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Taxpayer outrage as pregnant people could be offered £400 by NHS to quit smoking 'Garbage'

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) and Public Health England said studies found “voucher incentives were acceptable to many pregnant women and healthcare providers”.

Dr Paul Chrisp, director of Nice’s centre for guidelines, said: “These draft guideline recommendations are a renewed effort to reduce the health burden of smoking and to encourage and support people to give up smoking.

“Smoking continues to take a huge toll on the health of the nation and accounts for approximately half the difference in life expectancy between the richest and poorest in society.

“It is therefore vitally important that we reduce the level of smoking in this country.

“We know that around 10 percent of women are known to be smokers at the time of giving birth and, given the significant health effects of smoking on both mothers and babies, it is clear that further efforts are required to encourage this group to give up smoking.

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“We need to use every tool in our arsenal to reduce smoking rates, including education, behavioural support, financial incentives, and e-cigarettes if people are interested in using them.

“Combined, we hope that people who smoke will feel enabled to give up tobacco products once and for all.”

Britons chimed in on Twitter to discuss the potential policy, most unsupportive.

One wrote: “If pregnant women won’t quit smoking for the sake of their baby but will do it for £400 then I’m really concerned about them as mothers tbh since it isn’t a good sign about priorities.

“Why not give £400 to expectant mothers who aren’t poisoning their children instead?”

“You give up smoking for yourself for it to be successful in the longer term. It may help a small proportion who want to give up,” one said.

Another questioned, “They could quite easily start smoking again after having their baby?”

Another said: “Why are taxpayers rewarding those that could stop but don’t because they’re selfish? Better idea, if their child is born with any issues, they are charged, prosecuted and punished for not safeguarding their child.”

“If they can’t stop smoking with an unborn child inside them I very much doubt £400 will do the job. Do people actually get paid for coming up with this garbage,” another said.

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The Beatles: John Lennon denied 'garbage' Abbey Road song was about drugs

The Beatles spent a large portion of time in India in 1968 to write their ninth studio album, The White Album. The record included influences from a range of genres including folk, blues and ska. John Lennon was not entirely pleased with every song he wrote while out there, however.


The band visited India from March to April of 1968, before returning to London in May and recording the album until October.

The record, which has been certified 24x platinum, included such iconic songs as While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Helter Skelter and Back in the USSR.

At the time the band also wrote and recorded a song which was later included on their 11th album, Abbey Road: Mean Mr Mustard. This track, however, is a song Lennon was not pleased with at all.

Speaking to Playboy’s David Sheff, Lennon said of the song: “That’s me, writing a piece of garbage.”

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Lennon recalled where he got the idea for the song in the interview.

He explained that he was not writing about drugs, despite the lyrics which indicated otherwise.

The song coos: “Mean Mister Mustard sleeps in the park / Shaves in the dark trying to save paper / Sleeps in a hole in the road / Saving up to buy some clothes / Keeps a ten-bob note up his nose /Such a mean old man, Such a mean old man.”

The singer told Sheff: “I’d read somewhere in the newspaper about this mean guy who hid five-pound notes, not up his nose but somewhere else.”

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Lennon added: “They are only finished bits of cr*p that I wrote in India.”

These interviews were not the only instances of the star denying his songs were talking about drugs.

One of the band’s most famous songs with narcotic connotations is Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, which is often abbreviated to LSD.

However, Lennon once again claimed this was not the intention.

Lennon told Sheff: “I had no idea it spelt LSD. This is the truth: my son came home with a drawing and showed me this strange-looking woman flying around.

“I said: ‘What is it?’ and he said: ‘It’s Lucy in the sky with diamonds.’ I thought: ‘That’s beautiful.’ I immediately wrote a song about it.”

Bandmate Paul McCartney later backed up this story, saying in Anthology: “I showed up at John’s house and he had a drawing Julian had done at school with the title Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds above it.

“Then we went up to his music room and wrote the song, swapping psychedelic suggestions as we went.”


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Furious about Windows 11's 'garbage' new design? Don't worry, Microsoft already has a fix

Microsoft has promised to reveal the “next generation” of Windows 10 at an event next week. The only problem is that it has already leaked online. An early version of so-called Windows 11 has appeared on social media …and Microsoft fans really aren’t happy with the new design changes. In fact, they’re pretty furious.

Based on what we’ve seen from the leaks, which have been widely circulated online, the new desktop operating system makes some fundamental changes. First up, the sharp edges and straight lines found across Windows 10 have been ditched in favour of softer curves and rounded corners everywhere. Every icon has been re-engineered, so that everything looks apiece – something that definitely isn’t the case if you delve deep enough in the File Explorer or Control Panel in Windows 10.

There’s also a panel of interactive widgets that can be swiped over whatever you’re doing on-screen. These small widgets can track share prices, show headlines from news websites, present the forecast for the next few days, and more. It’s unclear whether you’ll be able to interact with these widgets, or whether clicking on them will launch the corresponding app. These widgets seem to replace the Live Tiles that were found inside the Start Menu on Windows 10 and showcased some information from inside the app on the icon itself – saving you from a click if you wanted to quickly check the weather.

But it’s the Start Menu that is the biggest change in Windows 11. And it’s also the one that has caused the biggest outrage amongst fans.

With Windows 11, Microsoft looks set to centre the Start Menu on the taskbar that runs along the bottom of the screen. The rounded corners found everywhere else on the operating system have also made the cut on the new Start Menu which springs up in the middle of your screen when clicked. A grid of 18 pinned apps make up the top half of the new Start Menu design, while the bottom is taken up with Recommendations from Microsoft.

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In the top right-hand corner of the new menu, there’s a small shortcut to launch the complete All Apps menu… if you’re looking for something that you rarely open. The bottom right-hand corner has a small Power icon that houses the various Restart, Log Out, and Power Off options. And that’s about it.

Search has its own icon in the taskbar and loads up a Start Menu-like interface in the middle of the display to find the application, folder, files or contact you’re hunting down. It can also be triggered with the same keyboard shortcut Windows 10 users will be used to. Tom Warren of The Verge was one of the first to get his hands on the leaked version of Windows 11, posting clips of the new operating system revealing the new Start Menu design, icons, and the version number, which is listed as “Windows 11”.

Following the leak, which hit the internet more than a week before Microsoft is due to formally unveil the operating system during its event, fans took to social media to complain about the new look. One enraged Windows 10 user posted: “I really hope this is some kind of fake or super early prototype, and not actually indicative of the direction they’re going.”

Another summed up their thoughts by tweeting: “This….. is just garbage design”. Another added: “Windows goes to a new level of inconsistency in design.”

“Can I keep windows 10 instead…” one Microsoft fan tweeted as the screenshots and video of the new interface started to flood social media. Well, funnily enough, Microsoft has anticipated some of this backlash. After all, the Redmond-based company has had its fair share of iffy receptions to major overhauls to Windows over the years.

Clearly anticipating the main complaint around Windows 10 – the new Start Menu – the firm has already baked in a way to return the new centred design back to its rightful place in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen, where it’s found on Windows 10 (ironically, itself an admission that fans were right in the wake of the new Start Menu launched in Windows 8).

When you’re running the next version of Windows, it’s pretty easy to re-enable the traditional location of the Start Menu. To do, follow the instructions below…

  • Open Regedit
  • Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoft WindowsCurrentVersionExplorerAdvanced
  • Create a new DWord called Start_ShowClassicMode
  • Set its value to 1

If that sounds like too much hard work, there’s also an option in the Settings > Personalisation > Task Bar menu.

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