Dad builds claw machine and uses 3-year-old daughter as the claw

Everyone’s a winner! Crafty dad builds a makeshift arcade game by holding his three-year-old daughter upside down as the ‘claw’ so she can grab a prize from the bathtub

  • Bradley O’Riordan, 29, built a homemade claw or ‘grabber’ arcade game in the family’s bathtub
  • He filled the tub with toys and candy and made a makeshift joystick
  • His oldest daughter, Lacey, 11, pretended to control the joystick
  • Meanwhile, Bradley held three-year-old daughter Paris upside-down, then dipped her so she could grab a toy
  • Video of the funny game has been viewed 1.5 million times on TikTok 

A very creative father of two young girls from Essex, England, found a novel way to entertain them during quarantine. 

Bradley O’Riordan, 29, built a homemade claw or ‘grabber’ arcade game in the family’s bathtub, then used his youngest daughter, three-year-old Paris, as the claw.

He and girlfriend Jade Mithcell, 28, later shared video of the at-home arcade on TikTok, where it’s been watched 1.5 million times.

Woohoo! A dad from Essex built an arcade game in the bathtub for his kids


You got it! He filled the tub with toys and candy and made a makeshift joystick. Bradley then held three-year-old daughter Paris upside-down, then dipped her so she could grab a toy

Bradley, Jade, Paris, and oldest daughter Lacey, 11, have been playing a lot of fun games to pass the time while they’re home, but this was involved the most equipment.

Bradley filled a bathtub full of toys and candy, then set up a faux controller that Lacey could work outside of the tub.

He also added decorations, including lights and a ‘Grab a Prize’ sign on one side of the tub. 

To make the game work, Lacey played around with the joystick while Bradley held little Paris upside down over the top, shifting her this way and that way as if she was being controlled by the joystick.

He then dropped her down a few inches, where she grabbed onto a stuffed animal toy while wearing a huge smile on her face.

Finally, he lifted her back up and moved her out from behind the glass shower door so she could deposit the toy outside the tub.

‘It just came to the top of my head that I could make a teddy catching machine,’ Bradley said, according to Metro. ‘We printed the controls and then I got a screwdriver — I got my brand new bin and punctured a hole in the top.’  

‘Jade was not impressed,’ he added, but he convinced her by saying that the video ‘is going to get a million views so it’s worth stabbing a hole in the bin!’

Party house! Bradley, his daughters, and his girlfriend Jade have found several fun ways to keep entertained in quarantine  

In another video, the family takes turn jumping off a dresser onto a bed nearby.

Bradley has built other games, too, including a DIY air hockey table made out of an old coffee table.

He poked holes in the top of the table and blew in air underneath, while he and his girlfriend uses kitchen lids and containers for the pieces.

They also played a game of ‘Budweiser Bowling’ in which they rolled large, soft balls into beer bottle bowling pins.

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Protecting and creating jobs must be a priority in any coronavirus recovery

Protecting one man’s job is preoccupying the government at the moment, but many people are much more concerned by the millions of others hanging by a thread during our coronavirus crisis. 

At a time when the government should be setting out the next phase of the urgently needed programme to prevent mass unemployment as a result of the pandemic, much of the cabinet is bogged down with providing cover for Dominic Cummings, defending the indefensible. My appeal now to the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is to step away from such irresponsible use of government resources – because there is no more time to lose in averting a tsunami of jobs losses this summer.

The government’s job retention scheme (JRS), announced in March, was a major victory for trade unions and a recognition by the chancellor that without state intervention and pay protection, market forces would lead to mass layoffs as employers were told to lock down in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Among Sunak’s considerations were the very real potential for huge unemployment and the probability that, overnight, millions would be forced to swap a decent wage for poverty-inducing financial “support” from an already failing universal credit system. These threats have not gone away – any missteps from government or employers could give them their moment to strike.

Why the Treasury’s panic over debt, when borrowing costs next to nothing?

Sunak took the decision that has undoubtedly protected, at least for now, millions of jobs across the economy. Both employees and the self-employed have been able to furlough where necessary with at least an element of immediate financial security. It was a brave decision, taken despite opposition from hawks in his own cabinet, the free marketeers and neoliberals for whom market forces have always ruled the roost, all with plenty of their own cash reserves. 

But as we begin to relax the lockdown and talk shifts to rebuilding the economy, the future of the JRS is back in the spotlight. We need the government to state that job protection and job creation are joint priorities along with the defence of public health. It must signal that this is absolutely not the moment to take a sharp, ideological shift to the right.

Trade unions are, as we have been from the very beginning of this crisis, working night and day to secure a safe, speedy and fair recovery of the economy. Unite’s officials helped negotiate the JRS to begin with. Our team is also devoted now to protecting workers facing threats to their livelihood – we are fending off the needless, aggressive assault on 42,000 British Airways staff launched by their own employer. At the same time we are striving to persuade the government to provide urgently needed investment in vital industries.

Support for our proposal for a national council for recovery, which has so far fallen on deaf ears in No 10, is growing among the business community. Many understand the need for the country to come together at this time of national emergency. The ideologues opposing it must stand aside, acknowledging there is no quick fix to this crisis and that the failed old economics, including passing the costs down the chain to the people as we saw after the 2008 financial crisis, have no place in these vastly changed days.

Above all, it is vital that any changes to the JRS are introduced on a phased basis and with maximum care. This will be a political high-wire act as the chancellor balances opening up the economy with measures to nurture employer and worker confidence.

We now need the JRS to provide the foundations of the new economic recovery, or there will be no hope of return at all. Short-time working, job rotation and job-share arrangements – maximum flexibility to get workers back to work safely with the financial security necessary to maintain demand in the economy – will need to run hand-in-hand with JRS changes. If workers could return on, say, 50% of their hours with the government scheme providing a salary “top-up” for the remaining unpaid hours, our industries could retain jobs. The alternative for many employers will be to simply cut their cloth according to their short-term needs with working people paying the price.

For the vast majority of good employers, where demand has crashed and cash flow is a serious concern, introducing an employer contribution to wages before the economy has reopened and confidence restored will leave them with few options, leading to the mass job losses over the coming weeks that we fear. Unite is in discussions with Treasury officials, examining a variety of alternatives to simply asking employers to cough up, many of whom are just not in a position to contribute.

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A broader consideration of options, such as a reduction in the monthly salary cap for furloughed workers – currently £2,500 – while maintaining the government’s contribution of 80% of wages, would help many. This is not “free money” – those employers who can pay their fair share should of course be obliged to do so via corporate tax policies.

Reducing support to all or most workers and employers before the economy is back up and running would be a blunt and disastrous instrument. It will lead to unemployment on a dreaded scale – much of it concentrated in those seats who gave their votes to the Tories only a few months back in the general election. This would undermine the JRS’s very purpose of protecting jobs and undo the taxpayers’ historic investment so far to protect jobs. 

So please don’t take that sharp right turn, Chancellor. Talk with those in business and the workplaces, the experts in defending and creating jobs, and you will find the right path for the people and the country.

 Len McCluskey is general secretary of Unite the union

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RHOBH: Lisa Rinna Asks Denise Richards If She Tells Daughters About Charlie Sheen's 'Hookers'





The question from Lisa was shocking to Denise, who questioned her longtime friend's "agenda" in bringing up the topic.

"Wow. This is my friend of 20 years. She knows I've protected these kids all these years. I don't know if she's trying to embarrass me or humiliate me," Denise said in a confessional. "I don't know. I don't know what her agenda is, but whatever it is, it's f—— hurtful. Really hurtful."

Erika then told her, "just in the grand scheme of things that they could have come to you with throughout their life, you know there are going to be bigger things that come up."

"Well, of course, Erika, my God, there has been lots of things," Denise said. "But is that a free pass then that you can say anything because in the grand scheme of things, my kids, what they've been exposed to?"

"To me, what we did is very low on the totem pole," Erika replied.

"Everyone can have their opinion," Denise said. "It's fine."

And Kyle Richards' opinion? "You're living in denial, Denise."

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Wednesdays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.

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Teddi Mellencamp Accuses Dorit Kemsley of Consistently Shading Her

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Airing their issues.

In this exclusive clip from tonight’s all-new The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, the ladies stop “pussy-footing around,” as Lisa Rinna declares, and express their grievances with one another. Dorit Kemsley kicks off the venting session by confronting Kyle Richards for her comments about her friendship with Erika Jayne.

“This really hurt me Kyle, you said, ‘You’re not as good friends with Erika as you think you are,'” the Beverly Beach designer laments. “That’s a really strong and hurtful thing to say.”

Per the Halloween actress, at the time, she was upset as “everyone was coming at me.”

“All of a sudden, it felt like, ‘Oh! They’re all this like banning together best friends situation,” Kyle adds.

“But I don’t have any friends, remember? That’s what you told me,” Erika snaps in response. “‘That’s why you don’t have any friends.'”

As Dorit once more calls Kyle out for her “hurtful” words, the mother of four claims she said those things because she was just upset.

Although Lisa notes that “we’ve all said things,” Denise Richards isn’t ready to let Kyle off the hook. “What made you say that to her?” Charlie Sheen‘s ex presses.

Before Kyle can respond, Erika jumps in and reveals the drama all started with comments about the former’s bond with Teddi Mellencamp.

“This where you got very angry with me and you started to cry. And you said, ‘Listen, I can’t believe Erika that you are making fun of my anxiety, ’cause you know how hard I struggle,'” Erika recalls. “I too have anxiety, that is not what I was saying. I was making that point to go to Dorit’s point of ‘a package deal.'”

As Kyle claims Erika’s point wasn’t “nice,” the “XXPEN$IVE” singer retorts that neither was the RHOBH OG. Furthermore, Erika defends that she isn’t “coming at” Kyle, she’s just being “honest.”

Following Erika’s closing argument—she is married to famed attorney Thomas Girardi after all—Teddi has a few words for Dorit.

“My point was that you two are close,” Dorit comments.

“But when you bring me into the conversation, you consistently shade me,” Teddi responds. “I don’t know if there’s something between you and Kyle that you need to work out, but I don’t need to be shaded in a friendship situation where it really doesn’t involve me. It’s something you guys need to work through.”

And if that point isn’t enough, Teddi adds, “Unless you just really dislike me and want to keep putting me down.”

Will the ladies overcome this latest drama? For that answer, be sure to watch tonight’s all-new episode.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo! Catch up on full episodes here.

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Demi Lovato Credits Boyfriend for Making Her Comfortable Without Make-Up

The ‘Cool for the Summer’ hitmaker shares PDA with her new boyfriend Max Ehrich as she feels so grateful and lucky that he accepts and loves her ‘flaws and all.’

AceShowbizDemi Lovato has publicly expressed her love for her new beau Max Ehrich for accepting her “flaws and all.”

The “Heart Attack” hitmaker, who has struggled with body confidence issues in the past, has been spending time in isolation with “The Young and the Restless” actor, and it appears getting to know one another so intimately has done wonders for their budding romance.

Demi took to her Instagram Story timeline on Monday, May 25, 2020 to post a sweet photo of Ehrich planting a kiss on her cheek as they lounged by the pool, and she didn’t shy away from sharing her feelings for her man.

“I now spend my days in a bathing suit with no makeup with someone who accepts and loves me for who I am; Flaws and all,” she captioned the shot. “I love you @maxehrich.”

The singer’s public declaration emerges just weeks after they made the relationship Instagram official, while they were also among the stars flaunting their romance in the music video for Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande‘s lockdown love single “Stuck With U”.

Prior to dating Ehrich, Demi was briefly linked to model Austin Wilson while she also counts actor Wilmer Valderrama among her exes.

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Gabrielle Union Breaks Her Silence on AGT's 'Toxic Work Environment': 'I Felt Isolated'







Sources have told Variety that Union's rotating hairstyles were labeled by production as "too black" for mass audiences. Union would not address that specific charge in the new interview, but in Wednesday's statement, Fremantle, Syco and NBC denied the allegation:

"Through the investigation process, it has been revealed that no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union's appearance, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time. The investigation has shown that the concerns raised by Ms. Union had no bearing on the decision not to exercise the option on her contract."

"NBC, Fremantle and Syco share Ms. Union's dedication to diversity and inclusion in the industry. We continue to remain committed to having an inclusive environment for everyone associated with the show, and to upholding AGT as one of the most diverse programs on television."

Ultimately, Union said she feels compelled to speak out about her turbulent experience with the show.

"If I can't speak out with the privilege that I have, and the benefits that my husband and I have, what is the point of making it?" she told Variety. "What is the point of having a seat at the table and protecting your privilege when you're not doing s— to help other people? It's absolutely terrifying to speak truth to power about anything. I'm trying not to be terrified, and some days are better than others."

"I know it's scary to stick your neck out, and get an ounce of power and have to share it," she added. "It's not what we're taught, but you don't have to sacrifice your soul to do it. There's another way, and I'm committed to finding it."

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Kate Middleton: Meghan Markle RUINED My Life By Moving to America!

If you follow the royal family closely, then there’s a good chance you’ve already caught wind of the newly-published Tatler exposé about the long simmering rivalry between Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.

The magazine claims to have determined the cause of Kate and Meghan’s rift, and it has to do with … tights and hot weather?!

More on that later.

As you know, Meghan and Prince Harry stepped down from their roles as senior members of the royal family back in April.

These days, the Sussexes are living in LA, enjoying each other’s company in quarantine, far from the pressures and responsibilities of royal life.

And apparently, their absence has made life all the more miserable for Kate Middleton.

That may sound odd, given Meghan and Kate’s thinly-veiled distaste for one another.

But apparently, when Meg and Harry lit out for the territories, the Queen asked Will and Kate to take on their duties.

“Kate is furious about the larger workload. Of course she’s smiling and dressing appropriately but she doesn’t want this,” says Tatler’s source.

“She feels exhausted and trapped. She’s working as hard as a top CEO, who has to be wheeled out all the time, without the benefits of boundaries and plenty of holidays.” 

“Meghan and Harry have been so selfish,” a friend of Will and Kate’s tells the publication.

“William and Catherine really wanted to be hands-on parents and the Sussexes have effectively thrown their three children under a bus,” the source continues.

“There goes their morning school runs as the responsibilities on them now are enormous.”

That particular insider might be stretching a bit by claiming that Meghan directly antagonized the Cambridges’ three kids.

But it’s not so crazy to imagine that Meg might have been fully aware that she was sticking Kate with a larger workload — and decided totally fine with that fact.

It’s ridiculous to imagine that screwing over Kate was Meghan’s main motivation in returning to America.

In fact, it may not have entered into her decision-making at all.

But if you can follow your bliss, and make life just a smidge more difficult for your rival?

Well, that’s just a win-win!

The magazine reports that “Middleton took on nearly a dozen royal engagements in a month” in Meg’s absence, and she’s slowly coming to terms with the fact that her schedule will likely continue to be jam-packed for the rest of her days.

“Kate understands that the only credo of the Royal Family is duty, duty, duty. Whereas with the Sussexes it is constant uncertainty.” 

As for that bit about the leggings on a hot summer day, Tatler confirms that the feud started over a dispute about what Princess Charlotte would wear at Harry and Meghan’s wedding.

“There was an incident at the wedding rehearsal,” Tatler reports.

“It was a hot day and apparently there was a row over whether the bridesmaids should wear tights or not.

Yes, Meg was reportedly the one who took pity on poor Charlotte, while Kate was having none of it.

Maybe that’s the sort of hard-headed attitude you need to cultivate when you’re planning to rock the crown some day.

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Mike Tyson Might Fight WBO Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury

We know one thing for certain: at 53, Mike Tyson is angling toward a return to the boxing ring, and looks like he’s in as good shape as he ever has been. There have been rumors of $20 million matches with Wanderlei Silva, and rematches with old friends, but nothing at all seems set in stone. The latest rumor to make the rounds suggests that Tyson could take on a much younger opponent: Tyson Fury, the current WBO Heavyweight champion—who is actually named after Tyson himself.

“I had a phone call saying, ‘Would you like to fight Mike Tyson in an exhibition fight?’ I said, ‘Hell yeah,’ but I don’t think anything’s materialized out of it,” Fury said in an interview with BT Sport (h/t ESPN).

Tyson, who last fought in 2005, has spread the word quite rapidly that he’s getting back into fighting shape. Just a couple seconds watching a video posted to his Twitter account make it clear that even in his mid-50s, Iron Mike still has both power and agility on his side.

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At 31, Fury is 22 years Tyson’s minor—even if Tyson is in superb shape, it wouldn’t exactly be a fair fight. But then again, that’s why it’s an exhibition for charity, and doesn’t really count for anything other than the fun of it. That’s why many think that Tyson’s best potential opponent should he continue his plan to return would be another rematch with Evander Holyfield, who is now 57.

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Fury, when asked about that potential match-up, basically said that the two legends can do whatever they feel comfortable with. “They’re both old now, so they’re a bit long in the teeth, but then who am I to say anything about what anyone’s capable of?” Fury said in the same interview. “I wouldn’t try to kill anybody’s dreams of doing anything they want. If they’re both medically fit to fight, then let them do what they’ve got to do. It’s their life, not mine.”

As the Tyson situation continues to evolve, it will become clear—hopefully—what the 53-year-old boxing legend and former star of The Hangover has in his plans for the relatively near future.

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When you need to apply for mortgage, loan and car finance payments by

IF you’re struggling financially because of the pandemic, help is available from mortgage holidays to breaks on paying back loans.

The government has announced a range of measures and here we have listed the deadlines you need to know about for applying for help.

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When the Prime Minister brought in the coronavirus lockdown on March 23, many people were left without work or a reduced income.

This has put a lot of pressure on finances but some help is available.

In an attempt to keep the economy going, payment holidays have been allowed on most debts, including mortgages, credit cards, loans, and car finance contracts.

If you are struggling to repay these each month, a payment holiday can provide a little breathing space.

While it is possible these deadlines might be extended, at the moment here are the dates you need to know.

Credit cards, loans and store cards

On Thursday, April 9, the FCA introduced measures to help those struggling to pay back credit cards, personal loans and store cards.

It is in place for three months and you have until Thursday, July 9 to apply.

Car finance contracts and payday loans

If you have an outstanding car finance contract, or a payday loan, but because of the virus you're struggling to make payments, you have until Monday, July 27 to apply for a payment holidays.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said you can apply to defer payments for up to three months at any point before this date.

Insurance premiums

All types of general insurance, including home and car policies, are also included in the measures for coronavirus.

You can apply for a holiday from payments until Tuesday, August 18.

The FCA said insurers need to look at a range of options to help including, reducing your premium, waiving admin and cancellation fees, extending cooling off periods, and partly refunding payments if you paid upfront.

Individual Voulntary Agreements (IVAs)

Help for those with IVAs was announced by the government last month.

Those with one can  apply for a three-month holiday and a 25 per cent cut to repayments, and they have until Tuesday, October 20.

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Mortgages

It was confirmed last week that the mortgage payment holiday scheme would be offered for a further three months, until the end of October.

Proposals to extend repayment holidays were put forward by by HM Treasury.

Over 1.8million mortgage payment holidays have so far been taken up since the scheme was first announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak back in March.

The government has said homeowners will now have until October 31 to ask for a three month freeze (not a six month freeze) if they've not taken one up already.

But there have been some warning around payment holidays affecting your abiity to get a mortgage.

You can still get help if you're receiving Universal Credit and struggling because of the virus.

Here's 21 ways to fix your coronavirus-hit finances.

Self-employed workers can also get help, with loans of up to £7,500.

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HBO Max Launches Today — Here's All the Content Available (Including Friends!)

It's HBO Max launch day!

WarnerMedia's streaming service officially debuted on Wednesday, with a giant slate of content — 10,000 hours worth — immediately available for $14.99/month. That includes the entire HBO service, with all premium originals such as Westworld, Big Little Lies, Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, Veep, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, Succession, Watchmen, Barry, Euphoria, The Jinx, The Sopranos and more.

The platform also boasts a selection of high-profile licensed content, including the entire libraries of Friends, The Big Bang TheoryDoctor WhoRick and MortyThe Bachelor and The Fresh Prince ofBel-Air, The O.C. and Pretty Little Liars, plus CW shows such as Batwoman, Nancy Drew, and Katy Keenethe first season of DC's Doom Patrol,, as well as the CNN catalogue of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.



After the initial launch, HBO Max originals will continue to premiere throughout summer and fall, including The Flight Attendant, starring and executive-produced by Kaley Cuoco. The Friends unscripted cast reunion special and the upcoming Gossip Girl reboot will also eventually debut on HBO Max, though both have been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to series, specials, and documentaries, HBO Max will feature a library of more than 2,000 feature films within the first year. Starting Wednesday, audiences will be able to stream all eight films in the Harry Potter film franchise. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will also be available on HBO Max via the HBO service.

Additionally, Crazy Rich Asians, A Star is Born, Aquaman, Joker, the Alien franchise, the American Pie series, Anastasia, Babe, Die Hard, The Flintstones, In Bruges, The Indian in the Cupboard, Jaws, Moulin Rouge! and Teen Witch will all be available via the HBO service offering.

"Today we are proud to introduce HBO Max — a dream that was created and nurtured by an incredible team of talented executives who dedicated the last year-and-a-half to making it a reality for consumers nationwide," said Bob Greenblatt, Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. "However, this is just the beginning of our journey. We will continue to innovate and evolve this one-of-a-kind platform that brings together beloved programming from across the WarnerMedia family and around the world, while also paving the way for the creative voices of tomorrow."

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