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Underground nuclear bunker on sale for £550,000 hides three luxury apartments

A Grade II listed bunker built in 1951 during the Cold War has been completely transformed into a series of stunning apartments – and they even still have the original reinforced doors and walls

This nuclear bunker up for sale may look like any other from the outside, but on the inside, it hides three luxury apartments.

The Grade II listed building in the seaside area of Shrublands Road, Mistley, Essex, was built in 1951 during the Cold War.

It was originally designed to serve as the communications ‘hub’ of the county in the event of an attack.

Now, it has been carefully restored and converted into a series of luxury apartments – one four-bed and two three-beds.

Developers at BuildVantage have created the homes over two floors, centred around a beautiful light-filled atrium.

All three still have the original reinforced doors and walls made from military-grade tank steel and protected by thick reinforced concrete walls, and one of the properties even features an original ventilation system housed behind a glass wall.

The homes have a luxurious feel with Italian marble bathrooms, granite worktops and underfloor heating.

And each apartment comes with its own off-road parking and enclosed garden.

The properties are a stone’s throw from the historic village of Mistley and its train station, which has direct links to London Liverpool Street.

Mistley offers various local shops, a popular restaurant and train station whilst the walk to Manningtree will take you along the picturesque River Stour and lead you into the town centre where you can discover various local shops, eateries and other amenities.

The properties were originally listed individually with prices starting at £550,000 but are now being sold together at auction.

The auction, through Allsop, will take place on 9 November.

Property agent Max Turner from Savills in Ipswich said: “Effortlessly stylish, the developers have found the perfect balance of combining modern-day luxury with restored original features to create an extraordinary transformation.

“It’s a truly unique development – connecting the past and present in a landmark building that’s part of the area’s heritage and which will of course make a great talking point when friends and family visit.

“We’ve already received a lot of very positive feedback and people are obviously interested in the bunker’s history, but it also ticks a lot of the boxes that buyers are continuing to look for – tucked away on the edge of the village with plenty of access to outdoor space, yet within a short distance of shops, restaurants and the nearby station.”

Facebook’s name change – and Mark Zuckerberg – mocked as Meta can mean ‘dead’

Social media users, especially those in Israel, have questioned whether Zuckerberg knew Meta sounds like the Hebrew word for ‘dead’ before making the change

Mark Zuckerberg is being mocked by social media users after changing Facebook’s name to Meta.

The rebrand came as part of a push to broaden Facebook’s business portfolio beyond social networking to develop a so-called metaverse.

The ‘metaverse’ is the term being used to describe an online world where people would be able to meet, play and work virtually, often using VR headsets.

While the wider company name has been rebranded to Meta, the established Facebook service is to remain unchanged.

However, social media users, especially those in Israel, have questioned whether Zuckerberg knew Meta sounds like the Hebrew word for ‘dead’ before making the change.

Twitter users were quick to jump on the change, suggesting Zuckerberg must’ve “slept through Hebrew class”, while others shared their thoughts through the #FacebookDead hashtag.

Facebook Newsroom tweeted on Thursday: “Today we’re introducing Meta, which brings together our apps and technologies under a new company brand. Learn more about how we’re helping build the metaverse and other news from Connect.”

In response to the name change, one Twitter user said: “In Hebrew, Meta means Dead. The Jewish community will ridicule this name for years to come.”

While another said: “In Greek it means beyond. Don’t be silly. Everybody knows what Meta means in English. If you apply this silly logic you can’t name anything because the word means something in some language.”

In Zuckerberg’s words: “Meta refers to the so-called ‘metaverse’ that the company wants to build.

“That metaverse is a world in virtual reality where social media, games and web stores come together, so that users no longer have to leave that world.”

The new Meta logo is the sign for infinity, which left many users on Reddit suggesting a number of different conspiracy theories.

One user suggested that Zuckerberg wants us to “transmit to a completely different digital reality” since ‘Meta’ also means ‘after’ in Greek.

Another user responded: “Conspiracies are better when they aren’t so forced.”

It wasn’t just opinions and debate over social media though, The ZAKA emergency services, who specialise in collecting body parts after accidents or attacks for a proper Jewish burial, tweeted: “Don’t worry, we’re on it.”

Heinz launches its first ever limited-edition Christmas Dinner Big Soup

The latest soup flavour from Heinz comes complete with turkey, pigs in blankets, stuffing and chunky potatoes – as new research finds that a quarter of brits would eat Christmas dinner every day if they could

Calling all Christmas dinner fanatics – as we have a new food item that you are going to want to get your hands on, pronto.

Heinz Big Soups do not mess around, especially when it comes to full-on ingredients and big-time flavour. And the latest festive addition to the Big Soup family is certainly no exception!

The new Heinz limited edition Christmas Dinner Big Soup is packed full of big chunks of all the festive feasting favourites, including turkey, stuffing balls, chunky potatoes, Brussels sprouts and even pigs in blankets – for no-nonsense seasonal satisfaction.

Luckily for those turkey, stuffing, roastie and pigs-in-blankets-loving Brits, Heinz Christmas Dinner Big Soup boasts big, delicious chunks of these festive favourites, takes just minutes to warm through in the microwave or on the hob.

Best of all? It’s a snip of the price of your full Christmas lunch at just £1.50 – perfect for those that would happily eat Christmas dinner every day.

You can buy it now from the Heinz website right here – but you’ll need to be quick as it won’t be around for long. So what are you waiting for?

Mum leaves sassy note on pavement for neighbour who moaned about son’s chalk art

Ashley Woodfolk hit back at her neighbour after they complained about seeing her son’s drawings on the pavement – by writing her a note in chalk in their courtyard

Many of us will have played with chalk when we were children and some of us will also remember using special pavement chalk to draw hopscotch lines and other fun doodles outside.

Pavement chalk is designed to wash away in the rain, but one person has been left so annoyed at the sight of the temporary drawings outside their flat that they contacted the building management.

Ashley Woodfolk, from New York, USA, took to Twitter (@AshWrites) to share her story after she allowed her son to draw with pavement chalk in their building’s courtyard, and was met with resistance from one of her neighbours.

And after building management listened to the neighbour’s complaints and stopped the use of chalk outside the property, the mum hit back – by writing a note to her disgruntled neighbour in chalk across the courtyard.

A picture of the note was shared on Twitter, which reads: “Good evening to everyone except the woman at my co-op who complained to the board about me and my toddler using sidewalk chalk in the courtyard.

“So I wrote her a little letter. In sidewalk chalk. In the courtyard.”

She continued to say: “This will be my last time using sidewalk chalk in the courtyard since it seems to be such a problem for you (and only for you).

“I’m sorry such harmless fun that brought my toddler joy (and has actually helped him learn all of his letters and most of his numbers – his favourites are E and 8) causes you so much distress that you have to complain to the board and waste everyone’s time when our building has much bigger real problems.

“I think you’re aware that we’re in a pandemic and while I’d love to take my kid to museums and the movies, I don’t feel doing that, and sometimes even local parks are more crowded than I’m comfortable with.

“The courtyard was a safe space but now there are limits on that too.

“There are only a few weeks of nice weather left, and I sincerely hope that you enjoy the use of the sidewalk-chalk free courtyard for the remainder of the fall. And I hope that every time it rains, rain that would have washed away any colourful ABC’s I wrote on the ground, you think of me.”

Ashley’s post has received more than 243,000 likes and many people can’t believe the cheek of the mum’s neighbour.

One person said: “I very much applaud your response to a ridiculous prohibition of your child’s creativity.”

While another wrote: “Before I became disabled, I would hop every single chalk hopscotch that I came across. Sidewalk chalk art is art for everyone and is so temporary that to get upset about it is a symptom of a sad existence. Chalk on, little one!”

Woman with the most right swipes on Tinder failed to find love on the app

Eliana Silver was among the most ‘right-swiped’ women on Tinder in 2019, yet the journalism student failed to find love on the dating app, meeting her boyfriend offline instead

A student who was listed as one of the most popular women on Tinder back in 2019 has revealed she had absolutely no success in finding love on the dating app.

In fact, Eliana Silver, who was one of the most swiped right people two years ago, ended up meeting her boyfriend offline.

The 21-year-old, who originally hails from the United States, moved to Aberdeen in Scotland for university, and decided to download the app in a bid to meet new people.

But, despite having to much interest from potential matches, the journalism student confessed she was very ‘picky’ over who she swiped right to, so she didn’t actually end up getting many matches.

“I set my Tinder account up in my last year of high school just to see what would happen but I didn’t use it much and only went on one date. Then when I got to uni people were using it a lot more – everyone had it,” Eliana explained.

“I wanted to see if I could meet someone and it was a way of meeting people to make friends as well because I was completely new, I’d never been to Scotland before.”

However, she was left stunned when she was contacted out of the blue in 2019 and told she was in the top 30 ‘swiped right’ people on Tinder in the UK and Ireland that year – making her in the top 14 women within this.

When the ranking was published, along with a link to Eliana’s Tinder profile, this rocketed even more to where 100,000 people were swiping right on her in a week.

“The summer after my first year of university a magazine contacted me about the top 30 swiped right people on Tinder that year. At first I thought it was a scam email because I thought there’s no way out of all the amazing, beautiful people in the UK that I’m in the top 30 – it was definitely an ego boost,” she recalled.

“I was shocked as I didn’t have too many matches because I’m quite picky and I only really spoke to and met up with two guys, but it was based on how many people swiped you. I’ve never seen myself as someone who is extremely attractive or interesting enough for people to swipe right on.”

But despite this, things never worked out or lasted more than two dates with anyone she met on the app, as she says most singletons seemed only interested in a ‘quick hook-up’.

Eliana said: “My goal was not one night stands like it is for a lot of people and some of my friends, but to meet people and establish connections.

“There’s two sides of the app – there’s the side trying to meet up with people for a quick hook up and then never talk to them again and then there’s the other side of people genuinely looking to meet someone and that side is much smaller.

“There were so many people that contacted me that I didn’t end up going on dates with because they would use a bad pick-up line or there just wasn’t an instant connection.

“I got asked to be a sugar baby a few times and some people outright asked if I wanted to come over and have sex, it was really creepy.

“One of the guys I met up with from Tinder clearly was just there because he thought he had a chance of hooking up later and he even got his phone out to show me his other matches and was saying how fit they were.”

She has since abandoned online dating, saying meeting people in person ‘works 100 times better’ and is 11 months deep in a happy relationship with her boyfriend, Jordan Benson, 21, who she met through mutual friends.

Eliana said: “We met through mutual friends – we were under Covid restrictions at the time but you were allowed six people in a house so I said to my friend you bring two friends over and I’ll have two friends here.

“The first one and a half months of knowing each other we were just friends and met up as a group and then it blossomed into something more.

“I think the best romances come from friendship and establishing connections in person works 100 times better for me because you find out who they are and see what they’re like.

“You don’t have that awkwardness of knowing you’re meeting someone to try and be together and the fear of going on a first date.”

Eliana’s boyfriend Jordan said: “We definitely clicked well as friends at first and after being friends for a while I just started to feel more of a romantic connection and she did too but we didn’t say anything for a while.

“I don’t like dating apps. I don’t like the idea of looking for people online as you’d look for clothing. I’ve never used them.”

Man slammed for refusing to take time off work to look after his sick son

A mum has hit out at her husband for refusing to take time off to help look after their sick child.

The woman explained that her son had tested positive for coronavirus, and so was having to miss school to self-isolate for 10 days.

With a part-time job in a school and no access to holiday days, the woman asked her husband, who works full time, whether he could take some time off to help her look after their little boy.

But she was stunned when he refused and insisted it was down to her.

The woman took to Mumsnet to vent about how “unreasonable” he was, where she said: “Our son has tested positive for Covid so needs to isolate for 10 days.

“Both me and my husband work, him full-time and me part-time (Monday to Tuesday). I’m a teacher so don’t have access to holiday days. My mum who normally does childcare for us is also positive for covid.”

She explained: “My son’s isolation will hit both my work days for this week and next.

“I think we should both take two days off – one of us this week, one of us next. My husband seems to think I should do it all.

“My headteacher is very reasonable but understandably likes to see that we’re taking turns in time off for sick children.

“My husband is shouting, screaming, calling me all the names under the sun as if this is my doing, and I can’t help but feel he’s being utterly childish and selfish.”

Struggling to understand why her husband is against taking time off, she said: “I believe I’ve brought this on myself because I’ve fallen into the ‘part-time’ trap of working outside the home, yet still taking on all the responsibilities as if I were a stay at home mum.”

She concluded her post, by saying: “So now this situation has arisen, he can’t believe he’s being asked to take time off work. I 100% cannot see this from his point of view at all, can anybody help me shed light on why he thinks this is reasonable?!”

Users were outraged by his behaviour and reassured the mum that it’s him who is being out of order.

One person said: “Time to put your foot down, he needs to look after his child at least 2 of those days and I’d tell him if he raises his voice or calls you names again, he’s gone…”

Another wrote: “He won’t even take ONE day off per week? What does he do that makes him so special that Covid and isolations have no impact on him?”

A third commented: “He is massively unreasonable. You should look into either counselling or divorce.”

One baffled user asked: “He doesn’t believe he has any responsibility to be a parent to his child and is outraged at your suggestion that he should take care of his child?”

Which lottery is the easiest to win? Tips and tricks on how to win big

The lottery will continue to inspire the dreams of so many, as millions sign up every year in the hope of winning big. Here is a breakdown of the easiest lotteries to win, alongside some advice on how to win a prize

We all know the temptations of the lottery, but by definition the grand prize is nearly impossible to win.

The EuroMillions for example, has a one in 139,838,160 chance of winning.

Unlikely to say the least — but it isn’t all about the grand prize.

Taking home any of the big prizes is extremely unlikely and sometimes its better to focus on the smaller prizes.

Some are easier to win than others.

So which lotteries are the easiest to win? We breakdown the best chances and odds…

Believe it or not, the easiest to win is the Polish Mini Lotto.

The odds of winning the jackpot prize is a cool 850,668 to one.

But these are far and away the best odds.

Next up is the Swedish Lotto, which you’ll have a one in 6,724,520 chance of winning.

The Polish Mini Lotto’s grand prize has a maximum total cap of £72,000, so it isn’t going to buy you the countryside estate you would like, but might just help pay off the mortgage.

Lottoland offered their opinion on which was is the best to play: “If you’re looking for a great all-rounder lottery our pick has to be the Swedish Lotto. Why? Because it’s got our second-lowest jackpot odds and it’s therefore your best chance to win a multimillion pound jackpot,” they said.

“A basic game costs just 50p. Add the bonus from as little as £1.50 extra plus the Lotto 2 draw for another 50p. Now you’ve got 16 different ways to win for only £2.”

The top five is as follows:

Polish Mini Lotto – maximum prize of £72,000, played every day with 1 : 850,668 odds
Swedish Lotto – maximum prize of £18 million, played Wednesday and Saturday with 1 : 6,724,520 odds
Austrian Lotto – maximum prize of £6.8 million, played Wednesday and Sunday with 1 : 8,145,060 odds
OZ Lotto – maximum prize of £545,000, played Monday and Wednesday with 1 : 8,145,060 odds
Irish Lotto – maximum prize of £13 million, played Wednesday and Saturday with 1 : 10,737,573 odds

Lottery top tips

The best chance of winning a small prize lies with the French lottery, with a one in six chance.

Next is the UK Lotto’s odds of around one in nine, while Spain’s El Gordo De La Primitiva has odds of one in 10. Austrian Lotto, meanwhile, has odds of one in 12.

Generally speaking, lottery numbers with the best chance of winning are the ones that are spread apart.

Popular numbers, like five, seven and 10 are picked more commonly. This means there is a higher likelihood of, if you are lucky enough to win, of splitting your prize with another person.