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Tiny Trump Statues Inviting Dogs To Wee On Them Appear Across Brooklyn

Donald trumpLamposts, walls, cars – you name it. If a dog sees pretty much anything stationary on its walk, it’s likely to wee on it. Which is exactly what someone in Brooklyn is hoping will happen to some newly erected statues of Donald Trump. A range of statues depicting the American president have appeared in a

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Lamposts, walls, cars – you name it. If a dog sees pretty much anything stationary on its walk, it’s likely to wee on it.

Which is exactly what someone in Brooklyn is hoping will happen to some newly erected statues of Donald Trump.

A range of statues depicting the American president have appeared in a park in Brooklyn, each of them emblazoned with the words ‘pee on me’.

The man who placed the statues all over Park Slope, advertising professional Phil Gable, did so to express his dislike for Trump.

He told Gothamist:

It was largely just a personal expression of my own disdain for Donald Trump, both as a President and a human being. I find it cathartic anytime I can express disdain through comedy, especially if it’s related to politics.

He went on to say that dogs need a ‘positive place to pee’ and he hopes that placing these statues will encourage dogs to avoid flower beds.

In fact, to further encourage dogs to urinate all over Trump’s face, Gable says he sprayed the statues with ‘dog potty-training aids’ so they can’t resist.

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The perfect scenario, I’d say. I wish I lived in Brooklyn just so I could take my dog there to be honest. In fact, maybe I’ll buy a plane ticket tonight.

And the neighbourhood appears to think it’s a positive thing too. Gable described how he’s already received praise from people.

He said:

While I was setting it up, one woman came by with her two daughters. They really liked it—they took pictures with it, and she thanked me and said ‘This is the kind of thing that makes me love Brooklyn.’

So the neighbours and the dogs are happy – it’s a win-win situation!

However, not everyone was. The first statue was placed on Friday October 5 and disappeared within a few hours, since it was not secured to the pavement.

Gable realised they were easy targets and so has since made several more which he has placed throughout the park. These new statues have been secured in place and are anchored to the ground with cables.

So hopefully they won’t be going anywhere soon!

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Free Poppadoms And Prawn Crackers Could Be Banned In Obesity Crackdown

Prawn CrackersI don’t know about you, but the best part of getting a well-deserved (meh) takeaway on a Saturday night (okay, maybe Tuesday) is definitely the freebies you get with it. I can guarantee you I’ll spend an extra fiver just so I can get free prawn crackers, a bottle of coke or some poppadoms. Which

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I don’t know about you, but the best part of getting a well-deserved (meh) takeaway on a Saturday night (okay, maybe Tuesday) is definitely the freebies you get with it.

I can guarantee you I’ll spend an extra fiver just so I can get free prawn crackers, a bottle of coke or some poppadoms.

Which kind of defeats the object, but there you go. You cannot and will not convince me otherwise.

Anyway, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the days of free sides with your main meals could be coming to an end…

The Scottish Government unveiled plans yesterday (October 2) to ban the promotions, stating:

In seeking to reduce population-level intakes of calories, fat, saturated fat, free sugar and salt, we are seeking views on restricting the promotion and marketing of food and drink high in fat, sugar or salt with little or no beneficial nutritional value where they are sold to the public.

According to the paper, they’re aiming to restrict and target ‘discretionary’ foods, including confectionary, cakes and savoury snacks.

Savoury snacks, they say, include but are not restricted to corn snacks, wheat snacks, prawn crackers and poppadoms.

The news comes after it emerged 29 per cent of people aged 16 or above in Scotland are obese and a further 36 per cent are overweight.

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Public Health Minister, Joe Fitzpatrick said:

Far too many people in Scotland face serious risks to their health linked to poor diet and unhealthy weight. This is unacceptable and it’s largely avoidable.

Scotland has a proud history of taking decisive action on public health and this is the next step in that journey, turning our attention to the nation’s diet and weight.

Which, to be fair, makes sense because clearly there’s an obesity problem which needs to be resolved. But I’m not sure how banning freebies is going to help – people are still going to order from takeaways and they’ll probably fork out the extra £1 to buy a bag of prawn crackers.

It appears the people of Scotland aren’t happy about this either – one angry tweeter wrote:

First put a minimum price on my @TennentsLager, then they bump up the tax on my @irnbru, now the Scottish Government want to ban my free poppadoms and prawn crackers?!?! [sic]

This is not on!! The No Fun Police that is our government must be stopped!!!!! [sic]

While another said:

First they came for working class fitbaw fans then the cheap bevvy and even the sugar out our Irn Bru. Now it’s our free prawn crackers & deals on sweeties. [sic]

This Scottish government won’t be happy till we’re aw eating saltires made of lettuce the *****. Do some real work. [sic]

And another suggested the plans wouldn’t work:

when will the government realise that ‘banning’ free prawn crackers from takeaways or moving multibuy sections in supermarkets out of visibility will NOT stop people buying them nor tackle the issue of obesity!!! [sic]

It appears the Scottish Government haven’t fully made up their minds on what this policy will entail, as conflicting views are being expressed.

A Scottish Government spokesperson last night claimed poppadoms and prawn crackers would be classed as part of a main meal, and therefore would not be banned – despite there being no such mention of an exemption in the consultation document.

They said, as per the Mirror:

We’re not looking to make restrictions in relation to main meals and it is not our intention to restrict restaurants from including savoury foods, such as prawn crackers or poppadoms, as part of meals.

I say as long as we don’t get too ridiculous and aren’t eating five bags of prawn crackers every time we get a takeaway, we’ll be ‘reet.

Everything in moderation, surely?

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Statue Of Matilda Standing Up To Donald Trump Unveiled For Book’s 30th Anniversary

matildaSWNS1A statue of Roald Dahl’s famous character Matilda standing up to President Donald Trump has been unveiled to mark the 30th anniversary of the beloved children’s book. The striking effigy was sculpted after President Trump was revealed to be the person Matilda would most likely to be standing up to if she was around in

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A statue of Roald Dahl’s famous character Matilda standing up to President Donald Trump has been unveiled to mark the 30th anniversary of the beloved children’s book.

The striking effigy was sculpted after President Trump was revealed to be the person Matilda would most likely to be standing up to if she was around in 2018.

The installations celebrating the landmark anniversary can be seen for a few weeks in Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, which was Roald Dahl’s home for 36 years.

Both statues are positioned in the fields outside the town’s library, which is referenced in the book where Matilda devours the classics of literature by the age of four and three months.

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Bernie Hall, from The Roald Dahl Story Company, commented:

Matilda demonstrates that it’s possible for anyone, no matter how small and powerless they feel, to defeat the Turnchbulls in their own lives – a message that feels even more relevant today than it did 30 years ago.

What’s more, asking the public to reimagine Matilda 30 years on and finding that she could be a UN ambassador, knighted by the Queen and still using her powers of telekinesis shows just how strongly Roald Dahl’s tiny heroine continues to resonate in our hearts and minds.

The statues of Matilda and Donald Trump are modern day interpretations by a team of artists including Drew Roper, a Birmingham based animation entrepreneur.

As well as revealing who Matilda would be standing up to in 2018, the study found that over half of the British public think Matilda would still have her powers of telekinesis, would have travelled the world and been knighted by the Queen.

According to the British public, she’d also have an illustrious circle too – including friends like actor and activist, Emma Watson and Duchess of Sussex and humanitarian, Meghan Markle.

In contrast, over a quarter of the the general public imagine Miss Trunchbull would now be a prison warden, with 17 per cent saying she would be a drill sergeant.

Bruce Bogtrotter – the boy who devoured a whole cake as instructed by Miss Trunchbull – was voted likely to become a Great British Bake Off contestant.

Susie Dent, lexicographer, Countdown maestro and Matilda fan, said:

Matilda has always been my favourite Road Dahl story. Its message of courage and persistence is timeless, and it’s one that my children have enjoyed as much as me.

It’s not surprising to hear that Donald Trump has been voted the most likely successor to Miss Trunchbull – many clearly see in him some similar traits to the fictional headmistress.

In fact, around 41 per cent of Americans view Trump as the worst president ever.

According to Newsweek, Trump was way out ahead in the poll, with Obama coming in second at 28 per cent, and George W. Bush gaining just five per cent of the vote.

Interestingly, Obama also came in second for best president ever, with 16 per cent, just one per cent behind Abraham Lincoln, who nabbed the title with 17 per cent of votes.

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