The television presenter, who became known for her tense confrontations with contestants when she fronted hit BBC quiz show The Weakest Link, takes over as the new host of Channel 4 quiz show Countdown next week. The 76-year-old explained one particular interaction she had with a contestant on Countdown, who “taught English to non-English speaking people”. But she was left stunned by his response to one of her questions on his profession.
The Countdown presenter also insisted she does not want her “language mangled”, adding: “We’re well passed whether we offend people.”
She said: “I have a chiropodist, a gay chiropodist – that’s not funny, I’m just telling you – lives with a gay partner, and they have adopted twins, and they have in the process, they have learned what I would call a lot of ‘woke’ language.
“Presumably it’s from all the vetting that they’ve had to do, and every time I have my feet done I learn something new that I’ve got to say or not say, and I’m beginning to say, ‘Who’s the arbiter of this?”‘
She added: “In fact, a contestant this week on Countdown said he taught English to non-English speaking people, and I said, ‘You mean you teach English to foreigners?’
“And he said, ‘We never say that’. Is that woke? Does anyone know?
“So I am fed up with it, I’m fed up with people telling me I’ve got to say ‘mixed heritage’ and not ‘mixed race’.
“I just think we’re being told what to do by people who aren’t in a position to tell us what to do.
“I don’t want my language mangled – I don’t want to lose the English language.
The outspoken host said she would not be able to say many of the things today that she previously said when hosting The Weakest Link for eleven-and-a-half years.
When asked who would be a good host for the discontinued programme today, Ms Robinson replied: “Well, I’m not in charge of light entertainment at the BBC, but I’d probably suggest somebody completely different, with a different approach.
“I also think it’s worth mentioning that I finished in 2011, and woke has happened since then.
“I imagine there are a great many things that I said that you couldn’t say now, and maybe that’s one of the reasons that you’d need a host with an entirely different approach.”
Boats at sunrise at Tobermory (Image: Andrew Ray/Loop Images/Universal Images Group via Getty)
A recent survey by Lonely Planet of more than 1,000 travellers found that 41 percent had not taken a British road trip before and nearly half (49 percent) confessed to still having staycation spots on their wish lists to explore.
Our sister site 2Chillreports that the current difficulties posed by trips overseas have seen a rise in staycations
The government’s consistent changing of countries on their safety lists also annoyed people – 48 percent were worried about countries going on the Government’s amber or red warning lists.
Nearly 40 percent wanted to avoid PCR testing, and a quarter (25per cent) wanted to holiday without worrying about their place in the vaccination queue.
Lonely Planet has produced a guide called Great Britain’s Best Trips of 36 routes that offer the freedom of the open road combined with the best of British natural, cultural and historic locations.
The suggestions range from four days to three weeks and offer inspiration for the whole family.
Lonely Planet has highlighted six of its favourite routes in less obvious locations that will take you from rugged castles and quaint market towns to Insta-worthy beachscapes and breath-taking viewpoints across the UK.
They range from four days to three weeks and offer inspiration for the whole family
With imposing castles, sensational coastlines and dramatic sweeping roads, north-west Wales is extraordinary and offers some of the best touring routes.
Starting from Llandudno, where the Victorian seaside resort spirit lingers on, this trip takes in mighty fortresses and some of the most dramatic coastlines in the entire country.
Stopping at the medieval towns of Conwy, below, Beaumaris and Caernarfon, you can then head to the Llŷn Peninsula’s enchanting mix of rural landscapes and rugged cliffs and the heritage towns of Aberdaron, Abersoch, Barmouth and Dolgellau.
Central England’s battlefields, castles and stately homes
English history unfolds in all its pomp and ceremony along this drive-through timeline.
In the heart of the country you’ll visit the sites of battles, castles that were besieged and the venues where the nobles built palatial manors.
Starting in Robin Hood’s Nottingham you’ll pass the scenic patchwork of fields and fences with stops in Richard III’s Leicester and Bosworth battlefield, medieval Warwick, Brixworth, Burghley House and end in the beautiful cathedral city of Lincoln.
Suffolk to the Norfolk Shore
Combine a coastal holiday with history and heritage by charting the changing character of the English coastline, from dignified resorts to a wild sweep of sandy beaches, backed by dunes and endless marshes where myriad bird species gather.
This trip starts in Aldeburgh with stops including Southwold, Norwich, Cromer, Cley-next-the-Sea, Holkham Hall and ending in the historic port town of Kings Lynn.
Winchester to Glastonbury and Bath
Get under the skin of olde England and experience some of the best archaeological and architectural sights, encountering England’s most extraordinary constructions, from 5,000-year-old Stonehenge, still-stunning Roman baths and soaring cathedrals.
You can add stops at a safari park, stalactite-filled caverns and the saucy chalk figure at Cerne Abbas for a vivid taste of history.
Starting in Winchester, with stops including Stonehenge, Shaftesbury, Sherbourne, Glastonbury, and Wells, you’ll finish in the city of Bath.
North York moors and coast
Beyond the Roman city of York and the aristocratic splendour of Castle Howard, this varied tour takes in ancient architecture, wild moorland scenery, picture-postcard villages complete with steam trains and a bustling harbour town with macabre literary connections.
Starting in York with stops at Malton, Helmsley, Danby, Goathland and Whitby with its Gothic abbey and links to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this route ends in the tiny fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay where you can stretch your legs with a walk down the steep hill to the shore.
Ferry hopping in Scotland
Jumping around the enchanting islands of the west coast on the ferry network, you’ll be eating seafood and sipping whisky along the way.
Starting in Glasgow, a vibrant city filled with excellent art, design, food and pubs, this tour takes in four of Scotland’s most enticing islands and offers an in-depth exploration of south-western Scotland.
From the stunningly scenic Arran to Islay’s welcoming distilleries, Oban’s seafood scene, Mull’s heart-lifting landscapes and the enchanting holy isle of Iona, you’ll end in the pretty town of Tobermory.
The ferry trips themselves offer sensational coastal perspectives and wildlife-spotting opportunities which are all part of the adventure.
Carol Vorderman, 61, will be back to present The Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, this year, but doesn’t want to work in television for much longer. The ex Countdown star said she will instead continue to focus on prioritising her health and helping others. Reflecting on 2020, the mother-of-two said she was “beyond tired” after having a packed schedule.
Carol marks her 22nd year presenting The Pride Of Britain Awards this year, which will return in person.
The host’s work on the show has made her determined to spend more time helping others.
She revealed she’s been working with Swansea and Cambridge universities for years and has also given away educational bursaries to help children from deprived backgrounds.
“And now I want to do even more,” she added, revealing she hoped to set up a foundation in the future.
The former Prime Minister hit out at the Government’s coronavirus travel guidance during a debate on the aviation industry in the House of Commons on Thursday. She said if travel was banned every time the UK finds a new strain of concern, “we will never be able to travel abroad ever again”.
Mrs May recalled promises from ministers last year suggesting they were “working hard” to ensure international travel could be resumed safely.
She added: “One year on we are no further forward, indeed what we have is a devastated industry, jobs lost and global Britain shut for business.
“More than not being any further forward, we’ve gone backwards.
“We now have over 50 percent of the adult population vaccinated – a wonderful programme – yet we’re more restricted on travel than we were last year.
“In 2020, I went to Switzerland in August, South Korea in September; there was no vaccine and travel was possible – this year there is a vaccine, travel is not possible.”
She added she did not understand the standpoint the Government is assuming.
Earlier this week, Environment Secretary George Eustice advised Brits to “holiday at home” as ministers backed travel restrictions currently in place.
He said the UK’s holiday destinations might be “very, very busy” due to decreasing hopes of international getaways being allowed.
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Cemlyn and Llanrhwydrus circular walk, Anglesey
The route: From Bryn Aber car park, walk past the monument towards the headland. Turn left through the kissing gate and either follow the coastal path or walk along the beach. You might see grey seals hauled up on Craig yr Iwrch. If you have time, make a detour to Llanrhwydrus Church.
At Henborth Bay look for the Henborth Drumlin rock formation that looks like a beached whale. Turn left through the gate towards Hen Felin (Old Mill) and cross the bridge.
Turn left onto the lane and walk back towards Cemlyn Bay and the nature reserve. After passing Fronddu, turn left. This takes you past the Cemlyn Lagoon, then follow the lane back over the causeway.
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Giant’s Causeway trail, Co Antrim
The route: Facing the entrance of the Causeway Hotel, head right toward the Visitor Centre. Providing no conservation work is in progress you can cut across the roof and pick up signs for the Red Trail from the rear.
There’s a wooden plinth with a map and directions. Continue along the path and up a steep hill to Weir Snout viewpoint. Rejoin the trail and you’ll arrive on top, but inland from, the headland known as the Aird. Boulders act as a deterrent to people walking out onto this headland. This area is spectacular but extremely dangerous. It’s not fenced off so be cautious.
At this point along the path, you’ll come to the top of the Shepherd’s Steps. Onwards, the path becomes the Yellow Trail and leads to Hamilton’s Seat. To follow the Red Trail, descend the steps from the clifftop. You can then choose to follow the trail towards the Organ, or turn left and head towards the Grand Causeway, linking to the Blue Trail.
Giants Causeway basalt columns on the northeast Irish coast in Northern Ireland (Image: Getty)
Staffa puffin trail, Isle of Mull
The route: Most visitors to the uninhabited island of Staffa arrive on tour boats and have one hour ashore. To see the magnificent basalt columns of An Uamh Binn (Musical Cave) – more commonly known as Fingal’s Cave – turn left from the jetty and head along the rock surface below the cliffs using the handrail.
To reach the puffin colony, go up from the jetty via the ladders. Turn right along the path parallel to the cliff-tops, leading through a gully using newly-installed stone steps, and back up the other side.
In 10 minutes you’ll reach a semicircular bay below a small green hill, where burrows are nestled in the grass around the edge of the cliffs. Sit patiently and the puffins will come to you. The presence of humans helps scare the larger predatory birds away.
The Isle of Mull is famous for its musical cave and puffins (Image: Getty)
Teign Gorge views walk, Devon
The route: From Castle Drogo’s main car park, follow the signs for Teign Valley Walks, turning right. Head down through the trees then turn left over the open common.
Follow the yellow-arrowed route through a gate and along Gorse Blossom Walk path. Take the right-hand path to descend onto Hunters Path, which leads back to the castle. Admire the view from Sharp Tor, looking towards Dartmoor. Continue round the hill, taking the second flight of steps.
At the top, go through a gate then left up more steps. There is a bench for a rest if needed. Continue ahead until you reach the castle drive.
Stargazing walk at Friars Crag, Keswick
The route: From Lakeside car park walk down towards the Theatre by the Lake, which will be on your left. Walk along the road with the launch jetties and lake on your right, then continue straight on, along an unsurfaced track to the end of Friars Crag. This is your nighttime spot to see thousands of sparkling stars.
Take a walk around Friars Crag at night and enjoy the starlit sky (Image: Getty)
The Rock House trail, Kinver, south Staffs
The route: At Compton Road notice board, turn right across the sandy area and take the uphill path into the woods, marked with a purple arrow.
Follow markers over the crossroads and past the play areas. At the five-ways, follow the arrow to Nanny’s Rock, where there is a descent.
Re-enter the National Trust boundary and walk along the top of the Edge. Beyond the fence on your right is an area of heathland restoration. Pass into the more mature heath, following a sandy track. As you approach the Warden’s Lodge, cross the grassland and head down into the woods at the war memorial.
Continue down to approach the Rock Houses, then back to the car park, which is signed from the Rock House tea-rooms.
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Linda Bauld says June 21st restrictions ease is ‘ambitious’
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the rollout may accelerate in time for the proposed end of lockdown. And vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “We are in a race between vaccinating at scale and making sure people get two doses. “We saw good data around the protection from two doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines. We hope to be able to protect all over-50s before June 21.”
It would mean around 21 million over-50s having received both Covid doses in time for Britain’s independence day.
There is also growing concern at the highly transmissible Indian variant and the renewed pressure on the NHS.
The alarming spread of the B1617.2 variant means it is critical that everyone eligible for a life-saving jab gets one as soon as possible.
Yesterday, Mr Hancock said: “We are in a race between the vaccine and the virus.
“We are doing everything we can to roll out the vaccine as quickly as possible and it’s never been more important to get your second jab.
“So come forward so we can continue on the road to recovery.”
Almost 40 million people in the UK have received at least one dose of a Covid vaccine as part of the biggest inoculation programme in history, which started on December 8.
The Government is working to ensure around 21 million over-50s receive both jab doses before June 21 (Image: Getty )
Three-quarters of all adults will have received at least one jab within days and almost half will be vaccinated with both doses before the end of this week.
Official figures show 39,068,346 people have had their first shot and 24,892,416 have had the second. Many of those under 50 who have had their second jabs are either key workers or have vulnerable health.
Chris Hopson, chief executive of the NHS Providers membership organisation, said “very few” Covid patients have received both shots, proving vaccines provide “very high” levels of protection.
He said: “The significant majority of hospital cases are unvaccinated.
“Either because they are too young or, although the patient was eligible, they haven’t had their vaccinations.
“This sends a very clear message about the overwhelming importance of getting both doses and the key role of surge vaccination in speeding up protection.”
There is growing concern at the highly transmissible Indian variant and renewed pressure on the NHS (Image: Getty)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing pressure to consider a delay to his previously “irreversible road map” out of the pandemic.
All legal curbs on social contact are due to be lifted in three weeks. But almost half of all new Covid cases are thought to involve the new variant.
A fortnight ago, Mr Zahawi announced the gap between jabs would be cut from 12 weeks to eight for over-50s and the clinically vulnerable.
The rapid pace of the rollout means health chiefs are confident of offering a first jab to all over-18s by the end of July.
Focus will then turn to an autumn booster campaign in which over-50s could get a third shot, potentially of a different vaccine to the one they had previously received.
Matt Hancock said the vaccine rollout may accelerate in time for the proposed end of lockdown (Image: Getty )
The Government yesterday said there had been a further 3,240 lab-confirmed cases in the UK and six deaths within 28 days of a positive test.
New daily coronavirus cases have soared by close to 40 per cent during the space of a week.
Official figures show that daily infections have risen from 2,325 last Sunday to the 3,240 recorded yesterday, while deaths rose by just one in that week.
More than 537,000 vaccinations were carried out in England on Saturday.
The NHS has also revealed 54,379,320 jabs were given in England between December 8 and May 29, including first and second doses.
A total of 6,900,813 jabs were given to people in London in that period, including 4,334,097 first doses and 2,566,716 second ones, NHS England added.
Meanwhile, Mr Hopson warned some hospital trusts are now facing a new conundrum – of how to clear the mammoth backlog of patient care.
More than 537,000 vaccines were carried out in England on Saturday (Image: Getty)
The NHS Providers chief said: “Trusts are going full pelt on recovering care backlogs, getting through as many cases as possible, starting with more clinically urgent, often complex cases.
“Many of these require several days of post-operative recovery, so wards are very full with these patients. Urgent care demand has significantly increased over the past few weeks and there is a very marked increase in patient complexity.”
NHS England data shows around five million patients were waiting for surgery in March – the highest figure on record.
The figures show more than 436,000 people were waiting for more than a year, compared with 1,600 pre-pandemic.
And Jayne Adye has told Prime Minister Boris Johnson he must join forces with Bern to thwart the bloc’s expansionist agenda – and expose its “fragility”. Years of talks aimed at binding Switzerland more closely to the European Union‘s single market collapsed on Wednesday, when the Swiss government ditched a draft 2018 treaty that would have cemented ties with its biggest trading partner.
Faced with fierce opposition to the pact domestically, the Swiss Cabinet said it would break off talks and seek an alternative way forward.
Ms Adye told Express.co.uk: “The recent discussions between the EU and Switzerland have a very familiar feeling to all those who have been involved in Brexit negotiations.
“Just as they did with the UK, the EU is trying to force their agenda onto Switzerland, with no regard for national sovereignty.”
She added: “This is nothing new for the Swiss, and their resilience in the face of EU threats shows we have a great deal to learn from them in how to deal with Brussels for the decades to come.
“The EU bureaucrats see themselves as the dominant force in Europe, to whom all should bow down before.”
Ms Adye said: “This is a narrative the UK should work with Switzerland to destroy.
“This brings the negotiations on the draft of the InstA (treaty) to a close.”
EU-Swiss economic ties are currently governed by more than 100 bilateral agreements stretching back to 1972, which remain in effect.
However, walking away from a deal could over time disrupt and ultimately jeopardise Switzerland’s de facto membership in the EU common market which – unlike Britain which made an unruly exit from the bloc – Bern is keen to maintain.
The failure to strike a deal means Switzerland is excluded from any new access to the single market, such as an electricity union or health cooperation.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Swiss President Guy Parmelin said: “We are opening a new chapter in our relations, hopefully a fruitful one.”
Brussels has been pushing for a decade for a treaty which would see the Swiss adopt changes to single market rules.
It would also have provided a more effective way to resolve disputes.
A statement issued by the European Commission, led by President Ursula von der Leyen, said: “Without this agreement, this modernisation of our relationship will not be possible and our bilateral agreements will inevitably age.”
Switzerland’s Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis admitted there would be disadvantages for Switzerland, but insisted erosion of the existing bilateral accords would happen slowly.
He added: “That gives us time to react with mitigation measures.”
The Prime Minister is recruiting an external adviser to identify new opportunities following the UK’s departure from the European Union. Their specific role will be to find and highlight the benefits that leaving the bureaucratic bloc has handed the UK.
Their job will complement former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith’s Global Britain Taskforce which is examining how the UK can reshape its economy to the benefit of everyone.
Its hotly anticipated report should be published in the coming months and is hoped will suggest how the government can “level up” the economy by distributing wealth evenly across the nation.
The new role will report to former Brexit chief negotiator Lord Frost – who is now the Cabinet Secretary.
He told Parliament this week: “We have high hopes of outside input into this process.