Each week, Ben Hopkinson looks back at a serious, crazy, and happy news story from the past week.
(Photo courtesy of The National Scot)
Looking up North, people in Scotland have been asked to limit their socialising to three households including their own over the Christmas period beginning from now. This is to help fight the Omicron variant. Nicola Sturgeon has stated that she’s “not asking anyone to cancel Christmas” but people “must take Omicron extremely seriously”. This is on top of the extra social distancing measures that were announced on Friday.
On Sunday, the latest series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here came to an end and spoilers, Danny Miller from Emmerdale was crowned as the first King of the Castle. But this year Domino’s Pizza had to make a statement as many people watching from home decided to order Naughty Boy some pizza. Going against the staple munchings of bugs in the castle, the pizzas were intercepted and either returned back to their stores, gifted to the delivery drivers, or the production team kept them for themselves! A pizza with crickets and locusts may not be tasty to us, but maybe this is one of the trials next year either in Wales or back in Australia!
An elderly couple who live in the UK’s darkest village now look up 50-feet to their fir tree which was planted in 1978. Originally costing £6 shortly after they moved in, Avril and Christopher’s tree now towers above the houses on the street and can be seen from almost everywhere within the village. This is Inkberrow’s Christmas tree, which is decorated in 3,000 golden lights all the way to the tip of the tree (with help from a cherry-picker). The lights were turned on two weeks ago which included fireworks and a turnout of 2,000 residents. Also known as The Little Tree That Could, the tree lights up the street as it is one of the village’s that is without streetlights. Avril says: “The switching on of the lights has become quite a village tradition. A lot of people in the village say that it’s the start of their Christmas. We even get cards addressed to the tree, which is quite sweet”.