback and really honoured and happy about it.

    “I'm getting older now. I've been with the squad for a while and I'm starting to feel more comfortable to be able to be more assertive, and I think the boys are starting to see me in a different way to how I was when I first came through the academy, and I can be a bit more vocal than I was a couple of years ago.”

  • DIER-BOLICAL

    Former Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has revealed his shock at “mild-mannered” Eric Dier confronting a supporter in the stands following the FA Cup defeat to Norwich.

    Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: ” It surprised me because he's a mild-mannered guy, Eric. But something serious has gone on there. Something has triggered it – pushed the button. We've all got that button. Some are hotter than others.

    “Unfortunately, if something is said out of turn, that you get upset with – and Jose said it himself; we need to be professional, bite our lip, not to go there – but sometimes it happens.

    “I'm not going to sit here and criticise Eric Dier. Something serious has obviously gone on there for him to step into that crowd, walk up 10 chairs and confront the guy who he was very upset with.

    “I bet the guy was sweating when he saw a 6ft 5in Eric Dier marching towards him. These boys are very strong and powerful. If it was on the street that guy wouldn't be criticising him would he?

    “Just because he is on the football pitch, he's trying his best for the club, things aren't going well, frustrations boil over, you've just got to get on with it. Eric is upset as well at being knocked out of the FA Cup.

    “The fans pay their money but it doesn't give them the right to say what they want and totally criticise the players. There is a limit. There is a line that needs to be drawn.”

  • SAINT NICHOLAS

    Former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas believes Spurs will lose 2-1 against Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.

    The Sky Sports pundit said: “Tottenham's priority right now is to try and get a result and to try and defend.

    “It means the reputation of Jose Mourinho is in jeopardy as this is what he was brought in to do – it's what he's famous for. His team don't know how to defend, and he was once the master of the art.

    “Have Spurs got the fight and togetherness? I can't see it. Every team gets injuries, and they've got far more options than most clubs.

    “If Arsenal and Everton are in with a chance of the top four, then we can't discount Burnley who are a point above them.

    “I don't think they have enough goals from different areas, but they're a solid side who have regrouped. Tottenham are in meltdown and I think Burnley will take no prisoners in this.”

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First look at West Midland Safari Park’s new lodges where you can watch elephants and cheetahs from your bed – The Sun

YOU can soon stay in a luxury safari lodge in the UK with up-close views of elephants and cheetahs for the first time.

New images of the West Midland Safari Park's upcoming suites reveal the stunning rooms, which will let you watch the animals without getting out of bed.

The lodges, set to open this summer, will be located within the elephant enclosure and the cheetahs enclosure.

The eight rooms will feature open-plan living rooms with views of the animals, with outdoor seating and balconies as well as comfortable double bedrooms.

In the cheetah's area, there will even be two-story lodges with floor to ceiling windows for unrestricted viewing, as well as a king-size bedroom and a second bedroom with single bunkbeds.

The new lodges, which can sleep up to six people, will be the only overnight experience where you can see the animals in the UK.

Even better, you don't have to leave your room for food.



On-site chefs prepare your dinner and deliver it to your room, while breakfast is also delivered so you can have amazing views while eating.

A stay at the lodges also include admission to the park and wristbands for the rides at the theme park.

The price of the lodges is yet to be revealed, and will only be open during the summer season.

Booking isn't open yet, but you can sign up on the safari lodge website to be alerted when they are available.

You can currently stay in a safari lodge in Kent which has views of lions and tigers, with glass windows meaning you can bathe while watching them.

We've rounded up the best zoo hotels in the UK where you can stay the night surrounded by animals.

Here is what it's like to stay at Marwell Hotel, opposite Marwell Zoo.

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‘Biblical’ moment thousands of birds block entrance and exit to village

Spooky footage has shown thousands of sparrows blocking the only road into a village in China, sparking wild theories from them being a message from God to being brought in to fight the locust plague.

The short 15-second video shows the flock of birds swarming the sky outside a village near the city Shangrao, in Jiangxi Province.

They cover several metres of the road into and out of the village.

It was shared to Twitter by Jennifer Zeng, who wrote: “Thousands of sparrows blocking the way at a village.

“Many weird things are happening. Can anybody explain?”

More than 50,000 people have seen the footage since it was posted yesterday.

Several conspiracy theorists sensationally reached for a religious explanation.

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“Read Revelations, It's all there in the Bible,” one user wrote.

Another commented: “Beginning to look like biblical plagues.

A third agreed, adding: “You are witnessing the beginning of the end.”

There were also those who bizarrely blamed the 5G network in the region.

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“5G interferes with the brain and body electro chemical wiring,” one said while several other simply put: “5G.”

Another user believed it was the latest attempt by the Chinese government to fight the locust plague arriving from east Africa.

“My guess is that those were released to battle the desert locusts,” he said.

Previously, the country has been said to send 100,000 ducks to their borders in an attempt to ward off the locusts so perhaps this explanation is not too out there.

But Jiangxi Province sits at the east of China, while the locust swarms have mostly been seen in the west.

A separate viewer was convinced he had found the real reason for the huge flock of birds.

“Because no one is gathering the grains – the bird population has exploded in these few months,” they added.

“Also, cleaner air – and other human activity to reduced their numbers.”

It is not the first time birds have been seen swarming the streets of a China.

Fears rose last month that "death crows" were feasting on coronavirus victims in Wuhan after video circulated online.

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Starc flying home to cheer on Healy at World Cup final

Alyssa Healy was in Mitchell Starc's corner when Australia's men won the 2015 World Cup on home soil and on Sunday, Starc will return the favour after flying home from South Africa early to support his wife in the women's T20 World Cup final.

Starc is returning to Australia, having been given the team's blessing to bypass Saturday's dead-rubber one-day international series finale in Potchefstroom and instead attend the women's decider against India at the MCG.

Alyssa Healy and Mitchell Starc at the Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne last month.Credit:AAP

The paceman was on hand for the Australian women's T20 triumphs in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and 50-over World Cup victory in India.

But lifting the trophy in front of what's hoped to be a 90,000-plus home crowd is something entirely different, and a moment Starc is keen to witness after Healy was on hand to watch Australia's men triumph at a sold out MCG in 2015.

"Obviously winning is very special but to have your loved ones there, your family there who for a lot of them were there for the journey to the World Cup, it's pretty special," Starc said before his departure.

"I think that was a big part in wanting to get back and to repay that I guess.

"We didn't take for granted how special that was for that whole group of players and staff to have everyone there for a little while after the game to just reflect together.

"I think it's just going to be another special moment for the girls' group now and for me, to not be a cricketer, just be a husband watching on."

Backed by national coach Justin Langer and team manager Gavin Dovey, Starc had been quietly planning for some time to fly back for the final if Australia made it.

Starc has followed Australia's women's campaign closely from South Africa, including the nailbiting semi-final victory on Thursday that unfolded while the team bus drove some five hours from Bloemfontein to Potchefstroom.

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc watches Alyssa Healy wicket keeping for Australia against NZ in 2012.Credit:Anthony Johnson

"I get more nervous watching Alyssa play and definitely more stressful on the bus than I do playing these days," he said.

"It got down to the pointy end and a few guys' phones dropped out, there were a few crowded around different phones watching the game. It was pretty tense. Keeping an eye on the radar, it didn't look great. But they managed to keep the rain away."

Starc and Healy's demanding international schedules have made it difficult for them to enjoy any extended time together, so much so that Starc has waived a multi-million dollar IPL contract to spend a couple of months at home.

Starc had no doubt that Australia's women would thrive under the pressure of a home final much like his side did in 2015.

"A lot of them have won plenty of World Cups the last few years so it's just another cricket game," he said.

"It's just going to be louder and more people watching."

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Chalk up a rare win for stating the bloody vial-smashingly obvious

Illustration: John ShakespeareCredit:

Mack Horton, I said. Bloody champion, I said. Good on him for calling out Sun Yang, I said, and refusing to shake his hand, I said.

Show me a bloke who smashes vials of his own blood to prevent them going to testing, I said, and I’ll show you a bloke with flecks of urine in his drugs!

Noooooo, you said. There were all kinds of good reasons why Sun did what he did, and he had every right to smash those vials, because he was not happy with the credentials of the testers.

Bullshit, I said! Is there any part of he smashed vials of his own blood to prevent them going to the tester that is not clear?? This bloke is as hot as mustard – hold the hot dog and hold the bun. HOT AS MUSTARD, I said!

Nooooo, you said. Wait till the Court of Arbitration in Sport gives their verdict, you said.
Ok, I said. I’ll see you in court!

And we now all know the result: HOT AS MUSTARD, they said!

Thank you. We will, with your blessing I hope, chalk it up: a rare win for TFF.

State-of-the-art stupid

Sorry, what? Have I got this right? First we the people stump up a lazy couple of billion dollars to knock down and rebuild perfectly good stadiums so the NRL et al can have state-of-the-art infrastructure for their money-making businesses for which they pay no tax.

Next, the NSW Government acknowledges they won’t get a return on their dollar but goes ahead anyway, but, after at least one building contractor runs screaming from the room, it now looks like there will be a delay of six months.

So the NRL now wants more money out of the NSW Government so they can put money into their suburban stadiums?

Is it me, or is this BATSHIT CRAZY?

The Allianz Stadium site in December. The NRL has been told work is already six months behind schedule.Credit:Brook Mitchell

“I know we said we wanted two new massive stadiums otherwise we’d pull the grand final from Sydney,” a reader characterises it, “but now you’ve stumped up a few lazy billion for those we’ve changed our minds and want smaller ones as we just realised that we actually never fill large stadiums.”

I know. I know. Sydney stadiums. Nothing more important. Meantime, in unrelated news, the President of the Bomaderry High School P&C, Sue Cuninghame, wrote to me this week, expressing her frustration at the lack of funds to repair and renew the schools ancient infrastructure, which saw it suffer severe water damage in the recent rains.

“I know we are a regional school,” she said, “and maybe no one else will be interested, but when the government can spend billions to upgrade 20-year-old sports stadia but can't find the money to rebuild/refurbish a 50-year-old high school in an underprivileged area, my blood boils and I feel something must be done.”

Me too. No more bloody money for sports money-making businesses. You want to “invest in the future?” Great! Fix the public schools first!

Swimming with Sharky

Well, I did tell yers that respondents to Greg Norman’s competition to find #GregNormanBiggestFan would have to be cloyingly sycophantic and lay it on with a cement-mixer to outdo Greg himself, and I was right!

As discussed, last month Greg finally jumped the whole shark to announce the comp and was due to announce the winner last Sunday but, as it turns out, there were so many replies and so many were so heavily covered in gravy that he needs our help to choose the winner from five finalists.

Me? I am going to go with this bloke, Matt B. from Florida. Take it away Matty, and give it a burst until the very last one of my readers screams ENOUGH!

“This contest is an affirmation of the core values that I have always believed that you possessed as a husband, a father and a son, as well as a savvy successful businessman and entrepreneur. For a man who as far as I can see has absolutely everything, that you would reach out to your fans this way is awesome and awe-inspiring!”

(I know, Matt. Does my head in too. The humility of the man! Reaching out for us little people like this! Just WOW. But do go on.)

“I have followed you in golf and worn only your clothes since my early 20’s!! That was about the time I started golfing myself. I was at your first PGA tour victory at the Kemper Open in Potomac Maryland in 1984. Truly….. I have a closet full of the SHARK! Only my under ware (yes….. I know you came out with under ware but my wife says “Really Matt?” LOL) and work clothes do not adorn that awesome logo that exudes power.”

The Shark came out with Shark underwear? Why weren’t we told? How did we miss out on this?

(A pause. The Shark came out with Shark underwear? Why weren’t we told? How did we miss out on this?)

“I have had a large vintage watercolour of you hanging in my home for the past 20 years! For Christmas this year my sister got me a gift card to the Greg Norman outlet in Ellenton, FL and had a shark carved out of wood for me… these are a few of my favourite things.

(Matt! I don’t mean to be unkind. But get help!)

“The symbol is an indicator that he who wears it does not back down and he fights for what he wants. It makes a statement to be strong and welcome opportunities and challenges in life.”

ENOUGH!

I am going outside, and should be some time. But yes, I took a very little flak from a reader last week who helpfully pointed out that Norman had achieved more in sport than I ever did – thanks, Scoop, you hold the front page and I’ll put the kettle on – but most were in full agreement with me.
Waiter! Get me a BUCKET!

Klopping it sweet

Here was Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp when asked in a post-match press conference his view on the coronavirus panic.

Australia’s women celebrate the wicket of Dane Van Niekirk en route to yet another T20 World Cup final.Credit:AAP

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Coronavirus: Will the outbreak end in warmer weather? Expert reveals if virus is seasonal

Coronavirus outbreaks are continuing across the globe, with 115 cases now confirmed in the UK. On Thursday, a woman with underlying health conditions became the first person in the UK to die after testing positive for coronavirus. The woman was being treated at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading and is believed to have caught the virus in the UK.

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As the number of cases continues to rise across the globe, can we expect the outbreaks to end come the summer months?

COVID-19, the strain of coronavirus currently infecting people, will likely end up being a seasonal infection, much like other coronaviruses, according to Professor Stephen Turner of Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University.

He explained: “Given many people have been previously exposed and are likely immune, then spread of these seasonal coronaviruses is more likely during winter months where conditions and behaviours favour transmission (e.g. a higher density of people staying indoors and in close proximity more often during the winter).

“However, before this the nCoV2019 will still have to run its course (i.e. spread globally). Once immunity is established in the broad population, it will likely go seasonal.”

A major reason for worry at the moment, according to professor Turner, is the scale of new infections.

He said: “The global population is susceptible given this is a new virus introduced into human circulation and capable of human to human transmission.

“While most people will only get mild symptoms (or even no symptoms), there will be a small fraction of individuals who will react severely.

“This equates to a large number of people if the majority of the population is susceptible.”

He added: “Given the rapid spread, an uncontrolled outbreak can easily overwhelm health services (there are only a certain number of beds in ICUs to help people with severe respiratory disease).

“Slowing the spread therefore might not stop people getting infected but it will help authorities cope with those with severe infection.”

To help slow down the spread of coronavirus, health officials are urging people to practice good hygiene.

The NHS is advising people to wash their hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds.

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People should always wash their hands when they get home or into work, and use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water aren’t available.

The health body also advises covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.

You should put used tissues int he bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards, and try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

You should avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.

How do you know if you have coronavirus and need medical help?

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • A cough
  • A high temperature
  • Shortness of breath

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. 

The NHS says you should use this service if:

  • You think you might have coronavirus
  • In the last 14 days you’ve been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see our coronavirus advice for travellers
  • You’ve been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

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Mum left hungry for days in cold home and struggles sending son to £1 playgroup

Hannah Hawkins lives with her two-year-old son Bodhi, surviving on an income of benefits which, disturbingly, leave her below the poverty line.

It is not the life this bright 25-year-old envisaged, or chose, for herself.

Bodhi wasn’t planned and, although Hannah is still in a relationship with his father, the couple don’t live together and he is currently unemployed and only able to offer piecemeal financial support.

Hannah, who lives in Middlesbrough, used to work full-time at a bank but says because of childcare costs she cannot return to work until Bodhi is three, and eligible for a free nursery place.

Hannah’s benefits do not cover her outgoings and she only scrapes by thanks to family and friends.

Hannah spoke to the Mirror as we launch our Give Me Five campaign . We are calling on Boris Johnson to increase child benefit by £5 a week to end the scourge of child poverty.

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We spent Tuesday, March 3, with Hannah and Bodhi…

7.15am

Cuddled up to his mummy, Bodhi’s sleep-encrusted eyes flicker open to the familiar sight of a bare bedroom wall speckled with a grey shadow of mould. The wall is bare because Hannah fears drilling into the damp plaster to hang cheerful pictures or put up shelves.

Bodhi’s streaming nose is cold. Outside, it is around 1C and in here little more. He has woken early because he is poorly with a cold which has lingered for two weeks.

The waiting list for social housing is so long, Hannah rents her home from a private landlord, the cost covered partly by housing benefit.

The property is not in good repair. Plastic bags are stuffed in holes for “insulation”, the radiator in the bedroom only heats halfway, a saucepan sits on the landing to catch drips from the attic.

Setting her heating to come on before she and Bodhi wake up is unthinkable.

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Hannah says: “People even set the thermostat to come on during the night. Can you imagine?”

Her solution is to bring Bodhi into bed with her. She can, at least, provide body heat for her
little boy.

Today, there is another problem. They must try to do without heating because Hannah has just 40p in
her account and her gas meter, which is perched on the top of her fridge, reads just £1.10.

That will only buy a couple of hours at most and in this drafty Victorian semi it takes at least an hour for the heating to be felt.

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Her weekly child tax credits of £52 will not land until half-past midnight, so she must save her precious gas until the evening, when the darkness makes the house even colder. Hannah tries to keep Bodhi snuggling beneath the covers but he is restless, so she wraps him in a fluffy dressing gown with a bear face on the hood and braves downstairs.

Sadly, her own dressing gown is stained and can’t be washed because her machine has packed up.

11am

Bodhi clambers on a cushion that reads Dream Big Little One. He has had a sweet waffle for breakfast – Hannah can buy a five-pack for just 89p so they have become a staple.

Hannah hasn’t eaten. “I’m used to not eating during the day,” she says. She has even gone two days without. It helps the food stretch.

Bodhi gurgles happily, making joyful sounds, but he doesn’t talk. Hannah blames herself. “I haven’t been able to socialise him enough.”

She can’t afford playgroups very often and says: “The cheapest group is £1 but some days that’s the difference between a loaf of bread or not.”

There’s another reason she finds herself avoiding them, too. Embarrassment. She can’t afford a coffee with the other mums and hasn’t bought new clothes since Bodhi was born. She admits she has been a week without using deodorant.

Now she has started to feel anxiety rise when she’s outside the home. Her faded canvas bag reads Yummy Mummy but she feels far from it.

11.30am

Hannah is crying. Her local councillor, who has also become a friend because of the volunteering Hannah does, has called round with an envelope.

Inside is £60, collected by a group of mums so that Hannah can buy a second-hand washing machine.

A wave of relief and gratitude trumps embarrassment.

Hannah is hardened to asking for help. Frantic WhatsApp messages to her mum asking for £1 top-ups to her account, accepting her sister’s offer to pay for Bodhi’s birthday party.

But this time, she didn’t ask. Hannah says: “I only survive because of my friends and my family. Because I have them, I’ll never regard myself as poor.”

1pm

Spring sunshine dapples the lounge’s uneven carpet tiles but Bodhi and Hannah remain inside.

Bodhi is mesmerised by cartoons. They spend a lot of time indoors, TV on. There aren’t many free options for going out, especially in winter.

And with no car, and buses costing £2.70, Hannah can’t go far. She says: “Some days he doesn’t go out the front door, I feel sad and guilty.”

Today though, there is another reason to stay in. Hannah is waiting for the landlord. She has been asking for repairs since she moved in and is desperate for the bedroom radiator to be fixed, and a radiator to be fitted in the bathroom.

She says: “When I bath Bodhi it gets so cold I have to keep the shower running, for steam.”

But what she loathes most is the “garden”. A pipe which carries waste water from the toilet and household appliances is leaking in one corner. A film of white scum covers the mud. There is no way Bodhi can play here.

The Home Sweet Home sign on the lounge wall rings hollow.

2.45pm

Bodhi flashes a cheeky grin as he clambers on top of a gravestone.

We are in a nearby cemetery. Hannah comes here most days.

This is Bodhi’s garden.

Hannah explains that the nearest park, 15 minutes away, is frequented by drug-users. The cemetery is beautiful but there isn’t another child in sight. Bodhi is having a ball but a two-year-old should not have to make a graveyard his playground.

5.30pm

Bodhi is having omelette for tea, again. Hannah contemplates spending some of the washing machine money on something different but she stops herself. She has a couple of eggs, a tin of tuna, and cheese – “a luxury”.

7pm

Every corner of the house is icy cold. Hannah stares bleakly at bread, cheese, days-old lettuce and grapes – the only fresh ingredients she has. She snaps.

She takes a note from the washing machine fund and pops to the shop to top up her gas by a couple more quid. She finds it “mortifying” doing this in person and usually uses a phone app to save face.

She also buys some chicken, although not the two fresh breasts she wants but a pack of six frozen pieces for £1.69.

She pops Bodhi in his cot and settles in front of the TV, again.

“People say broadband is a luxury but this is my only entertainment,” she says, explaining that she borrows her sister’s Netflix account and has ditched live TV to avoid having to pay the licence fee.

Tomorrow, she will repay her washing machine fund, and workmen are coming to fix the ­radiator at long last.

Hannah’s income

  • Income Support: £140 a fortnight
  • Child tax credits: £52 a week
  • Child Benefit: £20.70 a week
  • Healthy Start Vouchers strictly specific items inc milk and fresh food for baby: £12.40-worth a month
  • Total: £583.20 per month (£142.80 a week)

Hannah’s basic outgoings

  • Rent: £125 a month (the remaining £400 is covered automatically by housing benefit)
  • Council tax: £30 a month (heavily discounted)
  • Food: Approx £125 a month
  • Broadband: £30 a month
  • Gas and Electricity: Approx £160 a month
  • Phone: £22 a month
  • Nappies: Approx £40 a month
  • Toiletries and household necessities: £25 a month 

  • Public transport: Approx £40 a month
  • Total: £597 (without including clothes, toys, outings, or ‘treats’)

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‘The Sandlot’ Reboot Series Confirmed: Director Hints Original Cast Is Heading To Disney+

‘The Sandlot’ director David Mickey Evans broke big news: he ‘just finished’ the sequel to ‘The Sandlot’! He teased even more details about the reboot TV series in a recently resurfaced interview.

Television just hit a home run, because it’ll be receiving a reboot series of The Sandlot! The 1994 film’s director, David Mickey Evans, broke the happy news during an interview on The Rain Delay podcast in Feb. 2019, but the interview recently made its rounds throughout the Internet again. “I just finished The Sandlot sequel,” David announced on the podcast episode. “I just sold a Sandlot television show. We’re about to get an order for [the] first two seasons.”

David couldn’t yet disclose what platform the reboot will be available on. “I can’t tell you who is going to stream it. But, I know who’s going to stream it…It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out right now,” the director teased. The consensus across the Internet is that the reboot will most likely premiere on Disney+, given that the new streaming service will soon become a mecca of reboots for beloved movies and TV series like The Mighty DucksHome Alone and Cruella. For a hot second, Lizzie McGuire almost joined that lineup!

While David couldn’t dish too many details, he did reveal that he “got all the original cast members back.” It won’t be the summer of 1962 anymore, though; the reboot “takes place in 1984 when they are all like 33-years-old and they all have children of their own,” David revealed!

The original ragtag band of baseball players consisted of Scotty Smalls (Tom Guiry), Benjamin “Benny” Rodriguez (Mike Vitar), Ham Porter (Patrick Renna), Michael “Squints” Palledorous (Chauncey Leopardi), Alan ‘Yeah-Yeah’ McClennan (Marty York), Kenny DeNunez (Brandon Adams), Bertram Grover Weeks (Grant Gelt) and Tommy ‘Repeat’ Timmons (Shane Obedzinski). The original film followed the tale of Scotty Smalls’ move to the San Fernando Valley, where he finds friendship in this group of baseball players. It’s a heartwarming movie that grossed $34.3 million in the box office, and despite the modest numbers, it has gone on to become one of the most revered family sports movies in American cinema!

Two direct-to-video sequels were released after The Sandlot. One of them, 2007’s The Sandlot: Heading Home, starred the late Luke Perry.

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