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Part-timer Boris Johnson and IKEA, home to (flat packed) stray dogs

FROM Prime Minister Boris Johnson accused of being a "part-timer", to IKEA Italy taking in stray dogs, This Reporter brings you the news headlines on Thursday 27th February 2020.

Boris Johnson has been accused of being a "part-time" prime minister by outgoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (not a reference, you understand, to Corbyn's sociability but to the fact his time is nearly up). Chief amongst Mr Corbyn's complaints is Mr Johnson's poor response to the UK flooding.
Corbyn argued Mr Johnson had had his "head in the sand" while parts of the UK remained underwater, during Prime Minister's Questions yesterday (Wednesday). He pointed out that whilst Mr Johnson had been eager to visit flooded areas during last year's election campaign, he had failed to visit areas affected by Storms Ciara and Dennis.
In his defence, the PM responded that the Government had been "investing massively" in flood defences and he had been kept updated on the flood response operation during last week's parliamentary recess, when he happened to be staying at the Foreign Secretary's grace and favour Chevening country house in Kent.
Far from done, Mr Corbyn reeled off a further string of events in which he argued Mr Johnson had gone "AWOL", including being late to respond to the London riots because he was on holiday and the fact he was on a private island when the Iranian general was assassinated.
Prince Harry, treading in the footsteps of the likes of Madonna, Beyonce, and Sooty, insisted, "Just call me Harry" at what looks set to be his last ever official royal appearance in the UK.
Following the news that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will have to relinquish all reference to "Royal" from all future communications and branding, the "Prince" asked to be introduced as simply Harry at a Travalyst event on Scottish tourism at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre yesterday (Wednesday). Both Harry and Meghan officially step down as working royals at the end of next month.
As two more people in the UK test positive for Coronavirus as of this morning (Thursday), bringing the total to 15, and with official health bods warning the next 72 hours are crucial to determine whether the virus will spread in this country in the manner it has in Italy, thank goodness we can glean some sage advice from a tried and tested expert on the matter.
Hollywood actress of Goop fame, Gwyneth Paltrow, snapped a picture of herself wearing a fashion forward black face mask on a flight to Europe yesterday (Wednesday), which she accompanied on Instagram with the enlightening missive that she had "already been in this movie", in reference to her past role in the deadly virus film 'Contagion' that killed tens of millions of people.
Paltrow played patient zero, who contracted the virus from a chef in Hong Kong who had handled a slaughtered pig that had been infected by a bat. So, taking time out from peddling jade eggs and vagina smelling candles, Paltrow imparted the following public health information: "En route to Paris, Paranoid? Prudent? Panicked? Placid? Pandemic? Propaganda? Paltrow's just going to go ahead and sleep with this thing on the plane. I've already been in this movie. Stay safe. Don't shake hands. Wash hands frequently".
And finally, staff at an IKEA store in Catania, Italy have opened their doors to stray dogs. A wander around this particular furniture emporium will swift confirm to any customer that this store is a little different to the regular. As nestling among the room displays you will find any number of stray dogs - lounging on a hearth rug in a living room, or kipping on a divan in one of the mocked-up bedrooms.
As it turns out, the dogs are all local strays that staff invited in to escape the elements and give a little taste of home. The dogs receive daily food and pampering from staff and visitors alike. And some dogs have even found a home, taken away by one of the customers, but unlike IKEA's other goods - probably weren't flat packed for convenience.

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