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Random: The Switch On Phil Spencer’s Shelf Was A Gift From Nintendo

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Remember the Nintendo Switch that showed up on Phil Spencer’s shelf a while ago? Well, the Head of Xbox has now revealed it was actually present from Nintendo of America’s president, Doug Bowser, and the rest of the team.

Phil revealed this information during a recent appearance on the Kinda Funny Gamescast. As we all know, Microsoft and Nintendo live down the road from each other in the US and maintain good relations. Here’s exactly what he had to say courtesy of Pure Xbox:

“The Switch was a gift from Nintendo. Doug Bowser and the team, they’re obviously right up the hill from us – we’re both in Redmond, Washington – and it was a gift from them. I have another one that I use to play at home, but that was one that they gave me early on when it launched. So, that’s what that’s from.”

While there’s no saying it’s some sort of teaser, past comments have suggested that “pretty much everything” on Phil’s shelf is a hint of some kind.

Although there seems to be nothing in the works, the most recent collab between the two companies would be Bethesda’s Skyrim character Dragonborn (now owned by Xbox) appearing in Smash Ultimate at the end of last month as a Mii Fighter costume.

Would you like to see Nintendo and Microsoft work together in the future? Do you think this Switch on Phil’s shelf could be teasing anything? Share your own thoughts down below.

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‘I’ve had a bad two or three years’ Fern Britton shares heartache after Phil Vickery split

Fern said of her upcoming birthday: “I just think ‘Where has that gone?’ 

“I am stepping into another big chapter of life.”

It comes after Phil accidentally referred to his estranged spouse as his wife on This Morning earlier this month.

During his cooking segment, he spilled: “I love trifle in any shape or form but there’s something quite nice about having a summer theme, and Pimm’s is one of those things…

“To me, it’s very simple, it’s sponge with jam, no jelly, absolutely no jelly – that caused a lot of consternation in the family.

“My wife – my ex-wife didn’t like that, I should say.”

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Holly has giggling fit as Phil teaser her over 'No pants' comment

A chat about pants and pyjamas caused Holly Willoughby to squirm and giggle her way through This Morning today.

The presenting duo were back for the second episode of the week of the popular mid-morning show on ITV.

The pair are famed for their relaxed nature to the show – and often falling about giggling about pretty much anything.

They were joined by regulars Nick Ferrari and Giles Brandreth for the regular discussions about what’s making the news today.

As well as having a chat about the goings on with England and Scotland players in the Euros, self isolation and hope for holidays, the pair also took a glance at what you wear under your nightwear.

Holly started it off, saying they were discussing something journalist Susannah Constantine was talking about on her podcast, My Wardrobe Malfunction – whether you should wear pants under pyjamas.

“Susanna said that she sometimes did, but Emma Barnett, who’s the host of BBC Woman’s Hour, was resolute that knickers should always be worn under PJs, however listeners did not agree.

“One wrote ‘never knickers under PJs, or a nightdress. Fresh air, please!'”

Giles Brandreth jumped in first, saying he slept naked, and asserting that Phillip Schofield did as well – as the camera cut to a smirking look on Phil’s face.

He added: “I believe the whole point of going to bed is freedom.”

Nick Ferrari added that he went to bed covered: “Think of Alastair Sim, in A Christmas Carol, in a full length nightshirt, and a little cap, that’s how I go to bed each night. Completely and utterly covered at all times.

And Phil took his chance to make his co-presenter and friend squirm on national TV.

“You started this” Phil teased – to which she hit back “I did not start this!”

Asking her while suppressing a giggle, he said: “Do you wear pants under pyjamas?”

And Holly took it in her stride as she replied: “no pants, no pants”

She added: “no pants” as Giles said: “No pants please, we’re British.”

And Holly squirmed as she said: “stop making me say pants on TV,” and the pair of them collapsed into laughter.

I suppose the question is – do you wear pants or not under pyjamas? Let us know in the comments, but please… keep it clean!

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England skipper Harry Kane fires Croatia Euro 2020 warning and makes Phil Foden vow

Harry Kane says England will be out for revenge when they face Croatia in the opening game of Euro 2020. Moreover, the Three Lions skipper believes England are loads better than they were when their hearts were broken three years ago.

England took the lead in the 2018 World Cup semi-final through Kieran Trippier’s free kick only to be pegged back within 90 minutes and picked off in extra time.

However, with three years’ more experience running through the team and a much better array of individual talent available, Kane says England are a much better side going into Sunday’s rematch at Wembley.

“Of course it’s a game that hurts,” Kane said. “It’s a game we wanted to win and we wanted to get to a World Cup Final, but in football, it doesn’t always pan out how you want.

“We just fell short in that moment.

“But now it’s a another game for us in a big tournament and Croatia are a great side.

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“We’ll be focused on their team and trying to stop their threats and we’ll try to get on the ball and create chances.

“It’s the first game of a major tournament and that’s the most important thing is to look forward and just try to beat them on the day and get off to a good start.

“And we’re probably in a better place. Going into that World Cup, we maybe weren’t sure where we were as a team, but we performed really well and stepped up to the occasion.

“I feel like now we’ve had a bit more experience, players in the biggest games for their club and obviously players who have played in that World Cup have had that experience as well.”

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Harry Kane has vowed to take Phil Foden under his wing and help steer the England prodigy through his first major tournament.

The 17-year-old has been a leading light for Manchester City all season and been their star performer in massive games right the way up to the Champions League final.

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But there is nothing like playing for the whole nation – as Kane found the hard way in 2016.

After rattling in nine goals in his last 10 Premier League games leading in to the tournament, Kane was expected to replicate his club form on the international stage in France.

However, in keeping with England’s tepid displays in all four matches, he could not find the target – despite his very best efforts.

“I remember my first tournament,” he said. “Euro 2016. I was so excited. In a way, I was almost too excited and, obviously, that tournament didn’t go as well as I wanted it to or the country wanted it to.

“The tournament environment is difficult. You are away from your family and friends for a long time and sometimes the hardest part is the stuff away from the games.

“But that’s part of the learning curve, so that’s down to not just me but other players in the group who have had experience, who have been leaders.

“There’s going to be moments when certain players are down on certain days and it’s just about picking each other up, talking to each other and keeping each other focused because, although it is a long time, it does go quick as well.”

He admits that by contrast the whole Russia 2018 experience flew by.

As a result, he wants the senior players to “create a brotherhood” to help younger players flourish in a more caring environment.

In particular, Kane suspects Foden will be feeling the burden of expectation more than others.

He may have been the star of the Under-17 World Cup in India, but the intensity will be far greater at senior level even with only a partially-full Wembley crowd willing England on.

“Phil is someone who might need a bit of help now and then,” Kane admitted to the official England podcast.

“Obviously, this will be his first major tournament with his country and there are a lot of different expectations and pressures that come with that, but that’s why we have a good squad and a good team around us to help players through that.

“We have got captains from their clubs and it is just about all of the leaders helping out the younger or less-experienced players not just on the pitch but off it as well.

“But Phil is great. He loves football and being out there on the pitch. He loves being on the ball and expressing himself. You’ve seen this as he’s been playing the last few years and he’s got better and better and improved.

“His game understanding has got better, his final product has got better and we all know how good he is when is dribbling past players and things like that.

“He’s taken confidence in his game and he’s learning every time he steps out onto the field.

“And when he’s on the pitch, he’s fearless and just wants to play.”

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Phil Spencer shares ‘key’ questions to ask estate agents when selling a property

Phil Spencer, who presents various different property shows including Location, Location, Location, regularly shares his property tips and tricks online. Whether it be selling a property, buying or renting, the expert shares important advice on YouTube as well as other platforms like TikTok.
Another question you should ask is what their average time to sell a property is as well as asking how many similar homes they have sold in the last few months.

Phil added: “I think that is a key one because you want to be sure that your agent is experienced in selling your type of house, your area and your price bracket.”

The next question sellers should ask their estate agent is whether or not homes on the market are selling for their asking price or not.

The expert went on: “You want to know which property websites they advertise on, although the internet is increasingly the most important marketing tool, you’ll also want to know about the size of their mailing list and where else they advertise.

He continued: “I’d be wary of making a decision based purely on valuation, I see many properties that don’t sell purely because the asking price was set too high.

“As time goes by, the house doesn’t sell and new buyers assume there is a problem with it.

“In these instances, the house ends up being sold for less than it would have been if it was realistically priced in the first place.”

There are also many other questions that sellers should ask their estate agent before making a rushed decision on which one to choose.

Location, Location, Location continues tonight at 8pm on Channel 4

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Phil Mickelson becomes the oldest person to win

Phil Mickelson becomes the oldest person

Mickelson became the 10th player to win majors in three decades.

SAN DIEGO — San Diego native and pro Golfer Phil Mickelson has done it again and this time he set a new record. Mickelson hasn’t finished in the top 20 over the last nine months but on Sunday, he changed all of that with a spectacular PGA championship win.

Fans at a local driving range had some things to share about Mickelson’s huge accomplishment.

“It’s golf history. I got chills watching it,” said James Peagraf, who lives in San Diego.

Phil Mickelson also known as “Lefty” won his sixth major Sunday, becoming the oldest golfer to win a championship at 50 years old.

He finished strong, with a 1-over 73, and stayed away from any mistakes on the back nine to finish at 6-under 282 for the tournament.

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“Phil’s one of my longtime favorite players. He’s a San Diego guy, got to root for him. It’s a huge win for him and San Diego,” Peagraf said.

It’s been more than two years since Mickelson last won and it’s been almost eight years since he won a major.

“So it’s very possible that this is the last tournament I ever win. Like if I’m being realistic. But it’s also very possible that I may have had a little bit of a breakthrough in some of my focus and maybe I go a little bit of a run, I don’t know. But the point is that’s there’s no reason why I or anybody else can’t do it at a later age. It just takes a little bit more work,” Mickelson said after his historic win.

Mickelson has had an incredible career and his fans in San Diego are just proud to say he’s a native.

“That’s where Phil grew up and it’s showing still out on the golf course and he still plays here locally all the time so it’s awesome,” said Victor Hourani, a Mickelson fan.

Today Mickelson became the 10th player to win majors in three decades.

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Phil Mickelson wins PGA Championship to become oldest major champion in history

But there was certainly a nervous ending for the 50-year-old as he carded three bogeys on holes 13, 14 and 17.

It gave Koepka some hope heading into the final hole with two shots between the pair of them.

And Mickelson sent his drive out left into the baying crowd while Koepka perfectly placed his in the fairway.

There were wild scenes as course officials attempted to hold back the overzealous crowd before Mickelson sent a marvellous shot into the middle of the green to all-but seal his sixth major.

Koepka putted out for par, leaving Mickelson to himself on the green with hundreds of spectators watching on, holding in their incoming cheers.

And they let roar when Mickelson holed out for par with the American holding his arms alot in celebration before embracing his brother and caddie, Tim Mickelson, in a touching moment.

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PGA Championship leaderboard LIVE: Second round updates as Phil Mickelson leads

Collin Morikawa will defend The Wanamaker Trophy this weekend at the PGA Championship. Rory McIlroy heads into the second major of the year as strong favourite though following his win at Quail Hollow earlier this month.
Kiawah Island was also the scene of McIlroy’s famous PGA Championship victory back in 2012.

He demolished the field by eight shots on that occasion but has not won a major since 2014.

But McIlroy doesn’t think his previous performance on the Ocean Course will give him an advantage over the field.

“It’s a really tough test, especially when the wind is blowing like this,” said the 32-year-old.

“Those last few holes out there are brutal.

“I played great here last time and won my first PGA and my second major, but just because I did that doesn’t mean that I’m going to find it any easier this week than anyone else.

“I’ve maybe got some better memories and better vibes here than most of the other guys do, and that’s obviously nice, but not sure it’s going to enable me to play any better.”

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How to watch PGA Championship

The PGA Championship will be exclusively broadcast by Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Event in the UK.

Coverage on Thursday and Friday will start from 2pm, lasting until 12.30am.

The action starts at 8pm on Saturday for four-and-a-half hours, and 7pm on Sunday.

Sky Sports subscribers can press the red button to watch featured holes every day from 4.45pm.

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Phil Spencer explains how working from home could change homeowners’ renovation plans

Home improvement and garden retailer Wickes has decided to launch the Wickes 2021 Home Office Awards to celebrate Britons’ creativity. The awards will reward those who have created incredible working from home spaces, even in the most challenging environments. Offices built under the stairs, shed work spaces and even desks in bedrooms are just some of the ways home workers have had to get creative with their office spaces.
The competition will have two rounds which will see five shortlisted and one overall winner.

Those shortlisted will win a £150 voucher prize while the winner will receive £1,000 Wickes vouchers to put towards their next home improvement project.

One of the awards on offer has been named the “Cleaning Up in the Kitchen Award” which will be rewarded to those who have created a working from home space within the kitchen.

Many homeowners now have open-plan living spaces which can sometimes include a lounge, dining room and kitchen area.

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The TV property expert shared an example from the Channel 4 show Love it or List it which he presents with Kirstie Allsopp.

Phil said he visited a couple, before the pandemic, who wanted to take a wall down to open up their space.

He continued: “Kirstie said ‘don’t take the whole wall down, take part of the wall down and then you could have double doors that open up’.

“They were against that idea and they did proceed and take the whole wall down and make it open plan.”

He added: “In a house I lived in in London we pulled out the corridors and the hallways to make the living room bigger and more open.

“Would you do that now if you were needing to work from home? Probably not.

“A hallway and a dedicated space could be super useful.”

Simply visit Wickes Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page and follow the guidance on each channel to share a picture of you in your working from home space, using the hashtag #WickesHomeOfficeAwards.

Entries are open from 07:00 on Monday 19th April and close at 23:59 on Monday 17th May (inclusive).

Entrants must live in the UK. Must be over 18. T&Cs apply. Click here for more information.

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Phil Spencer explains how working from home will 'leave its mark on the housing market'

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Working from home has definitely become the new normal for a lot of Britons. For many, working from home will become a permanent lifestyle change as businesses in the city close their offices. Home improvement retailer and garden centre Wickes has been on the lookout for new home office set ups on social media, while helping many customers build their working from home space.

He added: “In a lot of places which were full of second homeowners – in the more far-flung places – if they’ve got good broadband and somebody selling that house or flat can demonstrate that working from home is perfectly doable and achievable in a dedicated space, then that’s going to impact values and popularity.

“Equally, in the other way, somewhere that is a dormitory town full of commuters and is quite expensive and therefore the properties are more expensive per square foot, I think they won’t be as popular.

“There will be a shifting around of values.”

Phil said it’s also important for sellers to not leave an extra room, which could be turned into a home office, to the “buyers’ imagination”.

He added: “You must really spell it out for them. This is where the home office can be.

“Dress it up, make it look like an office.”

When it comes to judging the Wickes Home Office competition, Phil said he’s looking forward to not only seeing the “big and glamorous” office spaces but the “creative and the well-thought out”.

He continued: “We have all had to use our homes so much harder and so much more recently.

“I think a lot of people will have learned how to do that and this is what the competition should flag up – some good examples of how people have done that.

“I think we’re going to see some really fantastic results where people have used creativity and thought.

“We’ve had to think outside the box – everybody has.”

“It will be just as great to see that clever, creative use of a small space, as it will be to see a double bedroom that’s been made into a double office,” he added.

Visit Wickes’ Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page and follow the guidance on each channel to share a picture of you in your working from home space, using the hashtag #WickesHomeOfficeAwards.

Entries are open from 07:00 on Monday 19th April and close at 23:59 on Monday 17th May (inclusive). Click here for more information.

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