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Man spends nine hours getting stunning tribute to grandfather tattooed

Now he has commemorated the moment and honoured John by having an exact replica of the photo tattooed onto his bicep, in a piece of artwork that will stay with him forever. The ink shows his granddad, who Macca describes as a “man’s man”, cradling his only great-granddaughter, Elsie, during their first meeting on July 25, 2020.

Man spends nine hours getting stunning tribute to grandfather tattooed
John Harper with baby Elsie – the picture that inspired the tattoo (Macca Harper/SWNS)

Elsie was only a couple of weeks old at the time and despite John’s usually tough exterior, according to Macca, the joy on his face is clear for all to see.

He said: “That moment is so special to me.

“My granddad was diagnosed with cancer just after we found out Elsie was coming and I was worried that he would pass away before she arrived.

“Luckily he didn’t and we managed to get this amazing photo.

“Elsie will never know her granddad but this photo will live on forever and when she’s bigger I can show her.”

Man spends nine hours getting stunning tribute to grandfather tattooed
Macca Harper’s tattoo of John Harper holding baby Elsie (Macca Harper/SWNS)

Macca, a gas technician from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, added: “I wanted to do something special to remember my granddad and thought a tattoo would be good.

“He was covered in them so I think he would approve.

“My granddad was a pretty tough, old fashioned man but whenever we took Elsie to see him he would light up.

“You can see it in the picture, and now the tattoo as well.”

Elsie, who turns one next month, is the first girl in the family since John’s sister was born and is named after his mother.

Macca spent a whopping nine hours getting the £800 work done at a studio in Sheffield called Redemption Tattoo Studio.

He said: “I’m over the moon with how it has come out, it’s the perfect tribute to him.

“The artwork itself is unreal, it looks exactly the photo and that’s just what I wanted. I couldn’t be happier with it.”

In the wake of his granddad’s death, Macca penned a heartfelt poem, which is written in ink below the main tattoo.

It says: “Those we love don’t stay. They walk beside us every day.

“Unseen unheard but always near. Still loved still missed and held so dear.”

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Roman Abramovich has a Champions League final again

Roman Abramovich has a Champions League final again

Nine years after beating Bayern Munich in Germany and 13 years since his Moscow misery in a defeat on penalties to Man United, Roman Abramovich has a Champions League final to look forward to again after Chelsea beat Real Madrid.

A European campaign that had looked unpromising under Frank Lampard could now conclude with glory after an all-English final against Premier League leaders Manchester City, Chelsea’s spot sealed by a confident 2-0 win against 13-time winners Madrid at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

For a man whose conviction and success in front of goal has frequently been questioned during his first season at the club, Timo Werner could not have asked for more of a gift than the goal with which he put his side ahead after 28 minutes, the rebound from Kai Havertz’s chip onto the crossbar falling to him to nod in from point-blank range to make it 2-1 on aggregate.

“I had to wait a long time for the ball coming down,” the Germany forward admitted to BT Sport afterwards. “It felt like hours waiting for the ball to come… it was an easy goal for me.

“One thing you can say to us today is that we could have decided the game earlier in the second half but, in the end, it’s not easy to play against Real Madrid and we did it very, very well.”

Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was on inspired form, tipping a fierce strike and powerful header from hitman Karim Benzema away in a pair of fine first-half saves.

The danger was almost all from Chelsea in the second half, yet the wastefulness Werner alluded to felt as if it might haunt them after Havertz and N’Golo Kante – the star man again, repeating his majestic showing in Spain – both saw shots saved by former Blues goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois when they were through on goal.

Any nerves were finally calmed when Mason Mount became the first English goalscorer in a UEFA Champions League semi-final since Wayne Rooney more than ten years ago, sweeping in the second with five minutes remaining after American prodigy Christian Pulisic had created space to fire in a cross down the right.

“Real Madrid can turn nothing into goals, so you’re always on the edge,” said Thomas Tuchel, the coach brought in by Abramovich in January in a ruthless replacement of Frank Lampard that has turned out to be inspired.

“To hang in there, even if you have big chances that you miss and you miss again, to never lose the concentration, focus and positive energy on the pitch – it was a huge performance and well deserved.”

“We could have scored so much earlier and more to be safe, but it’s no time for criticism now. It’s a fantastic achievement; big congratulations to the team.”

Chelsea have been also-rans in Europe in recent seasons and were crushed 7-1 by reigning champions Bayern Munich last year. They are now 90 minutes from their third Champions League trophy against Abramovich, having already beaten City under Tuchel in a 1-0 FA Cup semi-final win this season.

Werner praised Tuchel for allowing his squad to enjoy home comforts rather than endure a hotel stay the night before beating Madrid.

“I know the managers love everybody to go to a hotel before a game because they have everybody together,” he smiled.

“For us players, it’s the best thing when you can sleep at home in your bed – when you are around your family, your normal home. It has worked for [recent] games, it worked today and I think it’s a good thing that the manager decided to do it.”

Tuchel made the final with Paris Saint-Germain next year. When it was put to him that reaching the showpiece again was a symbol of his abilities as a coach, he laughed: “Or not, because it’s not the same club.”

“I’m very, very happy that we’ve achieved this,” he said. “I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to live my life in football. To have this passion as a profession, I’m more than grateful – and to do it on this level, to coach a team like this and to reach the final for a second time, I’m very thankful.”

Chelsea are scheduled to face City in the showdown in Istanbul on May 29.

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Cancer symptoms: Nine warning signs a tumour could be growing inside your lungs

Cancer symptoms: Nine warning signs a tumour could be growing inside your lungs
The sooner a lung diagnosis is made and treatment begins, the better your chance of survival. First, one must know the nine warning signs that a tumour is present. What are they? One of the most common signs of lung cancer, as pointed out by Cancer Research UK, is “having a cough most of the time”. If this is a new, continuous cough, it could be a sign of coronavirus, which is why a telephone or video consultation is the best point of action.
Some people with lung cancer might experience “an ache or pain in the chest or shoulder”.

Recurrent chest infections should also be noted, as should losing your appetite, fatigue, and losing weight without trying to.

To summarise, the nine warning signs of lung cancer are:

  • A continuous cough, especially if it’s new
  • A cough that is painful or sounds different to normal
  • Breathlessness
  • Coughing up blood
  • Ache in the chest or shoulder
  • Recurrent chest infections
  • Losing your appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Losing weight

Less common symptoms include finger clubbing, where the fingertips and nails become swollen.

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This may be accompanied by pain and swelling in the joints called hypertrophic pulmonary osteoarthropathy (HPOA).

These symptoms might be caused by less serious conditions, but it’s best to get it checked out either way.

Some type of cancer cells produce hormones that cause other symptoms you might not associate with lung cancer, such as:

  • Pins and needles or numbness in the fingers or toes
  • Muscle weakness
  • Drowsiness, weakness, dizziness and confusion
  • Breast swelling in men
  • Blood clots
These are caused by the tumour “pressing on or damaging a nerve that runs up from the neck to that side of the face”.

Advanced lung cancer means the abnormal cells have spread to another body part, such as:

  • The bones
  • The liver
  • The brain
  • The adrenal glands
  • The lymph nodes within the chest, tummy, neck, or armpit

Depending on where the cancer has spread will lead to different types of symptoms.

For example, cancer that has spread to the brain can cause:

  • Drowsiness and confusion
  • Severe headaches, often with sickness
  • Weakness of an arm or leg

Meanwhile, cancer that has spread to the liver might lead to:

  • Discomfort or pain on the right side of your tummy (abdomen)
  • Feeling sick
  • Poor appetite and weight loss
  • A swollen tummy (called ascites)
  • Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes (jaundice)
  • Itchy skin

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High blood pressure: Nine foods you should ‘eat less of’ to reduce risk

High blood pressure: Nine foods you should ‘eat less of’ to reduce risk

What should you eat more of to reduce high blood pressure?

Following the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet can help you to keep high blood pressure at bay.

“DASH diet is a lifelong approach to healthy eating that’s designed to help treat or prevent high blood pressure (hypertension),” explains the Mayo Clinic.

According to the health body, the DASH diet encourages you to reduce the sodium in your diet and eat a variety of foods rich in nutrients that help lower blood pressure, such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.

“By following the DASH diet, you may be able to reduce your blood pressure by a few points in just two weeks,” it says.

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Play at Home: Nine free PS4 and PSVR games available for ALL PlayStation owners

Play at Home: Nine free PS4 and PSVR games available for ALL PlayStation owners
Whether you’ve got a PS4, a PS5 or PlayStation VR, Sony has a surprise in store for you.

The next phase in Sony’s Play at Home scheme is about to go live, as a whopping nine new games join the service for free.

With the COVID-19 situation forcing people to stay indoors, Sony’s remarkable giveaway is centred around keeping people entertained during lockdown.

Sony kicked off this year’s Play at Home scheme by giving away Ratchet and Clank for free.

The excellent Ratchet and Clank reboot – which is also playable on PS5 thanks to backwards compatibility – is available as a free download until March 31.

In the meantime, Sony’s Play at Home scheme continues with an additional nine games available later this week.

This includes Abzu, Enter the Gungeon, Rez Infinite, Subnautica, The Witness, Astro Bot Rescue Mission, Moss, Thumper and Paper Beast.

The free PS4 and PSVR games have a March 26 release date, and a 3am GMT launch time for fans living in the UK.

Best of all, you don’t need a PlayStation Plus subscription or PlayStation NOW membership to enjoy the free games.

Anybody with a PS4 or PS5 can download and keep the PlayStation games for free.

Just remember to purchase the games and add them to your library by April 23, because that’s when the giveaway ends.

It’s a blockbuster line-up full of critically-acclaimed games for both PlayStation 4 and PSVR.

Playable on PS5, PS4 and PlayStation VR, Rez Infinite is my pick of the bunch – especially if you’re able to experience the game in virtual reality.

Described as a “thrilling journey of sights, sounds and shooting action”, Rez Infinite is an expanded remaster of the classic Dreamcast and PS2 game.

Subnautica is another game that’s well worth checking out, although it’s not for the faint of heart.

The underwater survival game tasks players with exploring an alien ocean world that’s teeming with dazzling and deadly wildlife.

Then there’s Astro Bot Rescue Mission, which might be the most inventive platform game since Super Mario Galaxy.

If you’re looking for something a little (actually, a lot) more challenging, then mysterious puzzle game The Witness will give your brain a solid workout.

The game transports players to an open-world island setting that’s packed full of puzzles. 

And the good news doesn’t end there, because Sony is planning to give away another free game in the coming weeks.

One of the company’s biggest and best exclusives of the past generation, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition will be available for free on April 20.

As the name suggests, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition contains the base game and DLC.

This includes the excellent Frozen Wilds expansion, as well as a variety of in-game items and outfits, not to mention a digital art book and PS4 theme.

With sequel Horizon Forbidden West launching later this year, Sony’s Play at Home scheme is a great way to get up to speed.

Manufactured goods orders drop in February after nine months of increases

Orders for U.S. manufactured goods experienced a drop in February following nine months of growth, according to a Wednesday report from the Department of Commerce.

Last month, orders for items from U.S. factories dropped by about 1.1 percent, a decline economists have largely attributed to the disruptions in economic activity during the severe winter storm in Texas, as well as other states in the South and Midwest.

According to The Associated Press, orders had been on the rise for nine months, with a 3.5 percent increase in January. [1]

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In Wednesday’s report, the Commerce Department found that business investment dropped 0.8 percent in February following increases of 0.6 percent in January and 1.5 percent in December.

The report noted a 1.6 percent decrease in demand for commercial aircraft, part of a larger trend of losses in the airline industry due to the drop in air travel during pandemic lockdown orders across the globe.

Meanwhile, orders for motor vehicles and parts dropped 8.7 percent in February after falling by just 0.9 percent in January. This comes amid a global shortage of semiconductors, which serve as a critical component in cars and trucks, the AP reported.

“The biggest headwinds for manufacturing as we emerge from this pandemic are mostly about manufacturers getting the stuff they need,” Tim Quinlan, a senior economist at Wells Fargo Securities in Charlotte, N.C., told Reuters Wednesday.[2]

The winter storm that raged across Texas and the Southern U.S. also prompted several factories, including car manufacturers, to close plants amid freezing temperatures and poor weather conditions.

Companies like General Motors, Stellantis, Ford and Nissan were all forced to halt production or cancel shifts at plants throughout the U.S. during the storm, impacting thousands of workers. [3]

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Warmer temperatures into the spring months, as well as the increased distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and President BidenManufactured goods orders drop in February after nine months of increasesJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden leans heavily into gun control Justice Dept. faces risks, rewards with riot sedition charges Dems plan to squeeze GOP over filibuster MORE[5][6][7][8][9][4]’s $ 1.9 trillion relief package, are expected to influence a rebound in orders for manufactured goods.

Andrew Hunter, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, told the AP, “With the weather returning to seasonal norms and the next fiscal stimulus payments already being distributed, orders likely will rebound in March.”

“With corporate borrowing costs still close to historic lows … we expect investment to continue expanding at a robust pace over the coming months,” he added.

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