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John Deacon’s Queen hits: From Another One Bites The Dust to I Want To Break Free – WATCH

John Deacon has been retired from the music industry for almost 25 years. Queen’s bassist may have written fewer songs than Freddie Mercury, Brian May and Roger Taylor, but he leaves behind an incredible legacy of some of the band’s best-loved hits. This week’s episode of Queen the Greatest explores and celebrates his crowning songwriting achievements.

John Deacon’s first Queen song didn’t come until the band’s third album Sheer Heart Attack, when he penned Misfire.

The bassist then followed up with a huge hit single from the 1975 album A Night At The Opera.

His track You’re My Best Friend would go on to sell over a million copies in the US alone.

John also wrote 1977 fan favourite Spread Your Wings, before what would be Queen’s biggest hit single in 1980’s Another One Bites The Dust.

The Game album track sold over 7 million copies and has been streamed over a billion times on Spotify.

John saw further chart-topping success with 1984’s I Want To Break Free, while for 1986’s A Kind of Magic album, he teamed up with Freddie to write Friends Will Be Friends.

That track was released as Queen’s 30th single in the UK in June 1986 and was performed live throughout the band’s final tour that year.

Speaking with Express.co.uk last year, Roger Taylor shared how John has “consciously excluded himself” from the music industry since retiring in the mid-1990s.

Roger added: “He doesn’t like engaging in contact with anybody I think. I think he’s very fragile and we respect that.”

Asked when he last saw John, the 71-year-old revealed: “I last saw John, I think… We Will Rock You had opened six months before.

“I saw him there one night, in the bar, he strolled in. And that’s the last time I saw him. Probably 2004.”

And as for whether the Queen bassist has seen the Bohemian Rhapsody movie, the drummer replied: “I wonder, I mean I wouldn’t put it past him not to have seen it. I just don’t know. We’re all different aren’t we?”

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How to prevent gnat bites – the 4 tips

Gnats are often mistaken for mosquitos but they’re much smaller and so are their bites. Gnats are about 0.6cm long and some species of gnats bite humans to suck their blood and make eggs. The bites normally aren’t serious, but it’s better to avoid them if you can. Express.co.uk reveals how to identify, prevent and treat gnat bites.

Gnat season is upon us in the UK and these tiny flying pests are out to bite you.

Gnat bites aren’t normally serious and people rarely suffer from serious allergic reactions after being bitten, but they can pass on bacteria and cause infections.

Gnat bites often look similar to mosquito bites – according to the NHS, being bitten by a gnat usually causes small, red lumps that can be painful and very itchy, and can sometimes swell up alarmingly.

Some people may also develop fluid-filled blisters and you might notice bleeding where the gnat bit you.

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The difference between mosquitoes and gnats isn’t just the size, gnats have different anatomy.

Unlike mosquitoes, gnats aren’t gifted with specially adapted tools for blood-sucking and so they simply tear your skin using the sharp parts of their mouth.

According to Push Doctor, once the gnats have broken through your skin, they spit an anticoagulant into the wound that stops the blood from clotting and allows them to feed at their leisure.

The site reads: “While gnats don’t usually carry diseases that can be passed on to people, they may pick up bacteria as they feed, which can cause serious infections if left untreated.

“The chances of this happening can be increased if the wound is reopened or made worse from scratching.

“Allergic reactions to gnat bites are rare, but some people may react badly to the anticoagulant mixture used by gnats when feeding.”

How to prevent gnat bites – the 4 tips

You can treat a gnat bite pretty easily, but the prevention is always better than the cure.

Healthline lists four ways to prevent gnat bites from happening in the first place.

Cover up

If you’re outside at a time of day when insects are particularly active, such as sunrise or sunset, cover your skin by wearing long sleeves and trousers.

Gnats typically bite around the face but they don’t discriminate so make sure you cover all areas of skin and wear proper closed shoes when outdoors.

Ideally, wear light clothing because some gnats are attractive to dark-coloured clothes.

Insect repellant

Apply insect repellent to exposed skin after using suncream.

The NHS site says repellents that contain 50 percent DEET (diethyltoluamide) are most effective.

Healthline recommends using a product containing oil of lemon eucalyptus instead if you want to go natural.

Avoid using any perfume or products with a strong smell as these may attract gnats and other insects.

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How to treat gnat bites

The first thing you need to do is wash the affected area with soap and water.

Then, apply a cold compress such as a wet, cold flannel or cloth or an ice pack to the area for at least 10 minutes, especially if it is swollen.

If the area becomes itchy, apply some anti-itch or hydrocortisone cream to reduce the itchiness, redness and irritation.

You could also take an antihistamine according to the instructions on the packet.

If you were bitten around the mouth or eyes, your symptoms start to get worse or don’t go away within two weeks or your skin appears to be infected, get medical attention.

Call 999 if you are having an allergic reaction and are experiencing trouble breathing, wheezing, swollen throat, lips or eyelids, difficulty swallowing, dizziness, a rapid heartbeat, nausea, confusion or any other worrying symptoms.

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‘It’s a one-time event’: Texas Rangers exec bites back after Biden brands decision to allow full stadium ‘a mistake’

Texas Rangers executive Jon Daniels has hit out at US president Joe Biden after he was critical of the MLB team for hosting fans in their stadium this season amid accusations that the move could lead to spate of Covid cases.

The Rangers announced that there won’t be any caps on the numbers of supporters into the team’s Globe Life Field this season, though they did mandate that fans must wear face-coverings in the stands.

But President Biden clearly has concerns that packing people into the 40,000-capacity arena could lead to a severe uptick in coronavirus cases.

I think it’s a mistake,” Biden told ESPN Wednesday. “They should listen to Dr. Fauci, the scientists and the experts. But, I think it’s not responsible.
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The team – who open their home campaign Monday against the Toronto Blue Jays – remain the only franchise in Major League Baseball to not currently have limits on the numbers of fans who are permitted to enter the stadium, with other teams operating at 50% capacity.

Two teams, the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Nationals, are limiting attendance to just 12% of their usual allowance. 

However, the Rangers hierarchy insist that all reasonable safety checks have been observed – with Daniels clapping back against Biden’s grandstanding by saying that the plan to have a full compliment of fans in the stadium is a “one-time event” for the team – at least while Covid-19 remains a significant issue.

I think after Opening Day, reality is we’re not going to be at full capacity, I doubt it,” said Daniels, addressing Biden’s criticism Thursday, via TMZ.

I’m hopeful that people are responsible and wear masks and we can enjoy a good time out. But after [Opening Day], I don’t see it being a regular occurrence.

I do see it’s kind of a complex issue and I do see why the President would say what he said.”

This is why we can’t have nice things,” said one baseball fan in reaction to the Texas Rangers’ decision to hold a full capacity event. “We are at the verge of having a handle on this…. but no people can’t just hang on a bit longer.

Another described Biden’s opposition to the move as a “no-brainer“, but a third wasn’t quite so supportive – and referenced a frequent jibe from former President Donald Trump about Biden’s supposed inability to draw a large crowd to his presidential campaign rallies.

Everybody knows Biden and full capacity don’t go together,” they wrote.

Biden, meanwhile, also waded in to what is becoming an increasingly divisive subject regarding the ongoing vaccination program, with the 46th US president stating that everyone involved in the league – players, coaches and team personnel included – should submit to vaccination at the earliest possible opportunity despite a developing narrative amongst some who have concerns about the vaccine’s long-term efficacy. 

I would say I’m President of the United States and I got vaccinated,” Biden announced. “I don’t have an unimportant job. Would I take the vaccine if I thought it was going to hurt me?
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Sticking to the baseball subject, Biden also threw his presidential weight behind a proposal to remove the annual All-Star game from its traditional home in Georgia amid a row about a new voting bill being suggested in the state.

State leadership has looked to impose new restrictions on voting, with some pointing out that this would unfairly impact various minorities’ right to vote freely and fairly.

This is Jim Crow on steroids what they’re doing in Georgia and 40 other states,” Biden stated. “What’s it all about? Imagine passing a law saying you cannot provide water or food for someone standing in line to vote. Can’t do that? Come on.

Or you’re going to close the polling place at 5 o’clock when people just get off? This is all about keeping working folks that I grew up with from being able to vote.”


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